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Exclusive: Robby Krieger Reminisces On 'The Doors'

4/2/2015 8:19pm EDT
The Doors: Guitarist Robby Krieger Reminisces About The Band’s 5
Classic rockers, The Doors were a band that defined rock and roll with their distinct sound of ballads and rock anthems. With the combination of Ray Manzarek’s energetic keyboards, and Jim Morrison’s poetic lyrics their music changed the world forever in a difficult time during the 60s and 70s. The band formed in 1965 50 years ago.

Starpulse had the exclusive privilege of speaking to the last original founding member, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.

“There was a lot of good and bad (being in the band). I’m very proud it lasted this long. It’s tough having lost two members of The Doors. Wit...

10 Music Myths People Still Believe

6/22/2014 12:55pm EDT
10 Music Myths People Still Believe
Some of the greatest music myths are those that pass through generations and are still fresh and new to each set of ears that hears them. The best of the best are funny, mean and downright outrageous. But hey, you have to be pretty high on the popularity scale to get one of these things said about you, so myth or not, all press is good press. According to Webster's, a myth is a "a widely held but false belief or idea." So in no particular order, here are 10 of the greatest music myths people still believe, even after all these years.

1. Elvis Is Still Alive!

This one is one of the old...

Ray Manzarek To Return From The Grave For Documentary

1/7/2014 10:19pm EST
Ray Manzarek
One of Ray Manzarek's last interviews is set to air on the BBC as part of a new rock documentary series.

The Doors keyboard player lost his battle with cancer last year, aged 74, but he will return from beyond the grave in Born To Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock.

The first episode of the three-part show, which follows the rise in popularity of the genre in the 1960s to its fall in the early 1990s, will also feature interviews with Manzarek's former bandmate John Densmore, Alice Cooper and Tom Petty.

News of the show emerges a month after estranged The Doors pals Densmore and ...

Unpublished Notebook Of Jim Morrison's Final Musings To Go Under The Hammer

11/6/2013 8:28am EST
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison's unpublished 100-page handwritten notebook is to be auctioned off 10 days after what would have been The Doors star's 70th birthday next month.

The rare item will be among the highlights at Profiles in History's upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Auction on December 18th. The notebook, which Morrison updated during his final months in Paris, features musings, poetry and notes that have never been published.

The notebook is from the collection of rock legend Graham Nash, who was given the memorabilia by his former manager Bill Siddons. Siddons was one of the only people who saw Morriso...

Dave Stewart To Launch Classic Rock Art Film Series

9/19/2013 6:16pm EDT
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart has struck a deal with the honchos at rock art chain Morrison Hotel Gallery to create a series of movies using their roster of photographers.

The 61 year-old musician is planning to make films chronicling classic music photography with the lens men behind each piece talking about how the shot came about. The first project in the series will feature photographer Henry Diltz telling the story of his iconic The Doors' Morrison Hotel album cover shoot.

Diltz spent a day with the band in Downtown Los Angeles trying to get the perfect shot for the album cover, while capturing fro...

Surviving Doors Stars Plan Tribute Show For Ray Manzarek's Birthday

9/11/2013 4:20pm EDT
Robby Krieger
Remaining members of The Doors , John Densmore and Robby Krieger, have set February 12th for their Ray Manzarek tribute show, the late keyboard player's birthday.

Manzarek's cancer battle and subsequent death earlier this year brought the former pals, who fell out over The Doors naming rights. Densmore and Krieger fell out a decade ago during a legal battle over the rights to the group's name and back catalogue.

The drummer won and Krieger and Manzarek were forced to change their touring name from The Doors of the 21st Century to Riders on the Storm - the title of a Doors hit. Densmore al...

Rock Legend Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist For The Doors, Dies At 74

5/21/2013 8:53am EDT
Ray Manzarek
After secretly battling bile duct cancer, Ray Manzarek -- musician, singer, producer, film director, writer, and co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors -- has died. The news was reported on the band's Facebook page on Monday.

The keyboard player co-founded the band with frontman Jim Morrison in 1965. He passed away at a clinic in Germany at age 74. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three grandchildren.

Responding to his death, bandmate Robby Krieger stated: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek. I'm just glad to have been...

