Slash, Joe Perry, X, David Dramain Tribute Ray Manzarek

05/22/2013
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The members of the punk rock band X, Slash, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Disturbed frontman David Draiman have paid tribute to Ray Manzarek of The Doors who passed away earlier this week.

Slash: 'The Doors represent the LA sound to me. It was the 1st band I remember hearing when I came from England; "Light my fire," I'll never forget.'

Joe Perry: 'I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarak now he's with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago.'

David Draiman: ' RAY MANZAREK OF @TheDoors HAS PASSED AWAY TODAY. ANOTHER VISIONARY MUSICIAN HAS BEEN LOST. LOVED HIS MUSIC SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY. RIP'

And the individual members of X had the following to say about their friend and mentor: X's Exene: Ray led by example, from the doors to carmine burana and beyond. He is and will always be a spirit being, adept at expanding perception. And once those doors of perception are opened, they never close. He taught me that we are the keys, that we can unlock all doors, everywhere, to create magic, to transform ourselves and power the world, through joy and love and imagination and art and, above all through music.

X's John Doe: Ray was a mentor to X in our early days and a something of a father figure to Exene & me. He was brilliant & soulful. If Bob Dylan brought poetry & folk to popular music; Ray & the Doors brought the blues & poetry to rock music. The Doors are rock royalty. It has been a privilege & honor to call Ray a friend and share the stage w/ him.

X's Billy Zoom: Ray always believed in us. We'll miss him. My heart goes out to Dorothy and Pablo.

X's DJ Bonebrake: I am so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. Not only was he an integral part of X's history, he was a smart, funny, and kind friend. I will miss him.

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