In the end Led Zeppelin walked away with the record busting deal for their track “Rock and Roll”, but Densmore walked away with his sense of artistic integrity intact. “For us, anyone can record our songs. Anyone can cover our songs. Sometimes I’ll be in an elevator and I’ll hear a corny instrumental version of ‘Light My Fire’. But it’s not selling cigarettes or deodorant, and that’s where we draw the line.”
In case the lawsuits weren’t an indication, John’s hard-line stance has obviously caused some friction with his fellow surviving Doors. He hopes that the new book could start a dialogue between the men and set them on the road towards friendship. ”We’ve kind of turned the corner. We’re starting to communicate again. Healing has begun.”
Most importantly for us fans, he also weighed in on the likelihood of the three playing together again. “We might, maybe, get together. We haven’t talked about it. But we’d maybe get together, like Pink Floyd did, for a benefit. That would be a sweet thing.” But who would be on vocals? Who could possibly stand in for the mighty Lizard King? Who would be worthy of the Doors legacy? “Really the only one left I’m just dying to play with is Jimmy Fallon,” he reveals. Huh. Not exactly our first choice, but we’ll take what we can get.
For much more, check out the full interview with John Densmore, airing tonight on VH1 Classic On Tap!
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