Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger
of The Doors
with vocalist Dave Brock
~

Ray Manzarek 1939-2013
Rest in Peace
It was my biggest honor to have sung and toured with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors for close to three years and to have been the last singer for that project. Being chosen to sing on stage by these two hall of fame legends is something that seems out of a story book to me. Considering that for over twenty years I had toured with my own show "Wild Child," that featured the music of the Doors.
Seeing the delighted faces of Doors fans in the audience all over the world gave me a new insight on how important that band really was and how far they reached.
The memories of touring with Ray and Robby are precious and remarkable. Not just doing the shows but traveling on busses, going through airport terminals, golf with Robby, Jet flights, day off excursions and even down time waiting was unforgettable.
In these down times, Ray would sometimes do amusing things to keep everyone from boredom and monotony. He was the captain of the ship and took on that responsibility. Although he always made important decisions with Robby.
Ray and Robby had always supported my career with Wild Child. Ray introduced me to a sold out crowd at my very first show at The Whisky in 1986. Very good memories and very good times. Robby had also sat in with the band on many occasions.
Before his passing, Ray Manzarek was so much more than a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer resting on his laurels. He was still getting out there and entertaining the fans, giving his last energies to those who wanted to listen. That was important to him. It was very hard work and it may have taken its toll. Ray and Robby have a huge following around the world. Ray didn't see his legacy as something in the past but something he could still share. He was still in the saddle and firing when he was stuck down, a stand up and say what you think kind of guy, who did not pull any punches.
Ray re-invented the way keyboards were used in Rock. There has been no one before or no one since that has pushed those limits of what a keyboard player could do in a band.
Robby Krieger should not only be known as the guitar player from The Doors but also wrote many of the bands biggest hits. Including Light My Fire", Not only the Doors biggest hit but maybe the biggest American Rock song ever recorded? This by the way was the first song he ever wrote! He is still hard at work with a new Jazz band and touring. We still play together from time to time.
Touring with and the friendship of Ray and Robby is something I will never forget.

Dave Brock

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Some of the Past Manzarek/Krieger
Tour Dates

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East Coast USA
shows Fall of 2012


September 21st & 22nd
The Borgata Casino
Music Box
Atlanic City NJ

September 24th
The Birchmere
Alexandria Virginia

September 26th
The Wilbur Theater
Boston

September 28th
The Paramount
Huntington NY

September 29th
UCPAC
Rahway NJ

October 1st
Music Hall
Tarry Town NY
*Ray Manzarek"s last show
with Manzarek-Krieger

European Summer
2012 Tour Dates

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June 23, 2012
Ra'anana Amphitheater
Ra'anana, Israel

June 26, 2012
Ice Hall
St. Petersberg, RUSSIA

June 27, 2012
Teleclub
Yekaterinburg, RUSSIA

June 29, 2012
Stereoplaza
Kiev, UKRAINE

June 30, 2012
Arena Moscow
Moscow, RUSSIA

July 2, 2012
Le Trianon
Paris, FRANCE

July 3, 2012
Le Liberte
Rennes, FRANCE

July 4, 2012
La Cooperative De Mai
Clermont, FRANCE

July 7, 2012
Lovely Days Festival
Vienna, AUSTRIA

July 8, 2012
Jazzin' Festival
Milan, ITALY

July 10, 2012
Rock in Roma
Rome, ITALY

July 13, 2012
Dolina Chorlotty Resort
Slupsk, POLAND



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Some other Past
Tour Dates

2011

TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL
TARRYTOWN, NY
OCTOBER 30, 2011
Tickets

THE BIRCHMERE
ALEXANDRIA, VA
OCTOBER 31, 2011
Tickets

COUNT BASIE THEATRE
RED BANK, NJ
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
Tickets

LUPO'S @ THE STRAND
PROVIDENCE, RI
NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Tickets

WESTBURY MUSIC FAIR
WESTBURY, NY
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
Tickets

KESWICK THEATRE
GLENSIDE, PA
NOVEMBER 5, 2011
Tickets

RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
RIDGEFIELD, CT
NOVEMBER 6, 2011
Tickets

WILBUR THEATRE
BOSTON, MA
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Tickets

THE EGG
ALBANY, NY
NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Tickets

THE FILLMORE
DETROIT, MI
NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Tickets

THE ORBIT ROOM
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
NOVEMBER 12, 2011
Tickets

CONGRESS THEATRE
CHICAGO, IL
NOVEMBER 13, 2011
Tickets

HOUSE OF BLUES
HOUSTON, TX
NOVEMBER 15, 2011
Tickets

HOUSE OF BLUES
DALLAS, TX
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
Tickets


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photo credit - William Rutten


 

 

 

Photo credit - Jill Jarrett