It’s been two days since Ray Manzarek died after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer and, if you’re anything like us, you’re still coming to grips with his loss. Thankfully, VH1 Classic decided to reshuffle all of its programming tomorrow night, Thursday May 23, in order to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors. Please check out the following press release that just hit the wires for the complete details:
Tough news to pass along this afternoon. Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, has passed away at the age of 74.
Let’s face it: A reunion of the Doors as we’d like to see it won’t be happening anytime soon. Due to the tragic death of lead shaman Jim Morrison in 1971, it would take some pretty heavy duty paranormal activity (or maybe holograms) to truly bring the four points of the diamond back together to make music once again. But the 2002 formation of keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Krieger with The Cult‘s singer Ian Astbury has struck a sour note with Doors drummer John Densmore, and the both the legal and ethical repercussions are still being felt over a decade later.
Spend this Saturday, December 8th with VH1 Classic celebrating the music of legendary classic rock band The Doors and the birthday of their greatly-missed and iconic lead singer Jim Morrison‘s birthday. The channel will be featuring an all-day marathon of programming dedicated to the group whose music shaped the 1960’s and still influences music today. It’s all a lead-up to the airing of the never-before-seen concert film, The Doors: Live at the Bowl, which premieres that night at 8 pm ET/PT.
Beginning at 11 am ET/PT and running throughout the day until 1 am ET/PT you can see the following Doors programming:
- 11am & 6pm: Classic Albums: The Doors “The Doors” – The story of making the band’s historic first album.
- 12pm & 4:30pm: Soundstage Performances - Live performances and archival interview footage from 1967-1969.
- 1:30pm & 7pm: No One Here Gets Out Alive - The Doors’ tribute to Jim Morrison featuring performance footage and interviews with the band.
- 8pm: The Doors: Live At The Bowl - The never-before-seen live concert filmed at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968.
- 2:30pm & 9:30pm: The Doors – Oliver Stone’s 1991 film featuring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison.
Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
As I’m sure you know, summertime is a great occasion for music-filled road trips.
I’ve already gone on a couple, and while enjoying music on CDs (yes, I still represent the format), an overstocked iPod, and FM radio; I observed the following:
Hit Song/Bad Lyrics
Though I respect Sia as an artist and songwriter, every time I hear her following lyrics on Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones,” I wince in agony: If I took you home, it’d be a home run. Ouch.
(A few weeks ago I was on a 1970s music kick, so the next four observations will reflect that era. Groovy?)
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by TMS alums Frank Hannon (Tesla) and Michael Schenker (Eddie Trunk’s idol), as well as Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), who talked about Pearl Jam holding out on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame until another band gets it. Find out what band they’re holding out on and watch the entire episode online, here.
This week, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy from The Cult stop by to discuss the band, their future, and their newest album, Choice of Weapon. Ian gets candid on his time playing with The Doors and how he almost played Jim Morrison in a movie. See Ian and Billy from The Cult as well as Doro Pesch (Warlock) on an all new episode of That Metal Show this Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/10 CT on VH1 Classic. Read more…