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Surviving Monkees to skip Davy Jones' private funeral

03/07/2012 11:40 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Monkees singer Davy Jones will have private family funeral in Florida this week without the three surviving members of the band present.

Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith are not planning to attend because it would likely bring too much unwanted attention to the Jones family during a time of grief, Dolenz said Tuesday.

Instead, the three are discussing whether to take part in one of the memorials in the works.

Jones family representative Helen Kensick said planning is underway for public services to honour Jones in New York and his native England. She declined to reveal the date for his private funeral and said details have not been finalized for the public memorials.

Dolenz was unsure whether the surviving Monkees would perform at any of the gatherings.

"The three of us, Mike and Peter and I, we have never worked together just as a threesome. Mostly it was Peter, David and I and then Mike would join us," Dolenz said of the band's periodic reunions over the years.

"We've been talking, we've been communicating, but it's way too early, I think, to project or predict anything like that."

Manchester-born Jones, 66, died of a heart attack at his Florida home on Feb. 29. He was one of the most popular members of the Monkees, a band assembled for The Monkees television show broadcast from 1966 to 1968.

In real life, Jones was the fun-loving lovable character he played on TV, Dolenz said.

"What you saw is what you got. He was very much a song-and-dance man: life of the party, always telling jokes, always on, an entertainer and just a great guy to be around."

The band outlived their TV career, touring together until 1971 and reuniting several times in the 40 years since, including at a performance in 2011.

The group's hits included Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone.

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