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Ray Manzarek of the Doors Breaks on Through to the Other Side: R.I.P., Ray

Say hello to Jim.

Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of the Doors, died Monday after a battle with cancer.

By Randy LewisMay 23, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

Ripples continue from the death on Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, including a night on VH1 Classic devoted to the band’s music and the rescheduling of an event with Doors drummer John Densmore. Manzarek died at a hospital in Germany at age 74 after a long battle with bile duct cancer.

Thrusday night, VH1 Classic has lined up “The Doors: Live at the Bowl,” the concert the quartet played July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl. It will be shown at 8 p.m. PDT and EDT, and repeated at 10:30 p.m.

After the first airing of the Bowl concert, VH1 Classic will show the one-hour documentary “Classic Albums: ‘The Doors.’” a look at the making of the band’s 1967 debut album, featuring interviews with Manzarek, Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.

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Densmore had been slated to give a talk on his new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial” on Saturday at Fingerprints Record Store in Long Beach. But out of respect for his former bandmate, Densmore has rescheduled the appearance for June 1. He also is on tap for a June 2 talk at Amoeba Music in West Hollywood.

Densmore’s book details two court cases he was involved in about a decade ago, lawsuits that pitted him, singer Jim Morrison’s estate and the estate of Morrison’s girlfriend, Pamela Courson , against Manzarek and Krieger over the use of the Doors name by Manzarek and Krieger, as well as a $40-million countersuit against Densmore because he refused to go along with licensing Doors’ music for advertising campaigns.

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  1. Ray’s playing was the staple of The Doors’ music. He’ll certainly be missed after such a long and fruitful career helping to create such haunting music. The Doors’ songs opened my mind to other realms of possibilities and cleansed my perception. I paid tribute to Ray when I heard of his passing by creating a new portrait of him and some melting doors which you can see on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-memoriam-ray-manzarek.html Drop by and let me know how The Doors influenced you too.

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