Actually the recent death of Rock 'n' Roll Hall-of-Famer Chuck Berry launched the conversation. For those unaware, Berry, a black man from St. Louis, Missouri, died at age 90 on March 18, 2017. Songwriter-guitar player-showman extraordinaire, Berry is best remembered for rock standards such as "Johnny B. Goode," Maybellene," "Roll over Beethoven," plus his signature 'Duck Walk,' a funky dance move like none other.
Back to the conversation: I was talking to a young, male college student about Berry's death. The student, threadbare jeans, shoulder-length hair, said he didn't know much about Berry. However, the student proclaimed he was "really into Jim Morrison and The Doors."
Vinson, M. (2017, April 17). Rock 'n' Roll déjà vu: How Ray Manzarek opened 'The Doors'. Retrieved from www.cannoncourier.com
Guitarist Robby Krieger says that after his longtime friend and band mate Ray Manzarek died in 2013, he no longer felt like playing the music of the Doors, the legendary rock band that he, Manzarek, Jim Morrison and John Densmore formed in Los Angeles in the mid-'60s.
Though the Doors broke up in 1973, two years after singer Morrison's death in the bathtub of his Paris apartment, Krieger and keyboardist Manzarek reunited in different configurations starting around 2002, while drummer Densmore pursued such other interests as writing plays, acting and occasionally suing Krieger and Manzarek over their use of the Doors name or the interest in licensing the band's music for commercials.
Los Angeles will celebrate legendary rockers the Doors with "Day of the Doors" on January 4 in Venice, where it all began 50 years ago. It's amazing to think it's been that long since the self-titled album came out. Surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore will be joined by family members of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek at the public celebration set to take place near the "Venice" sign. Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin will be doing the proclamation.
WE WERE sitting in his green Toyota Camry after he snuck over at midnight and handed me a mix CD complete with album art and cute little liner notes with inside jokes. It was half songs to introduce me to his diverse (Tool) music (Tool) tastes (Tool) and half "Wonderwall." Standard high-school mixtape. We popped it in and scooted to the backseat to get busy. Then, of course, "People Are Strange" came on.