Close The Doors, Please No Breaking Through To The Other Side

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Close The Doors, Please No Breaking Through To The Other Side

Sat Aug 23, 2008 @ 12:17PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Morrisonjim Who can imagine The Doors without Jim Morrison singing lead? Not the California Supreme Court, which has enjoined keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robert Krieger from using the name when performing, touring, and promoting whatever their band will be called now. Both original members of The Doors can also forget about calling themselves The Doors of the 21st Century. The court has nixed that moniker too.

The decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by drummer John Densmore and the estate of Jim Morrison and his late wife.

"This dispute was about protecting the integrity and legacy of what The Doors stood for," said S. Jerome Mandel, litigation counsel for plaintiffs. "From their inception they viewed each other as equal members. Unlike most other rock groups, their policy was to share equally all song writing credits and royalties, regardless of who wrote the music or lyrics."

Maybe Manzarek and Krieger can call themselves Jefferson Starship. Oh wait.

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