Pop Quiz: The Monkees

Aidin Vaziri | Less than a year after singer Davy Jones died from a heart attack, the surviving members of the Monkees – Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith – are on a reunion tour. What makes it noteworthy is that this 12-date U.S. tour is the group’s first with Nesmith since 1969. Even though the made-for-TV band that once outsold the Beatles has come together over the years to record albums and mark various anniversaries, a history of acrimony has dogged it. We asked Dolenz, 67, what made things different this time around.

Micky Dolenz of the Monkees
Q: YWhat’s the best thing about having Michael back in the lineup?
A: Hearing him sing. He and I did a lot of singing together on the early records. When we started rehearsing about a month ago, we did some of those harmonies and it just sent chills up my spine.
Q: YBut will it be the same up there without Davy?
A: I don’t know. It’s going to be weird. It was a very different dynamic when we started rehearsing. I kept looking over my shoulder. You’re never going to replace somebody like Davy Jones. But you have to move on, obviously. It will be different.
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