It may have taken the passing of The Doors’ Ray Manzarek for Robbie Krieger and John Desnmore to sort out their issues and reunite. The duo are planning to reunite this summer for a special all-star tribute to Manzarek, who shockingly succumbed to cancer last year.
Krieger told The Hollywood Reporter that he has sent out letters to many musicians to try to coordinate everyone’s schedules for one big memorial concert in Los Angeles.
“We want to bring together those who Ray either idolized or guys who idolized Ray, maybe at the Greek or The Hollywood Bowl for a big concert this summer,” Krieger said. “We’ve teamed up with Live Nation and they are helping us get it all together. We just want it to be the best it can be. To get everyone together on one day, in the summertime, when they are not on tour for a big venue, that’s the challenge.”
Krieger confirmed that Manzarek’s family and brothers will be present, including fellow Doors drummer John Densmore, who Krieger has had a falling out with in recent years over Manzarek and Krieger touring as The Doors without original vocalist Jim Morrison.
“We want to bring together those who Ray either idolized or guys who idolized Ray, maybe at the Greek or The Hollywood Bowl for a big concert this summer.”
“John and I will be there and we’ve had a lot of interest. Since [Ray]’s been gone, we really haven’t had any kind of real tribute for him, except at his funeral service. We want people to remember Ray for everything he has done. There are so many musicians and fans who have learned so much from him.”
Krieger also stated that he’s currently building a new recording studio for public use in Glendale, named Horse Latitudes, that features a mix of old and new technology.
“We have some old mixing boards from the ’70s, and a Neve board that Michael Jackson made Thriller on. For down time, a musician can use our golf simulator and actually play a course from anywhere in the world!”
The studio is named after The Doors song of the same name and because the studio is located near the Glendale Equestrian Center.
Krieger has been staying busy performing with his band Robbie Krieger’s Jam Kitchen and recently recorded guitar on the forthcoming Alice Cooper/Johnny Depp (yes, the actor) tribute to “dead friends” recording project at Depp’s home studio.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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