Doors Guitarist Is a Legend in His Own Right; There Are Hundreds of Bands Who Mimic and Are Influenced by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Some Even Come Close to Approximating the Sound of Those Legendary Groups. [Derived Headline]

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Doors Guitarist Is a Legend in His Own Right; There Are Hundreds of Bands Who Mimic and Are Influenced by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Some Even Come Close to Approximating the Sound of Those Legendary Groups. [Derived Headline]


Behe, Rege, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


There are hundreds of bands who mimic and are influenced by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Some even come close to approximating the sound of those legendary groups.

But no band has ever come close to duplicating the music of The Doors.

"There's been some attempts, like Echo and the Bunnymen," says Robby Krieger, the Doors guitarist who appears April 21 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. "But I think what we did was so odd it was pretty hard to copy."

Led by charismatic frontman Jim Morrison, and featuring keyboardist Ray Manzarek and drummer John Densmore in addition to Krieger, the band's run was a mere eight years. But in that brief time span the quartet made music that was inimitable and uncompromised.

"It was the unique personalities," Krieger says. "We had so many diverse elements we brought to the music, but it just seemed to fall together."

Krieger came to the band with a background in flamenco and finger-picking guitar. He admits it took some time to get used to electric guitar, but gradually he was able to incorporate his style into songs such as "Indian Summer" with its Middle Eastern vibe, and "Spanish Caravan," which starts out with a flourish of a classical guitar.

In a 2010 Rolling Stone magazine list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, Krieger came in 91st, behind Henry Vestine of Canned Heat, Jerry Miller of Moby Grape, and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who was inexplicably ranked 18th.

When asked if his talents are underappreciated, Krieger replies, "Maybe someday."

"Those polls are all screwed up, as you know," he says. "Kurt Cobain is No. 28 (actually No. 12) or something like that. I really don't pay much attention to them. …

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