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09 January 2012 @ 01:16 pm
Check out The Doors' Facebook page to listen to the new song in it's entirety! The is included on the forthcoming 40th Anniversary Edition of 'L.A. Woman'.

'She Smells So Nice'
06 January 2012 @ 06:34 pm
The Doors to Release First New Song in 40 Years
The Doors will release their first new, unreleased track in 40 years on Monday to kick off the belated 40th anniversary of the band's landmark "L.A. Woman" album.

Lost track "She Smells So Nice", which "L.A. Woman" co-producer Bruce Botnick discovered while reviewing the album sessions for a remastered re-release project, will debut on the band's Facebook.com page at noon EST a day before it is released to radio.

The tune kickstarts what is being called "The Year of The Doors" and will pre-empt a new DVD, "Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman" and the release of a 40th anniversary package featuring the remastered 1971 album and previously unreleased tunes from the recording session and alternate takes of classic tracks "L.A. Woman," "Love Her Madly" and "Riders On The Storm."
01 November 2011 @ 05:22 pm
Guitar Shop TV has complied a 12 minute episode featuring an overview of new memorabilia from Jim's family in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, followed by a short interview and performance by Robby.

Guitar Shop TV kicks off its Classic Rock series with one of the most unique bands of all time: The Doors! In Episode Nine: Cool artifacts of Doors’ singer Jim Morrison from The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame; Former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger shares his enthusiasm for Jazz Rock, and Gibson SGs and performs “Roadhouse Blues” live at Iridium in New York.

Watch the episode here.
"Curious onlookers have been clamoring for their first listen of songs from the upcoming 'Re:Generation' documentary. And on Thursday morning, they were treated to not one but two tracks in which renowned DJs take on a new style of music.

First up was Skrillex and members of the Doors uniting for what we've been told is an unfinished version of 'Breakin' A Sweat (It's Alright).' The song has some elements of the traditional Doors sound, including Robby Krieger's Spanish-blues guitar runs and Ray Manzarek's haunting keyboard riffs. But the biggest presence was Skrillex's braying synths and glitchy beats, while the biggest absence was, naturally, Jim Morrison."

RE:GENERATION - Skrillex and members of The Doors: "Breakin' A Sweat (It's Alright)"

Like I said in a previous post, a lot of fans aren't happy about this collaboration, but I think it's an interesting, modern take on The Doors' musical style (complete with Ray's interjecting word outbursts, which make me nostalgic for so many of their old live recordings). Thoughts on this?
John Densmore talks about the studio vibe during recording of the upcoming 40th Anniversary Edition of L.A. Woman: "You can hear that we're all in a really good mood. It's like hearing those John Coltrane CDs where he does six different takes of every song. It'll be interesting for the fans."

He's right that this is interesting considering the remaining 'Doors' have been at odds since recording An American Prayer, back in '78 (which John sites as the only successful project done without Jim). It should be great to hear the guys putting their differences aside in favor of (re)creating again!
20 October 2011 @ 07:39 pm
Members of The Doors have teamed up with DJ Skrillex as part of Project RE:GENERATION: a project piece (in association with the GRAMMYs) where five different DJs remix, recreate and re-imagine five different traditional styles of music. The project has been filmed in a documentary style. Both the film, and the resulting music have not yet been fully released.

(Skip to 1:25)

On a side note, a lot of Doors fans aren't happy about this project, which is understandable. However, an interesting thought is that it's often said that Jim "predicted" techno/eletronica music when he was talking about the future of music and said "the new generation's music will be--it'll have a synthesis of [country and blues] and some third thing. Maybe it'll be--rely heavily on electronics, tapes...I can kind of envision, maybe um, one person with a lot of machines, tapes, and electronics setup: singing, or speaking, or using machines". We'll never know for sure what Jim might have thought about this type of project, but it's an interesting thought nonetheless!
17 September 2011 @ 12:55 pm

(This video is only a snippet of the performance. Unfortunately, full video doesn't seem to be available online. A little odd that the Ed Sullivan Show is now cashing in on the very artists that were told never to come back in 1967.)

September 17th marks the 44th anniversary of The Doors' only (and controversial) performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Their self-titled LP, The Doors, was released in January, 1967. The album sold well with "Light My Fire" quickly reaching number one on the Billboard singles chart. To promote the group, The Doors' manager booked the band to appear that fall on The Ed Sullivan Show. As important as this booking was, for some reason, he failed to tell the band about it.

