R&D Records, Inc
North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA
Infamous Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has been busy this year. At 54 he is playing with everyone from Creed (Woodstock) to Stone Temple Pilots (L.A.s House of Blues). He recently received the very first Billboard Top Ten award ever presented to an artist for the song, Light My Fire, which was Elektra Records first #1 hit. And, more than three decades after they made it popular, Krieger joined Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek at the Whiskey on L.A.s Sunset Strip for a Riders On The Storm jam.
This year also saw the release of the Doors seven-CD box set on Elektra featuring remastered CDs of their six albums plus a bonus disc of rare and unreleased material. To top it off, Krieger is currently doing a national club tour in support of the diversified Cinematix, his first solo album in five years.
Though he is an accomplished guitarist in a variety of styles, Krieger loves the blues and his set at the North Star bar was full of em. Surrounded by a white-hot band including Berry Oakley Jr. (son of famed Allman Brother bassist) on bass and his own son, Waylon Krieger, on guitar, the Doors man flew through Backdoor Man, Whiskey Bar, and Little Red Rooster. Samplings from his new disc included Snake Oil and the awesome Idolatry, which were injected into the set to reveal how well his band can handle any style.
Tastefully interspersed were the legendary Doors songs, L.A. Woman, Love Me Two Times, Love Her Madly, Break On Through, and People Are Strange, as well a the occasional Allman Brother tune. Krieger and his son exchanged some very impressive dueling guitar bits as well as a signature bass solo by Oakley. For the most part Krieger handled the vocals. But during Roadhouse Blues, a look-a like, sound-a-like Jim Morrison (contest winner) slid on a pair of leather pants and led the near-hysterical crowd for a stomp through the radio classic.
Well over two hours into the set, the passion in the room bust into flames when several, eager to be noticed, female fans dropped their tops and lifted their skirts (no knickers) and fanned the stage to the slight embarrassment of the band. The encores rolled out a best of 60s jukebox with the Hendrix monster Wild Child, a full 20-minute Riders On The Storm, which had each band member taking a lengthy solo, a blistering Light My Fire, and a poignant The End.