Surviving Doors plan reunion
John Densmore and Robby Krieger are planning to play a memorial show for The Doors bandmate Ray Manzarek, who died last month aged 74.
It means the end of a ten-year feud between the surviving members of Jim Morrison’s band.
And the musicians settled their differences in time for Densmore to speak to Manzarek before his death.
He tells Rolling Stone: “The inner circle knew Ray had cancer for a while. Then I heard he was really sick and called him. He said thank you for the prayers, and told me chemo was fucked. So there was a closing, thank God.”
Densmore is delighted to be on speaking terms with his former best friend Kreiger. He explains: “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. It’s like to break the ice that way.’ It should happen pretty soon.”
Among their reasons for falling out was Densmore’s refusal to allow the band’s music to be used in a lucrative advertising deal in 2003. The experience reminded him of an episode when Morrison was still arrive, when the frontman became enraged at the suggestion of changing a classic lyric to read “Come on Buick light my fire” for the car manufacture.
“What blows my mind is that Light My Fire was primarily Robby’s song,” says the drummer. “Jim threw in ‘love become a funeral pyre.’ Typical Morrison. If he flips out over ‘Come on Buick light my fire,’ what does that mean about his caring for the whole catalog, everything we represented? I’m not going to forget that.”
Besides, he argues, the band just didn’t need the money. “The Doors aren’t billionaires, but we have deep pockets,” he says. “I have a nice house and a couple of groovy cars, so I’m going to veto this stuff.
“If they were struggling, it might be different. I knew money was going to be a very volatile subject. I’ve already been called a socialist elitist weirdo from the right.”