The Cult singer Ian Astbury says it was worth the thirteen-year wait to cover Jim Morrison's position in The Doors.
He thinks if he’d been much younger he wouldn’t have been able to do the job well – and he’s grateful for the musical education he received from the band.
Astbury first appeared with original members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger in 2002 and performed over 150 shows with them. For legal reasons the outfit has been variously known as The Doors Of The 21st Century, D21C and Manzarek-Krieger.
The Cult frontman tells U-T San Diego
: "They waited thirty years and the courtship was quite a long while. I was introduced to Ray, Robby and John Densmore when the Doors movie was being made in 1990.
"I was invited to a party in the Hollywood Hills. Michael Talbot, this famous metaphysical writer, was there. Timothy Leary and his partner was there. This Russian woman who was supposed to be a spiritualist was there. They were the only other people there – it was like I was being vetted in some way.
"Twelve or thirteen years later I got the gig."
Astbury discovered The Doors as a young man, once describing his first hearing of The End as a "religious experience". He’d glad he was in his forties by the time he was given the chance to perform with them.
"It was like a kid getting to fly a jet fighter," he says. "All of a sudden, here I am at the helm of this incredible machine. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time.
"After thirty shows with Ray and Robby, they never said anything – they just gave gestures. If Ray looked up at you, you knew you did something wrong. It he was nodding his head you were doing something right. It was one of the most incredible educations I’ve ever had.
"I was in my early forties and I’d done some growing. If I had joined The Doors in my twenties my head would have taken over and you probably couldn’t have kept me still."
Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.