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Jim Morrison died of heart failure in 1971 at age 27 and was buried in Paris's storied Père Lachaise cemetery. But Morrison's controversial spirit lives on: The families of surrounding grave dwellers want Morrison's removed because of the throngs of rock pilgrims who flock to his graffiti-covered tomb. (A thief swiped his headstone in 1990.) "I can see why they want to throw him out," says Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, 61. "He's still causing trouble."
Meanwhile, the Doors' surviving members—Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, 54, and drummer John Densmore, 55—keep the music alive. On Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors (Elektra), they play alongside Creed and Smash Mouth for new renditions of classic songs. And they employed a who's who of Morrison-inspired singers, including Perry Farrell (formerly of Jane's Addiction) and Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots), for VH1 Storytellers: The Doors. There's even a new symphonic recording of their music, Riders on the Storm: The Doors Concerto. For Manzarek, revisiting the past was second nature. "Playing 'Light My Fire' was like riding a bike," he says. "You just don't forget it.