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Ray Manzarek To Return From The Grave For Documentary

January 7th, 2014 10:19pm EST
Ray Manzarek
One of Ray Manzarek's last interviews is set to air on the BBC as part of a new rock documentary series.

The Doors keyboard player lost his battle with cancer last year, aged 74, but he will return from beyond the grave in Born To Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock.

The first episode of the three-part show, which follows the rise in popularity of the genre in the 1960s to its fall in the early 1990s, will also feature interviews with Manzarek's former bandmate John Densmore, Alice Cooper and Tom Petty.

News of the show emerges a month after estranged The Doors pals Densmore and ...

The Doors' Robby Krieger and John Densmore perform together for first time in 15 years

December 9th, 2013 3:10am EST
The Doors
Estranged former bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore proved their friendship was firmly back on track on Thursday (05Dec13) by reuniting for a mini-The Doors show at a special event in Los Angeles.

The pair fell out 10 years ago when Densmore sued Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek over their plans to tour as The Doors of the 21st Century, but the death of the beloved keyboardist in May (13) brought the old pals back together to bury their differences.

The rock legends stood united last week as they hosted An Evening With the Doors, which included a screening of the acclaimed 2012 do...

The Doors stars Krieger & Densmore to host documentary screening

November 26th, 2013 3:10am EST
The Doors
Longtime estranged former bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore are teaming up to host a screening of acclaimed The Doors documentary Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman.

The duo, which fell out a decade ago when Densmore sued Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek over their plans to tour as The Doors of the 21st Century, only recently reconciled - and they are currently planning a concert tribute for Manzarek, who died earlier this year (13).

But fans won't have to wait until 2014 to see the pair of rock legends on the same stage - they will front a New York Times Film Club screenin...

Unpublished Notebook Of Jim Morrison's Final Musings To Go Under The Hammer

November 6th, 2013 8:28am EST
Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison's unpublished 100-page handwritten notebook is to be auctioned off 10 days after what would have been The Doors star's 70th birthday next month.

The rare item will be among the highlights at Profiles in History's upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Auction on December 18th. The notebook, which Morrison updated during his final months in Paris, features musings, poetry and notes that have never been published.

The notebook is from the collection of rock legend Graham Nash, who was given the memorabilia by his former manager Bill Siddons. Siddons was one of the only people who saw Morriso...

New The Doors film offers up rare early footage of rock band

October 4th, 2013 3:20am EDT
The Doors
Footage from Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late Ray Manzarek's personal archives has been mined for a new The Doors DVD and Blu-Ray release, which will also feature the band's rare early TV appearances.

R-Evolution, which will be released in December (13), chronicles the rock act's speedy rise from an unknown Los Angeles band to legendary status.

It features a treasure trove of previously unreleased footage including performances of hits like Light My Fire, People Are Strange and Hello, I Love You, a never-before-seen 1966 Ford training film with music by The Doors and a section of...

Dave Stewart To Launch Classic Rock Art Film Series

September 19th, 2013 6:16pm EDT
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart has struck a deal with the honchos at rock art chain Morrison Hotel Gallery to create a series of movies using their roster of photographers.

The 61 year-old musician is planning to make films chronicling classic music photography with the lens men behind each piece talking about how the shot came about. The first project in the series will feature photographer Henry Diltz telling the story of his iconic The Doors' Morrison Hotel album cover shoot.

Diltz spent a day with the band in Downtown Los Angeles trying to get the perfect shot for the album cover, while capturing fro...

Surviving Doors Stars Plan Tribute Show For Ray Manzarek's Birthday

September 11th, 2013 4:20pm EDT
Robby Krieger
Remaining members of The Doors , John Densmore and Robby Krieger, have set February 12th for their Ray Manzarek tribute show, the late keyboard player's birthday.

Manzarek's cancer battle and subsequent death earlier this year brought the former pals, who fell out over The Doors naming rights. Densmore and Krieger fell out a decade ago during a legal battle over the rights to the group's name and back catalogue.

The drummer won and Krieger and Manzarek were forced to change their touring name from The Doors of the 21st Century to Riders on the Storm - the title of a Doors hit. Densmore al...

Robby Krieger confirms plans for 2013 Densmore reunion

July 4th, 2013 5:21pm EDT
Robby Krieger
Former pals-turned-feuding bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore are to reteam onstage as part of a tribute to late The Doors star Ray Manzarek later this year (13).

