Micky Dolenz, who rocketed to fame in the short-lived TV show "The Monkees" in the 1960s, will pay tribute to his late co-star and bandmate Davy Jones during concerts at Epcot next weekend.
Jones was scheduled to sing in the theme park's Flower Power concert series but died of a heart attack Feb. 29 at age 66. Dolenz agreed to fill in.
Dolenz said he briefly feared "the gutter press" would try to "make something nasty or exploitive" of his appearance, which is part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
"But then the fans started writing in and demanding it, how much they would love it to happen," he said.
"There will be a section in the middle of the set where, of course, I will talk about him and have a couple of special songs and certainly a special moment," Dolenz said.
Dolenz made a guest appearance at Disney last year with Jones, a frequent Flower Power performer. They met with bandmate Peter Tork here to prep for a tour.
"We all thought the most practical thing for us to do was to meet up at Epcot and rehearse for the Monkee tour because we had to open a week later in England," Dolenz says. "It was pretty crazy."
Dolenz, 67, will continue his solo act this summer as part of the Happy Together Tour. He was late to start a solo career — "well into the '90s," he said — because of other opportunities. He wrote and directed television shows and commercials in England and Los Angeles, wrote books and did a stint as a radio personality. He appeared in "Aida" on Broadway, in "Hairspray" on London's West End and in other theatrical productions.
Musical theater is "the real deal," he said.
"It pulls it all together, all of the different skills and techniques and talent that one might have," he said.
His next project is a solo album called "Remember," due out in June.
"It's sort of an audio scrapbook or audio diary of my life, mainly since the Monkees or just before," Dolenz said. It includes his audition piece for the show: "Johnny B. Goode," a hit for Chuck Berry.
"All of the songs have some sort of connection to me, my life, my music. There are some songs on it that I was offered that I didn't do for one reason or another. Then somebody made a huge hit out of it," he laughed. "That was my fault."
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•What: The last Flower & Garden Festival concerts of the year will feature Micky Dolenz. The festival ends May 20.
•Where: Off Interstate 4, southwest of Orlando.
•When: 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and next Sunday. (Park hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
•Cost: Included in Epcot admission. A one-day, one-park admission is $85 general, $79 ages 3-9.