Monday, April 4, 2011

The Doors considered Paul Rodgers to replace Jim Morrison

In the summer of 1971, Jim Morrison’s passing in France left The Doors without a voice.

In a new interview, The Pulse Of Radio reports that Paul Rodgers has revealed that following Morrison’s death, The Doors were seriously considering asking him to replace the "Lizard King" as their new frontman.

Rodgers explained that it's only recently come to his attention that he was shortlisted to become The Doors' second lead singer before Ray Manzarek decided to take over vocal duties himself.

Rodgers told Uncut magazine, "I discovered quite recently that I was lined up to join The Doors, which blew my mind. Robby Krieger told me that The Doors were all fans of Free, and after Jim Morrison's death, they came to England looking for me. (The) thing is, at that time, I had buried myself in the country, working on things, and they couldn't get a hold of me."

"My jaw actually dropped like in a cartoon when Robby told me this,” Rodgers said. “Would I have joined them? I dunno. It's hard to say, looking back. But I think not. I tend to form bands, that's what I do. Although it's always flattering to be asked!"

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The Doors – Moonlight Drive
Live At The Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA - July 5, 1968

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