Bill Dudley Opens a “Door”

Author: Bill Dudley

In the late 1960’s, the Sunset Strip was the home of many successful local Rock bands.

The Doors were one of the best. I know you all think Jim Morrison basically WAS The Doors, but after seeing guitarist Robbie Krieger in person with 3 former members of Frank Zappa’s jazz band, I’m certain there was much more to the mix.

Krieger is a very low key personality who always credits all FOUR “Doors” with the group’s success.

Krieger and his new band Jam Kitchen did a benefit concert to help raise some $$ for Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach.

Appropriate, as this is the same city containing the garage where the “Doors” were formed back in 1965. Robbie only performed 4 Doors songs, and only one was a hit single, the very haunting “Riders On The Storm.”

It was hearing this song in person, I realized just how important his guitar was to the essential mystique of The Doors very unique and original sound. Ray Manzarek, who passed away last year added a unique keyboard Robbie’s guitar,John Densmore’s drums, and Jim Morrison’s commanding vocals.

Robbie also give a stirring rendition of “You’re Lost Little Girl,” a song I always thought was my personal guilty pleasure.

I was wrong. The crowd loved it !

The hard rockin’ “Love Me Two Times Baby” and “Roadhouse Blues” capped The Doors songs mixed into an otherwise progressive Jazz night.

Notably missing from the show were “Touch Me” (which really does need Morrison’s voice to do it justice) and “Light My Fire,” which was really Robbie’s song. B

ut the show didn’t need them. it was up close and personal with the lead guitarist of one of LA’s greatest bands in the history of Rock. I also got to see Lee Rocker of the original “Stray Cats” earlier in the evening at a different venue.

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