When One Door Closes...

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek joins South Florida in waiting for the sun

After Jim Morrison dropped dead in 1971, the remaining Doors issued two more albums before abandoning all hope. But while Robbie Krieger and John Densmore went off to form the Butts Band and go from nice, folksy blues to unadulterated crap in two albums, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek stuck with his guns, producing a duo of albums that have all the intensity and (on a smattering of tracks) even the over-the-top drama of the Doors. Manzarek has tried a few strange experiments since then, including the concept album Carmina Buranaand a partnership with poet Michael McClure on Love Lion. When Carminabombed, Manzarek retired until, as he puts it, Oliver Stone "made a pretty bad movie about my friend." Since then, he's toured occasionally, offering both old Doors songs and solo material as well as anecdotes about life with the Lizard King, to set the record straight.

 
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