Ian Astbury leaves the band

The Doors singer Ian Astbury has quit the band.

Astbury has quit to focus on relaunching his band The Cult.

In a statement, he said: “I have decided to move on and focus on my own music and legacy. 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.”

Astbury has been performing with The Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger under the name Riders On The Storm for four years.

According to the band’s manager Tom Vitorino, the band will continue performing without Astbury and will search for a replacement singer, reports Yahoo News.