The two-year anniversary of Davy Jones’ sudden death has passed, but his long-time Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz says he’s still coming to grips with losing his treasured friend.
“The thing about Davy was — a shock,” Dolenz said, at Salt Lake Comic Con. “It was tough. You don’t ever completely get over something like that.”
Jones made an early splash in show business via a youthful, and Tony-nominated, role in a 1960 West End production of Oliver! as the Artful Dodger. He’d co-found the Monkees with Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork six years later — voicing several of their hits, including “Daydream Believer” — and joined with Dolenz and Tork in a 1980s-era Monkees reunion.
He died suddenly of a heart attack at age 66, while tending to his treasured horses in 2012. There had been, at that point, renewed talk of another reunion. Dolenz and Tork eventually paired again with Nesmith for an emotional tour that featured tributes to their fallen friend.
“I spent more time with those guys, over the years — especially Davy,” Dolenz adds. “We had families about the same time, and we hung out a lot. We both had had similar backgrounds, being child stars. And so, you never get over that kind of thing. It was a heck of a shock.”