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LA declares January 4 'Day of The Doors'

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017

Los Angeles has paid homage to The Doors, one of its most illustrious bands, by officially declaring January 4 as the "Day of The Doors" on the 50th anniversary of the band's first album release.

The band's two surviving members, Robby Krieger and John Densmore, along with the family members of the late Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, attended the ceremony at the Venice Beach, a place associated with the early days of the band.

More than four hundred people braved the cold for the event where Densmore and Krieger, proud natives of Los Angeles, shared the band's anecdotes related to Venice, including $US75 ($A103) monthly rent of Manzarek's apartment, or the cafe that inspired them to write the song Soul Kitchen.

They also talked about the rooftop that their iconic frontman Morrison climbed to recite the verses of Moonlight Drive, which were also recited: "Let's swim to the moon, let's climb through the tide, penetrate the evening that the city sleeps to hide."

Before playing an acoustic version of LA Woman with Krieger on the guitar, Densmore joked that it was not the singer but the drummer (Densmore) who made the band special.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said the record, released half a century ago, transformed rock and roll around the world, and that LA takes pride in being the birthplace of the legendary band.

"Are you kidding? I would have never missed the opportunity of being here today," Alice Palombella, a young Italian resident of Los Angeles, told EFE.

"I grew up listening to their songs because they are also my mother's favourite," added Palombella, who believes that the band's lyrics are like poems to which some people connect instantly.

Released on January 4, 1967, the album The Doors was an astonishing blend of rock, jazz, blues, and certain psychedelic aspects that complemented Morrison's enigmatic lyrics.

Songs, including Break on Through (To the Other Side), Light My Fire or The End helped the band to progress from the halls of Sunset Strip to international acclaim.

Apart from The Doors' electrifying music, its members were also mired in controversies, which only enhanced their cult-like status.

Among the band's diverse public scandals was the 1967 Ed Sullivan Show controversy, where Morrison refused to change the drug-related lyrics of Light My Fire and sang it on live television.

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