I have found most of the places the Doors hung out in Los Angeles. The two that eluded me are The Topanga Corral which was the inspiration for, "Roadhouse Blues" and the home Jim lived in on Kings Road.
Unfortunately, The Topanga Corral is no longer standing. It burnt down in the 1970s, rebuilt, then burnt down again. If there was something left I could justify trekking out there, but not for an empty lot.
I found out about the Kings Road location only recently. Jim had purchased a property on the advice of his accountant to reduce his tax liability. Tony Funches, a former bodyguard, remembers going there with Jim a few times. Jim never intended to live there, having a, "few crates and a lamp of two." Tony cannot remember the number on the residence. I stumbled across a forum on the mystery home and one person who worked for a real estate title company spent hours and hours pouring over real estate records with no success. He speculated it was listed under another name as he could not find any connection to Jim Morrison ever owning a house on Kings Road.
|8826 Lookout Mountain Ave. - home 3 of The Doors members lived in 1966|
|Another view of 8826 Lookout Mountain Ave.|
|1246 South Hope St. - Morrison Hotel|
|Pershing Square, downtown LA|
West 5th St. not 300 East 5th St. I was on the wrong side of Main St! Hopefully next time I can make it downtown and find the original Hard Rock Cafe.
|14 Westminster Ave. - Now the Morrison Apartments.|
Dios mio! I don't think even Jim could afford these 2016 rents. After all he did live on the penthouse level for free.
A better view of the roof.
|30 Brooks Ave.|
|50 Brooks Ave.|
A fence stands in the spot the guys posed for the shoot at number 50 Brooks Ave.
Before I left for LA, I was on Robby Krieger's website and noticed he was on tour and going to make an appearance near my home the week after I got back from LA. I immediately purchased a ticket for only $55 and started counting down the days.
This was truly one of the highlights of my life! Meeting John Densmore in 2013 was a great experience, but this was the music of The Doors being played live by the guitarist of The Doors. It was surreal that I was at the closest I would ever get to a Doors concert and twenty-five percent of The Doors was on stage in front of me. The auditorium was filled to capacity and everyone was singing along. Waylon Krieger, Robby's son, was filling in for Jim.
The picture is a bit fuzzy. He was wearing a shirt with a white body and under the harsh white lights it completely washed him out in the photos I took.
|Fuzzy picture of Robby, sorry!|
When the lights changed to color, I started snapping away! A sign on the "door" to the cinema stated, "Absolutely no photography during the performance". I looked around during the show and everybody was taking photos! So I did the same, thinking when will I get this opportunity again?
|Robby up close!|
I waited an hour after the show ended to see if I could catch a glimpse of Robby. A crowd had gathered in front of the parking lot where his ride was parked. He took a few minutes to greet the people waiting as he left. As he went by me he shook my hand!
Here is the playlist from the show (I arrived late and missed the first five songs):
When The Music's Over
Waiting For The Sun
Riders On The Storm
20th Century Fox
People Are Strange
Light My Fire