The news comes just weeks after Manzarek's death and after drummer Densmore revealed he would be reaching out to Krieger in a bid to put a show together.

The rockers fell out a decade ago during a legal battle over the use of the band's name - Densmore opposed Krieger and Manzarek's plans to tour as The Doors of the 21st Century and forced his former bandmates to change their name.

But now guitarist Krieger has confirmed...

John Densmore planning Doors reunion to honour late pal Manzarek

June 19th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
John Densmore
The Doors drummer John Densmore is hoping to officially end his feud with former bandmate Robby Krieger at a planned tribute for their late pal Ray Manzarek.

Densmore and Krieger fell out a decade ago during a legal battle over the rights to the group's name and back catalogue.

The drummer won and Krieger and Manzarek were forced to change their touring name from The Doors of the 21st Century to Riders on the Storm - the title of a Doors hit. Densmore also refused to be part of any anniversary events alongside his former bandmates.

However, relations have thawed over the last year, and D...

Rock Legend Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist For The Doors, Dies At 74

May 21st, 2013 8:53am EDT
Ray Manzarek
After secretly battling bile duct cancer, Ray Manzarek -- musician, singer, producer, film director, writer, and co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors -- has died. The news was reported on the band's Facebook page on Monday.

The keyboard player co-founded the band with frontman Jim Morrison in 1965. He passed away at a clinic in Germany at age 74. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three grandchildren.

Responding to his death, bandmate Robby Krieger stated: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek. I'm just glad to have been...

Ray Manzarek tributes pour in after his death

May 21st, 2013 3:10am EDT
Ray Manzarek
John Densmore and SLASH are among the first stars to speak out and pay tribute to The Doors rocker Ray Manzarek after he lost his battle with cancer.

The keyboard player, who co-founded the band with Jim Morrison in 1965, passed away at a clinic in Germany on Monday (20May13) after a fight with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

Bandmate Robby Krieger released a touching statement in the hours after his death, and now The Doors' drummer Densmore has added his own thoughts on Manzarek's passing.

He says, "There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison's wor...

The Doors star Ray Manzarek dead at 74

May 20th, 2013 8:47pm EDT
The Doors
The Doors star Ray Manzarek has died following a secret battle with cancer.

The keyboard player, who co-founded the band with Jim Morrison, passed away at a clinic in Germany, according to a post on the band's page. He was 74.

Bandmate Robby Krieger has released a statement which reads, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek.

"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."

The Doors' John Densmore Pens Tell-All Book About Feud with Other Band Members

January 30th, 2013 4:20pm EST
John Densmore
The Doors drummer John Densmore is putting pen to paper to reveal all about his longtime feud with band mates Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.

The rocker will detail the legal spats between the existing band members in new book The Doors: Unhinged - Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.

The trio has been at odds for years ever since Densmore blocked Krieger and Manzarek from touring as The Doors of the 21st Century a decade ago. The duo has since adopted the name Riders on the Storm - the title of a Doors hit.

Densmore also famously turned down a $15 million offer from bosses at car gia...

The Doors Open Up About Jim Morrison's Hollywood Bowl Acid Trip

December 10th, 2012 7:35pm EST
Jim Morrison
The existing members of The Doors have opened up about the myth suggesting tragic frontman Jim Morrison was high on acid when the group performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1968, insisting it was a secret the enigmatic singer took to the grave.

Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger have regrouped to reminisce about the fabled concert on a new remastered DVD/Blu-Ray pack, The Doors - Live at the Hollywood Bowl, and the trio admits there's still no conclusive evidence Morrison was stoned immaculate, to quote one of their own lyrics.

In the new film's bonus footage, Manz...

DVD Review: The Doors - 'Live at the Bowl '68'

October 22nd, 2012 2:25pm EDT
The Doors - Live at the Bowl 68
What could be better than watching the Doors live, at the height of their game, playing at the Hollywood Bowl, with frontman Jim Morrison (allegedly) tripping on acid? Well, that’s what you’re getting with the recently released the Doors – Live at the Bowl ’68. So, was Morrison wacked out of his mind during this show? You’ll have to see for yourself – just make sure you’re paying attention during “the End” when J-Mo thinks he spots a grasshopper on stage. Just make sure you don’t miss that part. The set list is long, and well-structured, and speaking of well-structured, the same can be said...

