John Densmore And Robby Krieger Planning Major Ray Manzarek Tribute Concert
The two surviving members of the Doors will reunite to salute late-bandmember Ray Manzarek. Manzarek died last May at age 74 following a long battle with bile duct cancer. Robby Krieger and John Densmore -- who were on opposite sides of a bitter lawsuit over the use and limitations of the Doors' name -- have mended fences since Manzarek's death and want to honor the Chicago-born Manzarek in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
Krieger told The Hollywood Reporter, "We want to bring together those who Ray either idolized or guys who idolized Ray, maybe at the Greek or the Hollywood Bowl for a big concert this summer. We've teamed up with Live Nation and they are helping us get it all together. We just want it to be the best it can be. John and I will be there and we've had a lot of interest. Since he's been gone, we really haven't had any kind of real tribute for him, except at his funeral service. We want people to remember Ray for everything he has done. There are so many musicians and fans who have learned so much from him."
Krieger has put the word out in the rock community to the players who would most love to pay tribute to the Doors' keyboard legend: "That's the hard part, coordinating everyone's schedules. To get everyone together on one day, in the summertime, when they are not on tour for a big venue, that's the challenge." So far no date or definitive venue has been announced for the show.
He admitted that he's happy to finally be able to let the past lie with Densmore and work on their friendship: "John and I haven't been on the best of terms. Ray and I wanted to play as the Doors, and John didn't want to, and so we had a big lawsuit. But now John and I are back on track. . . too bad it took Ray's passing to cause that. But I am happy that we are."
Krieger shed some light on the big brother - father figure Manzarek cut for him and the rest of the band: "He was older than us. And when we started out, we needed someone like Ray, especially with Jim (Morrison) being the way he was. It wasn't the easiest group to be together. But it was actually perfect; no matter what Jim did, he was balanced off by Ray being very calm."
Despite his issues with how his former bandmates promoted their own live acts, John Densmore told us that he's be proud to play Doors music again with Krieger in the proper circumstances: "But y'know, in honor of the music, if there was some benefit, like, Live Aid, or whatever. Y'know, Pink Floyd came together a few years ago for somethin' and (if) we got some great singer, like, Eddie Vedder, or whoever -- that would be kinda cool. So I'm open."
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