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The Doors after Jim´s death


Other Voices

The surviving Doors continued for some time, initially considering replacing Morrison with a new singer. Instead, Krieger and Manzarek took over on vocals and the Doors released two more albums before disbanding. The recording of Other Voices took place from June to August 1971, and the album was released in October 1971. The LP featured the single "Tightrope Ride", which received some airplay.

The trio began performing again with additional supporting members on Friday, November 12, 1971 at Pershing Municipal Auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska, followed by shows in Carnegie Hall on November 23, 1971, and the Hollywood Palladium on November 26, 1971.

Full Circle  

The recordings for Full Circle took place during the spring of 1972, and the album was released in August 1972. The last album expanded into jazz territory. While neither album has been reissued on CD in the United States, they have been released on 2-on-1 CDs in Germany and Russia.

For the tours during this period, the Doors enlisted Jack Conrad on bass (who had played on several tracks on both "Other Voices" and "Full Circle") as well as Bobby Ray Henson on rhythm guitar. They began a European tour covering France, Germany, Holland, Amsterdam, and England beginning in May. The fruit of this effort can be seen in their appearance on the German show Beat-Club  of which many high quality sources can be found online.


The group disbanded in 1973 and Krieger and Densmore formed the Butts Band from 1973 to 1975. Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore reunited in 1978 for An American Prayer, 1993 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1997 in the studio to complete the Morrison penned "Orange County Suite" and 2000 for VH1's Storytellers: A Celebration and on the tribute album Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors, which featured band members playing alongside guest performers as well as recording new music.


1978 – An American Prayer

The third post-Morrison album, An American Prayer, was released in 1978. It consisted of the band adding musical backing tracks to previously recorded spoken word performances of Morrison reciting his poetry. The record was a commercial success, acquiring a platinum certificate. An American Prayer was re-mastered and re-released with bonus tracks in 1995.

1993 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  

In 1993, the Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the ceremony Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore reunited once again to perform "Roadhouse Blues", "Break On Through" and "Light My Fire". Eddie Vedder  filled in on lead vocals, while Don Was played bass.

1997 – "Orange County Suite"  

For the 1997 boxed set, the surviving members of the Doors once again reunited to complete "Orange County Suite". The track was one that Morrison had written and recorded, providing vocals and piano.

2000 – VH1's Storytellers and Stoned Immaculate  

The Doors reunited in 2000 to perform on VH1's Storytellers. For this last live performance, the band was joined by Angelo Barbera on bass and numerous guest vocalists. Guest vocalists included Ian Astbury (of the Cult), Scott WeilandScott StappPerry Farrell,Pat Monahan and Travis Meeks. Following the recording the Storytellers: A Celebration, the band members joined solo and together to record on the Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors. These sessions also yielded new songs credited to the Doors; "Under Waterfall" and "The Cosmic Movie". Astbury became lead singer of the Doors of the 21st Century in 2002. The group featured original Doors members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.

2007 – "Woman in the Window"  

On May 29, 2007, Perry Farrell's latest group the Satellite Party released its first album Ultra Payloaded on Columbia Records. The album features "Woman in the Window", a new song with music and a pre-recorded vocal performance provided by Jim Morrison.


"I like to say this is the first new Doors track of the 21st century", Ray Manzarek said of a new song he recorded with Robby Krieger, John Densmore and DJ/producer Skrillex (Sonny Moore). The recording session and song are part of a new documentary film,Re:GENERATION, that recruited five popular DJs/producers to work with artists from five separate genres and had them record new music. Manzarek and Skrillex had an immediate musical connection. "Sonny plays his beat, all he had to do was play the one thing. I listened to it and I said, ‘Holy shit, that's strong,’" Manzarek says. "Basically, it's a variation on ‘Milestones’, by Miles Davis, and if I do say so myself, sounds f**king great, hot as hell." The track, called "Breakn' a Sweat", was included on Skrillex's EP Bangarang.

2016 – Celebration for Ray Manzarek

February 12, 2016, at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, John Densmore and Robby Krieger reunited for the first time in 15 years to perform in tribute to Ray and benefit Stand Up to Cancer. That day would have been Ray's 76th birthday. The night featured Exene Cervenka and John Doe of the band X, Rami Jaffee of the Foo FightersStone Temple Pilots’ Robert Deleo, Jane’s Addiction's Stephen Perkins, Emily Armstrong of Dead SaraAndrew Watt, among others.

After the Doors

The Butts Band (1973–1975)

Krieger and Densmore formed the Butts Band in 1973, but disbanded in 1975 after two albums. Phil Chen, who played bass on the band's second album, would later join Robby once again with Manzarek–Krieger.

