In a rare reunion, the three surviving members of 1960s rock band the Doors teamed up with several guest vocalists to perform their classic tunes for an upcoming television special.
The taping Tuesday at a Hollywood soundstage marked the first time that keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore have performed publicly since 1993, when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pinch-hitters for the group’s late singer, Jim Morrison, included Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Ian Astbury of the Cult and Scott Stapp of Creed, who all did their best impressions of the “Lizard King.”
The results will be aired in late November on music cable network VH1’s Storytellers series, coinciding with the release of a Doors tribute album, Stoned Immaculate.
Morrison Tales RememberedThe Doors, one of the most influential bands of the rock era thanks to hits like “Light My Fire” and “Hello, I Love You,” broke up several years after the hard-living Morrison died of heart failure in 1971, and they have played together only a handful of times since.
Morrison was frequently evoked during the taping, as the invited audience was regaled with the tales behind the songs.
Manzarek said Morrison’s lyrics for “Wild Child” reflected “the wildness in each and everyone of us.” Krieger contradicted him, saying Morrison wrote the song about his wife, Pamela, who outlived him by three years. Both agreed Pamela contributed a few lines.
Astbury, of reunited British rockers the Cult, performed “Wild Child” as well as “Alabama Song” and “Back Door Man.” Travis Meeks of modern rock band Days of the New sang the oedipal epic “The End,” and former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell did “L.A. Woman.”
More Gigs Planned Stone Temple Pilots’ Weiland, whose drug and legal problems have somewhat mirrored Morrison’s, sang “Break on Through” and “Five To One,” while Pat Monahan of San Francisco band Train opened the evening with “Love Me Two Times.”
Stapp and his chart-topping rock band Creed closed the affair with “Riders on the Storm,” “Roadhouse Blues” and “Light My Fire.”
All the acts will be featured on Stoned Immaculate (Elektra), along with such artists as Aerosmith, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley.
Doors manager Danny Sugerman told Reuters after the taping that the Doors planned to play a handful of live dates next year in both Europe and the United States as part of a project organised by English musicians Jaz Coleman and Nigel Kennedy.