PICS: The Doors’ Robby Krieger at House of Blues

The Doors' legendary guitarist Robby Krieger and his band broke on through at House of Blues recently.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted guitarist was in fine form throughout the Jan. 31 show, backed by an outstanding band.
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Krieger's son, Waylon, performs vocals for the group, while Phil Chen plays bass, Ty Dennis plays drums, and Ed Roth slays on keyboards.
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Krieger, of course, was an instrumental part of the success of the Doors -- either writing or co-writing many of the band's biggest hits such as "Light My Fire," "Love Me Two Times," "Touch Me" and "Love Her Madly" (among others).
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Born in LA in 1946, he initially took up the trumpet but was drawn more to the piano before picking up the guitar -- at first de-tuning a ukulele to the bottom four strings of a guitar and mimicking a record he owned.
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Krieger joined the Doors in 1965 -- at that point, the band consisted of keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and vocalist Jim Morrison. (Roth pictured)
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Legend has it that when Morrison heard Krieger playing bottleneck slide guitar at an early rehearsal one day, he wanted that technique featured on every Doors song on the first album. (Waylon Krieger pictured)
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Interesting fact: Krieger also studied under Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar (a onetime San Diegan) at the Kinnara School of Music in LA. (Dennis pictured)
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The guitarist also sang lead on a few Doors songs occasionally -- such as the song "Runnin' Blue." After Morrison's untimely death in 1971, Krieger sang on tracks on the band's last two albums "Other Voices" and "Full Circle."
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After the Doors disbanded in 1973, Krieger went on to a solo career as a jazz-fusion guitarist, while making plenty of guest appearances with bands such as the Butts Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Particle, Eric Burdon, Fuel, the Cult, and more. (Chen pictured)
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Over the years and up to Manzarek's death in 2013, he also teamed up with the keyboardist in various different band incarnations -- such as the Doors of the 21st Century (along with the Cult's Ian Astbury on vocals), which was later renamed a few times before settling on Manzarek-Krieger. For a brief period, the Police's Stewart Copeland played drums.
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During the Jan. 31 show, the Robby Krieger Band powered through many of the Doors' biggest singles and a few other covers such as: "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," "Five to One," "Moonlight Drive" into "Horse Latitudes" and then "Wild Child," "Twentieth Century Fox," "When the Music's Over"...
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Followed by "Love Me Two Times," "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Kurt Weill cover), "Back Door Man" (Willie Dixie cover), "Peace Frog," "Spanish Caravan," "The Changeling," "Riders on the Storm," "Roadhouse Blues," and "L.A. Woman." The band's encore was a huge jam of "Light My Fire," "Eleanor Rigby" (by the Beatles) and "My Favorite Things." Come back soon, lads!
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