Manzarek's solo work and Nite City (1974–2013)  

Manzarek made three solo albums from 1974 to 1983 and formed a band called Nite City in 1975, which released two albums from 1977 to 1978. Krieger released six solo albums from 1977 to 2010. All of the ex-Doors solo albums have met with mixed reviews. In recent years Densmore formed a jazz band called Tribaljazz and they released a self-titled album in 2006.

Manzarek–Krieger (2002–2013)

In 2002 Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger formed a new version of the Doors which they called the Doors of the 21st Century. After legal battles over use of the Doors name with drummer John Densmore, they changed their name several times and ultimately toured under the name "Manzarek–Krieger" or "Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors". The group was dedicated to performing the music of the Doors and Jim Morrison. John Densmore refused to participate because of Morrison's absence, although Manzarek and Krieger always invited him. On May 20, 2013, Ray Manzarek died of complications related to bile duct cancer.

New releases

1983 saw the release of the live album Alive, She Cried, which was compiled from live recordings made between 1968 and 1970. The tapes consisted of the soundtrack to a 1968 Danish TV special and unreleased multitrack recordings from the Absolutely Live shows. This was the first "new" Doors material since "An American Prayer". "Gloria" (recorded at the Aquarius Theater rehearsals) was edited and issued as a single and a video was created to promote the track.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl was released in 1987. This 5-song EP was released to coincide with the release of the 1968 Hollywood Bowl show on home video. It was released as a 12" vinyl EP, cassette and compact disc. The release was limited and went out of print quickly. The EP was later included on a double CD, In Concert, which also compiled the Alive She Cried album as well as Absolutely Live for the first time on CD. In Concert has since been replaced with a single disc remastered edition of Absolutely Live. The Alive, She Cried and Live at the Hollywood Bowl recordings have not seen reissue since.

In 1997, the first archive material in many years was included on the release of The Doors: Box Set, a four-CD set, one of which was a "greatest hits" type CD. Some of the material had been previously available on bootlegs. A notable inclusion on the compilation was a CD of highlights from the 1970 Felt Forum concert and a cleaned-up recording of the (edited) 1969 "Rock Is Dead" session. The surviving members again re-united to add new musical backing to the solo Morrison song "Orange County Suite".

The 1999 Complete Studio Recordings box set only included the first six studio albums (omitting An American PrayerOther Voices and Full Circle), and the Perception box set, released on November 21, 2006, continued the same trend omitting the three post-Morrison studio albums. The 2006 box set contained about two hours of mostly unheard studio outtakes from the first six albums. Each album was represented by two discs: a CD of the album and the bonus tracks, and a DVD-Audio with both stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes (produced and mixed by Bruce Botnick) in 96 kHz/24-bit LPCMDolby Digital, and DTS, as well as mostly previously released video footage. The discs were accompanied by new liner notes by Botnick and articles from several music critics and historians for each album.

Following the recording of Storytellers: A Celebration, the band members joined solo and together to record for Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors. These sessions also yielded new songs credited to the Doors; "Under Waterfall" and "The Cosmic Movie".

In November 2000, the Doors announced the creation of Bright Midnight Records, a label through which 36 albums and 90 hours of previously unreleased Morrison-era Doors material would be made available on CD. This was launched with a sampler of forthcoming material, mostly from live concerts. The first full release was a two-CD set of the May 1970 show at Detroit's Cobo Center, notable for being, according to Doors manager Danny Sugerman in its liner notes, "easily... the longest Doors set ever performed." It was followed by two CDs of interviews, mostly with Morrison, and the two 1969 Aquarius shows and one of the rehearsals. A four-CD set Boot Yer Butt included bootleg quality material but sold out nevertheless. It was notable for the inclusion of the only known performances of songs from L.A. Woman including the title track and "The Changeling" from the Doors' final recorded show in December 1970, DallasTexas. In 2005, a two-CD concert from Philadelphia in 1970 was released.

Many bootleg recordings are available of the group. Among them are a wealth of shows from March 1967 at the Matrix Club in San Francisco. Many shows are available from 1968 when the band reached the height of its popularity, notably two shows in Stockholm, Sweden. The infamous Miami show has become widely available while many 1970 shows, notably a radio broadcast of the June 5 Seattle and June 6 Vancouver show, make the rounds. The complete 1969 Rock Is Dead studio jam was discovered in the mid-1990s. In Rock is Dead and in interviews Morrison makes it clear that the music is a continued exploration of the Dionysian mythic content that had informed his earlier poetry. The apocalyptic elements in the music and the poetry were ahead of the music of the day; later groups like Nirvana are influenced by the Doors.

In July 2007, Rhino released Live In Boston, a three-disc live album by the Doors. It was recorded on April 10, 1970, as part of the Absolutely Live tour. This is part of previously unreleased material of the Bright Midnight Archives collection of live albums by the Doors.

In March 2008, Rhino released Pittsburgh Civic Arena, a live album recorded in Pittsburgh at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena on May 2, 1970. This is part of previously unreleased material of the Bright Midnight Archives collection of live albums by the Doors.

In November 2008, Rhino released Live at the Matrix 1967, a double live album compiled and resequenced from recordings made on March 7 and 10, 1967 at the Matrix in San Francisco by club co-owner Peter Abram. The recording is notable because it is one of the earliest live recordings of the band known to exist: The Doors had recorded only one album by March 1967, "Light My Fire" had yet to be released as a single, and they were still relatively unknown outside Southern California.

In November 2009, Rhino released Live in New York, a six-disc box set of the final four concerts performed by the Doors on January 17 and 18, 1970 at the Felt Forum in New York City. About a third of the material on the set was previously unreleased.

In April 2010, Rhino released When You're Strange: Music from the Motion Picture, a single disc soundtrack to the 2010 documentary film, narrated by Johnny Depp, about the Doors and their music. The soundtrack features 14 songs from the Doors’ six studio albums, with studio versions mixed with live versions, including performances from The Ed Sullivan ShowTelevision-Byen in GladsaxeFelt Forum in New York and the Isle of Wight Festival.

In November 2010, Rhino released Live in Vancouver 1970, a two-disc live album. It was recorded on June 6, 1970 in Vancouver, Canada. Vince Treanor, the Doors’ tour manager, recorded the show for the band on a Sony reel-to-reel using two microphones placed on the stage. While not a multitrack high fidelity recording, it is clean, quiet and clear, allowing the unbridled energy of the performances to shine through. This is part of previously unreleased material of the Bright Midnight Archives collection of live albums by the Doors.

When You're Strange was released in April 2010. It is, as Ray Manzarek says, the true story of the Doors, told through use of new interviews and previously unreleased video footage. The film is narrated by Johnny Depp, and directed by Tom DiCilloRhino Entertainment released a soundtrack to the movie in March 2010, containing both live and studio recordings.

In July 2011, Rhino UK released A Collection, a six-CD retrospective box set of the first six albums from the Doors recorded 1966–71. It features remastered tracks by Bruce Botnick and original artwork in replicated paper sleeves.

In January 2012, Rhino released L.A. Woman (40th Anniversary). The two CD re-issue of the original album was remastered with an additional disc of bonus material. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of L.A. WomanEagle Rock Entertainment created the documentary Mr Mojo Risin’ detailing how the Doors created their last studio album. It goes into detail of how the album came about, its recording, and what was happening to the band at the time. The story is told through new interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore, plus contributions from Jac Holzman (founder of their label Elektra Records), Bill Siddons (their manager), Bruce Botnick (engineer and co-producer of the album), and others associated with the Doors at this time. The show includes archive footage of the Doors performing both live and in the studio, classic photographs and new musical demonstrations from the Doors. The documentary was released in (DVD/Blu-ray Disc) on January 24, 2012.

In January 2012, the Doors released L.A. Woman: The Workshop Sessions (a two-LP vinyl set). An alternate take on L.A. Woman, featuring the previously unreleased alternate versions of songs and studio chatter found on the 40th anniversary edition, pressed on 180-gram heavy vinyl at RTI with lacquers cut at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

In November 2012, the Doors released The Doors: Live At The Bowl ‘68 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

In November 2013, the Doors released of The Doors: R-Evolution on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (standard and deluxe editions).

A documentary film, The Doors: Feast Of Friends was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on November 11th, 2014.

Film about the Doors

In 1991, the film The Doors was released, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Val Kilmer as Morrison. Stone created the script from over a hundred interviews of people who were in Jim Morrison’s life. He designed the movie by picking the songs and then adding the appropriate scripts to them. The original band members did not like the film's portrayal of the events. In the book The Doors, Manzarek states, "That Oliver Stone thing did real damage to the guy I knew: Jim Morrison, the poet." In addition, Manzarek claims that he wanted the movie to be about all four members of the band, not only Morrison. Densmore said, "A third of it's fiction." In the same volume, Krieger agrees with the other two, but also says, "It could have been a lot worse."

Awards, accolades, and critical appraisal  

In 1993, the Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1998, "Light My Fire" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category Rock (track).

In 2000, the Doors were ranked number 32 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists, and "Light My Fire" was ranked number seven on VH1's Greatest Rock Songs.

In 2002, their self-titled album' was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category Rock (Album).

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Doors 41st on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

In 2007, the Doors received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement.

In 2007, the Doors received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2009, "Riders On The Storm" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame  under the category Rock (track).

Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time includes three of their studio albums; the self-titled at number 42, L.A. Woman at number 362, and Strange Days at number 407. Their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time includes two of their songs as well: "Light My Fire" at number 35 and "The End" at number 328.

The Doors were ranked number 20 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock and Roll.

This group would become the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LP's.

The Recording Academy announced the 2010 Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees, including the Doors' Riders On The Storm.

In 2011, the Doors received a Grammy Award in Best Long Form Music Video for the film When You're Strange, directed by Tom DiCillo.

In 2014, the Doors R-Evolution Nominated for Film of the Year at 2014 Classic Rock Roll Honour Awards.

In 2015, the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.

Official Website

Time Magazine's Life With the Lizard King: Photos of Jim and The Doors, 1968   "The Doors on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame".

Ray Manzarek shares moments of his life story and career (NAMM Oral History Interview December 8, 2008)

Studio albums

The Doors (1967)

Strange Days (1967)

Waiting for the Sun (1968)

The Soft Parade (1969)

Morrison Hotel (1970)

L.A. Woman (1971)

Other Voices (1971)

Full Circle (1972)

An American Prayer (1978)


Jim Morrison - lead vocals, lyrics, harmonica, tambourine, synthesizer, maracas (1965–1971; died 1971)

Ray Manzarek - keyboards, organ, keyboard bass, vocals (1965–1973, 1978, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2011; died 2013)

Robby Krieger - lead guitar, vocals (1965–1973, 1978, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2011, 2013, 2016)

John Densmore - drums, percussion (1965–1973, 1978, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2011, 2013, 2016)

Guest musicians   

Leroy Vinnegar - bass Waiting For The Sun on the track; Spanish Caravan

Harvey Brooks – bass guitar Soft Parade (1969)

Lonnie Mack – Gibson Flying V "No. 7" Morrison Hotel (1970)

Ray Neapolitan – bass guitar Morrison Hotel (1970)

John Sebastian (as "G. Puglese") harmonica Morrison Hotel (1970)

Jack Conrad – bass guitar (1971–73)

Bobby Ray Henson – rhythm guitar, back vocals, percussion (1971–1973)

Marc Benno – rhythm guitar L.A. Woman (1971)

Jerry Scheff – bass guitar, L.A. WomanAn American Prayer(1971, 1978), Respectively.

Reinol Andino – percussion (1978)

Arthur Barrow – synthesizer programming (1978; on "The Movie")

Bob Glaub – bass only (1978; "Albinoni – Adagio")

Eddie Vedder – lead vocals (1993)

Don Was – bass guitar (1993)

Angelo Barbera – bass guitar (2000)

Douglass Lubahn – bass guitar Strange DaysWaiting for the Sun


The Doors' A Tribute to Jim Morrison (1981)

Dance on Fire (1985)

Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1987)

Live in Europe 1968 (1989)

The Doors (1991)

The Soft Parade a Retrospective (1991)

The Best of the Doors (1997)

The Doors Are Open (1998)

The Doors Collection - Collector's Edition (1999)

VH1 Storytellers - The Doors: A Celebration (2001)

The Doors – 30 Years Commemorative Edition (2001)

No One Here Gets Out Alive (2001)

Soundstage Performances (2002)

The Doors of the 21st Century: L.A. Woman Live (2003)

The Doors Collector's Edition – (3 DVD) (2005)

Classic Albums: The Doors (2008)

When You're Strange (2010)

Mr. Mojo Risin' : The Story of L.A. Woman (2011)

The Doors Live at the Bowl '68 (2012)

The Doors: R-Evolution (2013)

The Doors Special Edition - (3 DVD) (2013)

The Doors - Feast Of Friends (2014)

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In the eye of the sun   

Variety is the spice of live   

Get up and dance   

4 billion souls   

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Tightrope ride   


Hardwood floor   

Down on the farm   

I'm horny, I'm stoned   

Good rockin'   

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Hang on to your live   

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It slipped my mind   

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Be with me   

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Roadhouse blues   

Break on through   

Corner of my mind   

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When the music is over   

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L.A. Woman Live Full concert 2004