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The Doors Alive

Ahead of their Ruby Lounge gig, we pay tribute to one of the best tribute bands around

Published on May 6th 2010.


The Doors Alive

In the list of legendary bands that you wish you could have seen live, The Doors must easily make the Top 10.

They've got a reputation for delivering an amazing performance (unlike the original Doors, they won't be dragged off by the police half way through, or decide they're not in the mood and refuse to sing any of the hits).

Their shows in 1960s California made rock n roll history. Jim Morrison, famous for singing with his back to the crowd, was nonetheless one of the most charismatic front men of the era. It's why he's still a star half a century later, and it's why The Doors have spawned a host of tribute bands who attempt to recreate their ground-breaking sound.

At Ruby Lounge on 29 May, you can see one of the best. The Doors Alive have toured Europe recreating the look, sound and feel of a real 1960s Doors concert. Die-hard Doors fans swear by them – it's not just a long haired bloke with his top off wailing about snakes. Singer Willie captures the attitude, look and voice of Jim Morrison. And the other band members have honed The Doors' playing styles note for note.

To achieve an authentic Sixties sound, the band use the same instruments that members of The Doors originally used. These include a vintage Fender Rhodes Bass keyboard, a vintage Vox Continental keyboard and a vintage Gibson SG guitar.

The last time The Doors Alive played Manchester, the gig sold out. They've got a reputation for delivering an amazing performance (unlike the original Doors, they won't be dragged off by the police half way through, or decide they're not in the mood and refuse to sing any of the hits).

Their set list includes all the classic tracks: Touch Me, 5 to 1, People Are Strange, Hello I Love You, Love Street, Unknown Soldier, 20th Century Fox, Riders on the Storm, When the Music's Over, Roadhouse Blues, Love Me 2 Times, Love Her Madly, Strange Days, Break on Through, The Changeling, Alabama Song, Backdoor Man, LA Woman, Light My Fire, The End...

It's going to be a top night out for rock n roll fans. Drink enough beer beforehand and you'll be fooled into thinking you're watching the real thing.

Tickets cost £10. Saturday 29 May, Ruby Lounge, 28 High Street. Doors open 7.30pm. Use the Paypal button below to pay and your name will then be on the door on the night.

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