Densmore protective of Doors name
Published 04/07/2010 | 05:51
The Doors drummer John Densmore has said he had to put his foot down when former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger started touring under the name The Doors of the 21st Century.
The Doors disbanded in 1971 when frontman Jim Morrison died in Paris aged 27, and when his bandmates chose to reform, Densmore did not join them.
He said: "I think Ray and Robbie are playing now and they've been playing since, they're the Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger band and I hope they put 'founding members of The Doors', 'former members of The Doors'. Fine. Whatever."
He continued: "Jim's estate and I had to put our foot down and not allow them to say The Doors... but that's all settled."
The band were all consulted for When You're Strange, a new documentary directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp, which uncovers previously unseen footage of The Doors.
Densmore said: "Tom had written it and put together a rough cut and then it was screened for me and Ray and Robby several times and we gave notes and everything.
"I knew we had all this footage over the years, because Ray and Robbie went to film school and their friends were following us around with cameras.
"But the way it was put together and especially having a narrator - Johnny Depp, the Madhatter, he'll show you the way - I loved it.
"I'm real proud of the playing, and I love seeing Jim sitting on the pier laughing."
:: When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors is released on July 2.