Musicians Pay Respects To Ray Manzarek On Social Media

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The news of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek’s death spread quickly, with several major artists expressing respect and sadness via Twitter and Facebook.

Doors drummer John Densmore battled with Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger in court in recent years over the rights to the Doors name, but that did not stop him from sharing a tribute on his Facebook. “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words,” Densmore wrote. “Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.”

Krieger, who toured often with Manzarek over the past decade said, issued his own statement. “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” he wrote. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”

Slash, who got his start in L.A. rockers Guns N’ Roses – who played many of the same Sunset Strip clubs that the Doors did two decades later tweeted:

Joe Perry of Aerosmith (who covered “Love Me Two Times” in 1990) tweeted:

American Idol‘s Randy Jackson added:

De La Soul’s DJ Mase pointed out that Manzarek’s keyboards reached hip-hop:

Hard rocker Dave Dramian of Disturbed weighed in as well:

Fellow keyboardist Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers expressed gratitude for Manzarek’s influence:

Los Angeles punk rock legends X – who enjoyed a close relationship with Manzarek, as he produced their first four albums – posted a note to Facebook: “we are very saddened by the news that Ray Manzarek has passed away today. he was not only a musical icon but a close friend. he will be sorely missed. RIP Ray.”

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