- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The last surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger played a show together for the first time in 15 years Thursday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Elvis Mitchell hosted a Q&A with the two, followed by a surprise set that included Doors songs “People Are Strange” and “Love Me Two Times,” Rolling Stone reported.


PHOTOS: '27 Club'


Mr. Densmore, who played drums for the iconic rock band, and Mr. Krieger, who played guitar, sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about drug culture in rock music and the loss of their bandmate, keyboard player Ray Manzarek, who died earlier this year from cancer.

“When you see the stuff that happened with Jim [Morrison] and Janis [Joplin], and then you see the same thing happening with people today like Amy Winehouse, are you amazed that the people that surround musicians keep feeding those habits?” Mr. Densmore pondered.


“It’s not as bad,” Mr. Krieger chimed in. “At least there are rehabs and stuff, and at least people talk about it. Back then. you wouldn’t even [expletive] say a word — it was just, ‘Hey, man, it’s cool, it’s the Sixties.’ That’s what you did.”

Mr. Densmore then brought up the fact that so many rock musicians have died at age 27, dubbed members of the “27 Club.”

Brian Jones, Alan Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Doors frontman Jim Morrison all died at age 27 between 1969 and 1971, prompting many conspiracy theories.

“Was Amy 27 as well?” Mr. Densmore asked. “Let’s talk about that. What the [expletive] is that? I’ll tell you what it is. The Africans have a thing, it’s this old, old myth — it’s the period between 14 and 27, where the elders watch over the youth. If they get past 27, they’ll make it.

“I was watching the Hendrix doc on American Masters on his birthday just a week ago, and it made me so sad, because Jim was an alcoholic, Janis was a junkie, but Jimi just took too many little sleeping pills one night. He had a big future,” he continued.

The pair said they might be interested in playing together again.

“If we did this again, it would be for some charity,” Mr. Krieger said.

“I had a lot of fun. I would do this again a few times, maybe,” Mr. Densmore said.