Ian Astbury parts ways with ex-Doors
Originally known as Doors of the 21st Century before a legal challenge from ex-Door John Densmore forced the group to change its name in 2005, the trio toured extensively the past four years, and had just completed a sold-out, 13-city tour of Europe, according to the band's publicist.
"I have decided to move on and focus on my own music and legacy," Astbury said in a press statement. "I have enjoyed performing and sharing the stage with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger immensely. I have learned a great deal from the both of them, and it certainly has expanded my abilities as a performer. This has been a difficult decision to make but I feel I would be holding them back as well as myself if I did not depart at this time."
According to a press release, Astbury plans to re-launch his original band, The Cult, with guitarist Billy Duffy.
Riders on the Storm's manager, Tom Vitorino, said in a statement that the band will continue to perform, and is currently considering "a very short list" of possible replacements for Astbury.