ROBBY KRIEGER OF THE DOORS
Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Born in Los Angeles, Robby Krieger was convinced by a Chuck Berry concert to give rock music a go, which resulted in the guitarist trading in his classical guitar for a Gibson SG—an instrument that would eventually become his signature instrument.
Studying physics and Indian music at UCLA, Krieger played in bands with friends, and eventually 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, he began dabbling with sitars (studying at the Kinnara School, 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 and 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 a timeless rock classic, spawning the monster hit “Light My Fire,” a tune penned entirely by Krieger. Subsequent studio releases, Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968) and Soft Parade (1969) all included several classic songs, and by the dawn of the ’70s, the band issued a pair of strong releases, Morrison Hotel (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971). In the wake of Morrison’s untimely passing, the Doors attempted to continue on, resulting in a pair of so-so albums before packing it in.
Krieger went on to issue solo albums and play live dates, while appearing on albums by other artists like the Butts Band and Blue Öyster Cult, among others. Robby continues to tour with an all-star band performing Doors hits and originals.
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