In a recent interview Ray Manzarek said if it wasn’t for Jim Morrison’s tragic death in 1971, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Doors[/lastfm] would have likely changed their style over time.
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In an interview with M – Music and Musicians magazine, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek said:
“My guess is we would have done more theater venues, playing smaller places for a week at a time, preparing the theater with laser lights and speakers under the seats so that we could swirl the sound throughout the auditorium. We would probably have done theatrical presentations that included dancers and actors with recitations. We would have combined film and music. We all had big ambitions. I wanted to make movies starring the band.”
As we know, those plans were scrapped after their singer died. At just 27 years old, Jim Morrison was found dead in an apartment bathtub in Paris.
The medical examiner found no evidence of foul play, therefore an autopsy was never performed – adding more interest to his official cause of death which is still shrouded in mystery to this day.
A known partier with well publicized arrests, people seem to be more intrigued with Morrison’s personal life than his artistry, which bothers Manzarek.
“People don’t want to hear about how smart he was, how he was a real poet. They just want dirty stories.”