They rose to fame together but Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith won’t be attending the funeral of fellow Monkees bandmate Davy Jones.
The groups members announced this week that the decision to skip the Davy Jones funeral came about because they didn’t want to create any type of media frenzy, instead allowing Jones’ family and friends to say their goodbyes without the hassle of a media outing.
Dolenz spoke to Billboard and revealed:
“My understanding is they want to avoid a media circus … the family wants to keep it very, very low-key and very, very private.”
He then added:
“And you can imagine as soon as one or two or any of us were to show up, it would very quickly be degraded into something that I don’t think his immediate family would want to deal with. So I’m kind of respecting their wishes, whatever their wishes may be.”
In the meantime Davy Jones‘ own spokeswoman Helen Kensick verified that the funeral would happen later this week in Florida however she would not disclose the location for the private event.
While the former Monkees members won’t attend the private funeral Dolenz says he plans to attend public services in New York and the U.K. with his former bandmates.
Davy Jones passed away last week when he suffered a severe heart attack. Davy was just 66-years-old.
Do you think skipping the private funeral so the Davy Jones family can pay their last respects in piece was the responsible move for the Monkees to make?