“It kind of started doing this convention last year,” Dolenz told the Monkees Examiner in a phone interview. “We had a convention that was sort of a Davy Jones memorial sort of get-together with a lot of the fans and myself and Peter and his kids. It sort of blossomed into, you know, this year, it's a full-blown Monkees convention. And I'm looking forward to it. Nesmith is going to be there. And Peter is showing up for a day.”
Dolenz and Nesmith will both be performing separately at the convention. Any chance they might perform together? He said no.
“We're not going to be performing together,” he said. “He is going to be performing. And I'm going to be singing a couple of songs with my brother-in-law who has a band. I'm not going to be doing a whole show this year.”
Dolenz says the convention will also help him raise money for several charities.
“It's a great way to kind of meet with the fans, but also it's a great way for me particularly to raise money. Last year, the money was for the Davy Jones Memorial Equine Fund, which takes care of retired race horses, because he was a huge fan of racing and race horses. This year, I'll be certainly be making a contribution to that charity. Also, all four of my kids are going to be there, so it'll be a family affair.”
Members of Dolenz's family are involved with the charities Clinton Foundation and Bright Horizons. And he says one of his personal favorites is the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“So it's a great way to have a lot of fun, hear some music and raise some money.”
Dolenz has also been involved in a family woodworking business, Dolenz and Daughters Fine Furniture.
“I've always had a workshop in my house. And I've always done a lot of woodwork and metal work and electronics and all kinds of stuff. And one of my daughters, Georgia, is quite handy with tools and stuff like that and learned how to do that in a theater degree.
“And one day we were building a coffee table for her boyfriend, and I joked and said, 'We should start a company Dolenz and Daughters Fine Furniture.' And she ran with it and did a website and Facebook, designs the stuff and does all the PayPal work,” he said. “After I get off this call with you I'm going to be out in the shop working on some items that we're bringing to the convention.”
Dolenz will be out on the road this summer doing solo dates. Will he be doing any touring with the Monkees?
“Well, I'm not sure yet. There has been talk about doing a Monkees tour, but nothing to be announced yet,” he said. “We have talked about it a couple of months ago, talked about doing a tour. But it usually comes down to availability and scheduling and stuff like that. So nothing to be announced yet, but you never know.”
How is it from a technical standpoint touring today as compared to the '60s?
“Enormous difference,” he said. “In the '60s, there were no monitors for starters. You couldn't hear yourself at all. There was no monitor system. You'd hear the sound coming off the back wall, especially if you were playing a big arena it was very very difficult. The equipment wasn't as sturdy and as indestructible and the amps weren't as loud and as clean. And the drum kit wasn't nearly as sophisticated as the stuff today. In terms of technology, it's much much easier playing today.”
Dolenz recently performed at the Ella Awards in February honoring Mike Love of the Beach Boys.
“It was wonderful. It was a great evening. I sang 'Wild Honey,' one of the Beach Boys tunes. I was onstage there with David Lee Roth, Christopher Cross and Rita Wilson. It was a wonderful night for honoring Mike Love.”
Is there anything in the works from Rhino on new Monkees reissues?
“It's a good question. I haven't received any notice from Rhino recently. They sort of do that on their own. The record company has the catalog now and they don't actually tell me. They just go ahead and do it.”
Two of Dolenz's earlier CDs, "Broadway Micky" and "Puts You To Sleep," however, are being reissued together by Friday Music on March 25.
Is there anything he'd like to see done with the Monkees reissues?
“I'm not sure there's anything left. They've released and re-released so many of the albums and all the studio cuts and the alternative versions, so much stuff. I'm not sure there's anything left.”
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