Despite being fellow bandmates with Davy Jones for years, the surviving members of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Monkees[/lastfm], Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith, won’t be attending the private funeral of their friend, out of respect of his family’s wishes to avoid a “media circus.”
However, they are planning to take part in the public memorials set for both New York and the U.K. in the coming days to say their final goodbyes.
A spokesperson for Davy Jones, Helen Kensick, announced that his family wanted to hold a private funeral in Florida where he died on Feb. 29th, and for the surviving Monkees to attend, it cold ruin their wishes to keep the ceremony low key.
Micky recently 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. So I’m kind of expecting their wishes, whatever their wishes may be.”
The rest of The Monkees members are planning on paying tribute to Davy in some way for the public memorials set for New York and the U.K.
“He obviously had fans and family and associates on both (U.S.) coasts and two continents,” Dolenz notes. “It’s pretty early days, you know, to be making too many plans. I’m still in shock.”
No dates have been set yet for the public memorials, and according to a source, Davy’s funeral will take place on Wednesday.