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KFIX Rock News: VH1 Classic Paying Tribute To Ray Manzarek Tonight With Evening Of Doors Programming

manzIn honor of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who passed away Monday at age 74 after a battle with cancer, VH1 Classic will air a special block of Doors-related programming on Thursday night.

The network will kick things off at 8 p.m. ET/PT by screening the influential band’s recently restored concert film, Live at the Hollywood Bowl ’68.

The film captures The Doors’ historic July 1968 show at the famed Los Angeles venue and includes three previously unreleased performances.

Next up, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, VH1 Classic will air the Classic Albums series’ making-of documentary about The Doors’ self-titled debut.  The program features recently taped interviews with Manzarek, as well as with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

Then, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, an encore screening of Live at the Hollywood Bowl will be shown.

Manzarek’s hypnotic and inventive keyboard melodies were a key element of The Doors’ sound.  After the band broke up in 1973, Ray delved into a wide variety of creative projects.  He reunited with Krieger about a decade ago to form a touring group that continued to play The Doors’ music for fans around the world until his death this week.

VH1 Classic airs on Eagle Digital Cable on channel 156.

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  • http://www.dregstudios.com Brandt Hardin

    Ray’s playing was a staple of The Doors. He’ll certainly be missed after such a long and fruitful career helping to create such haunting music. The Doors’ songs opened my mind to other realms of possibilities and cleansed my perception. I paid tribute to Ray when I heard of his passing by creating a new portrait of him and some melting doors which you can see on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-memoriam-ray-manzarek.html Drop by and let me know how The Doors influenced you too.