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I was a U2 virgin until show #4 in LA. Larry & I had a pow wow about drumming. Bono told me that it was a special nite having me there which immediately filled my skull with helium. THEN he sang a few lines from "Break on Thru" in the 2nd song!! - John Densmore

"Break on Thru" starts around the 6:00 mark. https://youtu.be/7-DC5d_tLlk

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“Well, we were lucky, in the right place at the right time at the center of the cyclone of the sixties. The decade was an incredible renaissance in art, music, movies and painting, maybe jumpstarted by the Vietnam War.” – John Densmore speaking with Forbes

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“Doors music is not a simple kind of music. It's like the Bauhaus. It's clean and pure. Morrison's lyrics are psychologically deep. So for people to understand Doors music is certainly a testament to their intellects.” – Ray Manzarek
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“The group combine hard-hitting, meaningful lyrics, with punchy, driving backings given extraordinary depth by the perceptive use of only organ, guitar, bass and drums. Listeners may be brought down by the Doors' rough, evil edge but ultimately their music is inspiring and revealing.” – Melody Maker, 1967.

The Doors played the Earl Warren Show Grounds in Santa Barbara today in 1967 with Grateful Dead, UFO, and Captain Speed.
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“People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down.”
-The Doors “People Are Strange” 
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“The vocal was always the last thing to be done, so it was always a little painful for Jim, I think, to record. But this time, it was totally different. Vocals were part of the [song’s instrumental tracks] and done at the same time, mostly, and he was having the time of his life.” – Robby Krieger on the recording process for “LA Woman”, released this week in, 1971.
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Jim knew that his time on earth was coming to an end, that's why he was in such an elated mood.
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Jim breathes in the moment at the Northern California Folk-Rock Festival in San Jose this week in 1968.

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Jim breathes in the moment at the Northern California Folk-Rock Festival in San Jose this week in 1968. Photo by Ed Caraeff/Getty Images.
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“Union regulations demanded that the show end at midnight but Morrison pushed the envelope again. 'Don't let them push us out!' he declared, and the show goes a hour overtime. And Cobo Arena permanently bars The Doors from entering their doors again.” - Review of The Doors May 8, 1970 performance at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
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Only Jimbo could pull a stunt like this. Dig It!!!
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"Jim was as clear as he could be onstage, and the guys moved to and fro with him, trusting the journey. Sometimes The Doors were raging with fire and energy; at other times, when Jim jumped into the lyric of a different song, in the middle of something else, they were right there with him." – Bruce Botnick on The Doors Show In Pittsburgh, May 1970

Hear the full concert: http://bit.ly/DoorsPittsburgh

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The Doors were in the PBS Studios this week in April of 1969 filming for an episode of “Critique”.

“I think in a way, rock concerts have always served a function that gives a lot of people with the same station in life a chance to gather together and kind of assemble and just feel the sheer mass of them that exists.” –Jim Morrison speaking with Richard Goldstein during the interview portion of the show.
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“Ray Manzarek and I were the rhythm section, the bass and the drums and so, you know, thank God that we felt the pocket the same, because that’s everything. That’s the groove, that’s what makes people dance.” – John Densmore, 2014.

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“That was the only time the Doors ever played inside a boxing ring. What in the world was it doing there?” - Ray Manzarek on The Doors April 13, 1968 performance at the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

(Watch footage from backstage at that show in Feast of Friends: http://bit.ly/FeastofFriends)
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The official Google + for the legendary band, The Doors.
Introduction
With an intoxicating, genre-blending sound, provocative and uncompromising songs, and the mesmerizing power of singer Jim Morrison's poetry and presence, The Doors had a transformative impact not only on popular music but on popular culture.

The Doors' arrival on the rock scene in 1967 marked not only the start of a string of hit singles and albums that would become stone classics, but also of something much bigger - a new and deeper relationship between creators and audience. Refusing to be mere entertainers, the Los Angeles quartet relentlessly challenged, confronted and inspired their fans, leaping headfirst into the heart of darkness while other bands warbled about peace and love. Though they've had scores of imitators, there's never been another band quite like them. And 40 years after their debut album, The Doors' music and legacy are more influential than ever before.

Morrison's mystical command of the frontman role may be the iconic heart of The Doors, but the group's extraordinary power would hardly have been possible without the virtuosic keyboard tapestries of Ray Manzarek, the gritty, expressive fretwork of guitarist Robby Krieger and the supple, dynamically rich grooves of drummer John Densmore. From baroque art-rock to jazz-infused pop to gutbucket blues, the band's instrumental triad could navigate any musical territory with aplomb - and all three contributed mightily as songwriters.

The group was born when Morrison and Manzarek - who'd met at UCLA's film school - met again, unexpectedly, on the beach in Venice, CA, during the summer of 1965. Though he'd never intended to be a singer, Morrison was invited to join Manzarek's group Rick and the Ravens on the strength of his poetry. Krieger and Densmore, who’d played together in the band Psychedelic Rangers, were recruited soon thereafter; though several bassists auditioned of the new collective, none could furnish the bottom end as effectively as Manzarek's left hand. Taking their name from Aldous Huxley's psychotropic monograph The Doors of Perception, the band signed to Elektra Records following a now-legendary gig at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip.

Their eponymous first album, released in January 1967, kicked off with "Break on Through (to the Other Side)" and also featured the chart smash "Light My Fire", the scorching "Back Door Man" and the visionary masterpiece "The End". The Doors arrived fully formed, capable of rocking the pop charts and the avant-garde with one staggering disc. Before '67 was over, they'd issued the ambitious follow-up Strange Days, with such gems as "Love Me Two Times", "People
Are Strange" and "When the Music's Over".

Next came 1968's Waiting for the Sun, boasting "Hello, I Love You", "Love Street" and "Five to One". Over the next few years they minded over new territory on such albums as 1969's The Soft Parade (featuring "Touch Me" and "Tell All the People"), 1970's Morrison Hotel (which includes "Roadhouse Blues", "Peace Frog" and "Queen of the Highway") and 1971's L.A. Woman (boasting "Rider's on the Storm", "Love Her Madly" and the title track).

They released six studio albums in all, as well as a live album and a compilation, before Morrison's death in 1971. their electrifying achievements in the studio and onstage were unmatched in the annals of rock; and though Morrison's death meant the end of an era, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore collaborated on two more original Doors albums, Other Voices and Full Circle, and a set of tracks they composed to accompany Morrison's 1969 recording of his poetry, released in 1978 as An American Prayer. They also pursued individual music projects, books, theatrical productions and other enterprises - and remain restlessly creative to this day.

In the decades since the Doors' heyday, the foursome has loomed ever larger in the pantheon of rock - and they remain a touchstone of insurrectionary culture for writers, activists, visual artists and other creative communities. Their songs, featured in an ever-increasing number of films, TV shows, video games and remixes, always sound uncannily contemporary. No matter how the musical and cultural tides turn, The Doors will always be ready to help a new wave of listeners break on through to the other side.