The Doors received the annual Elmer Valentine Award at the House of Blues on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip last night to kick off the city's yearly four-day Sunset Strip Music Festival. The honor is named after the late co-founder of the Sunset Strip clubs the Whisky A Go Go -- where The Doors played regularly before they broke nationally in 1967 -- and the Roxy Theater. Although Doors drummer John Densmorewalked the red carpet earlier in the evening, he did not join keyboardist Ray Manzarekand guitarist Robby Krieger to accept the award or take part in the six-song Doors set that followed.
Before the award was handed out, The Doors received spoken testimonials from Marilyn Manson, John Doe of X (who Manzarek will join onstage during their festival appearance) and L.A. radio legend Jim Ladd. Manson called The Doors "the one band that galvanized in my mind what the template for a rock star should be."
Manzarek and Krieger used four guest singers for the show -- Frankie Perez, Dead Sara's Emily Armstrong, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and Linda Perry -- and were backed by a band made up of Velvet Revolver's Matt Sorum on drums, Perry's bassistPaul Ill, and Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison. The setlist:
- "Roadhouse Blues" (Perez)
- "Break on Through" (Perez)
- "Soul Kitchen" (Armstrong)
- "Light My Fire" (McGrath)
- "Back Door Man" (Perry)
- "L.A. Woman" (Perry)