Riders On The Storm

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"Riders On The Storm"
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Song by Santana from the album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time
Released September 21, 2010
Length 5:23
Live debut July 17, 2010 (Santana)
Last played June 13, 2011 (Santana)
Writer Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore
Producer Howard Benson, Matt Serletic, Carlos Santana (exec.), Clive Davis (exec.)
Label Arista Records

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time track listing
  1. Whole Lotta Love (feat. Chris Cornell) (Led Zeppelin Cover)
  2. Can't You Hear Me Knocking (feat. Scott Weiland) (The Rolling Stones Cover)
  3. Sunshine Of Your Love (feat. Rob Thomas) (Cream Cover)
  4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (feat. India Arie & Yo-Yo Ma) (The Beatles Cover)
  5. Photograph (feat. Chris Daughtry) (Def Leppard Cover)
  6. Back In Black (feat. Nas) (AC/DC Cover)
  7. Riders On The Storm (feat. Chester Bennington & Ray Manzarek) (The Doors Cover)
  8. Smoke On The Water (feat. Jacoby Shaddix) (Deep Purple Cover)
  9. Dance The Night Away (feat. Pat Monahan) (Van Halen Cover)
  10. Bang A Gong (feat. Gavin Rossdale) (T. Rex Cover)
  11. Little Wing (feat. Joe Cocker) (The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover)
  12. I Ain't Superstitious (feat. Jonny Lang) (The Jeff Beck Group Cover)


"Riders On The Storm" is a song by The Doors from their 1971 album, L.A. Woman, which was released only three months before Jim Morrison's death. This was the last song recorded by all the original members of The Doors as well as Morrison's last recorded song to be released in his lifetime. It was inspired by Stan Jones' song "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" as well as by spree killer Billy Cook's murders.

Jim Morrison recorded his main vocals and then whispered the lyrics over them to create the echo effect. The song also incorporates recordings of rain and thunder, along with Ray Manzarek's Fender Rhodes electric piano playing, which emulates the sound of rain.

"Riders On The Storm" was covered by Santana in their 2010 album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time with the lyric "sweet family will die" being changed to "sweet memory will die". The track features vocals by Chester Bennington and keyboards by The Doors member Ray Manzarek. The producer on the album, Howard Benson, had previously worked with Chester on Dead By Sunrise's 2009 album Out Of Ashes.

This wasn't the first time Ray Manzarek and Chester met either. In 2006, Chester, Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction) and Slash joined The Doors to celebrate the band's 40th Anniversary at the Whisky a Go Go.[1]

When he was young, Chester was a big fan of The Doors. He and a friend learnt every The Doors song they could and this eventually led him to join his first band.[2] "We liked them as they were so poetic, spacey and deep," he said.[3]

"Riders On The Storm" has been covered by numerous other bands such as Annabel Lamb, Cameo, Creed, Escape with Romeo, Snoop Dogg, Dancing Fantasy, Ray Manzarek & Bal, Dezperadoz, Wolfmother, Yonderboi, Incubus, Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, Bob Sinclar, Megan Washington, Kamyaniy Gist, and Lisa Bassenge.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Riders On The Storm (featuring Chester Bennington & Ray Manzarek) Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time 5:23 September 21, 2010
  • Features vocals by Chester Bennington and organ by Ray Manzarek.


Santana performed the song sporadically throughout 2010 and 2011, but Chester never ended up performing the song with him at any point.

Ironically, Chester has performed with The Doors themselves (at their 40th Anniversary show), but performed four different songs with them.


  • Lead Vocals – Chester Bennington
  • Organ – Ray Manzarek
  • Congas – Karl Perazzo
  • Drums – Dennis Chambers
  • Keyboards – Freddie Ravel
  • Keyboards – Howard Benson
  • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
  • Percussion – Karl Perazzo
  • Rhythm Guitar – Tommy Anthony


  • Arranged By Howard Benson
  • Edited by Paul Decarli
  • Engineer – Hatsukazu Inagaki
  • Producer – Howard Benson
  • Recorded By – Mike Plotnikoff
  • Written By – Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger


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