The Doors reunite, sort of, and plan tour and album. Two members of the famed '60s band join ex-Police drummer and, in Jim Morrison's place, ex-Cult singer Ian Astbury for initial set of dates

Jim Morrison, alas, couldn’t make it. Neither could Doors drummer John Densmore, who has the hearing disorder tinnitus and can’t play live anymore. But a Doors reunion is under way, featuring half the original 1960s lineup (keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger), along with ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland, bassist Angelo Barbera, and — in place of Morrison, who broke on through to the other side in 1971 — singer Ian Astbury, formerly of the Cult.

According to, the re-opened Doors played their first date last Tuesday at Hollywood’s House of Blues and played the first of a handful of Harley Davidson-sponsored shows on the motorcycle maker’s Open Road Tour, including one on Friday at the California Motor Speedway in Fontana, Calif. After that, there’s a date Sept. 29 at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario. And then? They’ll do a full-fledged tour of the U.S. and Europe and record a new album in 2003. Though he’s sitting this one out, Densmore has reportedly given the reunion his blessing. No word on how Morrison feels about it.