Robby Krieger of The Doors stopped by The Beat Coffee and Records in Downtown Las Vegas for a meet and greet with the fans. A couple of dozen lucky music lovers got to meet Robby up close and personal and get a few things signed before Robby's Backstage Bar & Billiards show.
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Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today 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.
Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone. "L.A.Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," "Hello, I Love You," and "Light My Fire" were just some of the band's iconic and ground-breaking songs. After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.
"I was deeply saddened 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 www.standup2cancer.org
The evocative and eclectic instrumental score to the Ray Manzarek directed film, "Love Her Madly" features Ray with composer Bruce Hanifan, and includes an appearance from fellow Doors alumni Robby Krieger. As Ray himself said about the score, "have a glass of wine and put your ears on it." - Ray Manzarek
- Too Close To The Sun
- I Could Be Anything
- J'ai Vu Ta Vie
- Hadley's Cruise
- At First Sight
- Paper Kimono
- The Golden Bough
- J'ai Vu Ta Morte
Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure
"The Third Mind" DVD
William Burroughs said that when two minds collaborate, a third mind is created. This is the third mind between the psychedelic and beat sensibilities of Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure (who was a poetry mentor to Jim Morrison). This DVD features live performances interlaced with commentary on the nexus between spoken word and music. With appearances by Alan Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane di Prima, Ed Sanders, Lee Ranaldo,and Ann Waldman, "The Third Mind" DVD is a compelling primer on the impact of music on the Beat Generation.
“SINGULARITY” was named after my painting which we used for the album cover. A singularity is a profound event such as the “big bang”, which was the creation of the universe.