The long-promised tribute to the late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has become a reality.
Surviving Doors members Robby Krieger and John Densmore will play their first show together in 15 years at A Celebration Of Ray Manzarek, which will be held February 12 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The guitarist and drummer will be joined by Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jafee, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo and X members John Doe and Exene Cervenka, with "very special surprise guests" promised.
Proceeds will go to StandUp to Cancer; Manzarek died from bile duct cancer on May 20, 2013 at the age of 74.
After years of being at odds, and in court, with each other, Krieger and Densmore buried the hatchet after Manzarek's death, and Krieger tells us that he's looking forward to playing the Doors songs with his old bandmate:
"Y'know, for some reason people still love the Doors' music...and I can tell you that it's still fun to play. I think that's a good indicator right there, if people still like to play it then people still like to listen to it. I've played on a lot of records that I wouldn't even care about hearing again or playing live, but for some reason the Doors songs are still fun to play."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.