Surviving Doors John Densmore & Robby Krieger Plan
The surviving members of The Doors are to
put aside their differences in order to perform a memorial show for
bandmate Ray Manzarek.
John Densmore and Robby
Krieger's will end their near ten-year dispute in order to
commemorate the life of the legendary keyboardist, who died last
month aged 74.
And the musicians also settled their differences in time for
Densmore to speak to Manzarek before his passing.
Rolling Stone (via Classic Rock
"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,
Densmore is said to be thrilled to be back on speaking terms
with Kreiger, as 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."
One of the main reason for the band's feud was due to Densmore
refusing to allow the band's music to be used in an advertising
campaign back in 2003. The very suggestion was said to remind him
of an incident when Morrison was still alive, and the frontman
became furious at the idea of changing a classic Doors lyric to
read "Come on Buick light my fire."
"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 that, he argues, the band didn't even need the
"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."
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