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