Jim Morrison's former bandmates set a rose and a poem on fire at his grave in Paris, France, today (08DEC03) as a tribute to the late rocker on what would have been his 60th birthday.

Dozens of fans also visited the site, many of whom stood behind police barriers holding white candles in honour of the LIGHT MY FIRE singer and former frontman of The Doors.

Morrison's tomb was covered with votive candles, flowers, beer cans, photos and a Happy Birthday banner.

Robby Krieger, the band's former guitarist, told fans, "We're trying to evoke the spirit of Jim."

The band's keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, believes that had the hard-living singer survived to turn 60, he would have been "happy, laughing, joking".

Krieger and Manzarek were in Paris for concerts with their new band THE DOORS 21ST CENTURY.

John Densmore, drummer for The Doors, did not attend. He filed a lawsuit against Manzarek and Krieger in February (03) for breach of contract for touring without him under the name The Doors 21st Century. His request for a temporary restraining order was denied in May (03).

Another lawsuit was filed by Morrison's parents and in-laws in May, accusing Manzarek and Krieger of tarnishing the group's reputation by continuing to make new music and tour.

Morrison was found dead of heart failure in the bathtub of his Paris apartment on 3 July, 1971, at the age of 27.

08/12/2003 21:16