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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

The Velvet Underground sounded like nothing else that came out in 1967. It was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s all-time greatest and influential years — with landmark projects released by the Beatles, the Doors, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Love and Pink Floyd, to name just a few — but no work [...]
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Rhino The Doors‘ self-titled debut album, which was released 50 years ago today, will mark its golden anniversary with a three-disc deluxe edition. The Doors: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be released by Rhino on March 31 and will include remastered stereo and mono mixes of the original album plus a disc of [...]
Wed, Jan 04, 2017
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Jim Dyson, Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II’s annual New Year Honours list was released today. Of the nearly 1,200 people who will be rewarded for their contributions to British society, one classic rocker made the cut: Ray Davies of the Kinks. Davies had been named a CBE — Commander of the [...]
Sat, Dec 31, 2016
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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images With the Doors‘ new limited edition archival London Fog 1966 box in stores and plans for a 50th anniversary celebration on the schedule for 2017, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger have no shortage of band-related activity to keep them busy for the foreseeable future. Understandably, the [...]
Fri, Dec 16, 2016
Alice Cooper was on a roll in 1971. Teaming with Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, the band had returned to its Detroit roots (literally and figuratively), working hard to simplify its sound for maximum impact. The first result was “I’m Eighteen,” a big hit for the Coopers from the Love It [...]
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
What’s a band to do when their singer dies? Some acts have answered that question by breaking up or bringing in a new vocalist. On Other Voices, the Doors decided to go on without Jim Morrison but declined to replace him. The Morrison-fronted version of the band went out on a high [...]
Tue, Oct 18, 2016
Instagram Maybe it’s true that money can’t buy you love. But it can get you a private performance by some very famous people – including a Beatles legend. Paul McCartney‘s appearance at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser last night ended with an all-star version of “Hey Jude” featuring Jon Bon Jovi and Jimmy Buffett. The event, [...]
Wed, Aug 31, 2016
Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock The list of September 2016 New Music Releases boasts a distinct focus on the live experience. There are a couple of new studio projects of note, but more often we find ourselves vicariously experiencing a lot of cool onstage exploits this time around. The Beatles have announced a long-awaited [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
The surprise appearance of a Ronnie James Dio hologram over the weekend sparked a lot of discussion about this emerging technology. The big news here is this wasn’t just a one-off idea crafted for Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival, like, say, the computer-generated Tupac‘s memorable turn at Coachella a few years [...]
Mon, Aug 08, 2016
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Sander Lamme, Wikimedia Commons Rock ‘n’ roll icons never seem to be allowed to simply pass away quietly into the night. There’s often some sort of conspiracy surrounding the death, especially if it was under strange circumstances. When Doors singer Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971, in Paris at the age of 27, all [...]
Tue, Jul 12, 2016
[gallery galleryid=”295:293974″ galleryindex=”0″ ids=”294032,294062,293986,293990,293980,294029,293988,293976,293991,294027,293978,293987,293985,293997,293979,293995,294031,293992,293982,294028,293975,294030,293989,293993,294055″ enablefullscreen=”yes” showthumbs=”no”] The above gallery of rock’s most famous graves shows the final resting places of (or memorials to) some of rock ‘n’ roll’s best-known performers. The first thing you’ll notice is that entirely too many of these legendary musicians died at far too young of an age. As [...]
Tue, Jul 12, 2016
Elektra Jim Morrison was captured on film for a final time during a day trip with girlfriend Pamela Courson on June 28, 1971, in photographs taken by their friend Alain Ronay. The Doors singer, who was found dead at age 27 just five days later, was visiting Saint-Leu-d’Esserent in northern France. You can [...]
Tue, Jun 28, 2016
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


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