Marilyn Manson To Headline The Doors Tribute Festival

June 14th, 2012 3:13pm EDT
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is to headline this summer's Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, which will double as a tribute to The Doors.

The Offspring, Bad Religion, Black Label Society and De La Soul are also on the bill for the event, which takes over a large part of Sunset Boulevard for a weekend.

The fifth annual three-day music festival will kick off with an exclusive VIP event honoring The Doors on August 16th and conclude with an all-day street festival on August 18th, which Manson will close. Many of the artists on the bill will celebrate The Doors by performing their take on some o...

Jim Morrison's Family Home In Florida For Sale

April 5th, 2012 9:42am EDT
Jim Morrison
The Florida home where it's believed rocker Jim Morrison was conceived in is on the market.

The Pensecola property has been owned by the Morrison family since 1932 and The Doors star's cousin Bruce currently lives there.

The rock legend's naval officer father and mother stayed there while Admiral Morrison was attending flight school in Pensacola in 1943.

The current owner has asked bosses at The Doors' Strange Days fanzine to spread the word that the house is for sale.

A post announcing the sale reads: "This house has a great history even without the Morrison connection! In the 1920s th...

Lost Doors Song To Appear In New Documentary

January 16th, 2012 7:59pm EST
The Doors
Lost The Doors recording "She Smells So Nice" is to feature on the band's upcoming DVD documentary "Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story Of L.A. Woman."

The track was discovered by producer Bruce Botnick while he was reviewing the recording sessions for a remastered re-release project and it debuted on the band's page earlier this month - and now it has been added to a photo montage at the end of the documentary, which chronicles the making of Jim Morrison's final Doors album before his death in 1971.

The track features the late Morrison repeating "Mr. Mojo Risin'" - the anagram of his...

The Doors To Release First New Song In 40 Years

January 5th, 2012 2:14pm EST
The Doors
The Doors will release their first new, unreleased track in 40 years on Monday to kick off the belated 40th anniversary of the band's landmark L.A. Woman album.

Lost track She Smells So Nice, which L.A. Woman co-producer Bruce Botnick discovered while reviewing the album sessions for a re-mastered re-release project, will debut on the band's page at noon in New York a day before it is released to radio.

The tune kickstarts what is being called The Year of The Doors and will pre-empt a new DVD, Mr. Mojo Risin: The Story of L.A. Woman and the release of a 40th anniversary pac...

New Doors Track Unearthed For 40th Anniversary 'L.A. Woman' Reissue

November 17th, 2011 11:05pm EST
The Doors
A lost Doors track is to be included in the band's L.A. Woman 40th anniversary re-release.

The previously unheard tune, "She Smells So Nice," was recently discovered by producer Bruce Botnick as he waded through session tapes recorded around the time of the classic 1971 album.

The reissue is set for release in January.

Sunset Strip Festival Kicks Off With Motley Crue Comedy Roast

August 16th, 2011 11:45pm EDT
Motley Crue
Rockers Motley Crue will kick start this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival by becoming the butt of jokes and funny anecdotes at Hollywood's House of Blues.

Famous fans like comedian Dane Cook and New York Dolls frontman David Johansen will join Neil Strauss, who co-wrote the band's bestselling biography "The Dirt," for a comedy roast on Thursday night.

Drummer Tommy Lee says, "I have no idea what they will say, but it's bound to be sometimes serious, sometimes funny and also probably shocking."

Motley Crue will also close this year's festival on Saturday, when they'll receive the event'...

The 'Forever 27 Club' - Music's Growing List Of Stars Who Died At 27 Years Old

July 24th, 2011 4:35pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
The 'Forever 27 Club' has become more than a legend since the dawn of music recording. As it turns out, some of music's most influential artists who were taken from us much too soon all parted with the living at age 27. Is it a coincidence or a curse?

The latest 27-year-old to "join" this exclusive club is Amy Winehouse, who died Saturday at her London home. No one knows why or how yet, but initial speculation - most likely based on her past - is that drugs and/or alcohol were somehow involved.

Well, they played a big part in the deaths of these other stars who preceded her "in the club."...

The Beatles & Drugs Inspired Brian Wilson's Iconic 'Pet Sounds'

June 4th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Brian wilson
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has credited the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album and marijuana for inspiring the iconic "Pet Sounds" recordings.

