Ian Astbury From The Cult To Front The Doors


The legendary Doors will play live once again and The Cult’s Ian Astbury has been chosen to fill the shoes of the late Jim Morrison.

The surviving members Ray Manzerek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore have announced they will do the one off show with Ian on September 7 at the California Motor Speedway just outside LA County.

At this stage it is planned that Densmore will be part of the show although The Doors have advised fans he is not in the best of health and they will have to decide closer to the date if he is capable of performing. In the meantime, they are rehearsing with an alternate drummer just in case.

Astbury will perform most of the songs in the set but there are also a number of guest vocalists who will perform lead on some songs. The Doors have not announced at this stage who they might be. However, on the VH1 storytellers shows a year ago, The band performed with Scott Weiland, Perry Farrell, Scott Stapp of Creed, Pat Monaghan from Train and Travis Meeks of Day of the New.

The only two times The Doors have performed in the last 30 years were for their the rock and roll hall of fame induction and last years VH1 Storytellers special. The band’s last concert was in 1972.

The one off show will be used to evaluate the next move forward. Already Robby, Ray and John are writing new material and plan to record a new album next year. They also plan a full on US and European tour in 2003.

Paul Cashmere courtesy of Undercover