Doors fans knew that John Densmore and Robby Krieger were going to get together onstage for the first time in eight years (they appeared together for the induction ceremony of Jim Ladd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this past Thursday (December 5th) for a question and answer period following the screening of “The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman.” What was unknown was that they would appear onstage and perform Doors songs for the first time in 13 years!
Densmore and Krieger did appear and answer fan questions for the Q and A session, moderated by film critic Elvis Mitchell, who called “L.A. Woman” “the most cinematic album of the twentieth century.” The session was friendly and convivial with both Densmore and Krieger joking as they told stories of how The Doors were formed and the inspiration behind songs like “People Are Strange” and “Love Her Madly.” They even went so far as to broach the subject of a Psychedelic Rangers reunion (the band both were in before The Doors)! Then Densmore and Krieger surprised the audience and brought out their instruments, Krieger a guitar, and Densmore a tabla, for an acoustic set of four songs, “Love Me Two Times,” “Spanish Caravan,” “People Are Strange,” and “Riders on the Storm.”
Densmore and Krieger later met with Rolling Stone reporter Steve Baltin for an interview entitled “Doors Survivors Reunite, Reflect on Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.”
Originally published December 8, 2013.