The Daily Tribune

Doors open to tribute singer’s talents
By Gary Graff




Due to legalities and the wishes of other associates, Doors co-founders Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek have gone by a few names since they started playing the band's music together in 2002. They've been the Doors of the 21st Century, D21C and Riders on the Storm.

Now, however, they're simply Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors. 'Nuf said.

"That's probably what we should have been in the first place," says guitarist Krieger, 65, who wrote Doors hits such as "Light My Fire," "Touch Me," "Love Me Two Times" and "Love Her Madly." The difference this year, he adds, is that after using all-star singers such as the Cult's Ian Astbury and Fuel's Bret Scallions in the past, they've now brought in Dave Brock from the Los Angeles Doors tribute group Wild Child.

"We've always been kind of afraid to ask him to play with us, because people say, 'Oh, you're using a tribute singer. Now you're your own tribute band,' " Krieger explains. "But then Journey got that karaoke singer (Arnel Pineda) and everybody loved it, so we said, 'If they can do that, we can use David.'

"And he's been great. That's not to say the other guys didn't do a good job, but I think when people come to see Ray and I, they want to see us do the Doors music as it should be done, so why not use a guy who really is an expert? He knows the songs better than we do, really."

Krieger and Manzarek, along with Doors drummer John Densmore and the estate of late singer Jim Morrison, continue to mine the group's vaults for material; a set of four vinyl singles from the 1971 "L.A. Woman" album is coming out for Black Friday, while an expanded "L.A. Woman" set is coming in 2012. And Krieger hopes he and Manzarek — and perhaps even Densmore — will create some new music, too.

"Ray and I talk about it," the guitarist says, "but I think it would be a lot better if John would be on it. We do have some songs that we've worked up. We're just waiting for the right time, but we'll definitely be doing that."

9 November 2011