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Interview:
Hey, hey it's the Monkees -- this time with Mike
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The Monkees have changed considerably since the death of Davy Jones in 2012.

Jones' passing at the age of 66 brought Mike Nesmith back to the group, which famously formed for an Emmy Award-winning NBC TV series that ran from 1966-68, to pay tribute to the signer of "Daydream Believer," "I Wanna Be Free" and other hits. But that reunion between Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork has continued, and the Dolenz says the dynamic has shifted yet again.

"The first tour, it wasn't the official Davy Jones Memorial Tour, but we certainly paid homage to him and there were some wonderful tributes -- though we didn't want o get maudlin about," recalls Dolenz, 69. "(Nesmith) certainly does bring another sort of dynamic -- but he always did. David, Peter and I always did a lot of Nesmith material over the years, but it's really nice having him doing those leads and I can do the high harmonies again and it sounds really nice.

"After we did that first tour (in 2013), Mike said, 'I kinda liked that. I had a good time and it was fun. Maybe we'll do it again.' And here we are."

The possibility of new music, Dolenz says, "is always on the table," though he quickly notes that "there are no plans at the moment." And the very nature of the Monkees, a band formed for a TV show that ultimately became a going concern, makes being the Monkees something of a challenge.

"When the show went off their air, there wasn't -- and to this day there doesn't exist -- any kind of Monkees business, any kind of Monkees office like the Beatles had Apple or something like that," Dolenz explains. "There's never been this ongoing presence or infrastructure. Even the record company and the rights to the (music) has changed hands a number of times over the decades.

"Usually somebody will track us all down individually and say, 'Hey, you guys want to get together and go back on the road?' That's always how it happened. It's always occurred to me that it would be a good idea to have some kind of Monkees management or something like that. Then I think you'd see more of the Monkees in a lot of ways."

The Monkees perform Friday, May 30, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $29.50-$75. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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