Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Micky Dolenz Insists: ‘I Am Not A Bad Drummer’

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Former Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz has a message he wants to drum into people’s heads: He is NOT a bad drummer.

Dolenz says the rumor started when he joined the band because he was cast as a drummer, even though guitar was his main instrument.

He says that when the group started performing live concerts, he would have to watch the foot of guitarist Mike Nesmith in order to keep the beat – but not because he had no rhythm.

According to Dolenz, the group had no stage monitors and the crowd noise was so intense, he simply could not hear the band and needed to see Nesmith’s foot in order to keep track of the tunes.

As he puts it, “I watched Mike’s foot not only for my drumming but also for my singing, as I was the lead for the Monkees, not Davy Jones.”

Dolenz says he’s been saddled with the “bad drummer” rep for 40 years.

These days, Dolenz is more of a talker than a rocker. He hosts the morning show on WCBS-FM in New York.

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