The Monkees' surviving members Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith have commented on the loss of life of fellow group member Peter Tork, who died Feb. 21. He was 77.
"There aren’t any phrases proper now…heartbroken over the lack of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork," Dolenz posted on Facebook. It was solely eight days in the past, on Feb. 13, that Dolenz posted a 77th birthday want on social media for Tork, born Peter Halsten Thorkelson, saying "Happy Birthday to my Monkee brother, Peter Tork!"
Nesmith initially posted "I’m heartbroken" on Facebook, then issued an extended assertion.
"Peter Tork died this AM. I’m advised he slipped away peacefully. Yet, as I write this my tears are awash, and my coronary heart is damaged. Even although I’m clinging to the concept that all of us proceed, the ache that attends these passings has no remedy. It's going to be a tough day.
"I share with all Monkees followers this transformation, this "loss", even so.
"PT shall be part of me perpetually. I’ve stated this earlier than — and now it appears much more apt — the explanation we known as it a band is as a result of it was the place all of us went to play.
"A band no extra — and but the music performs on — an anthem to all who made the Monkees and the TV present our non-public — dare I say "secret" — playground.
"As for Pete, I can solely pray his songs attain the heights that may raise us and that our childhood lives perpetually — that particular sparkle that was the Monkees. I’ll miss him — a brother in arms. Take flight my Brother."
Tork, who performed banjo on stage throughout Monkees live shows and continued to gig independently together with his personal band Shoe Suede Blues, talked about his various musical influences once I interviewed him in 2013 for Examiner.com. "You perceive I got here up within the people period. And Pete Seeger is the hero to us folkies. Additionally, you need to throw within the Beatles after they got here alongside. But within the earlier days, folks like Steve Allen and Danny Kaye, who had been musical and comedy on the identical time. That was one other supply of nice affect, in some methods actually extra influential on my profession when it comes to my efficiency than Pete Seeger." Then he paused and stated whimsically, "It's true. I’ve a secret yen to be a musician to today."
Andrew Sandoval, who compiled and produced Monkees reissues and wrote a guide known as The Monkees: The Day-To-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation, additionally posted on Facebook, "So lengthy my good friend. I beloved you a large number and keep in mind laughing loudly with you over many miles. Your music will all the time be in my thoughts. I can consider no higher tribute to these of us feeling this loss than to let our hearts sing your track."