Last Saturday, legendary guitarist Robby Krieger (formerly of The Doors) made a somewhat understated appearance at Port City Music Hall before a small group of passionate fans in support of his new solo album Singularity. Surprisingly, the event seemed to be largely unrecognized by the local concert populace in town, given the fact this was the man who famously wrote such defining songs of the 60′s psychedelic era as “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Touch Me” among others. Although to be honest, with the amount of hiss-ridden bootlegs I’ve amassed of The Doors over the years, I myself was astonished to learn of the show only hours earlier in the day. C’est la vie. Those who were in attendance however, were privileged to see Robby tear his way through a set of jazz-rock fusion material and select cover songs, including a gorgeous instrumental version of The Doors’ “You’re Lost Little Girl” and an absolutely stunning cover of Frank Zappa’s “Chunga’s Revenge” and “Cosmik Debris.”
But, why, you may ask yourself, Frank Zappa? Well, at this point it’s probably worth mentioning that Robby’s band for the evening included several noteworthy (read: brilliant) musicians who comprised the late, great composer’s band in the late 70′s to early 80′s: keyboardist Tommy Mars, bassist Arthur Barrow, and drummer Chad Wackerman. As if that wasn’t enough, Larry Klimas, (formerly of the band War) also joined the group on saxophone for the evening. How does such a lineup even form, I ask you, all knowing God of Rock? Whatever the case may be, it was a memorable evening, made evening more memorable when Robby returned onstage for the encore and sang a poignant version of “Riders on the Storm” that was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Call it classic rock, call it nostalgia, but to see such a diverse crowd of people spellbound by a particular artist after so many years, speaks volumes of the enduring influence of great songwriting. And for those of us who weren’t romping through fields of daisies in the summer of love, it was an honor. Check out the gallery of photos below.