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A vicious feud has torn apart The Monkees - and member Peter Tork has been booted from the reunited legendary 1960s group in a nasty bust-up over the other members' drinking. And while Peter is sad to leave the group, he doesn't miss the behind-the-scenes fighting that destroyed the band. He says, "Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones fired me just before the last two shows of our 35th anniversary tour. I'm both happy and sad over the whole thing. I always loved the work onstage - but I just couldn't handle the backstage problems. I'd given them 30 days notice that I was leaving so my position is that I resigned first and then they dropped me. Thank God I don't need The Monkees anymore." The other Monkees say they ordered Tork to take the last train to Clarksville after the 59-year-old performer threatened to quit once too often. Tork said his problem with Davy and Micky on the tour was their drinking - which led to nasty fights. He admits, "I'm a recovering alcoholic and haven't had a drink in several years. I'm not against people drinking - just when they get mean and abusive. I went on the anniversary tour with the agreement that I didn't have to put up with drinking and difficult behavior offstage. When things weren't getting better, I gave the guys notice that I was leaving in 30 days for good."

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