The Doors Guitarist Addresses Jim Morrison’s ‘Real Mental Issues’

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The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger joined an interview with The Guardian and he claimed the band’s iconic frontman Jim Morrison had some serious mental health problems prior to his death.

There is no doubt that Jim Morrison is one of the most iconic frontmen in the history of rock and roll. He rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the Doors, and apart from making music with the band, he is also a poet and a songwriter. With his wild persona, poetic lyrics with deeper meanings, energetic live performances, and distinctive voice, Morrison became a culture figure, a rebellious rock icon, and a unique frontman.

Back in 1965, Morrison co-founded the Doors along with Ray Manzarek. Throughout his career with the band, the rock icon tried to reflect his views and philosophy with the spoken word poetry passages in their songs. On the other hand, he developed a drug addiction and alcohol dependency during his tenure with the Doors, and this had its effects on his performances and his lyrics. Due to unknown causes, Morrison sadly passed away on July 3, 1971.

Considering his wild behavior on the stage as well as his own way of expressing his emotions, Jim Morrison is a one-of-a-kind rock and roll musician. Since Morrison’s tragic death at the age of 27, there are many books written about the life story of the rock icon. Recently, the Doors guitarist Robby Krieger also published a memoir titled ‘Set The Night On Fire: Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar With The Doors’ to share some stories from his career with the band.

In an interview on The Guardian, Robby Krieger talked about his brand-new memoir. Moreover, the guitarist shared his insights on Morrison’s tenure in the Doors. While talking about the musician’s wild personality, Krieger said that he believes Morrison had real mental issues like manic depression. Following that, he touched upon Morrison’s relationship with his family by recalling how Morrison acted like his parents were dead when he was asked questions about them in the interviews. Robby also stated that the musician was fixated on his ‘weird’ mother.

In the interview on The Guardian, Robby Krieger argued that:

“I think Jim had some real mental issues – manic depression, or whatever. Whenever the press would ask about his family, he would say that they were dead. His mom was weird. She was very bossy. But he was fixated on her.”

Speaking to The Guardian, Krieger also stated that Morrison was very shy on the stage in the first place. According to the guitarist, the drugs he used affected his persona as Morrison became wilder and wilder after taking drugs.