Mandi Bierly
March 01, 2012 AT 05:20 PM EST

Davy Jones’ former Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz appeared on both Today and Good Morning America to remember his late friend. In a cheerful GMA interview (below), Dolenz reminisced about the pair receiving good reviews — even from Rolling Stone — on their tour together last year; and Jones’ enthusiasm early in their career when he heard their music on the radio.

In retrospect, Dolenz said he understands The Monkees phenomenon. “It was a television show about this band that was not successful, that wanted to be the Beatles but never was on the show. It was about the struggle for success, and it spoke to all bands, all the garage bands, all the kids around the world who were in their living rooms and in their basements trying to become successful. Because on the television show, we were never successful, so that endeared us, I think. That made it real to a lot of kids. The closest thing that’s come along down the pike since The Monkees, I think, is Glee, which is a show about an imaginary glee club but they really are good and they can actually do it.” 

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