The Monkees may be getting ready for their farewell tour, but don’t expect Micky Dolenz to retire anytime soon.
In September, the 76-year-old will reunite with Mike Nesmith, the other surviving member of the group, for the 2021 Monkees Farewell Tour. However, the musician and actor has said he has no plans to slow down.
“I tried it once and got bored so it’s not in my plans right now,” Dolenz recently told Closer Weekly of his retirement plans.
But when asked if this was really the case for the Monkees, the star replied, “The short answer is yes.”
“I think this is the last time Mike and I get together as The Monkees,” he explained. “We wondered if we should even have called it The Monkees. It’s a different show because the other two main guys, David [Jones] and Pierre [Tork] are no longer with us. So, yeah, I think it’s probably the last hurray.
When “The Monkees” debuted in September 1966, the group became teenage idols overnight.
Producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider modeled the show on the Beatles’ popular musicals “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!”
In the iteration The Monkees, Nesmith was the serious, Jones the cute and Dolenz the goofy.
During its two-year run, “The Monkees” would win an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and the group would land seven Billboard Top 10 songs. “I’m a Believer”, “Daydream Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville” would reach No.1.
After the show ended in 1968, the band went on a long concert tour that at one point included opening act Jimi Hendrix.
But music critics have turned against them. They were dismissed as PreFab Four, a mocking comparison to The Beatles.
Things changed in the mid-1980s, thanks to TV reruns and album re-releases. The Monkees gained a new, younger audience, which led to reunion tours and new music.
“The Monkees, as a group, have never been a part of the TV show,” Dolenz explained of how the group continues to resonate with fans. “It was always about their struggle for success. These struggles are stories that tend to resonate with generations, regardless of the style, music, and costume of the era. It resonates and it will always resonate.
Dolenz described his time filming the television series as “a great and long memory”.
“It was only a few years, but between filming the TV show 10 to 12 hours a day, then recording at night and rehearsing on weekends, it was very intense,” he said. he declared to the media. “I remember people along the way a lot more than moments. Co-stars like Rose Marie, with whom I got along well.
Dolenz insisted it was never a burden for him to be known only as Micky des Monkees.
“I can’t speak for anyone else,” he said. “[But] after The Monkees I went to England and produced and directed TV shows and commercials for 15 years. I have always regarded the Monkees as a blessing because it has opened so many doors for me. But you get the typography. I’ll be honest, it was a little frustrating to hear that I was up for something as an actor or a director and they were like, “We really don’t need a drummer.”
“[But] … I am very grateful, ”he continued. “I have been blessed my whole life. I am blessed with my children. I am blessed with my marriages – this is my third marriage – but I have been blessed with the women who have been in my life, the mothers of my children. And, of course, with the cast on The Monkees. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.