Surviving Doors Open To Recording With Weiland, Astbury

Sixties band's keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, says he plans to write new album with bandmate Robbie Krieger, Stone Temple Pilots, Cult frontmen.

The Doors’ recent appearance on “VH1 Storytellers,” which paired surviving members Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore with singers such as Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland, Creed’s Scott Stapp, and Days of the New’s Travis Meeks, may yield a collaboration album of new material.

Keyboardist Manzarek said Thursday he is planning to write a new album with guitarist Krieger and “poets” Weiland and the Cult’s Ian Astbury.

“I got to know them a little, and they are both good guys,” Manzarek said. “They’re very intelligent.”
Manzarek has not written material with either artist yet, but he has acquired lyrics for six possible songs from punk rocker Jim Carroll. “He will be perfect for us,” Manzarek said of the New York native, who wrote the autobiographical “The Basketball Diaries.” Manzarek added that drummer Densmore would likely work on the album as well.

Weiland and Astbury each contributed to the Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate, which was released November 14 and also featured Train, Smash Mouth, Creed, Aerosmith, Oleander and Days of the New.

Jane’s Addiction/Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Farrell joined Train singer Patrick Monahan and others for the “Storytellers” taping, which marked the first time the remaining Doors had taken the stage together since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 (see “STP’s Weiland Talks Doors Influence, ‘Storytellers’ “ ).

Manzarek also plans to release a solo record of piano songs he has written in recent years. “That should take up most of 2001,” he said.