The Doors' John Densmore Pens Tell-All Book About Feud with Other Band Members

1/30/2013 4:20pm EST
John Densmore
The Doors drummer John Densmore is putting pen to paper to reveal all about his longtime feud with band mates Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.

The rocker will detail the legal spats between the existing band members in new book The Doors: Unhinged - Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.

The trio has been at odds for years ever since Densmore blocked Krieger and Manzarek from touring as The Doors of the 21st Century a decade ago. The duo has since adopted the name Riders on the Storm - the title of a Doors hit.

Densmore also famously turned down a $15 million offer from bosses at car gia...

The Doors Open Up About Jim Morrison's Hollywood Bowl Acid Trip

12/10/2012 7:35pm EST
Jim Morrison
The existing members of The Doors have opened up about the myth suggesting tragic frontman Jim Morrison was high on acid when the group performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1968, insisting it was a secret the enigmatic singer took to the grave.

Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger have regrouped to reminisce about the fabled concert on a new remastered DVD/Blu-Ray pack, The Doors - Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and the trio admits there's still no conclusive evidence Morrison was stoned immaculate, to quote one of their own lyrics.

In the new film's bonus footage, Manz...

DVD Review: The Doors - 'Live at the Bowl '68'

10/22/2012 2:25pm EDT
The Doors - Live at the Bowl 68
What could be better than watching the Doors live, at the height of their game, playing at the Hollywood Bowl, with frontman Jim Morrison (allegedly) tripping on acid? Well, that’s what you’re getting with the recently released the Doors – Live at the Bowl ’68. So, was Morrison wacked out of his mind during this show? You’ll have to see for yourself – just make sure you’re paying attention during “the End” when J-Mo thinks he spots a grasshopper on stage. Just make sure you don’t miss that part. The set list is long, and well-structured, and speaking of well-structured, the same can be said...

Marilyn Manson To Headline The Doors Tribute Festival

6/14/2012 3:13pm EDT
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is to headline this summer's Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, which will double as a tribute to The Doors.

The Offspring, Bad Religion, Black Label Society and De La Soul are also on the bill for the event, which takes over a large part of Sunset Boulevard for a weekend.

The fifth annual three-day music festival will kick off with an exclusive VIP event honoring The Doors on August 16th and conclude with an all-day street festival on August 18th, which Manson will close. Many of the artists on the bill will celebrate The Doors by performing their take on some o...

Jim Morrison's Family Home In Florida For Sale

4/5/2012 9:42am EDT
Jim Morrison
The Florida home where it's believed rocker Jim Morrison was conceived in is on the market.

The Pensecola property has been owned by the Morrison family since 1932 and The Doors star's cousin Bruce currently lives there.

The rock legend's naval officer father and mother stayed there while Admiral Morrison was attending flight school in Pensacola in 1943.

The current owner has asked bosses at The Doors' Strange Days fanzine to spread the word that the house is for sale.

A post announcing the sale reads: "This house has a great history even without the Morrison connection! In the 1920s th...

Lost Doors Song To Appear In New Documentary

1/16/2012 7:59pm EST
The Doors
Lost The Doors recording "She Smells So Nice" is to feature on the band's upcoming DVD documentary "Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story Of L.A. Woman."

The track was discovered by producer Bruce Botnick while he was reviewing the recording sessions for a remastered re-release project and it debuted on the band's page earlier this month - and now it has been added to a photo montage at the end of the documentary, which chronicles the making of Jim Morrison's final Doors album before his death in 1971.

The track features the late Morrison repeating "Mr. Mojo Risin'" - the anagram of his...

The Doors To Release First New Song In 40 Years

1/5/2012 2:14pm EST
The Doors
The Doors will release their first new, unreleased track in 40 years on Monday to kick off the belated 40th anniversary of the band's landmark L.A. Woman album.

Lost track She Smells So Nice, which L.A. Woman co-producer Bruce Botnick discovered while reviewing the album sessions for a re-mastered re-release project, will debut on the band's page at noon in New York a day before it is released to radio.

The tune kickstarts what is being called The Year of The Doors and will pre-empt a new DVD, Mr. Mojo Risin: The Story of L.A. Woman and the release of a 40th anniversary pac...

