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Thursday, 4 July, 2002, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
The Doors reform for tour
The Doors
Singer Jim Morrison (second right) died in 1971
The surviving members of legendary rock group The Doors have announced plans to go on tour more than 30 years after lead singer Jim Morrison died.

Morrison's place will be taken for shows in the United States and Europe by Ian Astbury, the frontman of 1980s UK rock group The Cult.

The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore have also been writing songs for their first new album since 1972.

Cult singer Ian Astbury
Ian Astbury enjoyed success with The Cult in the 1980s
Manzarek and Krieger will definitely play the shows, the first of which takes place in California in September - but a health problem may force Densmore to miss them.

The Doors were one of the most influential rock groups of the 1960s, best-known for their landmark psychedelic tracks Light My Fire, Riders on the Storm and The End.

The trio have only played twice together in public since splitting up in 1973 - when they were joined by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and for music TV channel VH1 in 2001.

The only new show to be announced so far will be at the California Motor Speedway on 6 September.

A world tour will follow in 2003, before the trio go into the studio to record the album.

If Densmore is not well enough to take part in the tour, a "world class" replacement has already been found, according to a statement on the band's official website.

Tribute

Manzarek and Densmore were thought to have fallen out over the keyboardist's autobiography Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors.

But the trio all featured on a recent Doors tribute album, Stoned Immaculate, which saw them play with stars including Bo Diddley, Marilyn Manson, Creed and Aerosmith.

Original frontman and figurehead Morrison died, officially of a heart attack, in Paris in 1971.

The group carried on, releasing two more albums after his death with Manzarek on vocals.

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