Ron Thal/Globe Photos, Inc.Here he comes! The Monkees' Micky Dolenz is looking both backward and forward as he prepares for the band's upcoming 12-city tour, which kicks off in November.
Naturally, his thoughts are turning to the late Davy Jones, who **** last February. "It's a different dynamic, and as you say, it is bittersweet," Dolenz tells MusicRadar.com. "We're not calling it the Davy Jones Memorial Tour, but he will definitely be remembered, and there will be an homage to him." Dolenz also reveals he's been renewing ties with fellow Monkee Mike Nesmith, who other than a one-off show hasn't performed with the band since 1997. "I've been up in northern California with Mike Nesmith for the last month, working with him, because he hasn't done a lot of this material in many years," Dolenz reveals.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the reunion tour preparation has Dolenz reminiscing. Any fans knows Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees back in the day. "I'm the one who suggested him for an opening act," says Dolenz. "I was a fan before he was even famous."
Dolenz also recalls the one of his biggest challenges at the height of the band's popularity was performing with the intense screams of the fans. "That was probably the hardest part of the job, playing without being able to hear," says Dolenz. "I was singing leads and playing the drums, without monitors, without any help or assistance, and without being able to hear anything. I couldn't hear my drums, I couldn't hear my voice, I couldn't hear Mike or Peter (Tork) or David. It was pretty brutal."
You can read more at MusicRadar.com. The Monkees' tour begins November 9 in Escondido, California, and runs through a December 2 show in New York City. Dolenz's new CD, Remember, is out on Tuesday.
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