Ray Manzarek Twitter Tributes: X, Billie Joe Armstrong + More Honor Late Doors Legend
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died yesterday (May 20) at the age of 74 after a battle with bile duct cancer. As the news of his passing rippled through the music community, rock musicians took to Twitter to express their condolences and respect — and to share their love for an artist who helped shape a generation of musicians.
Peter Hook, bassist for Joy Division and New Order, weighed in, as did seminal L.A. punk rockers X, whose first album Manzarek produced. Billy Idol shared the fact that he was happy to have had a chance to jam with Manzarek and other members of the band. Skrillex even opened up and offered a Manzarek-related memory, as his father used to play the Doors’ music when he was a child.
From the personal to the professional, below are some of the tribute tweets posted by Manzarek’s fellow rockers.
Very sad to hear of the passing of Ray Manzarek – The Doors were a huge influence on all of us when we started out, especially on Ian. RIP.
— Peter Hook (@peter_hook1) May 21, 2013
we are very saddened by the news that Ray Manzarek has passed away today. he was not only a musical icon but a… fb.me/IFixXcf5
— Xtheband (@Xtheband) May 20, 2013
Sad to here about Ray Manzarek passing. I was lucky to get a chance to rock out with him & the other two Doors.. cheers mate say hi to Jim.
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) May 21, 2013
Thanks for the great music Ray Manzarek!
— Krist Novoselic (@KristNovoselic) May 21, 2013
This goes out to the Doors and all their fans. Was a dream come true creating “Breakn’ a Sweat together” . We love you Ray Manzarek ,RIP
— Sonny(@Skrillex) May 20, 2013
Wanted to thank my dad who would always play the Doors while I was growing up. “Riders on the Storm ” was my favorite as a child
— Sonny(@Skrillex) May 21, 2013
— Billie Joe Armstrong (@BJAofficial) May 21, 2013
— Circa Survive (@circasurvive) May 21, 2013