David Alexander, a member of The Monkees' touring band and team going back to the 1990s, and who also performed individually with both Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Monkees fans will likely recall Dave's big smile as he manned the keyboards for numerous Monkees/solo concerts and special events.
A chance encounter with Davy Jones in 1993 eventually led to Dave being asked to join Davy on a tour of Japan in early 1995. Dave went on to work as a stage manager for The Monkees during their mid-1990s tours and was fortunate enough to travel to the United Kingdom in 1997 when all four Monkees played a series of concerts there in promotion of their Justus album. He later appeared onstage with The Monkees in the early 2000s, returning in 2012 after the death of Davy Jones.
Dave was a devoted Beatles fan and member of the Beatles tribute band Glass Onion. He spoke highly of his time spent with The Monkees. "What matters to me is the family that I accrued over the years. That's what being in the Monkees is really like to me," he told Fred Velez in 2013. "It's a real family affair. Sure, it has its business aspects to it every now and then. But, for the most part, it all turns out to be an incredible family, with everything that every family has. Its quirks, its weird times, but mostly the good times. I absolutely love them all."
The latest episode of Zilch includes a dedication to Dave Alexander. Listen below:
Micky Dolenz Live
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart returns