When Ray Manzarek Had to Fill in for a Passed Out Jim Morrison


Jim Morrison passed out when the rest of the Doors were expecting him in the studio. He passed out in the studio. He passed out before concerts and after concerts. And sometimes, like on Sept. 15, 1968, he passed out during the concert onstage as the audience and his band mates watched

Following an announcement by the band's road manager that Morrison wouldn't be performing, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek walked onstage and played their usual set, with Manzarek on vocals. And if you believe the recollections of people who were there, he sounded an awful lot like Morrison that night, but without the drugged-out mumbles and slurs. The next night the tour continued as planned, with Morrison center stage and relatively conscious.