The parents of late Doors singer Jim Morrison filed a lawsuit
against the members of the current reincarnation of the band in Los
Angeles Wednesday. They’re alleging that keyboardist Ray Manzarek
and guitarist Robbie Krieger — original Doors currently touring
with former Cult singer Ian Astbury under the moniker “Doors 21st
Century” — have misappropriated the band’s name and logo as well
as Morrison’s poetry and photos.
The suit claims the members of 21st Century Doors are engaged in
a “deliberate scheme” to confuse the public and “wrongfully enrich
themselves.” The Morrisons, joined on the lawsuit by the estate of
Jim’s late common-law wife Pamela, are seeking unspecified damages.
The two families are co-owners of Morrison’s twenty-five percent
stake in the corporations that run the bands’ ongoing business.
Kreiger, Manzarek and original drummer John Densmore together own
the remaining three-quarters.
Densmore has declined to join Manzarek and Kreiger’s
ressurection, and in February he sued their new band to force them
to change their name. And in March, former Police drummer Stewart
Copeland, who had played in early versions of the Doors 21st
Century, also sued Manzarek and Kreiger for breach of contract when
they declined to use him for the band’s current tour and upcoming