Back in college, The Doors meant everything. The drunken antics of Jim Morrison, his sweeping poetry, and that bluesy western sound all felt “right.” Plenty of nights were spent on friend’s sofas, staring at the ceiling, discussing Nixon’s presidency, and playing endless hours of Super Mario Kart 64. The only thing to differentiate each night was whether we were listening to the Velvet Underground or The Doors’ discography. And you thought your college years were embarrassing.
Somewhere in that time frame, a small group of us road tripped it down to West Palm Beach, FL, where we saw what was being billed as The Doors of the 21st Century. It wasn’t Jim Morrison, obviously, but The Cult’s Ian Astbury, who at the time had been fronting the group, which featured guitarist Robby Krieger and organist Ray Manzarek. It was quite a show. The two legends hardly showed their age, while Asbury nailed each tune with a precision that felt absolutely right. Apparently there was to be a studio album, with lyrics even provided by Warren Zevon, but that never happened, mostly because drummer John Densmore came down on the group’s use of the name and a variety of other extraneous things (e.g. The Cult’s reunion). Since then, a variety of singers have fronted the group, including Fuel’s Brett Scallions, though it’s never felt the same.
Now, Krieger and Manzarek return with a new singer. Steelheart vocalist Miljenko Matijevic will fill in for the time being, at least while the two trek through the United States. No idea how the troupe will sound, but at this point, who cares? Just go out and enjoy some classic tunes… and maybe a beer, too.
Also, if you’re feeling as nostalgic as I am, check out Tom DiCello’s When You’re Strange, out now on DVD.
Robby Kreiger/Ray Manzarek 2010 Tour Dates:
05/27 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Harrah’s VooDoo Lounge
05/28 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Horseshoe Whiskey Roadhouse
05/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
06/01 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
06/02 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
06/03 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
06/05 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hilton
06/06 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
06/07 – Richmond, VA @ The National
06/08 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
06/10 – Rensselaer, NY @ The Egg
06/11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
06/12 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun