It isn’t a lack of respect that will keep the surviving members of The Monkees away from Davy Jones’ funeral – it is fear that the paparazzi will turn the solemn occasion into a cirus if they attend.
The 66-year-old singer passed away from a heart attack last week and while his bandmates are upset, they have agreed to stay away from his burial as Davy’s family want a “low-key” send-off.
Asked if he and his bandmates Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork will attend the funeral, drummer Micky Dolenz told Billboard:
“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.”
“And 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 that.”
The Monkees have previously toured without Michael and now that Davy has passed away, Micky believes it is unlikely any of them will perform under the group’s name anymore.
Micky said: “We’ve had a sort of unspoken, I guess, agreement over the years that if it’s just two of us getting together we never called it The Monkees. I can see us getting together to do a memorial concert, of course, but right now I can’t imagine anything else happening without the Manchester Cowboy.”
Davy will be buried in Florida, with public memorial services expected to take place in New York and the singer’s native Manchester, North West England.