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Jim Morrison Would Have Turned 70 on Sunday; Surviving Doors Reminisce About Late Band Mate

Image courtesy of Photo: Barry Plummer (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: Barry Plummer (via ABC News Radio)

Sunday marks what would have been late Doors frontman Jim Morrison 's 70th birthday.  It's difficult to gauge just how much the iconic singer has influenced music and popular culture, thanks to his charismatic and edgy persona, his powerful vocal style, his exploration of dark themes and his trail-blazing talent for combining poetry with rock music.

Morrison had a fascination with pushing social and cultural boundaries that, unfortunately, coincided with a penchant for excess that included a serious alcohol dependency.  He died of an apparent heart attack in July 1971 at the age of 27.

This past Thursday in Los Angeles following a special event dubbed "An Evening with The Doors," the group's surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger , chatted with Rolling Stone about their late band mate.

Asked how he thought Morrison might've celebrated his 70th birthday, Krieger said, "I'm sure by this time he would want to forget about his birthday.  He'd want to forget how old he was."

Densmore, meanwhile, said that, had he lived, Morrison undoubtedly would have continued to make music with The Doors.

"He loved the blues," the drummer declared.  "We would've made more blues, more 'L.A. Woman.'"

The "Evening with The Doors" event marked the first time Krieger and Densmore have amicably appeared together in public in many years.  Their rift, of course, stemmed from the much publicized legal battle Densmore fought with Krieger and late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek 's over use of the band's name and music.

In addition to taking part in a planned Q&A session at the event, the two band mates delivered a surprise four-song performance that included renditions of the Doors classics "People Are Strange" and "Love Me Two Times."  It was the first time they'd played together live in more than 15 years.

Commenting about the performance, Densmore told Rolling Stone , "I had a lot of fun.  I would do this again a few times, maybe."

Krieger also said he'd be interested in playing again with his old band mate, while noting, "If we did this again, it would be for some charity."

Robby added that he and John still are hoping to organize a tribute show for Manzarek -- who died this past May -- that would take place on February 12,  the day Ray would have turned 75.

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