Former Monkee Davy Jones to Play TecumsehWritten by Jim & Becky Beard | | email@example.com
Born in Manchester, England, Davy Jones became an international heartthrob as one quarter of The Monkees when the show debuted on NBC in 1966. But Jones had been performing since childhood, garnering a 1963 Tony nomination for his portrayal of The Artful Dodger, a role he originated on Broadway. These days the sixty-four-year-old, when not working, spends his leisure with his lovely bride and with his beloved horses.
TFP: You’ve been in the show business since you were eleven years old.
DJ: I started in radio in England, yeah, and I did, you know, radio plays and moved onto television. I went from one job to the next job to the next making very minimal money but at the same time gaining a lot of experience as far as the different techniques: radio, television, stage.
TFP: Has the performer’s life been a good one?
DJ: You know, everything has its ups and downs, and it’s the down times people have problems with. Fortunately, I have the horses. I also have daughters and grandchildren, and I enjoy normal stuff. I have no problem going for a beer with the guys or playing darts or going to the bowling alley. I have nothing really that I have to prove at this point. I’ve been to the top of the mountain.
TFP: Ever suffered from stage fright?
DJ: You know, I get stage fright during the day, and I get a little testy. I don’t rehearse, I don’t spend hours vocalizing, I don’t think about the dialog I’m gonna say. You know, I’d rather be on the edge. The unknown is very important to me, and it brings a little bit of spontaneity to my performance. I like to think it’s the first time I ever sang “Daydream Believer.” Yeah, I guess I do get a little stage fright.
TFP: You are refurbishing an old church.
DJ: Yes, I am. I wanna make a memorabilia museum, and I wanna make a theater. It’s in the middle of nowhere. Everyone thinks I’m on the witness protection program when I’m there. I feel comfortable there.
TFP: You have a daughter in a band.
DJ: Yeah, Annabel. Lady and The Lost Boys. She’s a great little songwriter, a great little singer, but it’s a tricky business. You gotta be in the right place at the right time. That’s what happened with The Monkees.
TFP: Any qualms about a child of yours entering the show business?
DJ: Absolutely not. When you’re the father of boys you worry, and when you’re the father of girls you pray. Whatever she wants to do.
Davy Jones will appear Jan. 30 at Tecumseh Center for the Arts. The show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets are $32 for adults and $29 for youth and seniors.
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