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NEWS ITEM courtesy of Billboard.com: Densmore
Sues Over New Doors Lineup
former drummer and co-founder of the Doors, has filed a multiple-count
lawsuit against surviving original band members Ray Manzarek and Robert
Krieger, among others, Billboard Bulletin reports.
The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims that
written and oral agreements mandate that the Doors name and logo can
be used only by the original band members. Keyboardist
Manzarek and guitarist Krieger have been playing
dates as the Doors with Ian Astbury (formerly of the Cult) on vocals
Stewart Copeland (ex-Police) on drums.
Densmore said he would not want to play with the group.
"Who can fill Jim's leather pants?" he said. "The Doors is John, Jim,
Ray, and Robby. It's not Ray, Robby, Stewart, and Ian." Densmore said
not after money, nor will he try to stop Friday's show. He just wants
band to change the name. "They can call themselves Formerly Members of
the Doors or the Hinges or the Windows," he said.
If you ask me
right. What is Ray thinking? And I'm really shocked with
going along with it. By using the name it assumes the band is
"continuing on" and that would mean our future memories of The Doors
2 lead singers. I mean, Come ON! If ever
there was a band that is KNOWN for it's lead
singer, it's The Doors!
I spent a great deal of my early life a BIG Doors fan, who
jumped on the band wagon when alot people my age did. It was
1981, I was 15 and impressionable & it was also the 10th
of Jim Morrison's death. A biography of Jim Morrison was released
and it quickly became a bestseller. On July 3rd, alot of radio
across America had a "Doors A - Z Day" where they played the entire
catalog. I was caught like a catfish on a fishing pole.
I began to transform myself into a thin, long curly
hair, poet writing teenager. I drew Doors logos on the desks at
school. I spent hundreds of dollars of my "restaurant
money getting Doors bootlegs because I loved hearing new
I wanted them ALL. I bought every Doors video released on
day they were released . I bought bootleg videotapes of things
The Doors trying to do a video of People Are Strange and they keep
to reshoot because Jim keeps screwing up. I don't want to tell
how much I paid for that. I could continue on, but suffice
say that, at the time, I feel like I could apply for a position
Doors historian and be hired on the spot.
Nowadays, looking back, Jim Morrison just reminds me of
the drunk guy at the party who nevers shuts up and babbles on about
nonsense HE doesn't even
understand. But because the young Morrison became a celebrity
just as he entered his drug/alcohol phases, the public had to deal with
(and at first even marvelled at) his "antics".
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the music and think no one else could
put across the songs like Jim Morrison does. I just don't think
he's a genius anymore. I
guess it means I've grown up.
I think the remaining Doors should stop the nonsense
or risk looking like grumpy old men, which they are not. They
perform Doors music better than ever and would be kind of cool to see
live, but only if it included the remaining 3. We've lost the
most important member already, we don't want to settle for anything
less than that.
I was actually stageside for a show John & Robby did
in a club in New York City in 1997 to promote the Doors box set being
released (during my "must go to one concert a month" years). They
billed that as John Densmore & Robby Krieger of
Doors. I'm suspicious that with Ray involved, "someone" is trying
to put it across as The Doors. The part that I don't understand
is why is Robby allowing this? The men that are playing these gigs as
The Doors are not The Doors. I think the boys should stop
publicly bickering, tell Stewart Copeland it would have been an honor
to play with him but John is back, find 4 cool lead singers and
go on tour. Calling this
new band "The Doors" not only breaks thier original contract, but also
risks forever tarnishing the legacy of The Doors. End of story.
Update: Now Ray & Robby are being sued
Copeland of the Police, who was to have played the drums on the tour,
Ray & Robby kicked him off the tour. He is claiming lost
It's getting pretty ugly. Today 05/01/03 while reading the
Jones Beach lineup, I see Ray & Robby will be playing there and it
billed as The Doors. What a shame.