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Surviving Doors John Densmore & Robby Krieger Plan Reunion

Surviving Doors John Densmore & Robby Krieger Plan Reunion -

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.

He tells Rolling Stone (via Classic Rock Magazine):

"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 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 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."


The Doors perf. 'The End' 


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