MUSIC NEWS- Former DOORS drummer John Densmore won a court battle to keep the other surviving members of the classic rock band from using the band’s name on new projects. Now, he’s hoping to win back their friendship with a new book.
Densmore said recently that he’s mailed copies of ‘The Doors: Unhinged,’ due out April 17, 2013, to both Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger with the hope of mending fences. Mr Densmore and the family of late Doors frontman Jim Morrison were awarded $5M after the drummer filed a lawsuit back in 2003. At that time, he charged Manzarek and Krieger with having “improperly invoked the Doors’ name and images” when the two toured as “The Doors of the 21st Century” that also had Police drummer Stewart Copeland and the Cult's Ian Astbury as vocalist.
“My relationship with Ray and Robbie has been rather strained, of course,” Densmore told trade pub , Billboard. “But at the end [of the book] I write about how I can’t not love them for what we created together…So hopefully [the book] is a bit of an olive branch and we can head towards healing.”
Densmore even said he’s open to performing with his former Doors bandmates in the future, as long as that doesn’t include performing with a Morrison clone on stage. “It can’t be the Doors,” Densmore feels. “That’s like the Police without Sting, the Stones without Mick … I wouldn’t go on tour with them and a ‘Jimitator.’”
We couldn't agree more, John.