The surviving members of The Monkees will not be attending Davy Jones funeral, it was reported today (March 7, 2012). According to a report from Billboard.com, Jones' family want a low-key funeral for the former pop star and, as such, have requested that his former band mates do not attend, in the hope that it will prevent a media scrum.
Davy Jones passed away last week after suffering a heart attack at home. The Monkees' drummer Micky Dolenz told Billboard "My understanding is they want to avoid a media circus and... the family wants to keep it very, very low-key and very, very private," Dolenz told them. "And you can imagine as soon as one or two or any of us were to show up, it would very quickly be degraded into something that I don't think his immediate family would want to deal with. So I'm kind of expecting [sic] their wishes, whatever their wishes may be." When asked about the possibility of The Monkees reforming without Davy, Dolenz said "We've had a sort of unspoken, I guess, agreement over the years that if it's just two of us getting together we never called it the Monkees," Dolenz explains. "And you have to remember that the four of us do not and did not and have never owned the rights to the Monkees; we cannot use the name the Monkees without permission from whoever happens to have the rights at any given time. I can't imagine anything else happening without the Manchester Cowboy."