Michael Nesmith opens up about his return to the Monkees

FILE - This July 6, 1967 file photo shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.The Monkees will perform its first live shows since its star Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork announced Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29. The group starred in its own NBC television show in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Jones rocketed to the top of the music charts with The Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including "Daydream Believer" and "I'm a Believer."The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. It wraps on Dec. 2 in New York. It will highlight Jones
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Musician Michael Nesmith arrives at the 2010 BMI Film and Television Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 19, 2010, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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(CBS News) Former member of the Monkees Michael Nesmith says that he "never really left," when asked about his return to the group for a 12-date U.S. tour.

The Monkees announced Wednesday that they will hit the stage for the first time since singer Davy Jones died in February.

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Nesmith said he reconnected with PeterTork and Micky Dolenz at the private funeral for Jones, the first time the three had really communicated since the 1997 European tour.

So what inspired Nesmith to return after 15 years?

"I never really left," Nesmith told Rolling Stone . "It is a part of my youth that is always active in my thought and part of my overall work as an artist. We did some good work together and I am always interested in the right time and the right place to reconnect and play."

Nesmith told the magazine he had no regrets about not joining the group on tour last year, saying scheduling conflicts prevented the reunion.