November 22, 2011 |
At first glance, the Doors seem to be an unusual object of study for Greil Marcus, the music critic and cultural historian who likes to draw connections between punk music and world history ("Lipstick Traces") or Elvis Presley and the American myth ("Mystery Train"). The Los Angeles band is, after all, an act that these days mainly gets airplay for a few scattered hits such as "Light My Fire" and "Break on Through (To the Other Side). " They wouldn't seem substantial enough for Marcus' intense gaze.
February 5, 2003 |
John Densmore, co-founder and drummer of the Doors, filed suit against former band members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, charging that a tour organized by the pair represents a breach of contract and trademark infringement. On the tour, due to play the Universal Amphitheatre on Friday, Stuart Copeland, formerly of the Police, substitutes for Densmore, and Ian Astbury, formerly of the Cult, stands in for singer Jim Morrison, who died in 1971.
August 7, 1998 |
"Blueternative" is how singer-bassist Berry Oakley Jr. describes the music of his Oakley Krieger Band. It's a simple way of letting people know that the quartet is influenced by the classic blues-rock of the '60s and '70s as well as the alternative guitar rock of the '80s and '90s. For the Los Angeles-based group, which plays Saturday at Hogue Barmichael's in Newport Beach, both dimensions of its sonic mix are a natural fit.
September 7, 1995 |
Robbie Krieger has nothing against the '60s. That's where his career and reputation began, as guitarist for the Doors. Just don't trap him in the role of some kind of oldies act, he says. Part of the problem is that after the death of Doors singer Jim Morrison in 1971, Krieger essentially left pop music for some lesser-known experiments instrumental jazz-rock.
May 6, 1991 |
So who can blame Doors guitarist Robby Krieger for wanting to cash in on a little notoriety--isn't that, after all, in the earliest tradition of the Doors? And doesn't he have as much right as anyone? Oliver Stone's movie may have been about Jim Morrison, but Krieger's the guy who wrote "Light My Fire." The real question posed by his concert at the Wadsworth Theater on Saturday, however, was whether Krieger would embrace Doors nostalgia at the cost of his own music.
February 24, 1991 |
The Doors were in the dumps. "We need more songs," Jim Morrison told the band at a rehearsal session in the fall of 1966. Lead guitarist Robby Krieger went home and wrote a song. He called it "Light My Fire." The music world called it a hit. It stayed No. 1 for three months. The band, with its psychedelic sound and Morrison's seductive stage presence, represented the dangers and temptations of rock music in the late '60s and early '70s.