Doors Guitarist Says Jim Morrison Wanted Fame Rock Radio On-Line February 13 2007
It seems odd now, since he's thought of as a poet, but the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison actually sought big-time rock-and-roll stardom. That's the word from guitarist Robby Krieger, who attended the Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 11th. Krieger was on hand because the Doors received a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday (February 10th), and at the event, Krieger said Morrison would have loved the recognition. According to Reuters, Krieger said, "People think he was anti-establishment, but in reality he wanted to be bigger than the Beatles. He would be very honored."
Doors drummer John Densmore offered his thanks for the award in a videotaped statement, which included a recitation of the Morrison poem "An American Prayer." Keyboardist Ray Manzarek didn't attend.
Also honored at the ceremony were the Grateful Dead, who were represented by drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Hart said, "The thing about a lifetime achievement award is being here. We made it and we're alive." Kreutzmann was happy to get the award, but he had something else on his mind, and he said, "I wish the rest of my brothers in the band could be here."
It's unknown whether Kreutzmann meant fellow survivors Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, or late members Jerry Garcia, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, and Vince Welnick.