Micky Dolenz discusses the Monkees’ Hall of Fame chances: ‘I’ve never been too bothered by it’

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As the 50th anniversary of the Monkees’ ground-breaking television program nears in 2016, fan interest in the group’s long-hoped-for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has grown. There have been online petitions, Facebook pages and online ruminations. NPR has even weighed in.

Still, as of now, the idea seems more pipe dream than possibility — and Micky Dolenz is fine with that. “I’ve never been one to chase awards and inductions or things like that,” he tells Guitar World. “It’s never been part of my psyche. I’ve never been too bothered by it, although I’m flattered that the fans have started some petitions about it.”

Unfortunately, it seems the closest the Monkees will get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that legendary tour with 1992 inductee Jimi Hendrix back in the 1960s. Even all of these years later, Dolenz remains in awe of what the guitarist was able to do nightly on stage. “I clearly remember many times standing in the wings with Mike Nesmith and just thinking to myself, ‘How the hell does he do that?!,'” Micky Dolenz says, laughing. “To this day, I’m not sure how you can answer that question.”

The Monkees haven’t announced much in the way of touring activity for 2015, beyond dates featuring Dolenz and Peter Tork. Dolenz confirms that they’re resting up for what promises to be a busy year celebrating the Monkees’ big anniversary in 2016.

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