On Saturday, April 27, Micky Dolenz will join longtime friend (and fellow Hollywood Vampire) Alice Cooper at Cooper’s Annual Rock & Roll Fundraising Bash, benefiting free music, dance, art, recording, and video classes for teenagers at Alice Cooper’s Rock Teen Center.
Micky on The Monkees in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
"I’ve never been one to chase awards or anything like that; it’s never been very important to me. I was very proud to win an Emmy for The Monkees, having come out of television as a kid. When we won the Emmy for best TV show in ’66 or ‘67 that was a huge feather in my cap.
But I’ve never chased that kind of stuff. I’ve never done a project and thought, 'What do I do here to win an award?' Specifically as far as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame I’ve been very flattered that the fans and people have championed The Monkees. Very flattered and honored that they do.
If you know anything about the organization, and I’ve done charity work for the foundation, the Hall of Fame is a private club.
It’s like a private country club. It’s not a democratic popular vote in any sense. It’s literally these three or four guys got together and said we’re gonna start a private club and call it the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and we’re gonna have in that club whoever we want and we’re not gonna have anyone in that club who we don’t want. (laughs)
It’s like a country club and they have the right to do that; that’s their prerogative. That’s their private club. That’s kind of how I feel about it."
Here's one from the Live Almanac's YouTube channel. The "Buddy Holly Tribute" single was released in 1974 on the MGM-related label, Romar. It features a medley of some of Holly's best known songs: "Peggy Sue"/"Every Day"/"Maybe Baby"/"That'll Be the Day."
The photo is of John Lennon, Anne Murray, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper, and Micky at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles in 1974.
Don't forget about one of Iain Lee's current projects, Micky Dolenz - The MGM Singles Collection. Iain recently posted a message on the official Facebook page related to the Singles Collection:
OK, Christmas and the New Year are OVER!
That means we can crack on with this.
I am chasing up the album cover today. I've also chased up via email the interview with Micky. Hopefully it will happen this month.
I'll have a chat with Glen today about the booklet.
Need to have a little conversation with someone who MAY have better source material...can't say too much about this at the mo.
We are yay close. I am hoping we can get this record out by the end of March/start of April.
Not long to go now. Just one final push and we are there.
On Monday night, Micky attended a concert performance by his fellow Hollywood Vampire Alice Cooper at the Hollywood Bowl. He later joined Alice and company at an afterparty at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip, and photos from the event were posted on Twitter. Check out the Live Almanac's Twitter account for more!
You wore makeup and created the character Alice Cooper. But the film also mentions The Who’s drummer Keith Moon, who always seemed to be playing a role as well, as the jester. Can you talk about him?
He was one of our very best friends. He would come to L.A. and stay with me for a week. Then he would stay with Harry Nilsson for a week, and then he would go to Ringo Starr’s house for a week. We loved having him, but he would wear you out, because he was always on. We used to have a drinking club, the Hollywood Vampires, with Harry, Ringo, Bernie Taupin, Micky Dolenz and, when he was in town, John Lennon. When we got together, it was a matter of the last man standing. Keith was like a brother to us. We’d always tell him, ‘Keith, you don’t have to entertain us.’ But he didn’t have an off button. He was like a little kid who needed Ritalin.
"The funny thing was our band was beer drinkers. It was very weird that the bands with all the bad reputations were beer drinkers, and then the Mamas and the Papas, Jackson Browne, everybody else was doing heroin. It was just the opposite of what you thought it would be. The Monkees were always on acid. We drank Budweiser." [Laughs]
"I totally got what the Sex Pistols were doing. The Sex Pistols were as close to The Monkees as anything else. They auditioned to be in that band, the way Monkees did. And Johnny got that. He says, 'Hey, we're put together. We're not just a band that got together in an alley somewhere. Malcolm [McLaren] put us together as the new Monkees, only we're the punk Monkees.' I got that. Then when I heard their album, I said, 'Great album.' And The Monkees did good albums, too."
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