July 3, 2011 by staff
Jim Morrison, In a cemetery in Paris, hordes of fans paid tribute ‘n’ roll to Jim Morrison Sunday 40 years after his death, although most were not born when the lead singer of The Doors was found dead in his bathtub in 1971.
The usual trickle of visitors to the corner of Pere Lachaise cemetery was expanded to a flood of pilgrims came from afar Rock to be in fear of Morrison’s grave, decorated with flowers and candles and protected by barriers.
“I spent half my life thinking about Jim Morrison. He was just a singer,” said David Martin, who came from northern Italy with a group of friends in there thirties.
“We were here for the 30 th anniversary. We’ll be here again for 50.”
Wild and charismatic with long curly hair, Morrison was a single rock superstar, his voice a low growl of guitars Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek psychedelic spiral organ.
Manzarek and Krieger were due to play at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Sunday night. They visited the tomb on Sunday morning.
“It was very exciting. People were crying. They all applauded,” said one spectator, Dalencon Catherine, 50.
The Doors created some of rock anthems like “Riders on the Storm,” “People Are Strange” and “Light My Fire.”
“None of this is dated his music, his words, his message -. All about Jim Morrison is up to date,” said another Italian tourists, Vanni Della Zanna, a black shirt with today’s date and the death of his idol.
Eric Vermeulen, 49, and his wife Pascale, 45, arrived from Belgium with his son.
“In our room there are pictures of our kids. It’s not Jim,” said Pascale.
“It was impossible to ignore this … Jim Morrison is God for him,” she said of her husband. “He hopes to go to hell when he dies. This will have a drink there with Jim.”
Alcohol and drugs discontinued The Doors and Morrison broke the group fleeing the United States, where they face charges of public indecency, to Paris to live with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.
Alcohol and obesity, found there in his bathtub on July 3, 1971, 27 dead from a heart attack – but there was never an autopsy, giving rise to many conspiracy theories.
He was buried four days later in Pere Lachaise, in the company of literary greats like Marcel Proust and Oscar Wilde.
A visitor 17 years of age to the grave, Corentin Naveau, said he was “out of step” with other teens on the icon of 1960′s admiration.
His friend Antoine Thomas, also 17, added: “We are nostalgic for an era that did not know.”
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