On January 4th, the “Day of The Doors” annual celebration will mark its fourth year with a special celebration at the location of the original Morrison Hotel on Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles. The event will see the hotel restored to its original facade as captured on the iconic cover of the Doors’ fifth album, also titled Morrison Hotel, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020.
According to the press release:
Relevant Group, the developer that owns the Morrison Hotel will restore the facade of the historic building to mimic its appearance in the iconic photos taken by Henry Diltz for the Doors’ 1970 album cover, Morrison Hotel.
Fans will be able to authentically recreate the album cover in the front window. The day’s attractions will include a special sneak preview screening of the forthcoming hybrid concert/documentary The Doors: Break On Thru – A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek, which will be in cinemas worldwide on February 12th, 2020.
Also shown will be the Doors documentary, When You’re Strange, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, along with special appearances, an autograph signing session with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, and a performance by Krieger with Dennis Quaid. The live performances will be streamed on the Doors’ official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thedoors.
In 1968, while the Doors were on tour in Europe, Jim Morrison spoke about the type of music he’d like to see the band tackle: [“I’d like to do a song, or a piece of music that’s just a pure expression of joy. Like, a celebration of existence. Y’know, the coming of spring, or, like, the sun rising, or something like that. Just pure unbounded joy, y’know? I don’t really think we’ve done that yet.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . done that yet)
Robbie Krieger says that looking back, the Doors’ short time together was relatively free of ego problems or star trips: [“It was really, like, the perfect group, y’know, as far as working together and stuff. There was no ego problems, y’know, and petty jealousies and stuff like that that a lot of groups go through.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . groups go through)
Morrison Hotel was the Doors’ fifth and second to last studio album. The set, which was released on February 9th, 1970, peaked at Number Four in the U.S. featured such in instant staples as “Roadhouse Blues,” “Waiting For The Sun,” “Peace Frog,” “Ship Of Fools,” and “Blue Sunday,” among others.
A “50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” of Morrison Hotel is slated for release in 2020.
SOURCE: Press release
- In January 4th, the “Day of The Doors” annual celebration will mark its fourth year with a special celebration at the location of the original Morrison Hotel on Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles.
- The event will see the hotel restored to its original facade as captured on the iconic cover of the Doors’ fifth album, also titled Morrison Hotel, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020.
- The “Day of The Doors” annual celebration will have additional activities in the adjacent warehouse and parking lot behind the building, including an exclusive Doors photo exhibit curated by the Morrison Hotel Gallery, featuring never-before-released photos taken by Henry Diltz from his trip to scout the location prior to the photo shoot, a pop-up merchandise store featuring exclusive new Doors apparel, Morrison Hotel accessories, music, and food and beverage areas.
- There will also be a raffle that will benefit the Midnight Mission downtown, an organization to help people experiencing homelessness.
- The winner of the raffle will be able to have their photo taken in the Morrison Hotel window by Henry Diltz himself.