Ray Manzarek recalls how he found out The Doors were going to appear on the popular variety show. "My wife and I were watching at home…Ed, at the end of the show came on and said, ‘Next week we're going to have…a rock group from California, The Doors doing their number one hit ‘Light My Fire.' We looked at each other, saying ‘Oh I guess we're on The Ed Sullivan Show next week.'" The next morning the band's manager, Bill Siddons, confirmed the news and booked the group for their flight to New York.

On the afternoon of September 17th 1967, The Doors were in CBS's Studio 50 rehearsing for that night's live performance. Shortly after they finished, and with only about 15 minutes before air, Ed Sullivan came back to The Doors' dressing room and said, "You boys look great, [but] you ought to smile a little more." The comment was a little odd coming from Ed who, of course, was sometimes known as "the great stoneface".

After Ed stopped by, a producer from the show came into The Doors' dressing room. He told the group they needed to change a line in the song, "Light My Fire," specifically the lyric, "Girl, we couldn't get much higher." He explained the word "higher" was inappropriate for a family show on national television because of its association with illegal drug use. Though Jim Morrison was furious and adamant about not changing the song, the group relented and told the executive they would alter the lyrics as requested. However, as soon as the producer left the room, Morrison declared, "We're not changing a word."

The band, being the last act of the evening, had to wait for about an hour before going on. During that time, Manzarek remembers a nervous comedian sweating and pacing backstage as he prepared to perform his routine before the live national audience. That man, Manzarek later found out, was none other than Rodney Dangerfield on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Following Dangerfield's act, The Doors took the stage to perform two of their biggest hits. Ed's introduction was short and simple, "Now, The Doors…here they are with their newest hit record, "People are Strange." Against a hanging backdrop composed of an assortment of actual doors, the band opened to the screams of adoring fans. Morrison sang the haunting number with a vacant look in his eyes. Immediately following that song the band segued into their number one hit, "Light My Fire."

When it came time for the line, "Girl, we couldn't get much higher," Morrison, the unyielding poet and uncompromising artist, sang it just as it had been written. As he finished the now infamous lyric, the camera caught guitarist Robby Krieger with a quick but telling smirk. But Sullivan's producer and CBS executives were not smiling.

Following The Doors' performance the ever gracious yet stoic Sullivan can be seen clapping his hands and mouthing the words, "That was wonderful. Just great!" to the band. But instead of shaking hands with the group, he went straight to a commercial for Purina Dog Chow.

Backstage, the show's producer was furious and told the band "Mr. Sullivan wanted you for six more shows, but you'll never work The Ed Sullivan Show again." To which Morrison purportedly replied, "Hey, man. We just did the Sullivan show."


Today in history, in 1967, The Doors played at Musicarnival
in Warrensville Heights, outside of Cleveland Ohio.

No video or audio from this show seems to be available online (or, possibly, in existence).

On July 5th, 1968 The Doors played The Hollywood Bowl--opened by Steppenwolf and The Chamber Brothers--resulting in one of their most iconic live performances. The performance was the only Doors concert to be fully captured on film, and is still often considered one of the greatest in rock history.

"The Door's Live at the Hollywood Bowl, is one of the most quintessential performances of rock history. Mick Jagger actually attended this performance and was sitting next to Jim's girlfriend Pamela. One of the greatest things about this recording, was that it was the only Door's concert that was entirely filmed. Most other recordings where canceled before or even during the set."

Part One: When The Musics Over

Parts Two through SevenCollapse )

Ray also directed the film's content, and mentions in his book that, prior to going on stage, he inquired about Jim's decision to wear a cross necklace to which Jim replied "it will confuse people".

This Record Store Day (April 16) The Doors are issuing a special 7” single, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their seminal L.A. Woman record. This special Record Store Day single contains both a stereo and a RARE mono version of the Doors’ classic “Riders On the Storm”. It will be released with three different picture sleeves, randomly packed and distributed. Only 2500 copies have been made of The Doors' press that will only be carried at participating record stores. Find a participating store in your area: http://www.recordstoreday.com

Also, you can enter to win a special set of artwork from The Doors' Record Store Day release that has been autographed by Ray, Robby, and John! You can enter the contest here. Contest ends May 2nd.