Ah, The Monkees. While we like to say that music today is all about the money and that we need to return to a time when people actually cared about what they were playing, we forget that as far back as the 60s listeners were given a band that didn’t even try to hide the fact that it was a corporate project. The fact that the group went on to gain some real respect just proves that sometimes talent doesn’t need to be sacrificed for money.

And now, according to Spinner, the band plans to reunite for a 45th Anniversary tour.

Purists of the band (there must be some) will be disappointed to learn that the full lineup won’t be returning; Michael Nesmith doesn’t seem to be joining his old bandmates. However, Davy Jones, Peter Tork and Mikey Dolenz will be back in action. No word yet on whether or not a replacement will be provdied for Nesmith.

Although we can’t imagine that this reunion tour will be wildly successful, it will probably draw some decent crowds. Some will go because they actually liked the band’s music and followed them, and others will go because The Monkees have always been something of a punchline in the music industry. Just saying that you are going to see them is somewhat funny in and of itself.

Of course, people could argue back and forth over whether or not the band deserves actual respect. Were they true artists, or did they always remain little mroe than a corporate creation?

Well, what do you think? Let us know in the comments!