Copeland Settles With Doors Members
Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland has amicably settled his lawsuit against two surviving members of the Doors, now touring under the moniker the Doors of the 21st Century. Copeland had sued the gFormer Police drummer Stewart Copeland has amicably settled his lawsuit against two surviving members of the Doors, now touring under the moniker the Doors of the 21st Century. Copeland had sued the group for breach of contract, claiming founding members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger reneged on a promise to use him during the tour and on an upcoming studio album.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "They're a great group and you should go see them," Copeland told Billboard.com recently. "[Group frontman] Ian Astbury is really charismatic." In a statement, Manzarek said, "We're glad we were able to resolve this matter, and we wish Stewart all the success in the future."
This incarnation of the Doors has been peppered with lawsuits since last year. Original drummer John Densmore, who is not a part of the reunion, sued Manzarek and Krieger for breach of contract, claiming that after lead singer Jim Morrison died in 1971, the three remaining members agreed they would split any future profits from the Doors' music equally. He alleged the members also agreed the band's name would not be used unless all three of them were involved.
Last month, a judge denied Densmore's request for a temporary restraining order preventing Manzarek and Krieger from touring. The group has 13 dates on tap for a summer tour, beginning June 20 in Detroit and including a previously announced Aug. 30 appearance at the Coors Mountain Jam outside Denver.
Here are the Doors of the 21st Century's tour dates:
June 20: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
June 21: Cleveland (Nautica Stage)
June 22: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post Gazette Pavilion)
June 24: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
July 19: Seattle (Summer Night at the Pier)
July 25: Costa Mesa, Calif. (Pacific Amphitheatre)
July 27: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Aug. 22: Virginia Beach, Va. (Harbor Center)
Aug. 23: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 24: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
Aug. 30: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks / Coors Mountain Jam)
Sept. 5: San Diego (Street Scene)