Today, January 4th, 1967 marks the 50th anniversary of The Doors self-title release of their debut album. This date marks the beginning of a new era, the push that progressed psychedelic rock to new heights. The Doors features their two most well-known singles, “Light My Fire” and “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”. One must not forget their lengthy controversial song, “The End” with it’s Oedipus theme and it’s strange nature, even for modern times.
If their is one person or place that we must thank for giving The Doors their start, along with many others that have come after them, it’s the Whisky a Go Go. This small but historic venue is located down in West Hollywood; a place I have frequented many times now. With lyrics like, “show me the way to the next whisky bar”, we get the feeling that The Whisky holds a nice spot in The Doors’ heart. Again, thank you Whisky a Go Go for giving us, to what Rolling Stone magazine has, as the #42 of the 500 greatest albums of all time. To think, this album only took 6 days to record!
We cannot hold back our excitement any longer! We learned that there will be celebration today at 4:30 pm at the Venice Boardwalk in California to honor the 50th Anniversary. Robby Krieger (guitarist for The Doors) and John Densmore (drummer for The Doors) will be making an appearance. They will be honoring their deceased band mates (Ray Manzarek (keyboardist for The Doors) and Jim Morrison (vocalist for The Doors). If you happen to be in the neighborhood, drop on by as this will surely be a memorable event. If not, be sure to stay alert for our next blog post as we will post a video of the event along with the experience itself will be written for your enjoyment.
As Jim Morrison once said, “I don’t know what’s gonna happen man, but I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames”. Check out our Spotify Playlist below for the whole album.