It’s been nearly a year since Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died last May, but former estranged bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore have been hard at work planning a tribute concert in his memory.
Krieger and Densmore have put their past differences aside to reunite and work at bringing together musicians for a big concert to honor Manzarek this summer, possibly at a Los Angeles venue, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Krieger also notes that Manzarek’s family and brothers will be in attendance at the show. He says they wanted to put something special together for the public, because “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.”
Although Krieger admits he and Densmore had a falling out in recent years, he says the two have reconciled since Manzarek’s death.
“John and I haven’t been on the best of terms,” acknowledged Krieger. “Ray and I wanted to play as The Doors, and John didn’t want to, and so we had a big lawsuit. But now John and I are back on track…too bad it took Ray’s passing to cause that. But I am happy that we are.”
So far, Krieger has reached out to numerous musicians to be involved with the tribute show, but no names have been confirmed.
“To get everyone together on one day, in the summertime, when they are not on tour for a big venue, that’s the challenge,” he noted.