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Ray Manzarek To Return From The Grave For Documentary

January 7th, 2014 10:19pm EST
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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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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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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
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...
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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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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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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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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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