Jones, former Monkee, sings a sarcastic tune

June 18, 1998|By Tamara Ikenberg | Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF

At 52, Davy Jones is one angry old Monkee.

Terse and bitter during a phone interview from his Los Angeles apartment, the pint-size flower-power heartthrob admits, however sardonically, that money was a big reason why he teamed with Bobby Sherman and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits for the "Teen Idols Tour."

"No, I don't want any money," Jones says dryly from his apartment in Los Angeles. Sarcasm makes his saccharine Manchester accent sound as alien as Alvin and the Chipmunks doing Marilyn Manson covers.

"I don't want to be paid for it," Jones continues in the same biting tone, "I just want a cheese sandwich and a roof over my head."

One would think a man who'd serenaded Marcia Brady, subsequently fulfilling her teen fantasies on a moving episode of "The Brady Bunch," could put shallow material wants behind him.

But "potloads" of money are high on the priority list of the performer who gained fame in the mid- to late '60s as a member of a faux rock group assembled for the psychedelic TV show "The Monkees."

As a Monkee, Jones and his pals Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork held instruments they weren't allowed to play as they sang songs they didn't write.

However, Jones will perform such Monkees classics as "Daydream Believer" on the tour, in addition to new material, including a song recently written by Noone and himself.

According to Jones, he's never had conflicts with his old Monkee handlers over whether he could perform old Monkees songs on his own or with the group on reunion tours.

"We don't have to ask permission for things like that," he says.

After all, it would hardly make sense for Jones not to sing his hits for an audience sure to include die-hard Monkee fans hungry for a blast from the past.

"I have my theme songs, and people know me. It's not something I have to work terribly hard at," he says. "I'm not looking for success, I already have it," he adds.

Many of the aging fans attending the "Teen Idols Tour" probably considered the Monkee boy a '60s sex symbol, something Jones seems a bit confrontational about discussing now.

"If it's the sex symbol thing, that's their personal business," he says. "I don't perform one song for the people who want to see my [rear] and another for the people who just want to hear me sing."

Teen Idols Tour

Who: Davy Jones, Bobby Sherman and Peter Noone

When: Sunday, 7 p.m.

Where: Pier Six Concert Pavilion

Tickets: $15 and $25

Call: 410-481-SEAT

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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