The two surviving members of the Doors -- drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger -- have made peace and are planning to team up to honor late keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Manzarek died on May 20th at age 74 of bile duct cancer, and along with Krieger had battled Densmore and the Jim Morrison estate earlier in the decade over the legal rights to the Doors name, along with a $40 million dollar counter suit against Densmore.
Krieger, who has been on the outs with Densmore since 2002, revealed to Billboard, "I can't hate him forever. I just wish (Densmore) had wanted to play with Ray and I before this all started." When pressed if the two musicians were planning a reunion tour, Krieger said: "We are going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off. That's either the start of it or the end of it, I don't know."
No official date or location for the Manzarek tribute has been announced.
Robbie Krieger told us that for all the drama constantly surrounding the Doors in the '60s, there were never any ego problems within the band itself: "Jim was, like, the focal point of the band, and that was fine with us, y'know? And I think the very fact that it was fine with us is why we all got along, y'know, so well, in the Doors. It was really like the perfect group, y'know, as far as working together and stuff -- there was no ego problems, y'know, and petty jealousies, and stuff like that, that a lot of groups go through."
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