Doors Draft Stewart Copeland For Reunion Shows
No drummer, no problem. The Doors have snagged former Police drummer Stewart Copeland to fill in for the ailing John Densmore at a show tonight (Sept. 6) at the California Motor Speedway.No drummer, no problem. The Doors have snagged former Police drummer Stewart Copeland to fill in for the ailing John Densmore at a show tonight (Sept. 6) at the California Motor Speedway. As previously reported, the show will feature the Cult's Ian Astbury on vocals. It comes as part of motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson's 100th anniversary Open Road tour; Stone Temple Pilots, Nickelback, and George Clinton will play later in the weekend.
Densmore is suffering from the hearing disorder tinitus and will not play tonight; his status is uncertain for a Sept. 29 concert at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario. Copeland was unveiled to the public Tuesday during a surprise, four-song show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, which has since been broadcast on L.A. radio station KLOS.
As has been rumored for months, the Doors' official Web site confirms the band is planning a U.S. and European tour for spring 2003, with the group's first studio album in 30 years set to follow. "Already Robby, Ray, and John have been writing new songs," the site says. The three surviving members have also leant a commentary track to the DVD "The Doors Soundstage Performances," due Oct. 22 from Eagle Vision.
Meanwhile, Manzarek will join pianist George Winston for a previously announced Sept. 26 duet concert in New York. Winston's album of solo piano Doors covers, "Night Divides the Day," is due Oct. 8 from Windham Hill.