Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the landmark album L.A. Woman, Rock n Roll Hall of FamersRay Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors put on a stellar show for the capacity crowd at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco last weekend. Fueled by the very convincing portrayal of Jim Morrison by long-time critically acclaimed Wild Child frontman Dave Brock on lead vocals, the group blew the roof off of the ballroom with a fitting showcase of the genius catalog of music from a band that has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Dave Brock is the lead singer of Wild Child, a stunningly accurate tribute to the rock legends, and has met critical acclaim for his Jim Morrison role and even received accolades from all surviving members of The Doors. Appropriately based out of Los Angeles, Wild Child has been recreating The Doors’ live experience authentically for over 20 years.
It’s a bit of a Cinderella story for Brock who now joins Manzarek and Krieger on stage to bring the enigmatic singer back to life, and it works beautifully. The band took the stage and Krieger‘s galloping opening riff to “Roadhouse Blues” overpowered the audience cheers and set the tone for what would be a stellar night of Doors classics. Manzarek would become the MC of the night with his insightful comments and stories about the late Jim Morrison alongside his incendiary keyboard stylings. Other gems of the set included “Love Me Two Times”, “Touch Me”, “Riders on the Storm”, “Light My Fire”, “When the Music’s Over”, and of course “L.A. Woman.” It was everything a Doors show should be: loud, nostalgic, psychedelic, and mesmerizing.
Check out all of my photos from the show here.
Break On Through
When The Music’s Over
Love Her Madly
Love Me Two Times
Crawling King Snake
Not To Touch The Earth
People Are Strange
Riders On The Storm
Light My Fire
L.A. Woman will receive it’s long overdue deluxe version this Fall. Rhino Records has announced the release of the L.A. Woman 40th Anniversary, which will be a two disc set that includes rare and previously unreleased studio outtakes.