The estates of late Doors vocalist Jim Morrison and his wife, Pam Courson, have filed an 11-count trademark-infringement lawsuit against original band members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger, among other. .
The suit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that a new touring incarnation of the Doors — which includes keyboardist Manzarek, guitarist Krieger, and vocalist Ian Astbury (formerly of the Cult) — has “wrongfully misappropriated” the band’s name and logo, including reciting Morrison’s poetry during performances. The suit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, claims that the defendants are in “a deliberate scheme” to enrich themselves and “confuse the public.”
The complaint mirrors a suit filed earlier this year by John Densmore, former drummer and co-founder of the Doors. The group is also facing a lawsuit from former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, alleging breach of oral contract.
The Doors short tour continues with a date tonight in Boston at the Orpheum.