The following is excerpted from an interview (above) that Michael Nesmith did with Goldmine magazine in 1991 (note the bolded portion in particular). If you feel so inclined, we’d ask that you reblog this as far and wide as possible, in an effort to quell the “Nez-hates-the-Monkees/waited-until-Davy-died” rabble-rousing that still seems to be going on.
“Goldmine: There’s a perception among many Monkees fans today that you’ve suppressed that part of your career because you’ve turned down reunions and don’t give many interviews on the subject. Is that true?
Michael Nesmith: No, that’s part of a mis-perception; that’s half information. It is a fact that I didn’t go on the reunion tour. The reason I didn’t go is because I was making a movie, and not because I didn’t want to. As a matter of fact, when the whole thing first started off, there were 10 or 12 dates and I was on them and looking forward to it.
Well, because it was the 20th anniversary and nobody knew it was going to get as big as it did, it went from 20 dates to 200 in just a matter of weeks. The promoter said the response was phenomenal. I’d planned on being able to tuck and roll the movie in between the dates but the next thing I know, it had gone from going out for a few weekends to going out for four months solid. So, the time constraints just conspired against me and what we did was to set it up so I could join the guys when I could, which was L.A., and that was fun.
Then, for some reason, the perception got out that well, Nesmith, he never did like this whole thing, and the fact of the matter is, Nesmith does just fine with it. I like it a lot, it’s perfectly fine.”