But JD has also made some poor decisions nontheless which in my eyes counts against him.
The shoe obviously was a huge mistake and Densmore recognised that I do believe with his comments on his forum.
The December 8th 2008 piss plaque was something he, to his credit, had nothing to do with
sorry for my ignorance of the doors world... but...
what the fuck are these things?! (i know what shoes & plaques are)
I'll explain the 'Piss Plaque' and Alex can explain the 'Shoe'.
On what would have been Jim' 65th B-day Ray and Robby hooked up with Barney's Beanery to host a birthday party. Remember the Oliver Stone movie where Val Kilmer pissed on the bar? Well, there was a plaque made up and Ray Manzarek was going to point to the spot where Jim supposedly pissed on the bar and the plaque was going to be placed there. There is no evidence whatsoever, other than the Oliver Stone movie that Jim pissed on the bar at Barneys.
As time went on with this story, leading up to the event on December 8 2008, more and more people were getting pissed off at Ray, Robby and their management for such a poor way to celebrate Jim's birthday. Eventually, as the negative comments continued the piss plaque idea was blamed as the owner of Barney's being his idea and management claimed that the plaque would mark where Jim sat at the bar not pissed.
You could only win tickets to this event through KLOS a Los Angeles Radio Station so numbers were very limited. There were cameras set up in Barneys as the event was going on and you could watch it from your computer. I stayed up and watched the event and took notes which I reported back the next day for people who didn't get to witness this spectacle. And it was a spectacle.
In addition to Jim's B-day this was an event that gave the opportunity to flog the new Matrix release. As we know shortly after the Matix CDs were released the shit the fan regarding the false advertising of the CDs which resulted in the LL being taken down, cleaned up and re-established squeaky clean from all remarks associated with the false advertising.
John Densmore refused to participate in this fiasco and held a radio interview instead.
These news stories are from archives:
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BARNEY’S BEANERY TO THE DOORS’ JIM MORRISON: “HAPPY 65th BIRTHDAY!”
Legendary Hollywood Restaurant Will Mark Nov. 18 Release of Rhino’s Live at The Matrix 1967 with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger on live 95.5 KLOS broadcast hosted by Jim Ladd Dec. 8
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2008—On December 8, The Doors’ Jim Morrison would have celebrated his 65th birthday. This year, the momentous occasion will be marked at Barney’s Beanery, the legendary West Hollywood hangout on Route 66, which served as a stomping ground and home away from home for the rock icon. Since moving to its current Santa Monica Blvd. location in 1927 from Berkeley, the historic venue has hosted a variety of counter cultural legends over the years from the worlds of avant-garde art, movies, literature and rock and roll.
Both Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors will be on hand that evening for a special live broadcast on L.A. rock station 95.5 KLOS, hosted by famed “Last D.J.,” Jim Ladd. The three will discuss and sign copies of Live at The Matrix 1967, a live CD on The Doors’ Bright Midnight Archives and Rhino Records. The two-CD set, which was recorded in San Francisco over two nights in March ’67, will be available on November 18th. The shows took place shortly before the group broke on through with their hit Summer of Love single, “Light My Fire.” Winners of a 95.5 KLOS contest will get to meet and greet Manzarek and Krieger.
“We decided to celebrate this occasion because Barney’s is a place where Jim Morrison hung out often,” says Barney’s Beanery principal David Houston, who bought the place in 1999 from Erwin Held. He is only the third person to own the famed venue after original founder John “Barney” Anthony and Held. “Whatever point in time you go back to, whoever was making history in pop culture, they seemed to have a foot in the Beanery.”
In the late ‘60s, Morrison and Janis Joplin were regulars at Barney’s Beanery, with Jim famously barred from the dining establishment for allegedly urinating on the bar. Houston will commemorate the event with a memorial plaque to mark the exact place.
“I’m hoping Ray’s incredibly sharp memory will help us locate it,” says Houston. “Wherever he says it happened, that’s where we’ll put it up.”
