The family of late Doors frontman Jim Morrison is accusing his former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of tarnishing the reputation of the seminal group by continuing to make new music and tour under the Doors moniker.
A Los Angeles Superior Court complaint filed by George and Clara Morrison as well as the parents of Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison’s late common-law wife, and published on the Smoking Gun Web site alleges that Manzarek and Krieger have “maliciously misappropriated” the Doors’ name and logo in addition to using Morrison’s poetry and photos without permission.
Further, the suit states that Manzarek and Krieger have stolen “valuable property rights” to publicize the new band, which includes new members — such as ex-Cult singer Ian Astbury (also named as a defendant) — who were never associated with the original incarnation of the group. The plaintiffs allege that the new lineup will use these rights to launch “a national and international tour in order to wrongfully enrich themselves.”
While no damages are specified in the lawsuit, the Morrisons and Coursons demand that the defendants “disgorge all profits which they have improperly received.”