THE DOORS were honored this week in Los Angeles with the “Inspiration Award” from England’s Classic Rock Magazine. Presented to JOHN DENSMORE by longtime DOORS fan Henry Rollins, the honor celebrates artists who have influenced others and left a lasting legacy on the world of rock and beyond. Next up for the group, which also included ROBBY KRIEGER and the late JIM MORRISON and RAY MANZAREK: the Tuesday, November 11 release of Feast of Friends, a film shot in 1968 that was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never fully completed before now.
In presenting the award to DENSMORE, Rollins proclaimed his love for the group, and his personal relationships with the band members. Accepting the award, DENSMORE said, “When we started, I was hoping to pay the rent for 10 years. I got a touch of grey, and it’s alright. Thank you!” The Classic Rock Awards were hosted by Sammy Hagar and featured appearances by Gregg Allman, Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Lynne, Billy Gibbons, Brian May, Eric Burdon, Joe Elliott, Dave Mustaine, Zack Wylde and more.
Feast of Friends–out November 11 via Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC–offers a cinematic look at The Doors on the road during their summer ’68 tour. Whilst never truly completed, as the production funding was abruptly cut due to the band’s political problems stemming from Jim’s arrest in Miami, the film provides a stylistic approach in true 60’s cinéma vérité style. The film is comprised of concert performances which are intercut with fly-on-the-wall footage of the group in their natural habitat – playful, sensitive, chaotic and touching. Other than a few appearances in film festivals in 1968, this is the first official release. Completely restored from the original negative, as supervised by Jim Morrison, the film has been color-corrected and mastered in high definition with the soundtrack totally remixed and remastered by long-time Doors co-producer/engineer Bruce Botnick.