Fans and former bandmates gathered at the Parisian grave of The Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison, to mark the 40th anniversary of the rock legend’s death.
Flowers were laid, and candles lit, on July 3 in honour of the late “lizard king” at his resting site at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Forbes reported.
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger were among the crowd, lighting candles in remembrance of Morrison—who was 27-years-old when he was discovered by girlfriend Pamela Courson on July 2, 1971, dead of heart failure in his Paris bathtub, reports the New York Daily News.
Absent was the iconic rock band’s drummer John Densmore, who told the Toronto Sun that he prefers to celebrate Morrison’s Dec. 8 birthday as opposed to his death.
“After all, Jim died at 27 because of alcoholism. I don’t want to glamourize that. But I am real proud of Jim’s music and poetry,” he said.
Morrison, Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore formed The Doors in Los Angeles in 1965, and released six studio albums during Morrison’s lifetime, making musical history with tracks like “Light My Fire,” “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” “Hello, I Love You,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “The End.”
Forty years later, the music hasn’t stopped, thanks to archival releases put out by the surviving three band members.
Densmore told the Sun that fans can next expect the upcoming 40th anniversary edition of L.A. Woman—the group's sixth album, recorded shortly before Morrison died—featuring an extra CD including never-before-heard session outtakes.
Director Oliver Stone chronicled the band's—and its vocalist's—at times rocky journey to fame, in his 1991 film, “The Doors."
Morrison’s grave site remains one of Paris’ most popular tourist attractions, as noted in the New York Daily News.