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Surviving Doors Members Planning Tribute Concert for Ray Manzarek

Image courtesy of Henry Diltz/Elektra Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Henry Diltz/Elektra Records (via ABC News Radio)

Doors drummer John Densmore recently revealed that he had begun patching up his relationship with his fellow band members Robbie Krieger and Ray Manzarek after years of acrimony, telling ABC News Radio in April that he was open to a reunion show to raise money for charity.  Unfortunately, Manzarek's death on May 20 brought an end to the possibility of such an event, but Densmore tells Rolling Stone that now he and Krieger are hoping to organize a tribute concert to honor the late keyboardist.

"I said to Robby a few weeks ago in an email, 'Let's have our musical reunion for Ray,'" he reveals.  Densmore adds that he suggested they play a set of Doors songs at either the Whiskey a Go-Go or the Wiltern Theater in Los Angles because "there's a lot of great musicians in L.A. that we know and love and admire the band."  John reports that the concert "should happen pretty soon."

Densmore also tells Rolling Stone that he did have a chance to speak to Manzarek before he died, while he was at a medical clinic in Germany battling bile-duct cancer.

"I heard he was really sick and called him," the drummer reveals.  "Then he said thank you for the prayers and told me chemo was f**ked.  So there was a closing, thank God."

Meanwhile, Densmore continues to promote his new memoir, The Doors: Unhinged , which details the legal battles he fought with Manzarek and Krieger during the early 2000s over usage of The Doors' name and music.  He recently scheduled a few new in-store signing appearances : June 27 at Graywhale Entertainment in Salt Lake City, Utah; June 29 at Reckless Records' Broadway store in Chicago; and July 2 at The Sound Garden in Syracuse, New York.

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