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John Densmore and Robby Krieger Perform Together in Los Angeles

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On Thursday (Dec. 5), John Densmore and Robby Krieger, the two surviving members of the Doors, made music together for the first time in 15 years. The performance was an event at the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art called, “An Evening With the Doors.”

According to Rolling Stone, they performed ‘People Are Strange,’ ‘Love Me Two Times’ and two others following a Q&A session with film critic Elvis Mitchell, to the surprise and delight of the crowd. The two worked up the songs at Krieger’s house the night before.

Densmore had broken with Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek when the two hired Ian Astbury to fill in for Jim Morrison on a new tour, which led to acrimony and litigation over the use of the band’s name. But Manzarek’s death in May caused them to work out their differences. And judging by the praise they had for each other after the show, those issues are well in the distance.

Saying that playing Densmore was like “riding a bike,” Krieger added, “I’ve been playing these songs for years without him and I’ve had so many drummers that I played with, and none of them actually play it correctly like he does, so it’s kind of cool.”

Densmore agreed. “These songs are in our blood, when you play them forever. It just takes a few bars and then you’re back. You know the feel of everything.”

The duo are still planning a tribute concert for Manzarek to be held on Feb. 12, which would have been the keyboardist’s 75th birthday. Densmore says that the problem so far has been trying to work out the logistics in getting all of the guest performers together.

Next: Top 10 Doors Songs

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