The surviving two members of The Doors have buried the hatchet between each other and are planning to reunite sometime this year. Guitarist Robby Krieger told Rolling Stone that he and drummer John Densmore are planning a live tribute to the late Ray Manzarek that is “certain to happen later this year.”
Manzarek died from cancer in May at the age of 74 and a private memorial of 150 family and friends was held at Manzarek’s adopted home of Napa, CA shortly thereafter.
Fans shouldn’t get their hopes up quite yet for a full fledged tour because Krieger isn’t certain if the reunion will go beyond the tribute.
“We’re going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off. That’s either the start or the end of it, I don’t know,” Krieger states.
Densmore had a fallen out with Krieger and Manzarek in 2002 after the pair began touring under the name Doors of the 21st Century. It sparked a major lawsuit in which Densmore won, but not before Krieger and Manzarek filed a $40 million countersuit for Densmore’s refusal to sign off on multi-million-dollar licensing of band songs for commercials.
“That’s what you do – if someone sues you, you sue them twice as hard back and hope that they drop the suit. It was a very stupid idea. We had the worst lawyers,” Krieger says of the countersuit.
“We’re going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off.”
The lawsuit, along with many other tales from the Doors, can be read in Densmore’s book, The Doors: Unhinged available since April.
Krieger is hoping to close the final chapter of the decades long Doors reissues with the 1971 and 1972 final albums, Other Voices and Full Circle, released in the years immediately following frontman Jim Morrison’s death. The guitarist says the vaults are getting really low for unreleased material and hopes it won’t be long before they’re released, as they contain some really cool tracks.
A hip hop remake of “Strange Days,” featuring Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek, will be released by Tech N9ne on his new CD, Something Else on July 30th via his own Strange Music (aptly named after the famous track) label. The rapper is a huge Doors fan and invited the group to play along to a new version of their classic hit.
Krieger says he’ll continue to still perform with the Robby Krieger Jam Kitchen, which is mostly an instrumental ensemble playing “jazz rock with a different twist.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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