LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith is on the mend after undergoing a quadruple bypass heart surgery to address a diagnosis of congestive heart failure.
The news of Nesmith’s medical ordeal comes a month after tour organizers postponed the remaining dates of the “The Monkees Present The Mike & Micky Show” after Nesmith fell ill.
“I was using the words ‘heart attack’ for a while,” Nesmith told Rolling Stone. “But I’m told now that I didn’t have one. It was congestive heart failure. It has taken me four weeks to climb out of it. If anybody ever comes up to you on the street and offers you [bypass surgery] for free, turn them down. It hurts.”
With Nesmith on the mend, tour organizers are working to reschedule postponed shows. One of his performances with Dolenz has already been rescheduled for March, with additional dates to be announced, the Los Angeles Times reported
Nesmith also plans to tour in September with a revived First National Band with Jason Chesney on bass, Christian Nesmith on guitar, and Jonathan Nesmith on the piano. The new lineup also features Pete Finney on steel guitar, Chris Allis on drums and vocals from Amy Spear and Circe Link.
The tour kicks off in September.