The "Good Vibrations" hitmaker hosted a listening party at his home when the Fab Four's 1965 album was released and he admits the music and the marijuana "took me away", and the ideas for "Pet Sounds" were born.

Appearing in Beatles fan Seth Swirsky's new documentary, Beatles Stories, Wilson recalls, "We were stoned... I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds. It (album) turned me onto Pet Sounds.

"It was a moment that will live forever in m...

'Pristine' Jim Morrison Photos Discovered In Storage Unit

June 2nd, 2011 8:59am EDT
Jim Morrison
A treasure trove of lost Jim Morrison photographs snapped in 1968 have been unearthed in a storage unit.

A European photo agency was commissioned to shoot Morrison by a U.S. teen magazine, but none of the pictures were used.

Instead, they were filed away and forgotten about until staff cleaning out a storage unit came across the 51 "pristine" A4-sized prints.

The prints have been snapped up by a collector who is offering them to fans of The Doors via fanzine The Doors Collectors Magazine.

A blurb on the publication's website reads, "We DO NOT have the negatives or own the copyrights to ...

Doors Drummer John Densmore: 'No More Autographs'

April 21st, 2011 7:53pm EDT
John Densmore
The Doors drummer John Densmore has just added to the value of his autograph after stating he'll never sign his name for a fan again.

The "Riders on the Storm" hitmaker has taken to his website to kindly ask fans to stop requesting his signature.

He writes, "The last several years I have been so flooded with requests that it is interfering with my personal life, and I am going to have to stop.

"Fans (or opportunists from ebay) track me when I land at any airport, follow me into the bathroom, and hang around my hotel, looking for my John Henry (autograph). It is unfortunate, but I have to...

Lady Gaga, Rihanna Among Pre-Telecast Grammy Winners

February 13th, 2011 9:25pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Rihanna were already winners at the 2011 Grammy Awards before they walked the red carpet on Sunday - they triumphed in two categories announced prior to the live telecast.

The "Paparazzi" hitmaker landed the honour for Best Short-Form Video for "Bad Romance," beating rap superstar Eminem to the prize.

But Gaga had to concede defeat for Best Dance Recording - that accolade went to Rihanna for Only Girl (in the World).

Thanking her fans on, Rihanna writes, "CONGRATULATIONS #RihannaNavy!!!! We won a Grammy for BEST DANCE RECORDING!!!Only h* (sic) in the woooorrrrrl...

Groupie Queen Pamela Des Barres Reflects On VH1 Documentary

January 4th, 2011 9:56am EST
What does it really take to be one of the most recognized muses in rock ‘n’ roll? Just ask fiery haired Pamela Des Barres, the world’s most famous groupie. Before TMZ and Perez Hilton reported on the escapades of celebrities, the now 62-year-old California girl set off to meet her idols and was doing plenty of kissing, but no telling, at least until she published her world renowned memoir in 1987, I’m With The Band. Finally, she dished on what it was really like to be with some of music’s most influential artists, including Mick Jagger, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jim Morrison. Yet, it wasn...

Jim Morrison's Pardon Granted

December 9th, 2010 9:43pm EST
Jim Morrison
Rocker Jim Morrison has been posthumously pardoned on 41-year-old indecency charges following a unanimous vote by Florida lawmakers on Thursday.

The late Doors singer was arrested in Miami for indecent exposure at a 1969 concert, but Governor Charlie Crist recently launched a campaign to have the count wiped from state records, arguing it was time to forgive and forget.

Last week, Morrison's former bandmate John Densmore insisted the frontman only teased fans during the gig and did not actually expose himself onstage.

And the campaign has worked - the pardon was granted during a Clemency...

Florida Governor Considers Pardoning Jim Morrison

November 9th, 2010 11:32am EST
Charlie Crist
Officials in Florida are considering granting Jim Morrison a posthumous pardon to clear his name over indecent exposure charges dating back to 1969.

The Doors frontman was convicted of drunkenly exposing himself on stage at a concert in Miami and handed a six month jail term and a $500 fine. He was appealing the sentence when he died of a heart attack in 1971.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is now deciding whether to offer the late rocker clemency, effectively clearing him of the charges.

Crist's deputy press secretary, Chris Cate, says, "The governor is considering the clemency," whi...

Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

August 13th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...

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