Fifty years to the day following the release of their self-titled debut album The Doors, January 4, 2017 will be proclaimed “Day of The Doors” in the city of Los Angeles. The proclamation will be made by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic “Venice” sign. Founding Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger will be on hand at the event, as will family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.
The Doors — drummer Densmore, guitarist Krieger, keyboardist Manzarek, and vocalist/shaman Morrison — are among the most legendary Los Angeles bands of all time. Formed in Venice, California, The Doors went on to become a definitive sound and voice of the 1960s and an influence on countless generations to come with classic songs such as “Light My Fire,” “Break on Through (to the Other Side),” and, of course, “L.A. Woman.”
Their story has been the subject of countless books and films, including the infamous 1991 film The Doors by Oliver Stone and the acclaimed 2010 documentary When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors, narrated by Johnny Depp. The Doors are celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017, as their eponymous first album was released on January 4, 1967 and it’s still considered to be one of the all-time-great rock & roll debuts.
Said debut and other key Doors releases will be discussed a few days later on January 6 during a panel hosted by yours truly and featuring Doors producer/engineer Bruce Botnick and Elektra Records founder/Doors “discoverer” Jac Holzman in the Hi-Res Music Pavilion at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
“Very apropos that The Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started,” said Densmore. “Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silver fish… and apparently, the world took a big bite.”
Added City Councilmember Bonin, “Venice is a place where many have chased their pleasures or dug their treasures. It is a place that birthed The Doors and taught us all to cherish the funky, weird, and world-renowned vibe that Jim, Ray, Robby, and John helped make famous. I am very happy to be amongst the feast of friends celebrating The Doors’ 50th anniversary, and I thank the band, their management, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce for making this celebration possible.”
The video below for The Doors’ eternally classic “L.A. Woman” pays homage to many iconic Los Angeles landmarks, including the aforementioned Venice sign. Enjoy!