The Monkees’ strange reaction to death of Davy Jones

The Monkees are speaking out about the death of their bandmate Davy Jones — and while two statements are your normal garden variety mourning, one is a little far out, man.

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Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith are all speaking out about the unexpected death of their Monkees bandmate Davy Jones — and one statement is decidedly more cosmic than the others.

“I am in a state of shock,” fellow Monkee Mickey Dolenz said in a statement. “Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I’ll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family.”

Peter Tork spoke out via Facebook. “It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones,” he said in a message to fans. “His talent will be much missed; his gifts will be with us always. My deepest sympathy to [his wife] Jessica and the rest of his family. Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy.”

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Pretty standard, if sad, messages — but the good stuff came from the band’s guitarist, who may actually have been smoking some of the good stuff when he wrote it.

“All the lovely people. Where do they all come from?” Michael Nesmith said.

“So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don’t know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.”

“While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about,” Nesmith continued.

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“I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.”

“That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you,” he continued, “I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that ensures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane. David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.

“I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels,” he finished.


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