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Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr.  02-12-1939 to 05-20-2013.

Ray Manzarek passed away on May 20, 2013, at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.   “I was deeply sadden…ed to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” said Krieger. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.” Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo’s wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek’s name at

Here’s your chance to check out James Hetfield‘s collaboration with Heart on the title track to the band’s upcoming Beautiful Broken. The album, Heart’s first in four years, features a series of new songs coupled with cherry-picked older tracks, like this one, that have been updated. Heart’s original version of “Beautiful Broken” [...]
Thu, Jun 16, 2016
With the title of his solo debut Sammy Hagar showed the world that he wasn’t one to lack self-confidence. In May 1976, he released Nine on a Ten Scale. Until then, Hagar’s only claim to fame had been an impressive but altogether brief stint with Montrose, and their albums had actually sold much [...]
Sat, May 28, 2016
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Hulton Archive, Getty Images Before it was given an extensive cleaning, Jim Morrison‘s grave in Paris, France, was known as a place where fans had left tributes to the late Doors frontman in the form of graffiti. Apparently, a cave in California has received the same treatment, and the state has [...]
Sat, May 07, 2016
8. The Doors, 'L.A. Woman'
Elektra When L.A. Woman, Jim Morrison’s swan song with the Doors, was released on April 19, 1971, no one outside the band’s inner circle could have guessed that it would effectively end the quartet’s tale, much less mark the last recorded output of Morrison’s life. (The two post-Morrison Doors albums are [...]
Tue, Apr 19, 2016
[gallery galleryid=”295:283473″ galleryindex=”0″ ids=”283532,283508,283489,283497,283500,283474,283499,283506,283480,283485,283475,283494,283482,283513,283495,283501,283512,283510,283502,283487,283491,283476,283511,283488,283498,283504,283479,283478,283486,283484,283490,283503,283483,283505,283507,283509,283496,283493,283477,283481,283492″ enablefullscreen=”yes” showthumbs=”no”] If you’re looking for the exact moment when the ’60s ended, our list of 1971’s Best Rock Albums seems like a worthy candidate. After all, this was the year that the Doors released their last album with Jim Morrison in a valiant attempt at getting back to their roots. [...]
Tue, Apr 05, 2016
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Bettmann, Getty Images Jim Morrison‘s future with the Doors was clouded in uncertainty as 1970 faded into 1971, but all involved knew things couldn’t continue the way they’d been going. Seeking a change and hoping to reorient himself emotionally and creatively, he left the U.S. for a sabbatical in Paris on [...]
Fri, Mar 11, 2016
Jim Morrison Mug Shot
BeachedMiami Did he or didn’t he? The late Doors frontman Jim Morrison was charged with exposing himself before a stunned audience in Florida on March 1, 1969, though he vehemently denied the allegation. Bandmate Robby Krieger still says that no photographic evidences exists to prove it. Regardless, on Sept. 20, 1970, Morrison [...]
Tue, Mar 01, 2016
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Ebet Roberts / Hulton Archive, Getty Images Getting booed offstage is a time-honored tradition for opening acts. But on Feb. 18, 1977, Sammy Hagar didn’t appreciate it that much. While supporting Kiss at New York’s Madison Square Garden, he reacted by smashing his guitar and going the full Jim Morrison. As Hagar [...]
Thu, Feb 18, 2016
The Alice Cooper-fronted Hollywood Vampires offered an appropriately raucous tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister tonight (Feb. 15) during the Grammys. The performance began with a new original song titled “As Bad As I Am,” then moved into the title track from Motorhead‘s 1980 album Ace of Spades – but only [...]
Tue, Feb 16, 2016
Ray Manzarek
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images The Doors weren’t just Jim Morrison‘s sexy, sweaty swagger and occasionally mediocre poetry. They were also late-’60s musical adventurers, especially keyboardist Ray Manzarek. In fact, most Doors songs are instantly identifiable not by Morrison’s somewhat incomprehensible ramblings but by Manzarek’s carnivalesque keys and classical-meets-jazz piano fills. He was an essential [...]
Fri, Feb 12, 2016
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Grant Lamos IV / Ian Gavan, Getty Images The Hollywood Vampires will pay tribute to Lemmy Kilmister at this year’s Grammy Awards. The Alice Cooper-fronted, star-packed band — which also includes actor Johnny Depp, Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry — will perform at the ceremony on Feb. [...]
Thu, Feb 04, 2016
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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Surviving Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger are coming together in concert for the first time in 15 years — and fittingly, it’s in honor of one of their former bandmates. According to the Doors website, Densmore and Krieger have been scheduled as headliners for A Celebration [...]
Tue, Feb 02, 2016
The Doors had gotten sloppy, self-absorbed and a little off course by the time they released their fourth album, The Soft Parade, in mid 1969. A few months later, when they returned to the studio to record the follow-up LP, Morrison Hotel, they were leaner, tougher and more focused than they [...]
Mon, Feb 01, 2016
As tough as they wanted to appear, the gritty punch of the Rolling Stones was no match for the power of Ed Sullivan. On Jan. 15, 1967, the Stones were all set to grace the Sullivan stage for their fourth appearance when they ran into a snag. There to perform a [...]
Fri, Jan 15, 2016
Robby Krieger
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images The Doors’ “quiet one,” guitarist Robby Krieger, may have lacked the opinionated confidence of drummer John Densmore or the sheer verbosity of keyboardist Ray Manzarek — not to mention the blinding rock-star charisma of singer Jim Morrison. But Krieger was arguably the band’s secret weapon. He was also, frequently, the [...]
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


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