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Surviving Monkees Will Not Attend Davy Jones' Funeral

Micky Dolenz plans public tribute to late bandmate

Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones in Manchester
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March 7, 2012 8:35 AM ET

Micky Dolenz and the other surviving members of the Monkees will not attend Davy Jones' funeral out of respect to the singer's family. "My understanding is they want to avoid a media circus and the family wants to keep it very, very low-key and very, very private," Dolenz told Billboard.

"You can imagine as soon as one or two or any of us were to show up, it would very quickly be degraded into something that I don't think his immediate family would want to deal with," he said. "So I'm kind of [respecting] their wishes, whatever their wishes may be."

Instead, Dolenz, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith are planning to take part in a series of public memorials for Jones in New York and England, though no dates have been set. "It's pretty early days, you know, to be making too many plans," says Dolenz. "I'm still in shock."

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