London, April 28: Two of the surviving members of The Doors are being sued by the family of lead singer Jim Morrison for dishonouring his memory by embarking on a reunion tour.
Morrison’s parents claim that the world tour “maliciously misappropriates” the band’s name and they accuse Ian Astbury, the British singer taking the part of their son, of “wrongfully enriching himself”.
Morrison died of a heart attack in Paris in 1971 and the band, noted for landmark psychedelic tracks including Light My Fire and Riders on the Storm, broke up. George and Clara Morrison have now launched a trademark infringement lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court, challenging the tour by the “21st Century Doors”, which comes to Britain in the autumn.
Keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger, survivors of the original line-up, are named alongside 40-year-old Astbury, formerly of The Cult, in papers claiming the group was misleading the public into thinking they were getting an authentic Doors experience.
No figure is put on potential damages. The suit simply states that the band “disgorge” all profits it has “improperly received”.
The band has already faced legal action from original drummer, John Densmore, and his one-time replacement, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland.