VH1 salutes Doors’ Ray Manzarek; John Densmore delays book talk

Ripples continue from the death on Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, including a night on VH1 Classic devoted to the band’s music and the rescheduling of an event with Doors drummer John Densmore. Manzarek died at a hospital in Germany at age 74 after a long battle with bile duct cancer.

Thrusday night, VH1 Classic has lined up “The Doors: Live at the Bowl,” the concert the quartet played July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl. It will be shown at 8 p.m. PDT and EDT, and repeated at 10:30 p.m.

After the first airing of the Bowl concert, VH1 Classic will show the one-hour documentary “Classic Albums: ‘The Doors.’” a look at the making of the band’s 1967 debut album, featuring interviews with Manzarek, Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger.


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Densmore had been slated to give a talk on his new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial” on Saturday at Fingerprints Record Store in Long Beach. But out of respect for his former bandmate, Densmore has rescheduled the appearance for June 1. He also is on tap for a June 2 talk at Amoeba Music in West Hollywood.

Densmore’s book details two court cases he was involved in about a decade ago, lawsuits that pitted him, singer Jim Morrison’s estate and the estate of Morrison’s girlfriend, Pamela Courson , against Manzarek and Krieger over the use of the Doors name by Manzarek and Krieger, as well as a $40-million countersuit against Densmore because he refused to go along with licensing Doors’ music for advertising campaigns.


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