The Doors‘ “Light My Fire” topped the Billboard chart for three weeks in the summer of 1967, but Jim Morrison often indicated that he never liked the song and resented having to sing it. Ironically, it was the last song he ever did with the band during their final public performance at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 12, 1970.


Some Rock and Roll Deaths

Jimi Hendrix, Age 27, September 18, 1970 London, England Asphyxiation on vomit

Jim Morrison (The Doors), Age 27, July 3, 1971 Paris, France Heart failure (disputed)

Elvis Presley, Age 42, August 16, 1977 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Heart attack

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Age 32, September 25, 1980 Windsor, England Asphyxiation on vomit

John Lennon (The Beatles), Age 40, December 8, 1980 New York City, New York, USA Shot to death by Mark David Chapman

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Age 35, August 27, 1990 East Troy, Wisconsin, USA Helicopter accident

Steve Clark (Def Leppard), Age 30, January 8, 1991 London, England Accidental overdose of painkillers, anti-depressants, and alcohol

Freddie Mercury (Queen), Age 45,  November 24, 1991 London, England Complications due to AIDS

Frank Zappa, Age, 52 December 4, 1993 Los Angeles, California, USA Prostate cancer

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Age 27, April 5, 1994 Seattle, Washington, USA Suicide

Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), Age 34, April 5, 2002 Seattle, Washington, USA Speedball overdose

Johnny Cash, Age 71, September 12, 2003 Nashville, Tennessee, USA Complications from diabetes

Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), Age 60, July 7, 2006 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Pancreatic cancer

Michael Jackson, Age 50, June 25, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA Cardiac arrest

Les Paul, Age 94, August 13, 2009 White Plains, New York, USA Pneumonia

Ronnie James Dio (Dio & Black Sabbath), Age 44, March 8, 2011 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Prescription Drug Overdose

Some Interesting Words…

“I’m not God but if I were God, ¾ of you would be girls, and the rest would be pizza and beer.” Axl Rose

“One time we saw some hookers but when we got closer we realized it was Motley Crue.” James Hetfield 

“Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way.”  Axl Rose 

I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.  Jim Morrison

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder. Jim Morrison

“I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” Kurt Kobain

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” – Charlie “YardBird” Parker

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

“There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”  Pianist – Oscar Lavant

“Music is my religion”  Jimi Hendrix

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  Beverly Sills

“There is only one way a band can function……and that’s on the bloody stage”.  Robert Plant