New Doors Track Unearthed For 40th Anniversary 'L.A. Woman' Reissue

11/17/2011 11:05pm EST
The Doors
A lost Doors track is to be included in the band's L.A. Woman 40th anniversary re-release.

The previously unheard tune, "She Smells So Nice," was recently discovered by producer Bruce Botnick as he waded through session tapes recorded around the time of the classic 1971 album.

The reissue is set for release in January.

Sunset Strip Festival Kicks Off With Motley Crue Comedy Roast

8/16/2011 11:45pm EDT
Motley Crue
Rockers Motley Crue will kick start this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival by becoming the butt of jokes and funny anecdotes at Hollywood's House of Blues.

Famous fans like comedian Dane Cook and New York Dolls frontman David Johansen will join Neil Strauss, who co-wrote the band's bestselling biography "The Dirt," for a comedy roast on Thursday night.

Drummer Tommy Lee says, "I have no idea what they will say, but it's bound to be sometimes serious, sometimes funny and also probably shocking."

Motley Crue will also close this year's festival on Saturday, when they'll receive the event'...

The Beatles & Drugs Inspired Brian Wilson's Iconic 'Pet Sounds'

6/4/2011 5:00pm EDT
Brian wilson
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has credited the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album and marijuana for inspiring the iconic "Pet Sounds" recordings.

The "Good Vibrations" hitmaker hosted a listening party at his home when the Fab Four's 1965 album was released and he admits the music and the marijuana "took me away", and the ideas for "Pet Sounds" were born.

Appearing in Beatles fan Seth Swirsky's new documentary, Beatles Stories, Wilson recalls, "We were stoned... I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds. It (album) turned me onto Pet Sounds.

"It was a moment that will live forever in m...

'Pristine' Jim Morrison Photos Discovered In Storage Unit

6/2/2011 8:59am EDT
Jim Morrison
A treasure trove of lost Jim Morrison photographs snapped in 1968 have been unearthed in a storage unit.

A European photo agency was commissioned to shoot Morrison by a U.S. teen magazine, but none of the pictures were used.

Instead, they were filed away and forgotten about until staff cleaning out a storage unit came across the 51 "pristine" A4-sized prints.

The prints have been snapped up by a collector who is offering them to fans of The Doors via fanzine The Doors Collectors Magazine.

A blurb on the publication's website reads, "We DO NOT have the negatives or own the copyrights to ...

Doors Drummer John Densmore: 'No More Autographs'

4/21/2011 7:53pm EDT
John Densmore
The Doors drummer John Densmore has just added to the value of his autograph after stating he'll never sign his name for a fan again.

The "Riders on the Storm" hitmaker has taken to his website to kindly ask fans to stop requesting his signature.

He writes, "The last several years I have been so flooded with requests that it is interfering with my personal life, and I am going to have to stop.

"Fans (or opportunists from ebay) track me when I land at any airport, follow me into the bathroom, and hang around my hotel, looking for my John Henry (autograph). It is unfortunate, but I have to...

Lady Gaga, Rihanna Among Pre-Telecast Grammy Winners

2/13/2011 9:25pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Rihanna were already winners at the 2011 Grammy Awards before they walked the red carpet on Sunday - they triumphed in two categories announced prior to the live telecast.

The "Paparazzi" hitmaker landed the honour for Best Short-Form Video for "Bad Romance," beating rap superstar Eminem to the prize.

But Gaga had to concede defeat for Best Dance Recording - that accolade went to Rihanna for Only Girl (in the World).

Thanking her fans on, Rihanna writes, "CONGRATULATIONS #RihannaNavy!!!! We won a Grammy for BEST DANCE RECORDING!!!Only h* (sic) in the woooorrrrrl...

Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

1/4/2011 9:56am EST
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...

Jim Morrison's Pardon Granted

12/9/2010 9:43pm EST
Jim Morrison
Rocker Jim Morrison has been posthumously pardoned on 41-year-old indecency charges following a unanimous vote by Florida lawmakers on Thursday.

The late Doors singer was arrested in Miami for indecent exposure at a 1969 concert, but Governor Charlie Crist recently launched a campaign to have the count wiped from state records, arguing it was time to forgive and forget.

Last week, Morrison's former bandmate John Densmore insisted the frontman only teased fans during the gig and did not actually expose himself onstage.

