As a fan of pop music, as a drummer — as an American, goshdurnit — I was thrilled to get the chance to interview Micky Dolenz for my story on how the Monkees inspired me to form a cover band.
He was very gracious and generous with his time. I didn’t have room in my article for everything we talked about, so I’m including some snippets here. And because I was amazed how much he still sounded like the 21-year-old he was when “The Monkees” first aired, I’m posting some audio from our interview. Micky says he still sings the Monkees’ hits in their original keys.
Many acts opened for the Monkees on their tours — Ike and Tina Turner, the Fifth Dimension, even Weird Al Yankovic during the band’s ’80s revival — but none seem as much of a mismatch as a certain pyrotechnic guitar slinger. Is it true that Jimi Hendrix once opened for the Monkees?
Dolenz was a veteran child actor who had played the title role in the TV show “Circus Boy” in 1956. Is it true that years after “The Monkees” ended he was considered for the role of Fonzie on “Happy Days”?
Dolenz didn’t do the drumming on the Monkees’ early albums. Musical duties were handled by the Wrecking Crew, L.A.’s famed studio musicians. But he had to learn how to play for live performances the Monkees gave. How did he develop such an odd style of playing?
Micky, Mike and Peter are appearing Sunday at the Warner Theatre. If you see me there, be sure to say hi. After all, I’m a believer…