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The Monkees' Micky Dolenz talks about losing Davy Jones, regaining Michael Nesmith and more



The TV show The Monkees stopped airing on NBC in ’68, but the band the Monkees — fueled by such hits as Pleasant Valley Sunday, Last Train to Clarksville and Daydream Believer — lived on in albums, reruns and tours, including a stop this Sunday at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Davy Jones, the British “cute one,” died in February 2012, a staggering blow to the band. But the mercurial Michael Nesmith, 70, who’s been in and out of the crew, is back with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for the latest go-round.

“It’s still bizarre” not having Davy onstage, Dolenz said in a recent phone interview. “There’s one thing missing, you know?”

As for Nesmith, his return has been a much-needed boost. “We’ve always done a lot of Mike’s material because he writes such great stuff,” says Dolenz. “Playing with him again, we have such a nice blend on the harmonies.”

The Monkees perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $50-$125. Click here to get them.

For more of Sean Daly's interview with Micky Dolenz, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:55pm]


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