The Monkees have confirmed that they will reunite for a UK live tour this May in celebration of their 45th anniversary.

America's answer to The Beatles, created for and made famous by the TV show of the same name which ran from 1966 to 1968, frontman Davy Jones had previously hinted at the possibility of a reunion in 2011, before announcing a run of American reunion gigs to begin in June.

The currently line up features Jones as well as original members Peter Tork and Mikey Dolenz, though the band are still missing their original fourth, Micheal Nesmith. It is the band's first reunion since 2001, and the first time they have played in the UK in twelve years.

Having been kicked out of the band for "disagreeable" behaviour the last time the band reunited in 2011, Tork has admitted that they had to put aside their differences for the sake of the reunion. He told The Independent, "The popular demand has been carefully cultivated and they made us an offer we couldn't refuse. We like each other just fine now. Whatever ups and downs we have had pale into insignificance. Each one of the tours we do is more fun than the one before."

The Monkees will play ten dates around the UK this May, including a show at London's Royal Albert Hall. There's no sign of an Irish date, but start practising that Monkee Walk just in case.