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Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute

Doors' surviving members to reunite for Ray Manzarek benefit tribute
Following singer Jim Morrison's death in 1971, the Doors continued to record and perform as a trio with, from left, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. (Courtesy of Elektra Records)

Surviving founding members of the Doors John Densmore and Robby Krieger will reunite for the first time in 15 years with some help from Exene Cervenka and John Doe of long-running L.A. punk band X to salute Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek with a benefit concert Feb. 12 on what would have been Manzarek's 76th birthday.

The show will be held at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and also will feature Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots' Robert Deleo, Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins and other musicians to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.

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Manzarek played a crucial role in the career of X, producing their first four studio albums. The group was also cited as an influence by the Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane's Addiction and many others.

The seeds for the creation of the Doors were planted when Manzarek met the band's future singer, Jim Morrison, when both were students at UCLA in 1965. They had the idea of forming a band to deliver the poetry Morrison was writing.

After enlisting guitarist Krieger and drummer Densmore,the Doors were born and soon became a phenomenon on the L.A. music scene, celebrated for the group's powerful performances at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood before the first single, "Light My Fire," clicked nationally and shot the band to stardom.

Manzarek died in 2013 of bile duct cancer. Tickets for the Manzarek tribute show are on sale through the event website.

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