The Monkees announced on Tuesday that they were cancelling the remaining nine dates of their U.S tour, prompting online speculation that Micky Dolenz was entering rehab for a substance abuse problem. But in a statement to TMZ, a spokesman for Dolenz denied that, saying the tour dates had been booked to conflict with solo dates Dolenz had already committed to.
“Management had booked a number of dates with the venues without running them by the group first,” Dolenz’ rep said, “so we had to cancel the remaining dates.
“Micky is disappointed but his solo tour is still going strong for the rest of the year.”
As for the rumors of rehab, Dolenz’ spokesman dismissed those as speculation. “It has nothing to do with any sort of substance abuse whatsoever.”
According to TMZ, the person responsible for booking the tour lost his job over the scheduling snafu.
In an exclusive interview with Stan, Dolenz said, “It’s strictly about business and internal business affairs, and that’s all I can say at the moment.”
He added that although the tour was cut short, he was pleased with the response to the shows that did happen. “We got the best reviews I think we ever had. And I particularly am very pleased with some of the reviews I got for my vocal work,” Dolenz said.
“And, by the way, you don’t sing like that when you have health problems, shall we say?”