Krieger and Densmore put business disputes behind them and renewed their old friendship years ago, and both seem genuinely thrilled at the excitement surrounding this 50th anniversary of the Doors. When the city of Los Angeles proclaimed Jan. 4 — the day the band’s debut album on Elektra Records was released — as the Day of the Doors, both surviving members met in Venice for the official celebration and to play a few songs for the hundreds of fans who turned out.It’s an honor, Krieger says, and another small piece of the legacy built by a band that never lacked for confidence, though they weren’t sure that fans would find and love them as they did.
“All the Doors that you always wanted to hear, and maybe some that you haven’t wanted to hear, some deep tracks.” Woman” and “Love Me Two Times” about two years ago, there was never any doubt that he’d be back onstage with the Robby Krieger Band playing the music of the Doors this year, the 50th anniversary of the Doors’ first two albums, a self-titled debut in January 1967 and its follow-up, “Strange Days,” that September.“It’s all the Doors,” Krieger says of the show he and his band will bring to Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach tonight and the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood on Saturday as part of that classic venue’s 53rd anniversary celebration as well as a Sunday show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. And while Krieger, 71, went back to playing such classic songs as “Light My Fire,” “L.A.
Guitarist Robby Krieger says that after his longtime friend and band mate Ray Manzarek died in 2013, he no longer felt like playing the music of the Doors, the legendary rock band that he, Manzarek, Jim Morrison and John Densmore formed in Los Angeles in the mid-’60s.Though the Doors broke up in 1973, two years after singer Morrison’s death in the bathtub of his Paris apartment, Krieger and keyboardist Manzarek reunited in different configurations starting around 2002, while drummer Densmore pursued such other interests as writing plays, acting and occasionally suing Krieger and Manzarek over their use of the Doors name or the interest in licensing the band’s music for commercials.
We had no idea that 50 years later people would still be listening to the music. But we knew that it was something different, and we were very proud of that first album, and hoped, of course, that people would be able to hear it.”Krieger says he came back to playing Doors about two years ago after a last-minute call to fill in for another act on a bill in Florida. His son Waylon had occasionally sung a few Doors songs with Krieger’s band, so it seemed like a chance to try him out in a bigger role. “We had no idea whether anybody else would know it or not. “We knew from the beginning that we were something special,” Krieger says.