About 40 years ago, Robby Krieger thought he had shut the Doors out of his life.
As guitarist and co-writer of some of the Doors’ best-known songs (“Light My Fire,” “Break On Through,” “Love Her Madly,” and many others), Krieger was part of an ensemble that sounded like nothing else in the rock world.
But the band’s charismatic frontman Jim Morrison died in 1971. Krieger and the other surviving members (keyboardist Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore) released two albums as a trio that met indifferent reaction.
Nutt, B. (2017, April 20). Robby Krieger Band at Newton Theatre Saturday. Retrieved from www.dailyrecord.com
Guitarist Robby Krieger is one of the legendary figures in rock. This celebration of the music of The Doors, which Robby had no small part in creating, is a one-of-a-kind experience that could only be performed by the man himself. Helping pen the majority of the group's songs, Robby had a very inventive approach to rock guitar playing, bringing in blues, Indian, jazz, flamenco and even classical styles to the band’s other worldly songs.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Robby was studying physics and Indian music at UCLA and playing in bands with friends when he bumped into a drummer he'd met a few years before, John Densmore. The two began jamming on blues together, while Krieger's interest in Indian music and culture continued to flourish, as he began dabbling with sitars (studying at the Kinnara School, which was founded by Ravi Shankar), and attending meditation classes. It was at one of these meditation classes that Krieger met keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Manzarek eventually convinced Krieger to come down and rehearse with a poet/singer he'd been working with, Jim Morrison. Their first rehearsal supposedly resulted in the penning of "Moonlight Drive," resulting in the birth of the Doors. Quickly building a name for themselves in L.A. with their unpredictable live shows, the Doors were signed to Elektra Records, and issued their debut album, The Doors, in 1967. The album would become one of rock's all-time classics, as it spawned the monster hits "Light My Fire," a tune penned entirely by Krieger. Subsequent studio releases: 1967's Strange Days, 1968's Waiting for the Sun, and 1969's The Soft Parade all included several classic songs, and by the dawn of the '70s, the band issued a pair of strong releases, 1970's Morrison Hotel and 1971's L.A. Woman.
Marchese, J. (2017, April 19). Robby Krieger: 50 Years of Doors Music. Retrieved from www.worcestermag.com
To borrow an oft-used cliche, Robby Krieger needs no introduction. A founding member of the Doors and co-writer of several of their most memorable songs (“Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” “Love Her Madly”), he established an individual imprint early on. His fortunes waned after the death of the band’s shaman, Jim Morrison, but by then it didn’t matter. Krieger had already made his mark in the rock firmament and whatever he pursued from that point on was destined to be simply a footnote to the work he had done before.
Nevertheless, like most great artists, Krieger wasn’t content to merely bask in past glories. Over the years he released a continuing series of solo albums, most of them subject to only passing notice. Wisely, Purple Pyramid has compiled a collection of some of his best post-Doors performances, all of them covers, as part of a concerted effort to bring him added attention. Indeed, the familiarity factor works in his favor, and with faithful remakes of standards by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Supertramp and others, the strategy clearly succeeds. It helps that they’ve also littered the proceedings with big name guest stars—Jackson Browne, Tommy Shaw, Yes’ Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood and Geoff Downes, the late John Wetton, and in a surprisingly straight role, William Shatner to fill out the roster—adding extra credence and, presumably commercial potential.
Zimmerman, L. (1201, April 10). Robby Krieger In Session. Retrieved from www.elmoremagazine.com
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Since the death of Jim Morrison in 1971, former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has performed his band’s classic songs with, among others, The Cult’s Ian Astbury.
Smith, S. (2017, April 14). Steve Smith: Robby Krieger celebrating the Doors’ 50th anniversary in Pasadena, and more. Retrieved from www.redlandsdailyfacts.com
The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is assembling a group of musicians for a memorial concert in honour of his late bandmate Ray Manzarek.
Keyboardist Manzarek died of bile duct cancer in May last year and his death brought surviving bandmembers Krieger and drummer John Densmore back together again.
Krieger now wants to unite a group of musicians who were inspirations for the keyboardist or were inspired by him, to play a special show this summer.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We want to bring together those who Ray either idolised or guys who idolised Ray, maybe at (Los Angeles music venues) the Greek or The Hollywood Bowl for a big concert this summer. We've teamed up with Live Nation and they are helping us get it all together. We just want it to be the best it can be."
The rocker admits he has been struggling to bring his desired musicians together because many will be busy with summer tours, adding, "That's the hard part, coordinating everyone's schedules. To get everyone together on one day, in the summertime, when they are not on tour for a big venue, that's the challenge."
Krieger has not revealed which musicians he is eyeing for the concert.