The Monkees' Mike Nesmith is recovering from heart sugery

THE MONKEES:  Mike Nesmith reveals he's recovering from heart surgery

Mike Nesmith is recovering from heart bypass surgery.

There were more questions than answers when he and Micky Dolenz postponed the final four dates on their Monkees tour in June.

After five weeks of silence, Nez tells Rolling Stone that he never "collapsed" as TMZ reported, but he was "getting weaker" and experiencing signs of heart trouble -- such as severe shortness of breath. He headed home to California's Monterey Peninsula, where the quadruple bypass was performed.

Now 75, the musician nicknamed "Wool Hat" was hospitalized for a month. Calling the recuperation period "frightening," he says, "There’s also a lot of pain involved, and I didn’t like that. You can’t cough and you can’t walk and you can’t get up. And you’re hooked to these gadgets that are annoying. I didn’t even know where I was for a couple of weeks."

Since returning home, he says he's made good progress and says he's "back to 80 percent... I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. My thinking is clear and I know who I am and where I am. It all feels like a natural healing process."

Nesmith expects to be able to make previously scheduled dates for his First National Band during September. The canceled "Mike and Micky Shows" will also be made up, and he feels open to adding more in 2019.

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