Doors Members Robby Krieger and John Densmore to Reunite
Surviving Doors members John Densmore (drums) and Robby Krieger (guitar) will reunite, according to Rolling Stone. Krieger told the magazine that they will play at least one show as a tribute to founding Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away this spring. “We’re going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off,” Krieger said. “That’s either the start or the end of it, I don’t know.”
Jim Morrison passed away in 1971 but the remaining members of The Doors continued to perform and record until 1973. The three surviving members of the band have performed together a few times over the years, most recently for a 2000 The Doors appearance on VH1’s Storytellers. In 2002, a huge rift started between Densmore and his bandmates over the licensing of Doors songs for commercials and Krieger and Manzarek’s decision to tour as The Doors of the 21st Century. The legal battle was still going on shortly before Manzarek’s death. However, despite their business disagreements, Krieger, Densmore and Manzarek recorded a new track with Skrillex for the Re:GENERATION documentary in 2011.
“We should probably wait until John’s book dies down,” Krieger told Rolling Stone of their reunion show. “He’s the one that got me in The Doors. What am I going to do? I can’t hate him forever. I just wish he had wanted to play with Ray and I back before all this started. That’s when things went bad. We’re talking about it.”
Krieger also mentions that The Doors of the 21st Century were working on a new album before Manzarek’s death and that all three surviving members of The Doors will appear on Tech N9ne’s new hip-hop remake of “Strange Days.” The track is due out on July 30.