The surviving members of the Doors, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, will make their first joint performance together in 15 years on February 12th. The pair is leading an all-star lineup for the A Celebration For Ray Manzarek concert at L.A.’s Fonda Theatre. All proceeds from the show will benefit Stand Up To Cancer. Doors’ co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died at age 74 on May 20th, 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany following a long battle with bile duct cancer.
So far, the Manzarek tribute includes Rami Jaffee from Foo Fighters, Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, John Doe and Exene from X, Robert DeLeo from Stone Temple Pilots, “plus very special surprise guests” still to be announced.
In 2013, John Densmore published his second memoir, called The Doors: Unhinged – Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes On Trial. The book detailed Densmore’s successful five-year battle against Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger over their use of the band name for new projects and the Doors’ music for a proposed $15 million commercial deal with Cadillac.
Despite his issues with how his former bandmates promoted their own live acts, John Densmore told us that he’d be proud to play Doors music again with Krieger: “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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