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 Nesmiths foot in order to keep track of the tunes.
As he puts it, I watched Mikes foot not only for my drumming but also for my singing, as I was the lead for the Monkees, not Davy Jones.
Dolenz says hes 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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