Both Krieger and the estate of the late keyboardist Ray Manzarek was confirmed to be involved in a deal with Primary Wave Corporation while drummer John Densmore and the singer’s estate Jim Morrison was reported not to be involved. Variety noted that while no numbers have been revealed, the event was a “big one”.
“After 58 years, and the most magical of times, I have decided to sell my share of Doors to Primary Wave,” Krieger said in a statement. “This will enable me to help the many charities I’ve been involved with and some new ones too. I know Primary Wave cares about music, art and helping heritage to even greater levels. . . .Our longtime Doors manager, Jeff Jampol, will still protect our legacy in partnership with Primary Wave, so I’m comfortable and excited about the future of the Doors.”
Manzarek’s widow, Dorothy, added: “Ray and I spent a lot of time discussing the future of the Doors’ legacy and how to handle things after he leaves this plane. Our family has worked patiently to find the right partners to carry on Ray’s lifelong effort to protect and promote his art, and now we are pleased to have finally reached an agreement with Primary Wave.”
Corporation founder and CEO Larry Mestel described The Doors as “one of the most legendary rock bands of all time,” adding, “We look forward to building on the legacy of Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek. We’re also very excited to work together with such an industry icon as Jeff Jampol to tastefully develop opportunities for the Doors.”
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