Monkees not expecting to attend Davy Jones’s funeral

Band members fear that their presence would bring too much media attention to the ceremony

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Former Monkee Micky Dolenz has revealed that the surviving members of the group are unlikely to attend singer Davy Jones’s funeral, which is due to take place later this week.

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“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,” the 66-year-old told Billboard.

Jones, who died in Florida on Wednesday 29 February, was the youngest member of the chart-topping pop band.

Born in Manchester in 1945, he began his showbiz career as a child actor before emigrating to the USA to form an American homage to the Beatles with Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.

While there are memorial services for Jones planned in New York, London and possibly Los Angeles, the Monkees have no plans to perform at any of the events, opting instead to pay their own tribute at a later date.

“I can see us getting together to do a memorial concert,” said Dolenz. “But right now I can’t imagine anything else happening.”

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The Monkees last toured as a four-piece in 1997.