In terms of live performance, it’s a fact: The Doors did not have a dedicated bass player. In concert, keyboardist Ray Manzarek held down the bottom end with his left hand (and right foot) on the Fender Rhodes. John Densmore played drums. Robby Krieger played guitar.
Furthermore, do the doors have a bass player?
Additionally, what happened to The Doors band members? On May 20, 2013, Ray Manzarek died at a hospital in Rosenheim, Germany, at the age of 74 due to complications related to bile duct cancer. Robby Krieger and John Densmore are the remaining Doors members alive, who came together February 12, 2016 to honor Ray Manzarek called “A Celebration For Ray Manzarek.”
Similarly, you may ask, how did Ray Manzarek play bass?
The Doors lacked a bass guitarist (except during recording sessions), so at live performances Manzarek played the bass parts on a Fender Rhodes Piano Bass. His signature sound was that of the Vox Continental combo organ, an instrument used by many other psychedelic rock bands of the era.
Are any members of The Doors Alive?
John Densmore and Robbie Krieger are the only members of the classic Doors line-up who are still alive, but there are some other more marginal “members” who are also alive. According to this Billboard obituary of Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist was survived by his brothers, Rick and Jim Manczarek.