By 1991, two years after The Monkees had disbanded for the second time, Micky had begun to embark on a musical solo career. Dabbling in a few directing and production jobs in 1990, and then entering into a divorce from his second wife, Trina, Micky turned back to music. Expressing the need to reestablish himself as a solo act with a workable show, he decided to hone his skills by first playing in a package tour with other classic artists during the summer of 1991. Attempting to distance himself from The Monkees in interviews at the time, Micky played guitar for the entire show and emphasized that there was no going back to the group. He returned to the recording studio as well for Rhino Records, releasing the children's album, Micky Dolenz Puts You To Sleep in October 1991.
During this time period, Micky also announced that he would be recording a rock album to be released through CBS Records. Monkee Business Fanzine reported in its June 1990 issue that Micky was working on demos for the project and that songwriters like Jimmy Webb, Stephen Bishop, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Tom Whitlock were contributing songs. Even a producer was named (David Kirchenbaum). "The album will be quite different from what you'd expect from Micky Dolenz," Micky told an Arizona newspaper. "It will be more rock 'n' roll, more mature." However (and unfortunately), no Dolenz rock album was ever released.
Below are a couple of demos that are thought to have originated from the sessions for the Dolenz rock album, courtesy of the Live Almanac's YouTube Channel.
Interview with Wayne Avers