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

By Gary Susman
Updated September 09, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.