Micky Dolenz Leads Tributes to Michael Nesmith: ‘I’m Heartbroken’

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The Monkees–Micky Dolenz (l.) and Michael Nesmith, September 2021 (Photo by Thomas K. Arnold; used with permission)

Micky Dolenz summed up his feelings about the passing of his longtime Monkees bandmate, Michael Nesmith, in two words. “I’m heartbroken,” he wrote, in his tribute of Nez. The popular and charismatic singer and drummer for the music group led the tributes to Nesmith, who died Friday (December 10, 2021) at age 78.

The pair had completed a farewell tour just weeks’ earlier, on November 14.

“I’ve lost a dear friend and partner,” Dolenz added on his social media pages. “I’m so grateful that we could spend the last couple of months together doing what we loved best – singing, laughing, and doing shtick.

“I’ll miss it all so much. Especially the shtick. Rest in peace, Nez.

“All my love,

Here are a few others…

From Monkees manager and producer Andrew Sandoval…

Henry Diltz, who captured the ’60s and ’70s music scene with his photographs, wrote: “Our dear friend Michael Nesmith has walked into the next room…
What a wonderful songwriter, musician, and producer. Happy to have worked alongside him for many years and they were always amazing times. He’s on the next part of his journey now and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the other side!”

Dolenz later told Rolling Stone, “He was our leader the whole time.”

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  1. Baybluesman
    #1 Baybluesman 11 December, 2021, 14:09

    As a 10 year old in 1966, I thought the Monkees were entertaining, and enjoyed their television show, but was never over the top with them, as even at that young age, I was more swayed by the Beatles “Revolver” and the Stones’ “December’s Children”, likely due to hanging around my older brother and his friends (likely to their chagrin)…..
    The point if this message is that while I not a great fan of the Monkees as a musical unit (with no disrespect, either), after their initial break-up, I read and learned a lot more about Mike Nesmith, and started following his individual career, and I personally believe the “Monkees Moniker” held back many of the listening audience’s acceptance of Mr. Nesmith as a proficient musician, songwriter, and collaborator.
    I just feel fortunate to look beyond the mid-60’s and discovered Mr. Nesmith’s extensive talent.

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  2. Bianca
    #2 Bianca 13 December, 2021, 21:56

    I fell in love with The Monkees in June 2021: Micky’s wonderful voice, the multi talented Peter Tork, the charismatic Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith`s country touch. I love them all.
    Vale Mr. Nesmith

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  3. Cal Vid
    #3 Cal Vid 5 January, 2022, 00:11

    Monkees tribute to Mike Nesmith. RIP https://youtu.be/gS4LSFZtYRY

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