The Monkees' Michael Nesmith is playing solo again

Michael Nesmith says he's ready to perform again.

Nearly three months after heart problems led to quadruple bypass surgery, he's looking forward to performing with his own band Saturday night in Cleveland.

He tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer there's only one Monkees song he's likely to perform: "Papa Gene's Blues," one of his few compositions that the made-for-TV icons recorded. But there could have been more.

Wool Hat wanted The Monkees to do "Different Drum," but was told "it was 'too twangy'" for them. Of course, he points out that did not hold it back from becoming a classic for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys

These days he's more comfortable with The Monkees' legacy -- and will make up the shows with Micky Dolenz postponed when Nez took sick next March.

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