Los Angeles

"I am the lizard king, I can Snapchat anything," croons Jim Morrison's ghost. Or maybe I'm hallucinating, stirred by the wind, rain and ubiquitous smoke on this Thursday in Venice.

A half-century ago this month, The Doors released their eponymous debut, a record so indelible that the "Light My Fire" organ line soundtracks every imagined flashback of '60s L.A. In tribute, the city of Los Angeles officially proclaimed Jan. 4 the "Day of The Doors," complete with a beach-adjacent ceremony featuring the surviving band members, lifelong L.A. residents drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.

A musical memory from the sixties thanks to the iconic rock band The Doors. It's 50 years since the band released its debut album of the same name and they returned to the stage to mark the date with a special performance.

Surviving members John Densmore and Robby Krieger joined hundreds of fans to celebrate January 4th which was designated 'Day Of The Doors' in Los Angeles. Many waited for hours in the rain in the Venice neighbourhood of the city where the band was formed.

It’s the Day of the Doors on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the 50th anniversary of the release of the rock quartet's debut album, The Doors. The work instantly put the band on the map nationally thanks to the breakthrough hit "Light My Fire."

The band's surviving members, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, were scheduled to take part in a ceremony in Venice, near the well-known mural with the band's image, along with members of singer Jim Morrison and keyboardist Ray Manzarek's families.

Jim Morrison by Stephan Beauvais

Jim Morrison Project

The Jim Morrison Project is an audio & visual anthology detailing the life of Jim Morrison through his poetry, films, art, spoken word & music with The Doors.