The Doors get their mojo rising again

The Doors of the 21st Century
The Doors of the 21st Century
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY SCOTT MERVIS AND PUBLISHED BY POST-GAZETTE ON JUNE 20, 2003.

Break on through to the other side. That was the psychedelic dream of The Doors, one that began with "Light My Fire" and raged on through the turmoil of the late '60s, before being slammed shut by the death of Jim Morrison in 1971.

After a brief attempt to persevere without the poet-singer-shaman, the surviving members moved on with their lives and, despite endless other rock 'n' roll reunions, left the Doors legacy intact.

That is, until the VH1 "Storytellers" special in which keyboardist and co-founder Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore had the likes of Scott Stapp (Creed), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Pat Monahan (Train) and Ian Astbury (The Cult) step into Morrison's shoes.

It was a short leap to The Doors 21st Century, a new breakthrough with Astbury, Manzarek and Krieger joined by bassist Angelo Barbera and drummer Ty Dennis filling in for Densmore—who declined, then filed a suit (still pending) to disallow the use of the name—and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, who was the second choice, but didn't turn out to be musically compatible.

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