open to tribute singers 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.
they're simply Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors. 'Nuf
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.
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.'
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.
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