Monkees show to go on despite death of Davy Jones
A MUSICAL about The Monkees will still premiere in Manchester despite the death of singer Davy Jones, organisers have said.
The show Monkee Business will go ahead as planned at Manchester Opera House later this month.
The Manchester-born frontman of the 60s hit group The Monkees, who lived in Hollywood, Florida, was rushed to hospital on Wednesday suffering from a suspected heart attack, but could not be resuscitated.
A spokesperson for the musical's producers said: “We hope that Monkee Business will be seen as it was always intended, a loving tribute to all of The Monkees and a celebration of their lives and careers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Davy’s family and friends at this sad time”.
Tributes have been flooding in for Jones (pictured above), who was born in Openshaw.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr said: "I was listening to some Monkees records recently, I like a lot of them. He has a legacy because people are talking about him today. There are a lot of musicians who have passed away who people don't remember. And he was from Manchester as well and he looked good and had good hair."
Jones's former bandmate Peter Tork said in a statement on Facebook: "It is with great sadness that I reflect on the sudden passing of my long-time friend and fellow-adventurer, David Jones.
"His talent will be much missed; his gifts will
be with us always. My deepest sympathy to Jessica and the rest of his family.
Adios, to the Manchester Cowboy. Peace and love, Peter T."
John Lennon’s son Julian paid tribute on Twitter: “RIP Davy…you did some great work! Condolences to the Jones family”.
Former BBC Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis described Davy as a ‘very nice guy’ and spoke of the impact of The Monkees: “I suppose The Monkees were the first boy band - but the whole point was that they were a lot of fun”.
Jones found fame as the frontman of the 60s group, who had nine top 40 hits including I'm A Believer, Daydream Believer and Last Train To Clarksville. Jones also starred in Coronation Street in 1961, playing the grandson of Corrie legend Ena Sharples.
Jones is survived
by his third wife Jessica, his four daughters, Talia Jones, Sarah McFadden,
Jessica Cramar and Annabel Jones - three sisters, Hazel Wilkinson, Beryl Leigh
and Lynda Moore, and three grandchildren, Harrison and Lauren McFadden and
Monkee Business runs from March 30 to April 14 at The Opera House. For more information and ticket details go to www.atgtickets.com.
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