And the campaign has worked - the pardon was granted during a Clemency...

Florida Governor Considers Pardoning Jim Morrison

11/9/2010 11:32am EST
Charlie Crist
Officials in Florida are considering granting Jim Morrison a posthumous pardon to clear his name over indecent exposure charges dating back to 1969.

The Doors frontman was convicted of drunkenly exposing himself on stage at a concert in Miami and handed a six month jail term and a $500 fine. He was appealing the sentence when he died of a heart attack in 1971.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is now deciding whether to offer the late rocker clemency, effectively clearing him of the charges.

Crist's deputy press secretary, Chris Cate, says, "The governor is considering the clemency," whi...

Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

8/13/2010 1:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...

The Doors - 'When You're Strange' A Must Have DVD For Fans

8/9/2010 10:28pm EDT
The Doors
The Doors: “When You’re Strange” Eagle Rock Ent. A documentary about the Doors is nothing new. One made with the full cooperation of the three surviving original members - Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger - however is. “When You’re Strange” is such a documentary, one that is even narrated by actor Johnny Depp, and honestly, Depp doesn’t just sign on to any piece of garage (recent remake of Alice in Wonderland notwithstanding, or just go ahead and input your favorite Depp lowlight here).

This doc houses enough footage of venerable frontman Jim Morrison to sell the work itself,...

The Doors Lyrics Sell For $19,500

8/4/2010 10:20am EDT
The Doors
A scrap of yellowing paper on which Jim Morrison scribbled lyrics to The Doors track L.A. Woman has sold for $19,500.

The note, which also included doodles and sketches drawn by the late singer, went under the hammer at a rock memorabilia auction in Reading, England on Tuesday.

Other items in the sale at Cameo auction house included an abstract painting by late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, which made $12,600, a green jacket belonging to the late rocker and a red fabric hairband which he once wore onstage.

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Reviewed! The Moody Blues - 'Threshold Of A Dream: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival' DVD

7/12/2010 8:00pm EDT
moody blues
The Moody Blues: “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival” - Eagle Rock Ent.

If you see only one Moody Blues DVD this year (and c’mon, why wouldn’t you?), make it their recently released “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival,” a picture perfect account of their performance at, yes, you guessed it, the famed 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Even though the festival played host to acts that operated on a much different wavelength – the Doors, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull and Miles Davis – the Moody Blues - Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme ...

Rolling Stones, Doors Release New Documentary DVDs

6/24/2010 10:15pm EDT
The Rolling Stones
Eagle Vision 'the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment' is proud to announce the release of The Rolling Stones' "Stones In Exile," (June 22) a compelling hour long documentary look at the recording of what many rock historians call the greatest album in history: 1972's "Exile On Main Street." The packaging comes complete with 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus footage.

There has been, over the years, a veritable mountain of debate, conjecture, written words and mythologizing about this most classic album. It has been the subject of books, of rumors, of innuendo, of storie...

'Glee' Returns With A Big 'Hell-O'

4/14/2010 3:30pm EDT
Glee - Big Hell-O
Welcome Back “GLEE”! The phenomenal phenomenon returned to TV on Tuesday night with a great big Hell-o! It was the first episode we’ve seen that was filmed after “Glee” became a bona fide hit, and the show winks at its newfound celebrity status, and reassures us that the next part of the season will be even more sensational than the first. And based on this premiere installment, we have many reasons to believe that ‘The Road to Regionals’ will indeed take the magic to the next level!

Right off the bat, we see that winning the trophy at Sectionals (and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy) doesn’...

John Densmore Tried To Stop Jim Morrison's Self-Destruction

4/6/2010 7:00am EDT
The Doors
Former Doors drummer John Densmore desperately wanted to save his tragic bandmate Jim Morrison before he went too far - but was locked out from his inner circle of friends and enablers.

Morrison died in a Paris, France hotel room in 1971 after years of drug and alcohol abuse, and Densmore admits it pained him to watch his friend spiral into a self-destructive hell.

Densmore tried his best to warn Morrison of the fate that awaited him if he didn't change his ways, but, by the time Morrison moved to France, he could no longer reach him.

Promoting new Tom DiCillo Doors documentary "When You...