When Charlotte met Jimi: Not quite love at first sight

The death of Davy Jones reminded me of the Monkees’ most unlikely 1967 tour, which included stops in Charlotte and Greensboro.

On July 11 a sellout crowd of teens and preteens at the Charlotte Coliseum, primed for the latest pop phenoms, booed the little-known opening act off the stage. (A year later the Jimi Hendrix Experience was back, this time of course as headliner.)

“The Monkees wanted respect,” the New York Times observed later, “and Hendrix wanted publicity.”