For Micky Dolenz, filming “The Monkees” seems like one “one big, long memory.” Dolenz is most well known for his time with The Monkees, one of the classic bands from the ’60s created for the iconic TV show. For Dolenz, juggling a TV show and being a band member was no easy feat.
“It was only a few years, but between filming the television show 10 to 12 hours a day, then recording at night and rehearsing on weekends, it was very intense,” he told Closer Weekly. “I remember people along the way much more than I remember moments. Costars like Rose Marie, who I got along with famously.”
When “The Monkees” television series debuted in September of 1966, the band members had made their ascent to stardom overnight. Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, the producers of the hit series, modeled the show after The Beatles’ popular musical comedies.
During its two-year stint, “The Monkees” brought home an Emmy for outstanding comedy series. On the charts, the band also saw significant success. “I’m a Believer,” ″Daydream Believer,” and “Last Train to Clarksville” would reach No. 1 on the charts.
After they stopped filming the show, the band embarked on a lengthy tour. However, they lost a good amount of their fan base. However, things turned around in the ’80s, when their show went into syndication, and their music became popular again.
“It was always about their struggle for success. Those struggles are the stories that tend to resonate with generations, regardless of the style, the music and the costumes of the time. It resonates and always will,” Dolenz said in retrospect.
Additionally, Dolenz said that it was never a problem for him to be known as Micky from The Monkees.
Micky Dolenz on His Time with The Monkees: ‘I’m Very Grateful’
“I can’t speak for anyone else,” he said. “[But] after The Monkees, I went to England and produced and directed TV shows and commercials for 15 years. I always looked at The Monkees as a blessing because it opened up so many doors for me. But you do get typecast. I’ll be honest. It was a bit frustrating when I’d hear that I was up for something as an actor or director and they’d say, ‘We really don’t need a drummer.’
“[But]… I’m very grateful,” he continued. “I’ve been blessed my whole life. I’m blessed with my children. I’m blessed with my marriages. And, of course, with getting cast on The Monkees.”
Now the band is about to head out on the road for a farewell tour— but Dolenz isn’t going anywhere. This fall he will join fellow survivor of the band, Mike Nesmith, for the 2021 “Monkees Farewell Tour.” Yet, Dolenz says he intends to stick around.
“I tried it once, and I got bored, so it’s not in my plans right now,” Dolenz said about retirement.