COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 20 (UPI) -- The veteran rock band, now known as the Doors of the 21st Century, entered a studio in May and began work on a new album with hopes of release this year.
"We did five songs," says guitarist Robbie Krieger. "That was the first official recording we've done with this band."
Led by Doors co-founders Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the Doors of the 21st Century features the Cult's Ian Astbury in place of the late Jim Morrison. Doors drummer John Densmore and the Morrison family are currently suing Krieger and Manzarek over use of the Doors name.
The new album will be the band's first since 1972's "Full Circle," the second post-Morrison album. Lyrics have been written by poets Jim Carroll and Michael McLure, a one-time friend of Morrison's, while the group is also trying to set a lyric from the late Warren Zevon to music.