The surviving member of The Doors are remembering their bandmate, Ray Manzarek, whoin Rosenheim, Germany. The keyboardist, who was a founding member of The Doors, lost his battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.
Both drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger have spoken up about the loss, and while doing so, remembered Doors frontman Jim Morrison, who died in 1971.
Densmore wrote: "There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison's words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother."
Krieger posted the following statement: "Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison were the two most unusual people I have ever known. It didn't take long to realize this about Jim. He was obviously a genius, and he worked hard at being different. Did a good job of it too. Ray on the other hand, was a late bloomer. I guess it took all of his [and our ] energies to keep Jim in line. The real Ray didn't appear until after Jim was gone. He was constantly doing projects with different people, producing, playing with different poets. He always saw the good side of people, and that was his genius. He was the only guy at UCLA that saw something good about Jim. Everyone else thought of Jim as a phony or worse. He saw the genius of Jim's words and the rest is history. Ray sure did influence my life, and I hope yours to. I'll always be grateful to John for introducing me to Ray and Jim, and I'll never forget them."
See how others are reacting to news of Manzarek's death:
I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarak now he's with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago.-- Joe Perry (@JoePerry) May 20, 2013
RIP Ray Manzarek words cannot express...-- Slash (@Slash) May 20, 2013
Very sad to hear of the death of Ray Manzarek, founder & keyboards with The Doors. Played a Fender Rhodes like some funked up Bach. MCO— Simon Le Bon (@SimonJCLeBON) May 21, 2013
The sound of Ray Manzarek's organ will forever reverberate in the cathedral of Rock and Roll. ow.ly/lf0RI-- Paul Shaffer (@paulshaffer) May 21, 2013
Sad to here about Ray Manzarek passing. I was lucky to get a chance to rock out with him & the other two Doors.. cheers mate say hi to Jim.-- Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 21, 2013
Will always be considered a highlight and a blessing for me, sharing the stage with Ray Manzarek...R.I.P. twitter.com/mark_mcgrath/s...— mark mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath) May 20, 2013
Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and fans of Ray Manzarek from @thedoors who passed away today. You are now with Jim and Ronnie!-- Ronnie James Dio (@OfficialRJDio) May 20, 2013
RIP Ray Manzarek -if you get a chance check out docu- "When You're Strange" really highlights his brilliance and amazing dexterity.— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 20, 2013
RIP Ray Manzarek of the DOORS!-- Chuck D (@MrChuckD) May 21, 2013
RIP Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors.-- Three Dog Night (@threedognight) May 20, 2013
The End. Sad to hear of Ray Manzarek's passing.-- Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) May 20, 2013