The Doors name new lead singer

They don't look so strange here - The Doors performing outside of Town Hall in Frankfurt in 1968
They don't look so strange here - The Doors performing outside of Town Hall in Frankfurt in 1968 (Image credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

The Doors - that is to say, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger - have picked Steelheart singer Miljenko Matijevic to be their new Jim Morrison for an upcoming US tour.

A lawsuit brought about by former band member drummer John Densmore has barred Manzarek and Krieger from legally using The Doors' name, resulting in the new outfit touring under monikers such as The Doors Of The 21st Century, D21C and Riders On The Storm. Now they're simply billing themselves as 'Manzarek-Krieger.'

Before recruiting Matijevic, the duo toured with Ian Astbury of The Cult and Brett Scallions of Fuel as fill-ins for the late Morrison.

Nonetheless, Manzarek and Krieger remain excited about hitting the road. "There's always a big audience out there to dig it," Manzarek tells "You throw the energy out to the people and the people throw that energy back to you. You create that circle of power. I'm life or I'm some other substance."

Every few years it seems as though The Doors experience new waves of popularity, and in 2010 the phenomenon continues thanks to a recently released documentary, When You're Strange, directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp. The film mixes classic performances of some of the group's biggest hits as well as previously unseen archival footage.

US dates for Manzarek-Krieger

27 May - Harrah's VooDoo Lounge - Maryland Heights, MO
28 May - Horseshoe Whiskey Roadhouse - Council Bluffs, IA
30 May - Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
1 June - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
2 June - Nokia Theatre - New York, NY
3 June - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA
5 June - Hilton - Atlantic City, NJ
6 June - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
7 June - The National - Richmond, VA
8 June - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
10 June - The Egg - Rensselaer, NY
11 June - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
12 June - Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.