To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band, The Doors will have a special ceremony in Los Angeles, that has proclaimed January 4 the “Day of The Doors.”
The event will take place near the famous “Venice” sign at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Windward Avenue. Robby Krieger and John Densmore (the band’s guitarist and drummer, respectively) will be in attendance, as well as family members of both the late Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek. L.A. City Councillor Mike Bonin will announce the proclamation. Densmore said it is very appropriate to celebrate the band’s 50th year in Venice, since their songs sprung up there from the Pacific Ocean.
January 4, 1967 was the release date of The Doors’ self-titled debut album. The band chose to acknowledge this date for their anniversary–although they formed in the Venice neighbourhood of Los Angeles in 1965.
Earlier in December, The Doors released a compilation box set of their earliest recordings, titled London Fog 1966. It is named after the London Fog club in L.A. where they held a residency in January 1966.