Doors to Nirvana: John Densmore, Robby Krieger Plot Rare Performance With Krist Novoselic - EpicNews

Subsequent Thursday, January 23rd, the 2 surviving members of the Doors — drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger — will make a uncommon look collectively on the Homeward Bound charity live performance on the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

It’s been a few years because the pair final took the stage collectively, and one week out, Densmore admits to Rolling Stone that he and Krieger have but to finalize a setlist — and even rehearse.

“I’m used to it!” Densmore says. “I used to be the one who did the setlists within the Doorways, as a result of no person would, and simply earlier than occurring stage, I’d sit down and go, ‘OK, guys, c’mon! What are we opening with?’ And I may get them into three or 4 songs, after which we’d wing it! Corralling musicians is like corralling cats.”

The Homeward Certain charity live performance will profit efforts to struggle homelessness all through California, and the lineup additionally boasts artists like Jason Mraz, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Ingrid Michaelson and Maddie Poppe. Densmore and Krieger will play a 30-minute, semi-acoustic set with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic on bass and different Homeward Certain performers stepping in on vocals. The one requirement to fill in for Jim Morrison, Densmore says: “We want a singer with leather-based pants — that’s the crux.”

The components of the setlist which have been finalized promise some distinctive collaborations. Willie Nelson’s son, Micah, will helm “Roadhouse Blues,” and Haley Reinheart will sing a stripped-down model of “Individuals Are Unusual,” with Densmore suggesting it’d simply be “her, Robby, and me on a bit hand drum.” Densmore additionally teases a rendition of “Gentle My Hearth” with a number of singers, and notes that the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart personally requested to sing “Whats up, I Love You.”

“We don’t normally play that reside, however what the hell, why not?” Densmore says.

Whereas the Homeward Certain live performance is billing Desnmore and Krieger’s efficiency as their first collectively in 20 years, the pair have taken the stage collectively a number of occasions over the previous decade. In 2017, they performed on the Museum of Pop Tradition in Seattle when the Doors received the Founders Award; that present additionally featured Novoselic performing “Gentle My Hearth” on accordion, which is how he linked up with Densmore and Krieger, paving the way in which for his or her efficiency collectively subsequent week.

A 12 months earlier than that, Densmore and Krieger performed a Stand Up to Cancer benefit in honor of late Doorways keyboardist Ray Manzarek, whereas in 2013 they buried the hatchet of a long-simmering legal battle with an intimate show on the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork simply after Manzarek’s death.

Regardless of these sporadic units, for Densmore, getting on stage with Krieger is like driving a motorcycle. “After we performed LACMA, we undoubtedly had not performed collectively for 10 years, extra,” Densmore says. “And, rattling! When you will have accomplished these songs each night time for a lot of, a few years, they’re simply in your blood. In two bars we had been again. It’s simply a part of you.”

Proceeds from the Homeward Certain present will profit Individuals Aiding the Homeless, a non-profit devoted to constructing inexpensive housing and offering help to folks combating homelessness all through California. “It’s unbelievable that those who have the power to offer again have stepped up to take action,” Homeward Certain organizer Jonathan Shank stated. “We’re thrilled to have so many nice artists on the first-ever Homeward Certain live performance and grateful to everybody who has supported this worthy trigger.”

For Densmore, it’s an important trigger, one which not solely advantages his residence state, however speaks to the bigger issues plaguing america.

“The Doorways had been born out of the womb of the L.A. lady, so while you get the brass ring, you give again,” he says. “It’s the pure factor to do. So we’re giving again to the town that fed us artistically. This homelessness factor, it’s an issue in each metropolis; it’s an enormous drawback. It’s not simply L.A., it’s all over the place. And why is that? As a result of the hole between the wealthy and the poor is the largest within the historical past of our nation. You’ve bought billionaires-slash-kings and employees who can’t afford to reside within the kingdom. They’ve gotta drive two hours out of city to search out lease low cost sufficient. There’s massive issues; you’ll be able to’t simply put a band-aid on it.”

However Desnmore provides that he’s optimistic when staring down the long run: “2020 goes to be a pivotal 12 months. Huge corners turned personally and collectively, and I’m excited concerning the future, as a result of I believe the rantings of previous dinosaurs, they’re simply the final of the tail wagging.”

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