The three surviving Monkees are each remembering bandmate Davy Jones in distinctly personal ways — reflecting the differences in their personalities that nevertheless added up to a cohesive whole when they formed the made-for-TV pop group The Monkees way back when.
Micky Dolenz has been the one on television, including appearances on “Piers Morgan Tonight” Tuesday night on CNN, and NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning (where he was interviewed by Ann Curry in the clip above).
“He was a great guy, I loved the man,” Dolenz said of his long-time friend, who died suddenly of an apparent heart attack Tuesday at his home in Florida. Davy Jones was 66.
Dolenz made an analogy to the Marx Brothers in his interview with Curry, when she asked him to talk about the chemistry that made the Monkees so enduring, even though the TV show in which they starred lasted just two seasons on NBC (1966-1968). He said they used to watch Marx Brothers movies to see how the four Marxes meshed, even though they each represented a distinctive character type.
Meanwhile, Monkees members Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith each posted statements of their own on-line. “Like many of you, I am shocked by the passing of my old friend and partner, Davy Jones,” wrote Tork on his personal Web site. “He was a tremendous presence and a world-class performer. It’s very hard to believe he’s gone. Jonesy, you will be missed!”
Nesmith posted his statement on his Facebook page. The lengthy statement reflects Nesmith’s own philosophy of life and death. “All the lovely people. Where do they all come from? So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings,” he wrote, thanking the many who posted condolence messages on his Facebook page.
“But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here,” Nesmith continued. “While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity. That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane. David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.”
Meanwhile, the “Today” show reported on Jones’ death in three parts Wednesday. In addition to the Dolenz interview, the show aired its own story on the singer’s death — a report that included footage of Al Roker getting on stage and “performing” with the Monkees some time in the past year.
Roker himself commented on that “performance” and what he remembered about Davy when co-host Matt Lauer questioned him just before Roker delivered one of his weather reports on the show.
In the wake of Davy Jones’ death, many are probably wondering where they can see episodes of “The Monkees.” Well, if you have the network known as Antenna TV — which plays a lot of old TV shows — on your cable system, you can catch a “Monkees” marathon on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. (4c).