Micky Dolenz is a "science geek," the kind of guy who subscribes to Scientific American, reads books about nature vs. nurture and once pursued a college degree in physics.
"I'm into quantum physics," the singer says.
You know, all that geek stuff about energy and light speed and the law of attraction.
That's no surprise, perhaps, given that Dolenz's career is a stellar example of what happens when highly charged particles vibrate on the same frequency.
In 1966, while casting for The Monkees -- a TV show about a band, much like Glee is a TV show about a school glee club -- producers put Dolenz on stage with Davy Jones, a fellow child star who happened to be as adorably British as Dolenz was adorably Hollywood-ish.
From the first moment, their pairing was "amazing," Dolenz says. "Davy and I worked together like magic."
On stage, the stars aligned.
That they stayed aligned at all over the course of the next 45 years remains a marvel -- sometimes even to Dolenz himself.
'Closest thing to a brother I ever had'
It's been three months now since Davy Jones died of a heart attack in Indiantown at 66.
Dolenz says he still hasn't recovered: "It's like getting hit by a bus."
He did several TV interviews on Feb. 29, the day Davy died. He talked about Davy's "heart of gold" and sense of humor, and how they lived together in the early days of The Monkees. Micky called him "David," as most of Jones' old friends did.
But Dolenz says he can't remember what he said. He was in a daze then, and his emotions still ricochet up and down.
He's sharing memories of Jones and their 45-year pop partnership while eating fish and chips at the English pub inside Epcot at Disney World -- a fitting spot, since Jones enjoyed hoisting a Guinness or two, and a poignant place for Dolenz to be on this late May afternoon.
Later that day, Dolenz would begin three nights of shows, filling in for Jones at Epcot's Flower Power concert series. Jones looked forward to the gig each spring for 10-plus years because he could mingle with three generations of Monkees fans and cap off each night watching Epcot's fireworks from backstage.
After Davy's death, those diehard fans launched a campaign to persuade Disney to hire Micky, to help them grieve their childhood idol with one man they knew was hurting, too.
"He was the closest thing to a brother I ever had," Dolenz says. "If you have any siblings, you know what it's like, not only the closeness, but the relationship -- you have good days, you have bad days, you love 'em and you hate 'em."
Maybe you don't see your siblings for years. Maybe you get mad at them over misunderstandings. Maybe other members of your extended family get involved and complicate the relationship.
But siblings are the only people who share your youthful memories -- and, oh, what incredible memories Dolenz and Jones and fellow Monkees Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork had.
The Monkees marked the first time TV and pop music had merged with such great success -- producing No. 1 hit songs and a No. 1 hit show every week for two years, and eventually becoming a TV reruns staple with timeless slapstick and enduring tunes.
While Nesmith and Tork would butt heads about music, Dolenz and Jones never fought about art.
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