Micky Dolenz Says Monkees Reunion Came About Organically
Micky Dolenz admits that he's just as surprised as everyone else at Mike Nesmith's participation in the upcoming Monkees shows. Dolenz, who'll be hitting the road this fall for a dozen dates with Nesmith and Peter Tork, says that a Monkees tour without the late Davy Jones seemed unlikely at best. He explained to Rolling Stone, "It's shocking to us, too. It just caught us all by surprise. It wasn't this massive plan that people had been concocting for years or months or anything. It sort of happened organically. . . We started talking about doing some sort of memorial show. It just sort of escalated from there. It was, 'Well, where do you do the memorial? If you do it on the East coast, the fans on the West coast are disappointed. So, what then? Do we do two memorials?'"
Dolenz spoke about the connection the group members shared -- even after Nesmith bolted from the band's 30th anniversary tour after only playing a string of UK dates: "I think he moved back up to Carmel, (California) after that. There wasn't any strained relations as far as I was concerned. Look, it's impossible to go through something like that and get totally disconnected. It's like a brother. We may not see each other for literally years, and as soon as we get back together we're immediately back into the same dynamic."
Micky Dolenz is amazed at how different the history of the group is from all its late-'60s peers: "There was in a way, two Monkee bands; One was the cast of the television show that the producers had cast, and that were singing and paying on a lot of the early stuff -- but we had no control over what was going to be recorded. And then, after we fought for the right to do the music and did Headquarters -- that was the other Monkees group. That was like, the Monkees group that was just us singing and writing and playing the songs that we wanted. It's an unusual story, y'know, it's a very strange story."
The Monkees tour dates (subject to change):
November 8 - Escondido, CA - California Center for the Arts
November 9 - Santa Barbara, CA - The Arlington Theatre
November 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
November 11 - Cupertino, CA - Flint Center for the Performing Arts
November 15 - Minneapolis, MN - The State Theatre
November 16 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
November 17 - Lakewood, OH - Lakewood Civic Auditorium
November 18 - Buffalo, NY - UB Center For The Arts Mainstage
November 29 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
November 30 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
December 1 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
December 2 - New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
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