It’s always nice when they refer to each other as old friends after all these years. — Rosanne
WHEN Monkees members Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz launched their tour in the US mid-last year, bandmate Peter Tork would have been aware the cancer he had battled for nine years had returned.
At the time Tork said he wouldn’t be touring because he planned to focus on his Lead Belly tribute album Relax Your Mind.
“Peter was very private,” Nesmith said.
“He didn’t discuss it with me or really anybody else. The doctors all had different opinions about it.
“What I made the decision to do was to stand by his side, be a friend and give him as good a send-off as I know how to give from this plane of existence.”
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