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The Monkees + The ‘Spacey Cadets’

04:31 PM Wednesday 10/3/12 |   |

With the launch of The Monkees reunion tour a few weeks away, a posting on Michael Nesmith’s Facebook page suggests some fans are going to boycott the tour. That is, unless Kevin Spacey joins the group to sing “Daydream Believer” as a tribute to Davy Jones.

  • The Monkees

    Posing with their Emmy award. From left to right, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz.
    June 4, 1967

    (AP Photo)

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Yes, you read that paragraph correctly. Nesmith, who is touring with Monkees comrades Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for the first time in what seems like centuries, has posted an item on his Facebook page claiming a group of fans won’t catch The Monkees on the upcoming tour unless the actor who appeared in such films as “American Beauty,” “L.A. Confidential” and the Bobby Darin biopic “Beyond The Sea” channels his best Davy impression in honor of the singer who passed away in February.

Although Nesmith hasn’t commented about the post, the Los Angeles Times Pop & Hiss blog notes that a Google search only results in musings about Nesmith’s message and doesn’t reveal any fan group threatening a boycott unless the group makes Spacey an honorary Monkee.

In other words, Nesmith may just be monkeying around with us.

But that doesn’t make Nesmith’s essay any less fun to read. Especially the part about Spacey and the “Davy dance.”

From Nesmith’s Facebook page:

“OK now this is getting out of hand – or maybe out of control – or something.

“Apparently there is a fan group – Monkees fans – who have formed a large contingent to boycott the upcoming tour unless and until we invite Kevin Spacey to sing Daydream Believer as a tribute to Davy.

“Now, I like Kevin. He is a close friend that calls all the time, at least he says he is Kevin Spacey, and we talk a lot, but there are too many things that are just plain wrong with this, if I may be so bold as to scold.

“First Micky and Peter and I are in rehearsals now and working very hard to put together a great show that includes a solution to what to do about Daydream Believer. We have some very good ideas, and we think they will work out well.

“None of them include having Kevin sing, and as good a friend as he is – he calls all the time, really, like at 3AM and so forth – I just can’t agree to this.

“Yes, I think David would like the Bobby Darin connection, and, yes, Kevin is a good singer, a really fantastic impressionist, but he is waaay too old, and he cannot, as far as I know do the Davy dance. Not that he would ever need to, but I don’t think he can do it.

“I mean, he limped a little in Usual Suspects – but that is a very long way from the Davy dance – a really, very, very long way.

“And now these so-called ‘fans,’ as they call themselves, want to boycott this concert tour unless and until we invite Kevin to sing Daydream Believer at the end of the show.

“I am beside myself with worry over this, and don’t know what to do. To have such a revolution among people who should know better and who have never even talked to Kevin as I have, sometimes for hours and hours when he was thinking about maybe leaving show biz, just makes me so sad and confused.

“But for you ‘Spacey Cadets,’ as I will now call you disparagingly, Peter and Micky and I have got this whole Daydream Believer thing right at the top of our list of things to bring to the concert in the best and right way. It is important to us, and we don’t intend to mess around with this. There are times when the Monkees just have to get serious and this is certainly one of them.

“So, pushing us around, and making the three of us have agonizing conversations in the rehearsal studio, and sometimes during meals, even, is just not helping at all.

“Please stop – and please do not boycott the shows, and please do not poison anyone else into boycotting the shows. I am asking nicely because I just don’t know what else to do.

“These shows are going to be so much fun, and will represent the whole Monkees part of our lives so well, that you just don’t want to miss them. (Micky and Peter are sounding better than ever, BTW)”

  • The Monkees

    Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Tork get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
    July 10, 1989

    (AP Photo)

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The Monkees reunion tour begins Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif., at the California Center For The Arts.


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