LOS ANGELES – On July 29, it will be 50 years since the Doors hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Light My Fire,” one of the biggest songs from the Summer of Love and the band’s best-selling single of all time. Rhino will commemorate the 50th anniversary a day early with the release of a limited edition reproduction of the 7" single that was released in Japan in 1967.
Limited to just 7,500 vinyl copies, LIGHT MY FIRE will be available on July 28 for a suggested price of $7.98. The sleeve replicates the artwork that was unique to the original Japanese release and contains the original A and B sides: the single edit of “Light My Fire” and the album version of “The Crystal Ship.”
Goldmine1. (2017, June 5). Doors commemorate “Light My Fire” 50th with replica 7-inch. Retrieved from www.goldminemag.com
Each year, thousands of music fans make a vigil to their favorite musician’s grave sites. At Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, where the king of rock n’ roll Elvis Presley is buried, 600,000 tourists pay a visit each year. On May 3, 2016, Graceland celebrated 20 million visitors. If 20 million Elvis fans can’t be wrong, where would your destination be?
Featured: Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Jim Croce, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley.
Jones, G. (2017, June 5). A Field Guide to Graves of Famous Rock Musicians. Retrieved from www.spinditty.com
The Doors’ continued grip on popular culture shows absolutely no signs of abating with news that the band’s classic 1967 single, "Light My Fire," is set for a limited edition re-release to celebrate the song’s 50th anniversary.
Limited to just 7,500 vinyl copies, "Light My Fire" is released on July 28.
Marszalek, J. (2017, June 5). THE DOORS TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION OF LIGHT MY FIRE. Retrieved from www.gigwise.com
To play rock legend Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's 1991 movie The Doors, Kilmer started with the music, learning how to sing 50 of the band's songs. He reportedly spent hours in the studio poring over Morrison's vocal performances and watching endless footage of Morrison's interviews to get a sense of his personality and mannerisms.
On set, the cast and crew referred to him as Jim, and many claimed by the end of filming they were unable to tell the difference between Morrison's singing voice and Kilmer's. But when filming ended, Kilmer claimed he had to go to therapy to get Jim out of his system. Rock producer Paul Rothchild, who knew Morrison, claimed that Kilmer "knows Jim Morrison better than Jim ever knew himself."
Ferri, J. (2017, June 4). Actors Who Were Never the Same After a Role. Retrieved from www.looper.com
The Doors were an L.A. band, born on the strip, wildly popular and about to make it big—Elektra was releasing the debut album. And when Holzman hung their four faces high above Sunset, he wasn’t so much trying to sell records as making a statement: The Doors are here, and Elektra’s got ’em!
“No other company was doing that,” recalls Robbie Krieger, the band’s guitarist. “They didn’t know if they were gonna make their money back on something like that. It was just more of an ego trip, I would say, for the record company and us.”
Celsi, A. (2017, June 4). Revisiting the Golden Age of Rock Billboards on the Sunset Strip. Retrieved from ww2.kqed.org
Rock legend Jim Morrison put it this way: “This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.”
Hunter author William Lane relates deeply to these words, which Morrison sings in the track, "Waiting for the Sun." Lane, who has published three novels, finds the world very strange. “I love that line from the Doors’ song,” Lane says.
There’s another link between Morrison and Lane. The Doors’ singer was known as “the Lizard King”. Lane’s latest book is titled The Salamanders. Salamanders are amphibians, with lizard-like qualities.
Cronshaw, D. (2017, June 2). William Lane on his new book The Salamanders and the strangeness of life. Retrieved from www.theherald.com.au
From left to right: John Denver, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Aaliyah, Selena, Tupac Shakur, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, John Lennon, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Liberace, Marc Bolan, Keith Moon, Freddie Mercury, Notorious B.I.G. (AKA Biggie Smalls), Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Prince, Frank Sinatra, Sid Vicious, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
DunkProductions. (n.d.). Rock Star High [Cartoons & Comics / Digital Media / Cartoons / Drawings]. Retrieved from dunkproductions.deviantart.com
Yes, this absurd conspiracy is indeed going around the internet. Instead of trying to prove that our US president is guilty of obstruction of justice and helped Russia subvert the national election, people are instead insisting that Doors' front man, Jim Morrison, faked his own death in 1971 and resurfaced as right wing talk show host, Rush Limbaugh.
Okay, forget that Limbaugh was born in 1951 and Morrison was born in 1943, for this to happen, Morrison would have begun his new life as a top 40 disc jockey in a Pittsburgh suburb. Later, as all rock stars aspire to do, he worked in the promotions department of the Kansas City Royals. Later, of course, using a completely different voice he became the radical talk show host he is today.
Levine, K. (2017, June 1). Rush Limbaugh is really Jim Morrison. Retrieved from kenlevine.blogspot.com
One of the biggest concerts of 1967 took place at Hi Corbett Field in early May.
The audience of mostly teens and young 20-somethings filled the infield and the bleachers of Hi Corbett long before Jim Morrison and The Doors took the stage. Among the audience was Bill Buckmaster, then a 19-year-old University of Arizona broadcast student on a first date with classmate Ann Burch.
Illinois native Buckmaster was “the long haired, free-spirit type who loved rock music and still do,” he said. His date, Ann, was a sorority girl from Tennessee who grew up in Phoenix. For 24 hours before the concert, Tucson radio station KTKT played The Doors’ breakthrough single “Light My Fire” over and over again, so everyone was pumped up for the show, Buckmaster recalled.
Burch, C. (2017, May 23). First time The Doors played Tucson, and then the encore. Retrieved from www.tucson.com
Directly afterwards comes the last part of the trifecta, appropriately named “The End”. You might recognize this as a cover of The Doors, especially because Lord somehow managed to dig up Jim Morrison’s 27-year-old corpse and make him sing like he did in his prime. Seriously, Guy Lord sounds almost criminally similar to Jim Morrison on “The End”, particularly in the opening verse. Morrison’s power, his subtle idiosyncrasies and tone—they’re all captured by the chameleons living inside Guy Lord’s throat. It’s massively cool, because Jim Morrison sounds fantastic in a metal band. Lord had the good sense to inject a thrashy riff and some squealing leads to a very understated song, but also had the tact to stay true to the spirit of the original song. The result is an updated version of “The End” that preserves the pensive schizophrenia of the song while also intensifying its chaotic violence.
Hatch, A. (2017, May 11). Riffs from the Crypt – Lord. Retrieved from www.heavyblogisheavy.com
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