January 4 holds a special significance within Los Angeles, as it’s officially the Day of the Doors. So named back in late 2016, the Day of the Doors was initially put together to honor the 50th anniversary of the music and legacy of Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek, and it’s continuing once again in 2020.
On Saturday, January 4, the Day of the Doors will take place in downtown Los Angeles, and offers fans a unique opportunity to recreate the iconic artwork from the album cover for Morrison Hotel, the Doors’ fifth studio album released in 1970 — as 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic record.
That iconic shot was taken by famed rock photographer Henry Diltz, and Day of the Doors 2020 will allow fans a chance to pay homage with their own photo, time permitting.
In 2012, Diltz spoke with Rock Cellar about his incredible career working with some of the biggest music acts ever, and the story of how the Morrison Hotel album cover came about is pretty good:
“We got right in the Volkswagen van and drove down and looked at it. Obviously that would make a great cover with them behind the window. We took some pictures that day, just with Ray and Jim sitting behind the window. A week later we went down with the group. When we walked in with four or five guys the guy behind the desk said, ‘no, you can’t shoot in here. You can’t take pictures until you get permission from the owner. He’s out of town.’
So I had the guys come outside to take pictures in front of the window so they couldn’t stop us. Then the guy left the desk. “Quick, guys–!” and they ran in and got in place.”
There’s an official Facebook event page up for Day of the Doors on January 4, and it explains the opportunities available to fans, from a free RSVP for a photo-op with the hotel window to $30 for an autograph session with guitarist Robby Krieger and screening of the When You’re Strange documentary, up to a $50 ticket that includes a signing/conversation with Krieger and a sneak preview screening of the upcoming Ray Manzarek tribute film Break On Thru.
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— The Doors (@TheDoors) December 16, 2019
Full details and a breakdown of the day’s events below — sure to be a must-visit for Doors fans who are able to make it to Los Angeles that day!
Celebrate The Doors at the fourth annual Day of The Doors in Downtown Los Angeles! The facade of the original Morrison Hotel at 1246 S. Hope Street, where Henry Diltz took the iconic album cover for The Doors will be restored to look just like the album cover.
Take your picture in the window and recreate the album cover with your family and friends.
Shop the limited-edition Doors pop-up store featuring exclusive brand-new apparel and souvenirs.
Visit the exclusive Doors photo exhibit curated by Morrison Hotel Gallery, featuring never-before-seen photos from Henry Diltz’s scouting trip with Jim and Ray, behind the scenes photos, alternate takes, and more.
Watch the Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary When You’re Strange, followed by a signing with Robby Krieger.
Watch a sneak preview of the new concert/documentary hybrid, The Doors: Break on Thru – A Tribute to Ray Manzarek, with a special artist on artist conversation with Robby Krieger and an acoustic performance featuring Robby Krieger and Dennis Quaid.
There will be food trucks and a beer garden on the premises.
We’ll see you there!
DAY OF THE DOORS SCHEDULE:
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
• Morrison Hotel window photo opportunity
• The Doors pop up shop
• Morrison Hotel Gallery Doors Photo
• Food Trucks
• Beer Garden
1:00 p.m. – VIP photo slots begin
3:30 p.m. – Screening of When You’re Strange
5:00 p.m. – Signing with Robby Krieger for When You’re Strange ticket holders
5:30 p.m. – Henry Diltz photo raffle winner announced
6:30 p.m. – Artist on Artist conversation with Robby Krieger and special guest for The Doors: Break on Thru ticket holders
7:00 p.m. – Acoustic performance with Robby Krieger and Dennis Quaid for The Doors: Break on Thru ticket holders
7:30 p.m. – Sneak Preview Screening of The Doors: Break on Thru – A Tribute to Ray Manzarek
Thank you to all of our sponsors: Relevant Group, Rhino Entertainment, Fanaply, and Trafalgar Releasing for making The Day of The Doors possible!