(Photos by Michael G. Bush)
By 1991, two years after The Monkees had disbanded following their ultra-successful mid-1980s reunion, Micky Dolenz began to embark on a musical solo career. Briefly returning to his pre-Monkees reunion occupation by dabbling in various directing and production jobs in 1990 (while also entering into a divorce from his second wife, Trina), Micky ultimately turned back to music. Expressing the need to reestablish himself as a solo act, 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. He also returned to the recording studio 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 that would be issued by 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 ever saw the light of day.
Below are a couple of demos that are thought to have originated from the sessions for the Dolenz rock album - "Livin' on Lies" and "Chance of a Lifetime." These tracks were later given an official release by 7a Records on the compilation CD Micky Dolenz: The MGM Singles Collection.
Monkees Farewell Tour
Dolenz sings Nesmith