During his conversation with Rick Rubin’s Broken Record, the Doors drummer John Densmore recalled their times as bandmates with the late musician Jim Morrison. After Densmore detailed Morrison’s unique personality, his bandmate and guitarist Robby Krieger shared his ideas.
One of the most iconic rock bands, The Doors, created, released, and played milestone works for rock music history since their self-titled debut studio album, released on January 4, 1967. Their story started when Morrison and Ray Manzarek, who knew each other from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, came across in 1965. Shortly after, Densmore and Krieger joined the duo for their musical journey.
Even though the other members’ talents as instrumentalists and songwriters drew attention, it’s for sure that their frontman was journalists’ and their fans’ favorite with his erratic stage personality and crazy lifestyle during his short life. Morrison remained and will be a legendary rock star even years after his death for an unknown reason, on July 3, 1971, at the age of 27, which made him another member of the 27 Club, unfortunately.
Moreover, his bandmates, Densmore and Krieger, revealed their experiences with Morrison, and the drummer defined their relationship as ‘three against one.’ They struggled a lot with their frontman’s proactive personality since he liked to push the boundaries and touch people’s nerves, leading to many disputes and problems. They agreed on the fact that these characteristics were a part of Morrison and his music.
Densmore stated in his interview that:
“It was three against one the whole time. It was Jim. What is he going to do tonight? Oh my god! It’s just craziness.”
Here’s what the host asked:
“Was he being proactive for the sake of being provocative, or was he being himself?”
“That was the part of it. He liked to get people’s goats. After a while, he knew that it wouldn’t work with us, but that didn’t stop him from trying.”
Then, Densmore went on to say:
“I remember when I met his sister, and she said, ‘My brother growing up was always pressing out buttons. Did he do that to you guys?’ Testing. Let’s see where the boundaries are.“
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