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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 ...
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Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

December 31st, 2013 7:01pm EST
celebrity deaths in 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on all the stars we lost this year.

From the shocking deaths of Glee star Cory Monteith and Fast & Furious' Paul Walker, to those who left us in old age, on their terms, we bid them one last goodbye.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on. May they rest in peace.

JANUARY

Singer Patti Page died in California on January 1, 2013. She was 85. (obit)

 

"The Sopranos" actor Tony Lip died on January 4 at the age of 82. (obit)

 

"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89 on January 14. (obit)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 Facebook.com 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."
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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 Facebook.com 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...
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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'...
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The Beatles & Drugs Inspired Brian Wilson's Iconic 'Pet Sounds'

June 4th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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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...
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Jim Morrison's Pardon Granted

December 9th, 2010 9:43pm EST
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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...
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Rolling Stones, Doors Release New Documentary DVDs

June 24th, 2010 10:15pm EDT
The Rolling Stones
Eagle Vision 'the wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Rock Entertainment' is proud to announce the release of The Rolling Stones' "Stones In Exile," (June 22) a compelling hour long documentary look at the recording of what many rock historians call the greatest album in history: 1972's "Exile On Main Street." The packaging comes complete with 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus footage.

There has been, over the years, a veritable mountain of debate, conjecture, written words and mythologizing about this most classic album. It has been the subject of books, of rumors, of innuendo, of storie...
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The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...
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Jim Morrison Alive And Living In The Seychelles?

July 6th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Jim Morrison
Rock legend Jim Morrison may be alive and living in the Seychelles, according to his former Doors bandmate Ray Manzarek.

The Doors keyboardist admits he became suspicious after Morrison died as the enigmatic singer had discussed the possibility of faking his own death and going into hiding abroad.

In 1971, a year after the alleged discussion, Morrison was found dead in his Paris, France apartment after reportedly suffering a heart attack after a drug binge.

And the bizarre circumstances of the tragic incident have led to continued speculation about whether the iconic rocker ...
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The Doors' Eponymous Debut Album To Be Released As 'Classic Albums' DVD

April 8th, 2008 7:34pm EDT
The Doors
You've been behind the music, read the dirt and seen the concerts, now experience what it takes, and meet who is involved, in the making of a Classic Album. Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the April 22 release of The Doors, as the next installment of its much-lauded "Classic Albums" DVD series.

The year was 1967. The music industry was going through an upheaval as the old guard was giving way to a youth culture revolution that turned thought, sound and politics inside-out and upside-down. In the midst of all this, one of, if not arguably the greatest rock'n'roll debut al...
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Ray Manzarek Wins Right To Appeal Breach Of Contract Lawsuit

March 26th, 2008 2:34pm EDT
Ray Manzarek
An appeals court has reopened a breach of contract lawsuit brought by The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek against an insurance firm. Manzarek's case against St. Paul Fire And Marine Insurance Company was dismissed by a district court in 2006, a decision that was overruled by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals in San Francisco, California on Tuesday.

The 69-year-old had sued the firm when it declined to provide insurance coverage for losses sustained by Manzarek and Doors Touring, Inc. when The Doors drummer John Densmore successfully won a legal battle to stop Manzarek and guitarist ...
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Jim Morrison's First Poem Added To Hall Of Fame

August 31st, 2007 9:04am EDT
Jim Morrison
Ray Manzarek's marriage certificate and the handwritten lyrics to Jim Morrison's first poem have been added to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as part of a new 40th anniversary tribute to The Doors.

The Doors memorabilia was added to the Cleveland, Ohio museum when the group was inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 1993, but new items have been added to coincide with a new "Break On Through - The Lasting Legacy Of The Doors" exhibition. The show is the first to be endorsed by Morrison's family.

The new items also include Robby Krieger's custom Gibson guitar and a promotional record that...
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The Doors Let It Roll, Baby, Roll 'Live In Boston 1970' July 24

July 12th, 2007 4:49pm EDT
The Doors
LOS ANGELES - After a controversial incident on stage in Miami shortened The Doors' 1969 tour, the band roared back in 1970 with the astounding Morrison Hotel, followed by an inspired tour; their last with singer Jim Morrison. Bright Midnight Archives celebrates the beginning of an era's end with a three-disc set that captures the tour's first stop at the Boston Arena on April 10, 1970. Featuring complete recordings of both the early and late shows, The Doors Live In Boston '70 is available July 24 at all retail outlets and at www.rhino.com and www.thedoors.com. It can also be preordered no...
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Florida Governor Is 'Seriously Considering' A Jim Morrison Pardon

April 18th, 2007 10:57am EDT
Jim Morrison
The Florida governor is "seriously considering" pardoning dead rock star Jim Morrison of his indecent exposure conviction. Fans of the late singer's band The Doors and the group's Doors Collectors Magazine (DCM) have requested Morrison's record be cleared of the 1969 charges, following his premature death in 1971 from heart failure.

