Surviving members plan Doors reunion
LOS ANGELES, CA – The two surviving members of the rock group, The Doors, plan on a reunion in honor of their late band-mate Ray Manzarek.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, The Doors drummer, John Densmore, is looking to end his longtime feud with fellow band-mate Robby Krieger, so the two can perform a tribute to the late Ray Manzarek.
Densmore got into a legal tussle in 2002, with both Krieger and Manzarek, over the rights to the group’s name and catalogue. Krieger and Manzarek were touring under the name The Doors of the 21st Century.
Densmore won the battle and forced the pair to change the groups name. They renamed the group to Riders on the Storm, the title of a Doors classic hit.
As anniversaries came and went, 68-year-old Densmore refused to take part in any of their anniversary events, leading to an even more strained relationship.
According to Densmore, his relationship with 67-year-old Krieger has improved since Manzarek’s death earlier this year.
He told Rolling Stone, “I said to Robby a few weeks ago in an email: ‘Let’s have our musical reunion for Ray. Let’s play some Doors songs at the Whisky or Wiltern. There’s a lot of great musicians in L.A. that we know and love and admire the band. I’d like to break the ice that way.’ It should happen pretty soon.”
Krieger did tell Billboard.com that he, “can’t hate him forever,” and wishes Densmore would have wanted, ” to play with Ray and I before this all started.”
Confirming rumors, Krieger went on to tell Billboard.com, “We are going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off. That’s either the start of it or the end of it, I don’t know.”
Krieger, Densmore and Manzarek founded The Doors in 1965 along with lead singer Jim Morrison, who died in 1971. The trio continued performing together until 1973.
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