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Top Ten Failed Jim Morrison Replacements

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7. Rob Krieger and Ray Manzarek

Long forgotten, but after Jim Morrison died in Paris, the Doors continued to record and put out three more albums. Guitarist Krieger and keyboardist Manzarek tried their damnedest to replace Morrison with mixed results.

6. Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic

During many Nirvana concerts, Cobain would delve into a quite convincing channeling of a fit version of Jim Morrison singing "The End" only to have bassist Krist Novoselic come in with a drunk imitation of Jim.

5. Eddie Vedder

When the Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, they played a set of "Roadhouse Blues" and "Light My Fire." Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, did a credible job, but he couldn't hold back the wide smile showing he couldn't believe he was jamming with his heroes. Humility might be an endearing quality in most cases, but not when it involves replacing Jim Morrison.

4. Iggy Pop

The former Mr. Osterberg has always been adamant about how attending a Doors show at the University of Michigan influenced his entire career and life. No one captures the reckless stage persona of Morrison like Iggy Pop, even if he does seem to be taking everything far less seriously than Morrison ever did, but maybe that's why Iggy Pop is still alive to sing "Back Door Man" and Morrison isn't.

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