LAGUNA NIGUEL ( — The surviving members of the heavy metal band Iron Butterfly will pay tribute to the late Lee Dorman on Thursday night in Dana Point.

Dorman, the band’s bass player, died Friday in Laguna Niguel. He was 70.

The band is probably best known for the 17-minute rock classic “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and it’s thumping bass line.

Dorman was a band member since 1967, the group’s heyday.

AM rock stations ignored the song at first, as the 17 minute opus played far too long for most of their 3-minute limits. Less-popular FM stations began playing “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”  in its entirety, launching the song into rock immortality. The song spent 81 weeks on the Billboard charts.

Dorman reportedly died en route to a doctor’s appointment. He was found dead in his car. Foul play is not suspected.

The tribute performance is scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday at a well-known Iron Butterfly hangout: Hennessey’s Tavern located at 34111 La Plaza in Dana Point.

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