NEW YORK (Billboard) - The surviving members of the Doors
plan to release a documentary film in about six months, a
project that former member Ray Manzarek describes as "the
anti-Oliver Stone" film.
The keyboardist has long been upset about Stone's 1991
biopic "The Doors," which starred Val Kilmer as ill-fated
frontman Jim Morrison. Manzarek argued that the film made the
rock band look too serious.
He said he saw a first cut of the untitled documentary
recently, but declined to go into detail about the content
other than to confirm that it would feature a large amount of
"Absolutely -- that's the whole point of it. Never before
seen! This is the anti-Oliver Stone. This will be the true
story of the Doors."
Already out is a "Classic Albums" DVD that dissects the
Doors' self-titled 1967 debut, which features their best-known
song "Light My Fire."
"Everybody's there -- (drummer John) Densmore, Manzarek,
(guitarist Robbie) Krieger, (road manager) Bill Siddons,
(engineer) Bruce Botnick. It's very insightful," Manzarek said.
Also interviewed for the DVD are longtime Doors fans Henry
Rollins and Perry Farrell.
Another just-issued Doors release is the 16-track live CD,
"Live in Pittsburgh 1970," via Rhino. Recorded on May 7, 1970,
the album captures the group during its final U.S. tour with
Manzarek is getting ready to hit the road for a European
tour in July as part of Riders On The Storm, a group that also
features Krieger and former Fuel singer Brett Scallions.
The keyboardist also recently issued a collaborative CD
with guitarist Roy Rogers, "Ballads Before the Rain," via
Friday Music. "It's all-instrumental -- me playing the piano,
and Roy playing some absolutely beautiful guitar. It's
lovemaking music. It's 'a glass of white wine as the sun is
setting' kind of music."
And lastly, Manzarek is working on several movie scripts.
"I've got four scripts. So what, who doesn't have four
scripts," he said with a laugh. "I've got a film script based
on 'L.A. Woman,' and another one in which three UCLA film
school guys go to the desert to take peyote with the Native
Americans at the Native American Church."
"And they run into the people from the Native American
Church -- the peyote church," he continued. "And all the s***
that happens to them, you can imagine. Out in the desert,
rednecks, psychic visions and reincarnation visions. Raymond
White Eagle Daniels is the old wise man running the peyote
ceremony. And that will of course never be made into a film,
because it's about peyote. It's a journey into manhood."