21st century Doors make grave decision

Ian Astbury (left) Jim Morrison (right)
Ian Astbury (left) Jim Morrison (right)

No, drummer John Densmore has not dropped his lawsuit against keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger to get them to stop touring as the Doors 21st Century.

Rather, Manzarek and Krieger will be taking their show to Paris, where on Dec. 8 they will mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of singer Jim Morrison by visiting his grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery. The next night they'll perform their first-ever concert in the City of Light, where Morrison died in 1971.

And in the show at Le Zenith, the group, which features former Cult singer Ian Astbury handling the vocals, will do something it never had the chance to with Morrison: perform the original Doors' final album, "L.A. Woman," a collection that produced such FM radio mainstays as the title song, "Love Her Madly" and "Riders on the Storm."

"The Doors never played Paris, even with Jim," says the ever-ebullient Manzarek. "This is the first official French gig. We'll go see Jim on the 8th, have a little happy birthday for him, and then the 9th is 'L.A. Woman' in Paris."

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