Micky Dolenz on Monkees misconceptions: ‘It wasn’t a rock ‘n’ roll band’

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Even today, there are misconceptions surrounding Micky Dolenz and the Monkees. That a mass murderer auditioned for the band. That Dolenz was passed over for Jim Carrey to play the Riddler. Even, Dolenz notes, that the Monkees were in fact a rock band.

Dolenz has been trying to clear some of these things up, even as he gets set to receive a key career honor in the midst of a series of upcoming solo dates.

“There is the one about Charles Manson auditioning for the Monkees,” Dolenz tells Thom Jennings of the Niagara-Gazette. “That never happened, and it still seems to go around.” Manson was years away from leading a grisly killing spree that made him infamous when casting began for the Monkees TV program, though he had already begun a string of separate jail sentences for lesser crimes. (By the way, Manson did, in fact, have a connection with the Beach Boys.)

Dolenz says he didn’t go after Carrey’s role in Batman Forever, either. “I never auditioned for the part of the Riddler,” Dolenz adds. “I did audition for the role of Fonzie in Happy Days, and Henry Winkler tells the story that when he saw me at the audition he didn’t think he would get it. Of course, he did an amazing job in that role.”

As for the Monkees themselves, Dolenz is quick to caution: “It wasn’t a rock ‘n’ roll band. It was a television show about a rock ‘n’ roll band,” he tells the Huffington Post. “That was a character that I was playing, and I still look at it like that. Now, the other guys may not agree or not look at it the same way, but that’s always the way that I’ve looked at it.”

Dolenz will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on November 17. 2014 as part of this year’s Rockers on Broadway event. He’s also set to perform at Mexico’s Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Festival in December.

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