The Doors of the 21st Century, Wembley Arena, London

The Doors of the 21st Century

Everything, they say, comes to those who wait, but Doors fans have had to be especially patient. Tonight's gig comes 32 years after the death of Jim Morrison, and is the band's first performance in London since 1968.

In the run-up to this, their last hurrah, the keyboardist Ray Manzarek and the guitarist Robby Krieger have been embroiled in some testing lawsuits. Having declined to play with his former bandmates, the original Doors drummer, John Densmore, won an injunction forcing them to operate under the moniker The Doors of the 21st Century. Then, in June this year, the former Police drummer Stewart Copeland successfully sued Manzarek and Krieger for breach of contract. To cap it all, Morrison's parents have also taken legal action, alleging that the current incarnation of the band has misappropriated their son's poetry and likeness.

For the fans at least, it seems there is nothing to forgive. Hence a huge roar greets Manzarek and Krieger as they walk on stage with Ian Astbury, former singer with The Cult. Behind them, Morrison's face materialises on a huge video screen, the legend "An American Poet, 1943-1971" beneath it.

From the outset, it's clear that Astbury is portraying Morrison, his voice, clothes, hairstyle and stage moves amounting to an Olympian Stars in Their Eyes performance. Indeed, when Astbury's image is first relayed in real-time by the video screens against a shape-shifting oil-lamp pattern, the "Morrison lives" illusion provokes is so convincing that it provokes an audible gasp from the crowd.

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