TV reruns of The Monkees
and an upcoming made-for-TV movie based on the 1960s pop phenom are about as close as we'll ever get to seeing the band perform together again, according to original Monkee Peter Tork
Tork tells TV Guide Online that he's still hopping mad at former bandmate Michael Nesmith for suddenly dropping out of the band's last U.S. reunion tour back in March 1997. Tork, who stays in touch with former Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, says he hasn't spoken with Nesmith since the snub and says that the odds of another reunion are "very slim."
"Michael's in a force field of his own and not much gets in there," says Tork. "I think everybody's good and angry at Michael and I think justifiably. All he did was inform the manager, 'I don't think I'm gonna make it.' Yeah, right. Well, suit yourself, pal, nobody can force you."
Tensions between the band members come as the Monkees are enjoying yet another resurgence in popularity. VH1 is preparing a Monkees Behind the Music (June 11) and TV-movie (June 28), and TV reruns of The Monkees are now airing in syndication as part of the Screen Gems Network (check local listings).
"If you had told me back then that the show would be in reruns and people would be calling me for interviews on the matter almost 35 years later, I would have gone, 'Oh yeah? That's kind of interesting,' " says Tork, 58, who today tours with musician James Lee Stanley and with the group Shoe Suede Blues (see petertork.com).
"There is no more personal satisfaction in playing for 5,000 or 20,000 or 100,000 than there is in playing for 20 or 30 or 100 or 150," he says. "I get off as a musician playing in the blues band, which is not the case with the Monkees. I would do the Monkees if the money was right, but for the same money I would do the Shoe Suede Blues every time."