||[May. 7th, 2006|12:24 pm]
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Ex-Monkee Davy Jones saddles up for a 'normal' life
By BILL DeYOUNG
Scripps Howard News Service
INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- Davy Jones embraces the past and cherishes the present, but says his future doesn't include any more Monkees reunions.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the created-for-television, pre-fab four, and Jones, at 60, says he's had enough _ especially after the last reunion, a '97 British tour that ended in acrimony.
"I would not work with those guys again if my life depended on it," says Jones, who was born in Manchester, England, but has owned a home in this rural Florida town for 20 years.
"I can't be responsible for their attitudes and the way they treat people. The way they talk."
Jones is the subject of Wednesday's (May 3) episode of "Living in TV Land" (TV Land, 10 p.m. EDT).
Jones says part of the bitterness from the last reunion came _ in his opinion _ because Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork _ and, to a lesser extent, Micky Dolenz _ think of themselves as rock stars, and not veterans of a popular 1960s sitcom about rock stars. The four rarely agree on anything.
"Get over it, OK?" Jones laughs. "The Monkees is gonna be the Monkees forever and ever. It's going to be like the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges and the Bowery Boys."
Jones performs about 100 solo shows every year and his set is chock-full of Monkees hits and Monkee-esque stage patter.
"I've got friends that I've known for 40 years, and a lot of people that I don't know that talk to me as if they do know me," he says. "Which makes me feel good. I've touched a lot of people's lives. The Monkees touched a lot of people's lives, and I can't destroy that by going out with those guys and having bad attitudes around me."
Jones' extended family may include millions of fans worldwide, but his inner circle is small. Twice divorced, he has four grown daughters and two grandsons _ and a stable full of the best pals a longtime horseman could ask for.
Every morning at 6, Jones drives the 30 minutes from his home to exercise his 12 horses, groom them and clean out their stalls. As a youngster in Manchester, he aspired to become a jockey, and today several of his horses race at Florida tracks _ with someone younger in the saddle.
He spends the summers at a ranch house in Pennsylvania (he also owns an estate in England and an apartment in Los Angeles). The horses make the journey, too.
But, says Jones, what he craves is stability. Something normal.
"I don't want to be Peter Pan all my life," he muses. He loves the fact the locals have gotten used to him turning up in restaurants and grocery stores.
He has applied for American citizenship _ something he says he should've done years ago.
"This is such a beautiful, amazing country; there are so many places you can go," Jones says. "This is where my loyalty lies now ... I want to be American. I've been here since 1962, and everything was given to me. So I want to die an American, 30 years from now."
(Contact Bill DeYoung of The Stuart News in Florida ar www.tcpalm.com.)