These are both busy and bad times for former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger.
He's still reeling, of course, from the May 20 death of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, his longtime friend and continuing musical partner in post-Doors project. "He only found out (about having bile duct cancer) about two months before -- although on the last tour I remember that he seemed to be getting tired more quickly than he used to," says Krieger, 67.
"It's going to take awhile to get over it. I knew him for so long. I still think about him every day, and I'm constantly doing interviews and stuff about him."
Nevertheless, Krieger is keeping himself active -- especially with his new Jam Kitchen band, an improvisation-minded troupe that features former members of Frank Zappa's band and musicians who have played with War, Chicago, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea and Neil Diamond. The group is working on Krieger's follow-up to his 2010 album "Singularity," which the guitarist says is "about half done" right now.
Manzarek's death has also reconnected him with estranged Doors drummer John Densmore. The two took part in a joint interview for the Doors' new iPad app and are talking about playing together again at a Manzarek tribute, which may take place on the keyboardist's Feb. 12 birthday and "give Ray a nice send-off."
"(The app)_ was the first time John and I have done anything together in a long time," says Krieger. "We've actually spoken a few times after Ray`s death. I think it sort of showed us that, hey, you can't hate somebody forever. It's better to try to mend fences when you can, before it's too late."
Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen performs Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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