Getty Images Ray Manzarek of the legendary rock band The Doors has died at the age…
- Posted on Apr 5th 2011 11:45AM by Tom Davenport
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It seems the band had Free singer Paul Rodgers in mind, but after difficulty making contact, keyboardist Ray Manzarek stepped up to the microphone instead.
Speaking to Uncut, Rodgers explains how he was unaware of the opportunity until Doors guitarist Robby Krieger recently told him the true story.
"I discovered quite recently that I was lined up to join the Doors, which blew my mind. Robby Krieger told me that the Doors were all fans of Free, and after Jim Morrison's death, they came to England looking for me.
"(The) thing is, at that time, I had buried myself in the country, working on things, and they couldn't get a hold of me. My jaw actually dropped like in a cartoon when Robby told me this."
Rodgers could well have been a good fit, with the singers both charting within 10 places in the Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Rodgers was placed at 55, while Morrison reached the lofty heights of 47.
Would the singer have joined the band, considering his career? "I dunno. It's hard to say, looking back. But I think not. I tend to form bands, that's what I do. Although it's always flattering to be asked!"