Florida governor Charlie Crist was challenged with a petition by the DCM last month, and has now questioned the legality of the charges for himself - accusations fans have branded "bogus". He says, "He died when he was 27. That's really a kid, when you thin...
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Fuel Star Brett Scallions Joins Riders On The Storm

March 29th, 2007 3:53pm EDT
Brett Scallions
Former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions will replace The Cult singer Ian Astbury in Doors reunion band Riders On The Storm. Scallions beat a host of hopefuls to land the job in Doors founders Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek's touring band.

Astbury joined the group when they were known as the Doors Of The 21st Century in 2002. Manzarek and Krieger were forced to change the name when former bandmate John Densmore won a copyright infringement battle.

- Fuel Pictures

- The Cult Gallery

- The Doors Pics

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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The Doors Make Entire Back Catalogue Available Online

March 26th, 2007 10:08am EDT
The Doors
The Doors are the latest veteran act to make their entire back catalogue of music available to download online. The band, whose frontman Jim Morrison died in 1971, have given permission for all six of their studio albums to be released as digital downloads.

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek says, "The delivery system is what it is. If everyone is on their computer, that's fabulous. But although you gain the ease of access, you do lose the sense of an artifact."

Last week, Elton John made tracks from more than 30 of his albums available to download digitally.

- The Doors Pictures

- J...
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Ray Manzarek Claims Oliver Stone Missed The Mark On 1991 Doors Movie

March 16th, 2007 9:43am EDT
The Doors
The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has slammed director Oliver Stone for misrepresenting his band in the 1991 biopic of the band.

Manzarek, 68, claims Stone's The Doors painted an "over-sensationalized" picture of late singer Jim Morrison, and missed the point the psychedelic rockers were trying to make.

Manzarek says, "He over-sensationalized. I don't think he knew what psychedelia was all about.

"(Mind-altering drug) LSD opens the doors of perception, and once you step through, you never want to go back, because you realize you've been in a closed state of mind.

"What ...
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Ian Astbury Leaves Doors Band To Rejoin The Cult

February 16th, 2007 11:25am EST
Ian Astbury
Singer Ian Astbury is leaving his Doors bandmates to rejoin rockers The Cult.

The British star has been performing with The Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek, 68, and guitarist Robby Krieger, 61, in Riders On The Storm for the past four years but is desperate to work with The Cult again.

Astbury says, "I have learned a great deal from the both of them, and it certainly has expanded my abilities as a performer.

"This has been a difficult decision to make but I feel I would be holding them back as well as myself if I did not depart at this time."

Riders Of The Storm have alr...
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John Densmore Considers Full Doors Reunion - With Eddie Vedder

February 8th, 2007 4:24pm EST
The Doors
A full Doors reunion could be possible this year if Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder agrees to perform with the rock legends again.

Vedder joined the three existing members of the group for shows and studio sessions a decade ago and drummer John Densmore reveals he'd consider ending his stand-off with his bandmates if the Alive singer agreed to front them for 40th anniversary shows.

Densmore has been fighting with former Doors bandmates Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek ever since they launched The Doors Of The 21st Century with The Cult singer Ian Astbury, and even though the trio appear...
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Grateful Dead, The Doors, Joan Baez & More To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

December 20th, 2006 4:03pm EST
Grateful Dead
Recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award were announced today. Joan Baez, Booker T. & The MG's, Maria Callas, Ornette Coleman, The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Bob Wills will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Estelle Axton, Cosimo Matassa and Stephen Sondheim will be honored with The Academy's Trustees Award. David M. Smith and Yamaha Corporation have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.

"This year's group of accomplished honorees are as diverse as they are influential as creators of the most re...
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Rhino Opens The Doors Of Perception

November 5th, 2006 12:00pm EST
The Doors
-40th Anniversary Boxed Set Due November 21 Features All Morrison-Era Studio Albums Expanded With Bonus Audio and Video on 12 Discs

Rhino and Elektra Records salute the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest rock bands of all time with the November 21 release of Perception. The 6-CD/6-DVD boxed set presents all of The Doors' classic studio albums with legendary vocalist Jim Morrison, each supplemented with rare and unreleased audio and video tracks.

Perception was produced in cooperation with surviving band members John Densmore (drums), Robby Krieger (guitar), and Ray Manzarek (...
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The Doors' 40th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off November 8 On The Sunset Strip; Win VIP Passes!

November 2nd, 2006 12:45pm EST
The Doors
-Event Includes Historic Landmark Dedication Of The Whisky A Go Go, Previews Of The Doors' Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Exhibit, New CD/DVD Box Set Perception, and Release Of The First Band Autobiography, The Doors By The Doors

The launch of a yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Doors, one of the most important and influential American groups in the history of rock, is set for the famed Sunset Strip on Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

Along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum conferring historic landmark status on the Whisky A Go Go (the nightclub where The D...
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