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Question from Tom: Is it true that Jim once lived on the roof of a Santa Monica house when he couldn't afford a room?

Ray Manzarek: Yes that is true. He slept on Dennis Jakob's rooftop, on the fourth floor of an apartment building on Venice Beach in California. But you must realise, the weather was delightful, and rather than sleep in the same apartment with Dennis, a UCLA madman filmmaker, Jim chose to sleep on the roof. It was quite delightful. That's when he came down from the rooftop, Tom, walked along the beach in Venice, and met me in the Ocean Park area on the beach, and we formed the Doors that very day.

Question from mistery_train: Can we ever expect to get to hear live versions of the following songs: Riders On the Storm, Strange Days and Waiting For the Sun?

Ray Manzarek: You might hear those songs performed by the Doors, mistery_train, with perhaps a different lead singer or two, sometime in the near future. If all goes well, we will play together again, and of course, we'll come to England.

Question from Chris: Ray, Jim wrote a poem in memorial to Brian Jones after he died in 69', did the Doors ever meet Brian or the other Stones?

Ray Manzarek: Chris, I made eye contact with Brian Jones as we were driving in opposite directions in cars in Los Angeles. I recognised him and he recognised me, and he seemed like a very good human being. Chris, we waved briefly, and passed, like two ships in the night, and I never saw him again. More's the pity. We met the other Stones when they came to our performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Nice chaps.

Question from thegoondocks: When were Jim’s vocals recorded for American prayer?? On Jim’s last birthday or are they 'the lost Paris tapes'????

Ray Manzarek: The lost Paris tapes are drunken gibberish. If you haven't heard them, you're missing nothing. They have nothing to do with Jim's poetry. An American Prayer was recorded on his last birthday on planet earth in Los Angeles.

Question from Katie: What music do you listen to now?

Ray Manzarek: Katie, I listen to electronica, and I'm in composition with a great composer/trumpeter named Bal. We will have an acid jazz, trip-hop, electronica, trance record finished sometime this summer. It will be called 'RayBal'. As a matter of fact, Katie, I'm sitting here with Bal right now, and we are working on a jazz version of an old Duke Ellington song, and we call it 'Caravan-Indica'. As soon as I finish talking to all you guys, we're going to get back to work, tripping out here in Los Angeles!

Question from Sunflower: *on hands and knees begging now*... Will there be a tour? I need to start saving so I can go... please?

Ray Manzarek: Dear Sunflower, I hope there will be a tour, so start saving, and if the fates are with us, if the three sisters allow it, we will be in England sometime within the next 12-14 months.

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