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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

Robby Krieger and John Garcia
Jesse Grant / Theo Wargo, Getty Images For a lifelong Doors fan like former Kyuss singer John Garcia, you could hardly ask for a better way of starting your solo career than getting Robby Krieger to guest on one of your new songs. As Garcia recently told Rolling Stone, getting Krieger to [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Hulton Archive, Getty Images Released in July 1969, the Doors‘ most experimental recording, ‘The Soft Parade’ was a wildly uneven affair that saw Jim Morrison and company trying out orchestral and brass arrangements, a weird bluegrass-soul amalgam and a misguided attempt at prog rock. Blame, and credit, goes to a group that [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Janis Joplin Stamp
USPSWeeks before Janis Joplin is scheduled to join Jimi Hendrix on the list of new honorees in the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icons series of commemorative stamps, we’ve been granted our first glimpse of what the artwork will look like. As we previously reported, the Music Icons series is slated to [...]
Tue, Jul 01, 2014
Jim Morrison Arrest History
Jim Morrison’s iconic status in the history of rock is hard to dispute. But what goes along with his role as lead singer and primary lyricist for the Doors is his bad boy image – especially when it comes it his run-ins with the law. That’s not to say the [...]
Tue, Jun 24, 2014
Mike Love Geoff Tate Roger Waters
Jeff Bottari / George De Sota / Mike Coppola, Getty Images The history of classic rock is littered with former bandmates fighting over the rights to famous band names. A well-known moniker means big bucks in terms of tour offers, record contracts and merchandising deals. Still, what happens when someone wants [...]
Sun, Jun 22, 2014
Doors fans will have a chance to hear drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger collaborate with the late keyboardist Ray Manzarek once more. The trio is featured on ‘Look Each Other in the Ears,’ an upcoming album from poet, playwright and recording artist Michael C. Ford. Ford, long before he became [...]
Wed, Jun 04, 2014
Bad Company
Swan Song Records The recent glut of classic rock vinyl reissues continues. Following in the footsteps of their ‘70s label bosses Led Zeppelin, British-American super group Bad Company has just announced plans to reissue their first two records this July on 180-gram vinyl. Bad Company’s self-titled debut, released in 1974, was far [...]
Fri, May 30, 2014
Given his gift for spot-on impressions of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Jim Morrison, ‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon is clearly a fan of classic rock, and he proved it once again when he hosted Jimmy Page on the May 21 episode of the show. With a few of the new [...]
Thu, May 22, 2014
Axl Rose
Jason Merritt, Getty Images New research proves what Guns N’ Roses fans have known for years: Axl Rose is one gifted singer. When it comes to just about anything involving art, “best” is an extremely subjective term, but people love ranking and sorting things so much that we continue to try and [...]
Tue, May 20, 2014
Frazier Harrison, Getty Images Alice Cooper‘s long-discussed covers album is being pushed back due to his involvement in the massive upcoming tour with Motley Crue. Mentions of this project, which focuses on music from friends that Cooper lost along the way, has been mentioned as far back as the summer of 2012. Cooper [...]
Mon, May 19, 2014
Frazier Harrison, Getty Images A busy year for Alice Cooper, with a big-screen documentary and talk of a covers album, is about to get busier still with his forthcoming tour alongside Motley Crue. Cooper says he’s ready for the challenge. “I’ve never felt better in my life,” Cooper tells the Hollywood Reporter. [...]
Thu, May 15, 2014
In Clash of the Titans this week, we’re putting up two songs from 1967 that caused controversy — and classic rock history — when their bands performed them on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ and ‘Light My Fire’ by the Doors. On Jan. 15, [...]
Mon, May 12, 2014
Mother's Day
George Marks, Getty Images There are many mother songs written by classic rockers, and — how do we put this gently? — some, but definitely not all of them present the most healthy, balanced perspective on parent-children relationships. You’ll find the proper amount of love, respect and admiration for dear old [...]
Sun, May 11, 2014
We’ve all been to rock concerts that have changed our lives. However, it’s rare that a show affects the life of an attendee, which, in turn, changes the fortunes of the performer. That’s what happened on May 9, 1974, when Jon Landau went to see Bruce Springsteen at the Harvard [...]
Fri, May 09, 2014
Spencer Platt / Jesse Grant, Getty Images A SuperJam at this year’s Bonnaroo, hosted by Skrillex, will feature classic-rock superstars Robby Krieger of the Doors and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. It all gets underway around midnight on Saturday, June 14, at the festival’s Other Tent. Krieger, and his fellow former [...]
Wed, May 07, 2014


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