Mickey Dolenz vividly recalls the first time he realized he wasn’t just an actor playing a rock and roll drummer on TV anymore, but a full-fledged rock star.
It was December of 1966 and he had been working seven days a week acting on the new hit series The Monkees. At nights, he and is bandmates Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork had been rehearsing and recording vocal parts for the new made-for-TV American group based loosely on The Beatles.
“It was really a crazy commitment. We had been almost incommunicado for three months,” Dolenz explained.
With Christmas approaching, he needed to get a few presents for friends and family. So during a brief hiatus, he drove to a nearby Hollywood mall to engage in some holiday shopping.
As he walked in the doors, he suddenly witnessed dozens of shrieking girls rushing toward him.
‘I saw all these people screaming and running and I thought at first there was a fire. Then I realized they were coming after me. I had to get back in my car and drive off. I had never seen anything like that before,” Dolenz says.
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