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