Mayor jams with Doors members
January 23, 2009
Mayor Dana Williams jammed with two of the members of the Doors early during the Sundance Film Festival, leaving the guitar duties to the original player but belting out one of the band’s classics on a harmonica.
Williams, who plays guitar and signs for a local band, said the two-song concert was "extremely cool."
The mayor sat in with Robbie Krieger, who was the Doors guitar player, and the band’s keyboard player, Ray Manzarek, in a Main Street building rented out by guitar maker Gibson. He played harmonica on the Doors’ classic "Roadhouse Blues." Krieger and Manzarek also played "Riders on the Storm" with the house band, the mayor said.
"That was an L.A. band when I was growing up. I saw them a few times as a teenager," he said.
Krieger and Manzarek were in Park City for "When You’re Strange," a Sundance Film Festival documentary about the Doors. The band is one of the seminal rock outfits of the era, with a catalog that includes "Light My Fire," "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" and "L.A. Woman."
Williams spent some of his youth in the Los Angeles area while the Doors rose to stardom. He is a classic-rock fan.
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