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  The Cult Frontman and Police Drummer Help Bring The Doors Back To Life. 


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The Doors returned to the stage with a little help from their friends last weekend. One of the most buzzed about performances went off without a hitch and according to press reports, mesmerized the four thousand fans who witnessed the rebirth of The Doors during the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour in California. 

The scheduled appearance looked to be in jeopardy when drummer John Densmore’s bout with chronic tinnitus made him unavailable for the show. Fortunately, the former Police drummer Stewart Copeland agreed to fill in for Densmore and join the other remaining members of the Doors, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, for the show. 

The Cult’s Ian Astbury was called on to front the band and belt out the Jim Morrison vocals. The group was also joined by Angelo Barbera on bass and X's John Doe was also on hand to recite the Jim Morrison poem, "Ghost Song."

The 90-minute set included Doors classics like “Back Door Man”, “Light My Fire”, "Break on Through," and "Riders on the Storm".  The band opened and closed the show with their rockin’ tribute to blues, "Roadhouse Blues”. 

Reaction to the performance has been mixed. Some critics have called the show from the new version of The Doors, “unforgettable” and said that this version band was much better live than the original ever were.  More cynical rock scribes said while the performance was well executed it was still nothing more than a good “Doors cover band”.  

Unfortunately, attendance at the event was less than expected. A reported 4000 tickets were sold for the show with organizers expecting far more fans to show up. Billy Idol reportedly stole the show the next night as he performed as a headliner for the second night of the two-day event.

Fans in Ontario Canada will have the opportunity to witness the new Doors on September 29th when they play a set at Molson Park in Barrie as part of the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour in that city. 
 
The three surviving members of The Doors plan to record a new album next year with guest vocals from Astbury, STP’s Scott Weiland and Creed’s Scott Stapp. Astbury is also reportedly on board for a tour with the group. 

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