Interview with Ray Manzarek of The Doors: A True Addiction

Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek

There are bands that claim a level of rock royalty, but only a select few can be timeless culture phenomena like the Doors. Since the beginning, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, and John Densmore have been the America’s answer to the Beatles’ cleverness and the Rolling Stones’ swagger with a mysticism no one has had before or since, and decades later, the band’s popularity is as potent as ever. As their recent acclaimed documentary, When You’re Strange, points out, over a million Doors records are sold yearly. Therefore, purely for the love does co-founder Manzarek along with Krieger still most graciously bring their deceptively whimsical jazz motorized keys, mesmerizing lyrics and guitar ingenuity to the touring circuit.

Obviously minus their iconic, mold-shattering and utterly beloved frontman Morrison, they still sail that crystal ship with a new singer, whom Ray dubs as “dark and ominous.” There are purists who think it blasphemous to hold Doors concerts without the Lizard King, but as for the motivation fueling this tour, Ray explains it rather simply. “Lots of great songs to play, wow is it a lot of fun to play those songs. Who wouldn’t want to play ‘Love Me Two Times?’ You must understand that musicians love to play and to improvise. That’s why they do it. That’s why I do it.”

Although tragically missing one of the most supreme lyricists ever, Ray and Robbie’s addiction to the magic of the Doors legacy thankfully gives fans the opportunity to experience the landmark group 40 years after its inception in the live arena. In other words, “Five To One” is amazing and two original members are better than none.

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