Robby Kreiger at the Canyon Club

Saw Robby Kreiger’s band last night at the Canyon Club.

Good to see one of the legends of rock still doing it at 68 years old. There’s indeed hope for the rest of us.

The rather jazz-tinged show started kind of slow and was plagued with audio difficulties, but picked up steam and closed quite strongly, featuring Doors nuggets Wild Child, Back Door Man, Roadhouse Blues, Riders on the Storm, Touch Me, You’re Lost Little Girl, Love Me Two Times, and of course the encored Light My Fire.

One nice surprise was the cool rendition of Frank Zappa’s Cosmic Debris, sung by Zappa’s bass player and supported by his keyboardist throughout the show. Amidst a bevy of special guests including Danny Seraphine (Chicago’s drummer), Kreiger’s son Waylon, and Fuel’s Brett Scallions (who very competently sang many of the Doors’ numbers), the show went from newer, jazzier, even etheric numbers to more familiar old-time Doors classics.

Kreiger was very matter-of-fact, low-key and humble, with a fingerstyle of playing guitar not common at all either back in the 60s or nowadays.

We had fun and the crowd did too.

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