The Doors' John Densmore Will Appear at Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF) announced today that John Densmore, drummer of The Doors, has been added to its line-up and will take part in a panel discussion following the world premiere of Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors, on Saturday, April 28th at 12:45 p.m. at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ.  

Densmore will be joined by the film's director, Justin Kreutzmann, Doors manager Jeff Jampol and other special guests for an in-depth discussion about the making of the documentary and the history of the band.  

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Densmore appeared on every recording in the history of The Doors and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.  He also garnered a GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993 and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

In 1990, Densmore wrote Riders On The Storm: My Life With Jim Morrison and The Doors, a New York Times Best Seller.

“I’m very excited to return to the land of Bruce, where The Doors played in the early days," said Densmore. “I’m also very excited and proud of the film tribute to Ray that is world premiering at the festival.”

“As a Doors fan, it was a thrill when Ray Manzarek came to Bob Weir’s TRI Studios, where I worked, for a live webcast," said Kreutzmann. "Collaborating with Robby Krieger and John Densmore, along with everyone at Jampol Artist Management, has been an amazing experience."

"Interestingly enough, the film contains footage from 50 years ago when The Doors played Asbury Park's Convention Hall," Kreutzman continued. "So it's very appropriate that the world premiere will take place at this year's Asbury Park Music & Film Festival. This movie is a tribute to Ray and The Doors and one that Doors fans will love…because it was made by one.”

Densmore is the latest addition to a powerful APMFF content line-up that features An Evening with Danny DeVito, an intimate evening at the Paramount Theatre taking place on Saturday April 28th. 

The evening will feature video vignettes and stories from DeVito’s illustrious career integrated with discussion, a Q&A session and other special presentations. Musical performances set to highlight the APMFF include Sublime with Rome at Convention Hall and Wyclef Jean at the Stone Pony on April 28th, Gov’t Mule at the Paramount Theatre on April 29th and Michael Franti at the Paramount Theatre on April 27th.  Franti’s performance will follow the world premiere screening of his documentary Stay Human, along with a panel discussion.

Additional performances and films include Built to Spill, North Mississippi Allstars, Low Cut Connie,Bobby Bandiera and Friends, Patrick Davis and His Midnight Choir, Battery Electric, the Kitchen Dwellers, Dark City Strings, Dentist, Beams, Sharkmuffin and the Tangiers Blues Band, who will serve as the opener for Gov’t Mule.  

The APMFF will also include Dylan Archives III, a series of rare gems from the vault, along with the film Long Strange Tripwhich will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the film’s producers Eric Eisner and Justin Kreutzmann. 

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The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival has welcomed a variety of world-class music, film and panel discussions to its stages and screens. Highlights have included a jam session featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt, Southside Johnny and others in support of the documentary Just Before The Dawn about the history of the famed Upstage Club;  Q&A sessions with award-winning actor and director Don Cheadle around the NJ film premiere of Miles Ahead; exclusive Bob Dylan archival footage; performances from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Gene Cornish (The Rascals), Colin Hay (Men At Work), Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem) and Robert Randolph; panel discussions with industry leaders Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics), Adam Block (Sony Legacy Recordings) and photographer and director Danny Clinch.

The 2018 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival is presented by Founding Partners RWJ Barnabas Health and the Asbury Park Press

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