The vocalist and drummer was speaking on the new episode of AXS TV’s Mixtape show, which will be broadcast on Halloween at 8.30pm ET.
In a preview clip, Dolenz explains just how the unlikely partnership came about – and it all stemmed from seeing Jimi in 1967.
Dolenz says: “At the time, we were looking for an opening act. I’m at the Monterey Pop Festival Festival and all of a sudden these three guys come on stage in all these psycho-jello clothes and stuff, and they just looked incredible. That was, of course, The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
“I suggested to the producers of our show that would be a really cool opening act because they were very theatrical and The Monkees was this theatrical act.”
Dolenz adds: “I guess they liked the idea, our producers liked the idea, so sure enough a few months later we’re opening up and Jimi is the opening act.
“He did six or eight shows with us, and he was a great guy, a great kid. We had a lot of fun.”
On Thursday night’s episode, Dolenz also reveals how he learned to play drums, chats about his musical influences, and talks about his tour It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – A Tribute to The Beatles’ White Album.
The shows see Dolenz joined onstage by various artists including Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff and Joey Molland.
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- Jimi Hendrix - The 1967 Broadcast Album - UK - vinyl LP - £26.99, $33.74, €30.23 (New Item) (arrived 17-Sep-2020 16:12)on September 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm
JIMI HENDRIX The 1967 Broadcast Album (2020 UK 12-track Mono Vinyl LP. The Experience's first three releases were 45s on Track Records, the independent label owned by The Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. All three reached the top tenof the UK pop charts in early 1967: Hey Joe / Stone Free made #6 in January, Purple Haze #3 in March and The Wind Cries Mary #6 in May. Naturally, their TV appearances at this time were largely vehicles for promoting these records but the most unusual broadcast we feature here is a studio session recorded for the experimental Dutch TV show Hoepla, where the band was encouraged to perform extended versions of their songs. This album shows us just how good they sounded as they transition from psychedelic pop group to stadium rock band. The vinyl is UNPLAYED, housed in a flipback card picture sleeve and remains factory sealed)