Monday, April 28, 2003

Come on in, The Doors are open.

Ah .. yes .. everybody wants a piece of the pie... Here is somethin that I stumbled across today

APRIL 24 - -The parents of Jim Morrison yesterday sued two of their son's former Doors bandmates, claiming that the musicians, now touring in a reformed version of the famous group, have "maliciously misappropriated" the name and logo of The Doors and are using Morrison's poetry and photos without permission. In a Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, octogenarians George and Clara Morrison allege that Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger have stolen "these valuable property rights" in a bid to promote and market "a new band that they recently organized with two other individuals that have never been associated with the original Doors band" and which plans on launching "a national and international tour in order to wrongfully enrich themselves." Along with Manzarek and Krieger, the Morrisons have named as a defendant Ian Astbury, The Cult's former lead singer and the man now trying to fill Morrison's leather pants. The lawsuit, a key excerpt from which is below, does not specify damages, but demands that the defendants "disgorge all profits which they have improperly received" from the band's resuscitation. The complaint also seems to take a swipe at the new band's musicianship, noting that the group has "attempted to play songs written and made popular by the original Doors band in a manner which attempts to copy the original distinctive sound of The Doors." The reformed Doors tour has apparently been successful, with the group playing a sold-out show ($70 per ticket) tonight at New York City's Roseland Ballroom (capacity of about 3000). Joining the Morrisons as plaintiffs in the L.A. lawsuit are Columbus and Pearl Courson, the parents of Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison's late common-law wife. The Morrisons and Coursons share a 25 percent ownership stake in the corporations formed to administer the Doors partnerships. The other 25 percent partners are Manzarek, Krieger, and former Doors drummer John Densmore.

No comment .. I think the story itself says it all.

One thing I will say is .. if you get TNN.... watch MOST EXTREME ELIMINATION CHALLENGE It comes on Saturday evenings and repeats on Sunday evenings .. at around 6 or 7 .. something like that .. check your local listings .. but man .. what a great show. It is footage from a Japanese game show called Takeshi's Castle about 10 or 15 years ago, edited and overdubbed in english, but nowhere near the actual translation. There more like improvised "Mad Movies", if you remember that show .. and piss your pants hilarious. I recommend it to everyone.

The original gameshow concept is that there are group of people seperated into 2 teams and compete through different obstacles to conquer the castle. Though I do enjoy the Americanized version of the show but I am left to wonder if there is any seqments that we may be missing that would be enjoyable as well. Nonetheless .. I am a fan of the show.

Move over Iron Chef.

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