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DOORS keyboardist plays in Iowa


They're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and two of their albums are on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Ray Manzarek is the oldest living member of the Doors, and he recently played a sold out show in Okoboji, Iowa.  He's on tour with slide guitarist Roy Rogers. 

Before the show, Manzarek lectured to the public about his life with the band and the death of singer Jim Morrison.   One of his fondest memories is the time he heard "Light My Fire" on the radio for the first time.

"The first time I heard a Doors song on the radio was the edited version of "Light My Fire" on KRLA in Los Angeles. Dorothy and I are driving, down the Sunset Strip, the curves, and it's all the mansions. On comes, at 2:00 in the afternoon, "Light My Fire!" Manzarek.

"It was the very first time I heard it. I went, Oh My God! That's it! That's us! Honey, listen! She's bouncing up and down in our little Volkswagen Beetle.  It was her Beetle, that her parents had given her, to go to college in," said Manzarek.

"We were broke. We were down and out. We had nothing, we were nobody. We had a gig at the Whisky, and we were the opening act, but that was the first time I heard the Doors on the radio, heading down to Sunset with my baby by my side!" said Manzarek.

Manzarek talked about his biography, "Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors."

In the book, Manzarek calls the 1991 Oliver Stone movie The Doors, inaccurate. 

"That movie is full of Hollywood actors.  It isn't real.  If you want to see real Doors footage, check out the new film narrated by Johnny Depp called "When You're Strange."   It's all real." said Manzarek.

Ray Manzarek told the crowd in Okoboji that he loved Iowa so much, he wants to bring the other living members of The Doors  (John Densmore and Robby Krieger) back to play a show this summer.

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