Robert Alan Krieger
(born January 8
) is an American rock and roll guitarist
. He was the guitarist in The Doors
, and wrote some of the band's best known songs, including "Light My Fire
", "Love Me Two Times
", "Touch Me
" and "Love Her Madly
He is number 91 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
A native of Los Angeles, California
, Krieger learned to play guitar when he attended Menlo School
(formerly a boarding school in the San Francisco Bay
area). He started by tuning a ukulele
like the bottom four strings of a guitar
and imitating a flamenco
guitar record. He later purchased a flamenco guitar
on a Christmas
vacation in Puerto Vallarta
in 1963 and mastered the style without benefit of lessons. He gradually grew tired of playing flamenco and helped form a jug band
called the Back Bay Chamberpot Terriers with Bill Wolff (later of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy).
He formed The Doors with keyboard
player Ray Manzarek
, drummer John Densmore
and vocalist Jim Morrison
. At an early Doors rehearsal Morrison heard Krieger playing bottleneck guitar
and initially wanted the technique featured on every song on the first album. Krieger's fingerstyle
approach to the electric guitar
, eclectic musical tastes, and songwriting helped establish The Doors as a successful rock band
in the 1960s. His only singing with the early Doors can be heard on the album The Soft Parade
, on the song Runnin' Blue
After Morrison's death in 1971, The Doors continued as a trio and released two albums, Other Voices
and Full Circle
. Krieger shared lead vocal duties with Manzarek. After The Doors disbanded in 1973, Krieger formed The Butts Band with Densmore. He enjoyed some success as a jazz
guitarist, recording a handful of albums as The Robby Krieger Band in the 1970s and 1980s, including Versions
(1983) and No Habla
In 2000 Krieger released Cinematix, an entirely instrumental fusion album, with guest appearances from Billy Cobham and Edgar Winter.
Krieger and Manzarek reformed as the Doors of the 21st Century in 2002 with vocalist Ian Astbury, formerly of The Cult. Following a dispute with Densmore over The Doors name, the band is now known as Riders on the Storm. For a brief period, the reformed band also included Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
Krieger played guitar on a few tracks by Blue Öyster Cult and has worked on a number of tribute projects organized by Billy Sherwood. In recent times, Krieger has made some guest appearances with the band Particle and appears on the album Transformations Live. Together, they cover many of The Doors' songs.
On June 2008, ZYX Studio released his concert with Eric Burdon, called Live At The Ventura Beach California. They also played "Back Door Man" and "Roadhouse Blues".