A Celebration for Ray Manzarek – February 12th, 2016

I think of Ray Manzarek often. I found him to be a very approachable artist. I met Ray Manzarek several times before and after performances. I miss his spirit and soulful intellect.

We wish we could attend the celebration for Ray Manzarek.  Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and an all-star band will be performing play in Ray’s memory at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on February 12th, Ray’s 77th birthday. Robby and John will also be joined by some very special friends throughout the evening.

All proceeds will benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

Jimi Hendrix – Commemorative Forever Stamp

“With the Power of Soul, Anything is Possible”

The stamp was created by artist Rudy Gutierrez, who leaked the design Tuesday. Gutierrez crafted an image that resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. Hendrix is shown wearing one of his iconic military jackets with his signature white Fender Stratocaster guitar.

Rudy Guiterrez designed one of my favorite album covers of all-time, Santana’s Shaman.

The stamp will be officially unveiled tomorrow at a star-studded concert featuring Slash, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, among other celebrities, at SXSW Music Fest in Austin, Texas.

The next time I go to the Post Office this will be the Forever Stamp I will be buying.

The Jimi Hendrix Forever stamp, which sells for 49 cents, goes on sale Thursday at post offices, on the U.S. Postal Service website and eBay.The artist who was commissioned to design the Jimi Hendrix Stamp is R

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Jim Morrison, Poet, 70 Years Young Today

December 8, 2013 marks the 70th birthday of the late singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors.

I always think of Jim Morrison as poet first, singer second. The posthumous recording An American Prayer evidences Jim’s poetic pentameter in a haunting, personal dimension.

Five years after the group disbanded (1973), Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore reunited for the recording of this album, produced by superimposing the voice of Jim Morrison (mostly taken from a recording of poems recited by the singer in 1970) the music composed for the occasion.

A major fan of Jim Morrison’s poetry is Patti Smith our poetess of  punk. Patti Smith wrote a review of An American Prayer in Creem Magazine in 1979, american prayer (scream of the butterfly).

american prayer (scream of the butterfly)

“His fatal flaw was that his most precious skin was the thin membrane that housed the blood of the poet,” she wrote.

“He pledged his allegiance, in the end, to language, to the word. And it did him in…An American Prayer resounds in the silence that surrounds the cocoon of the lord, he is sleeping, hibernating, awaiting the changeling and the elegance of his change.”

I plan to honor Jim Morrison’s birthday by listening to An American Prayer. I played this album often on the air when I was an FM disk jockey in the 70s.

Staying in League With The Doors

A challenge I especially enjoy as a music enthusiast is staying in league with artists I admire. The Doors hold a sacred place in the music of our heart.

This past week provided exciting moments for Doors fans. Robby Krieger and John Densmore, the surviving Doors members made an appearance together on December 5th at the Los Angeles screening of Mr. Mojo Risin’ : The Story of L.A. Woman at the Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The multi-tiered event “An Evening With the Doors” provided a warm atmosphere for Krieger and Densmore to reflect upon The Doors, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.

The special surprise was that Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed four Doors songs together, “People Are Strange”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Spanish Caravan,” and “Riders On The Storm” (with a little “Ghost Riders In The Sky”).

Here is a YouTube video of their performance that was leaked onto the Web.

I also refer you to the Rolling Stone Magazine article listed in the Related Articles section below. You will find an interview conducted after the event with Robby Krieger and John Densmore.

The Doors iPad App Version 2.0

Earlier that same day The Doors iPad app was updated to include a new section, “Ray Remembered” which features drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger’s first interview together in more than a decade, held to commemorate keyboardist Ray Manzarek. “Ray Remembered” also includes a new slide show of rare and unseen images and an essay about Ray Manzarek by Adam Holzman, son of Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, the architect behind The Doors iPad app.

Mule Tracks

I had reported in October that Gov’t. Mule would host Robby Krieger of The Doors for their annual Halloween concert, Mule-O-Ween.

I downloaded the Mule Tracks from the 10/30 show in LA in ALAC-HD. Man are they sweet, Where’s My Mule?

The event went so well (it was a two night gig, with a 10/31 show in Oakland) that Gov’t. Mule and Robby Krieger are repeating the event for East Coast fans on New Years Eve 12/31 at where else but The Beacon 😉

Exciting Mule-O-Ween 2013 Development!

I posted a “speculative” blog post on September 27th, Mule-O-Ween 2013 – A Doors Tribute?. My personal thanks to Ida Miller Doors Super Fan who has been responsible for publishing an authoritative Doors Fan Site for many years. Ida substantiated that my door of perception about the Gov’t. Mule 2013 Mule-O-Ween shows would be about The Doors and more exciting than that Robby Krieger will be playing along with Gov’t. Mule in Los Angeles, 10/30 and Oakland 10/31.

I know deep inside the music of our heart that these shows will pay loving tribute and honor to Ray Manzarek’s memory, which is ever-present like Jim Morrison.

Robby Krieger posted the substantiation of his participation in Mule-O-Ween 2013 on his Facebook page on 10/12:

Every Halloween, Gov’t Mule does a show featuring the music of another band. This year it’s The Doors with special guest, Robby Krieger! On the 30th they will do a show in LA at the Fonda Theater, and then on the 31st in Oakland at the Fox Theater. Check it out of you can!

I sure do wish I could get out to LA for the 10/30 show. At the very least I plan to order the 10/30 & 10/31 shows from MuleTracks when they become available. 🙂

Where’s My Mule? 😉 Rocking real soon with Robby Krieger!

Mule-O-Ween 2013 – A Doors Tribute?

The past few years Gov’t. Mule has performed a special Halloween concert in various U.S. cities as part of their fall tour.  They select a famous rock group and pay tribute to their legacy. Past Mule-O-Ween shows have featured Gov’t. Mule playing the music of Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin. The Mule will choose a favorite album by these artists and play that album in its entirety.

This year it looks like Gov’t. Mule will be honoring The Doors in Los Angeles 10/30 and Oakland 10/31. There has been no official announcement but the poster design seems to indicate this as that is the fonts and the color scheme of The Doors. It will be awesome if they invited Robbie Krieger and/or John Densmore to play with them. That is purely speculation on my part.

I love that they will be honoring the late Ray Manzarek who we greatly miss and The Doors that night.

Steppenwolf Web Site and Fan Club

I received a post card from the Wolf Pack Fan Club, the official fan club of John Kay and Steppenwolf.  I was encouraged to re-register with the Steppenwolf Website. So I did 😉

Steppenwolf has always been my favorite American hard rock band. I saw them for the first and only time live at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Ct. in 2005 as part of the Strange Days Festival which also starred Pat Travers, The Yardbirds, Vanilla Fudge (all four original members) and The Doors of the 21st Century (Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and Ian Astbury, vocals with Phil Chen on bass and Ty Dennis on drums).

Browse over and take a look at the Steppenwolf Website. They have some really cool merchandise and memorabilia for sale.

Peace,

Ed