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Surviving Doors Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed on stage together for the first time in 13 years Thursday night in L.A.
The surprise get-together took place at the close of An Evening With The Doors, put on as part of the Film Independent at LACMA (L.A. County Museum of Art) series. The two were there for a question-and-answer session with film critic Elvis Mitchell, following a screening of the documentary Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman.
Less than a half hour into the interview, Densmore announced, "To break up all this blah-blah, we're going to play a little music." After a brief break they returned to the stage. With Densmore using a hand drum and various percussion, including bells that he tied around his ankles, and Krieger playing amplified acoustic guitar for the first three numbers before picking up the electric, they played four Doors songs:
"People Are Strange" (after which the two reminisced about the night Jim Morrison wrote the song's lyrics) "Love Me Two Times" "Spanish Caravan" - Krieger's flamenco-inspired number from Waiting for the Sun "Riders on the Storm," including an instrumental version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky," the country-and-western song that initially inspired The Doors composition, as well as a recitation by Densmore of "The Ghost Song" from An American Prayer.
Before they began, Densmore told the crowd, "We're known for our guitar playing and drumming, so tonight you're gonna help us sing -- you know the choruses." And the crowd did. Krieger then remarked that "this is the first time John and I have played together for 100 years." He was 87 years off -- they last performed on stage together in 2000 when Densmore joined Krieger and their late keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, for VH1 Storytellers.