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June 13, 2003 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-06-13

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"We always thought of
ourselves as an under-
ground phenomenon,
not really known by the
mainstream. But after
Jose did 'Light My Fire,'
everybody started doing
it; Woody Herman even
did it.
"It became our biggest
catalog song, by far, and
that one song is worth
more than the rest of the
whole catalog put
together."
Hopes for "The Doors
21st Century Tour" to
deliver an album by the
end of the year is the
group's next objective,
Krieger reports.
Original Doors members Ray Manzarek, left, and Robby
In the meantime,
Krieger, right, take the stage with Jim Morrison stand-in
many previously unheard Ian Astbuty center, at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
vintage rarities from the
vault have debuted via
Living in California's Benedict
the band's .own Bright Midnight label,
including a 27-song, two-CD set,
Canyon, Kreiger has been married for
30 years to his wife, Lynn, a non-prac-
tided The Doors Live in Detroit.
ticing Catholic, and the couple have
The archived tapes document the
original Morrison-led lineup's last per- one son, Waylon, 29.
formance at Cobo Arena in 1970
The Doors' music remains alive and
well and has continued to have an
and is available exclusively at
www.rhinohandmade.com.
enormous impact on rock 'n' roll, long
Krieger, who describes his Jewish
after Morrison's unexpected death in
Paris on July 3, 1971.
upbringing as "pretty paltry," was the
last and the youngest member to join
Although Krieger wishes his close
the future members of the Doors at
friend had not led such a self-destruc-
UCLA in 1966. He was born Robert
tive lifestyle that tragically took its toll
Alan Krieger to parents Stu and
too soon, "I think, as far as Jim went,
Marilyn and raised in Los Angeles
what happened was meant to be, and
with his brother, Ron, his non-identi-
he knew it, too," Krieger suggests.
cal twin.
"Personally, I always thought that he
The family's surname was inaccu-
had something really wrong with him,
rately bestowed, when Krieger's
like a heart defect, and he knew he
German great-grandfather mistakenly
wasn't going to last very long."
gave Ellis Island officials his occupa-
To this day, Krieger philosophically
tion (krieger means soldier), instead of believes Morrison's death was not a
his real last name. Krieger jokes that it theft of life but the gateway for the
"could have been Schwartz," accord-
singer-poet's eternal artistry.
ing to his fuzzy genealogy.
"Jim really wanted us to be as big as
The musician's father worked as a
the Beatles, so I wish he was here
Northrop aeronautical engineer on
today to see what's going on," Krieger
the Flying Wing, the World War II
laments. "Just the excitement of him
being around is what I miss.
prototype of the stealth bomber. His
mother was a housewife.
"And when people stop me on the
And because both parents had
street and say how much they love the
rebelliously attended Hebrew school,
Doors and this and that, it only
Kreiger regrets that he and his brother reminds me that I was totally proud to
(who later suffered from manic
have been there." ❑
depression and died in 1993) did not
receive a Jewish education nor cele-
brate a bar mitzvah.
"The Doors 21st Century Tour"
"My parents didn't seem to push
stops at DTE Energy Music
Judaism on us, but in a way, I wish they
Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday, June
had. I know that there's a lot of cool
20. $42.50 pavilion/$25 lawn.
stuff to learn," he explains. "There's def-
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