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Published: Thursday, 3/8/2012

Monkees won't attend funeral

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This 1966 photo shows The Monkees, singing group, from left, are, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith. This 1966 photo shows The Monkees, singing group, from left, are, Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith.
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Davy Jones' funeral will not be the stage for a reunion of his former Monkees bandmates, according to the group's Micky Dolenz, who said his understanding was that the family wanted to keep the service "low-key" and avoid a "media circus."

Dolenz told Billboard.com that if he, Peter Tork, or Mike Nesmith were to show up by themselves or together, "it would very quickly be degraded into something that I don't think his immediate family would want to deal with."

The three had, however, spoken with one another since Jones' death, he said, and were all "in shock."

Jones died of a heart attack last Wednesday. He was 66.

According to family sources, Jones' body will be cremated and a memorial service -- date to be determined -- will be held in his home state of Florida, TMZ said Tuesday. Public memorials are also being planned for New York and England.



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