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The Doors’ Jim Morrison Gets the Setlist Wrong – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

 

One of the reasons why 'This is Spinal Tap' continues to resonate is because it's not only heavy metal groups on the downside of their career that experience real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories, but also bands that are trying to make a name for themselves on the road to classic rock immortality. Years before the brain trust behind the movie even came up with the concept, the Doors had a moment that could found its way into the script. 

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How Jim Morrison Inspired Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ Catchphrase

For years now, the easiest way to do a Matthew McConaughey impression has been to imitate his 'Dazed and Confused' character, David Wooderson, by saying "Alright, alright, alright" in a goofy Southern drawl -- something McConaughey himself acknowledged when he uttered those magic words while picking up his Oscar and Golden Globe awards for 'Dallas Buyers Club.' And as it turns out, we have Doors frontman Jim Morrison to thank for all of it.

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Artists Line Up for ‘A Psych Tribute to the Doors’

The Doors have already been the subject of multiple tribute albums, but the folks at Cleopatra Records have put together a new one that promises to see "the original riders on the psychedelic storm get their own minds blown by the leaders of the new psych rock movement."

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Jim Morrison’s Apartment Furnishings for Sale

Well, here's something interesting for Doors fans: According to a recent Craiglist posting, the owner of the Los Angeles building that's said to be Jim Morrison's last known U.S. residence is selling furnishings from his apartment.

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Doors Documentaries Streaming Free for Jim Morrison’s Birthday

Jim Morrison would have turned 70 on Dec. 8, and while it's impossible to imagine what he might have done over the past few decades if he hadn't passed away in 1971, he'd probably have Internet access if he were still alive -- which he could use to stream a trio of free Doors films from Qello.

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Robby Krieger to Join Gov’t Mule for Doors-Themed Concerts

The guys in Gov't Mule have a treat for Doors fans this Halloween.

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46 Years Ago: The Doors Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show

It was a clash of mainstream culture vs. the counterculture when the Doors were booked to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show in September of 1967. Things did not go as smoothly as the producers may have hoped.

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45 Years Ago: Ray Manzarek Fills in For a Passed Out Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison made a career of nodding off at inopportune moments. He passed out when the rest of the Doors were expecting him in the studio. He passed out in the studio. He passed out before concerts and after concerts. And sometimes, like on Sept. 15, 1968, he passed out during concerts -- onstage as the audience and his bandmates watched him collapse into an unwashed mound of rock-star excess.

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40 Years Ago: The Doors Break Up

On Aug. 30, 1973, after two years and two albums without deceased frontman Jim Morrison, the surviving members of the Doors decided to call it quits.

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John Densmore and Robby Krieger Considering Ray Manzarek Tribute

A couple months ago, John Densmore hinted that he and his former Doors bandmate Robby Krieger had buried the hatchet after a long feud and were even considering doing a tribute show for Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died of cancer in May. Seems it wasn't just idle chitchat: Krieger now says that tribute concert could happen early next year.

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The Doors Sell Ray Manzarek Memorial Shirts for Charity

The world lost a true star when Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek succumbed to bile duct cancer on May 20. The band is celebrating his legacy with a fundraising effort designed to help others suffering from the disease.

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John Densmore and Robby Krieger May Bury Hatchet With Ray Manzarek Tribute

John Densmore and Robby Krieger were best friends when they were in the Doors, but then they started suing each other and their relationship turned sour. After more than a decade of animosity, they're reconnecting and may play a tribute to their former bandmate Ray Manzarek, who died of cancer in May.

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