The locus of The Doors’ history, notes Houston, took place largely in a one-mile radius of the Beanery, with the band’s label Elektra headquarters and Jim’s girlfriend Pam’s clothing boutique on La Cienega Blvd., the group’s offices around the corner, the Alta Cienega Hotel, where Jim often stayed, just down the street, and the Whisky-a-Go-Go, where they regularly performed, just up the block on Sunset.
After opening new Barney’s locations at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica in 2004, and in Old Town Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. in 2006, Houston is set to launch two new Beaneries, one later this month in Burbank and another next year in Westwood.
Rhino’s Live at The Matrix 1967 is the fourth of the Bright Midnight Archives releases, and features liner notes by all three surviving members of The Doors and brand-new cover art by renowned San Francisco artist Stanley Mouse. Whereas the three previous collections documented The Doors’ final 1970 tour, this latest edition takes you back to the early days, when the band was still working out arrangements and lyrics.
“This is probably the closest we’ve come to a true document of The Doors without constraints,” says the band’s longtime producer/engineer Bruce Botnick, who worked on the reissue. “You’ve never heard the group quite like this.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES - NOVEMBER 27 2008
Barney's Beanery: Jim Morrison peed here (on the bar) 2:05 PM PT, Nov 27 2008 You have to be really, really famous -- no, legendary -- to make a restaurant want to put up a memorial plaque marking the exact spot on its bar where you peed in the 1960s. You'd have to be the kind of guy who Val Kilmer played in a movie, the kind of guy who needs guards stationed to this very day -- at your grave -- to protect it from being completely covered in joints, urine and whiskey. The kind of guy whose filthy leather pants (that you never took off and probably wore without underwear) are enshrined at the Hard Rock Cafe.
In short, you'd have to be Jim Morrison, and the place that wants to make a shrine to something arguably really uncool that you did (like peeing on its bar) would have to be West Hollywood's equally legendary (well, sort of) Barney's Beanery.
Consider Barney's the ultimate L.A. roadhouse (with a menu of greasy offerings so lengthy that it shames "War and Peace") and consider this forthcoming plaque a birthday present to Morrison, who would have turned 65 on Dec. 8.
To mark the event Barney's is throwing a birthday bash for the Lizard King. The czar of classic rock DJs, KLOS's Jim Ladd, will host and broadcast live from the event. Morrison's bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger will attend, and lead Barney's owner David Houston to the spot where Morrison allegedly marked his beeritory.
"I'm hoping Ray's incredibly sharp memory will help us locate it," said Houston in a news release. "Wherever he says it happened, that's where we'll put it up."
Barney's Beanery, 8447 Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 654-2287.
-- Jessica Gelt
From After Hours
Sunday, December 07, 2008 23:59 IST
The Doors star comes alive yet again on his 65th birthday
Jim Morrison would have been 65 today. But even today, he exudes the image of being ‘oh so cool’ and ‘zonked out on god knows what!’ to this generation.
We all know he would have rocked even at 65 if he had been alive. And this year’s Sundance festival, which has a line up of interesting rock ‘n roll and music-themed movies, will pay a tribute to the rock n roll star.
The festival will screen When You’re Strange — a documentary about The Doors from Living in Oblivion’s Tom DiCillo that only uses footage shot between 1966 and 1971 to tell its story. The Lizard King’s musical journey is as intriguing as it is legendary.
Yes, you got to be legendary for a restaurant to want to put up a memorial plaque marking the exact spot on its bar where you peed in the 1960s! This forthcoming plaque is indeed a birthday present to Morrison. And to mark the event Barney’s is also throwing a birthday bash for the Lizard King. Classic rock DJs, KLOS’s Jim Ladd, will host and broadcast live from the event. Morrison’s bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger will attend the show and lead Barney’s owner David Houston to the spot Morrison marked for himself.
Yes, the place is as wacky as the man himself. No doubt that his grave has to be protected by guards to stop people from decorating it with urine, whiskey and dope joints on it.www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1212099
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