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Doors studio bassist, Doug Lubahn dies at age 71

News 26/11/2019

The longtime studio bassist to The Doors, Doug Lubahn has passed away last week at the age of 71.

Lubahn appeared on three Doors album and was very well-known for refusing an invitation to join the band full-time.

You can hear him on the bass on Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968) and Soft Parade (1969). He also played for known artists like Pat Benatar, Ted Nugent and Billy Squier.

The Doors shared the news via Twitter, expressing their condolences to Lubahn's family and close friends and fans.

The Doors never had a permanent bassist but the band had always included bass when creating their music as they felt percussionist Ray Manzarek's keyboard parts were not considered strong enough during recording sessions.

One day [producer] Paul Rothchild and I were on our way to a Strange Days rehearsal," Lubahn explained. "He asked me if I would consider joining the Doors. He was also producing my band, Clear Light. So it kind of offended me. It was like, 'What? You're working with my band and you want me to quit my band and join this band?' And so I said no."

Years later, guitarist Robby Krieger said, "Even though it is too bad he didn't join the Doors when we asked him, he gets the loyalty prize for stickin' with his group at the time."

Drummer John Densmore also said that drummers and bassists were like brothers. "... cookin' up the groove in the basement. The main ingredient is solid time, and Doug's playing was like a rock. Lubahn was there ... more there than I knew. I wished I'd got to hang with some of the artists mentioned in this book (My Days with the Doors and Other Stories by Lubahn). Doug's reflection is genuine and heartfelt."