Among many rock musicians very few have distinctive style that is so instantly recognizable it defines and becomes the sound of the band. Much like Jon Lord's Hammond was shaping the sound of Deep Purple, the fluid, playful and melodic style of Ray Manzarek has become the sound of The Doors. Initially he literally was the sound of the band playing both the main theme and the bass line. The Doors opened in 1967 and closed in 1971. In these short 4 years they released 6 albums and made history.
Since I was born in 1972, there was naturally no chance for me to see them play live (with Jim Morrison that is). In the late nineties I saw Robbie Krieger play in a small tavern in San Diego for a crowd of no more than 15-20 people. It was surreal. He had an amazing bass player with him. Later I learnt his name was Angelo Barbera. When Krieger and Manzarek reunited as "The Doors of 21st Century" in 2002, they also had Angelo on the bass and Ian Astbury of The Cult fronting the band.
I saw "The Doors of 21st Century" play at the Street Scene Festival in 2003. At first I had mixed feelings about it. Astbury shamelessly looked and acted like Jim Morrison. But then again, this was the closest experience to the real Doors concert I could possibly have. And now that Ray Manzarek is no longer with us, the live sound of The Doors is gone forever. I am glad I saw the legend perform live and I have pictures to prove it!
Back then I had the Canon PowerShot S45 - a pretty pathetic camera by today's standards. Most phones take better pictures these days. But I was still able to capture some semi-decent shots, which I am sharing with the world today for the first time.
The legendary Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger.
Ian Astbury and Robbie Krieger
Ian Astbury and Ray Manzarek
The end. Ian Astbury on his knees. Looks like a cross with the towering microphone stand in front .
Не забывайте, что это мыльница Canon S45. У меня тогда был и похожий по параметрам маленький Nikon, но он вообще не справлялся с шумом, даже на свету. Вот вечерний кадр, посмотрите какой уровень красного и зеленого цветного шума -
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