Sunday, August 21, 2005

Alive! She Cried

Tonight I went out to hear some live music at a local club/bar. I found two things are apparently alive and well in central PA. One is 80's hair bands. Yep, the opening band tonight did covers of all your favorite hair band songs; Ratt, Guns N' Roses, Twisted Sister, etc. First thing I noticed was that a majority of the crowd also had that 80's long hair with the required attire-tank tops and jean shorts. Some of them even broke out their brand-spanking new "wife beater" tank tops for the big night out.

The other thing alive and well is The Doors. Well, actually they've been reincarnated in a band called Riders on the Storm. This band has been together for 15 years. The lead singer is not nearly as hot as Jim was in the good ole days but he certainly sounds like him. The singer of this band is doing his fat Jim Morrison impersonation, you know beard and all. Funny thing is Ray Manzarek and Robbie Kreiger from the original Doors are touring again. They started out as 21st Century Doors but have apparently changed their name to...you guessed it! Riders on the Storm. I remember watching Jeopardy one evening and the cover band Riders.... was an answer to a question!

Invariably, there is a girl that always shows up to the Riders show. She's quite scary and I think may have ridden the short bus to school if you know what I mean. She's always all over the lead singer and makes lewd gestures to him while he's singing. She dances like Elaine from Seinfeld. This time she brought a friend, and she too was quite scary, so, the lead singer had double trouble on his hands. And also without change, I think both of them ended up on their asses because of a slippery dance floor before the evening was over.

So, you've probably guessed by now I'm a Doors freak, and, you would be correct! I met Ray Manzarek once, got his autograph, spoke to him briefly after I found my voice which had apparently been stolen. Then, I sobbed uncontrollably all the way home. Yea, I'm crazy. I have visited Jim at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris just about every time I'm there. And, as you know, it is the only place I go, only thing I talk about. So, I have for you here a couple of pics from one of my visits with Jim. Yes, people still visit and leave flowers. There are usually tour guides, not official ones, but tour guides non-the-less in the cemetery that will help you find your way to Jim. $1.05 to anyone who knows what the line means beneath the dates on Jim's stone.

13 comments:

Walking,Talking,Poison said...

Good Morning! Honestly, I have no idea what the words mean, but your post took me back to my youth for a second. My mom had the Doors on reel to reel tapes! Dont know if youre as old and foagy as I am but geez, hadnt thought of reel to reels in ages =P

Carnealian said...

I never knew anyone with a reel to reel, but yep, I know what they are!

InterstellarLass said...

Ah, 80's hair bands. Those were the days...who was your favorite? I think mine was Skid Row. Sebastian was just too hot for words.

Carnealian said...

I can't say I was all that into hair bands. I was a new wave/punk rock chick...still am! But, because they were from Mechanicsburg, PA (about 20 mins from me), I liked Poison. I've just recently purchased Motley Crue's greatest hits. I just about blow my stereo listening to it now.

mman said...

Great post. It's a real experience to be at a live concert, but an 80's revisited concert I have yet to experience. The Doors are the quintessential rock/performance band of their time. Guys like Iggy Pop and Mick just wish they could have been Jim, like so many other frontmen out there. What did you think about the Sugarman book? Did you ever read the drummer's book (Densmore I think) "Riders on the Storm"? I could never finish Densmore's book, it was long winded and didn't have enough about Jim.

InterstellarLass said...

I liked it all. Still do. My tastes in music vary widely, as do my moods that inspire my listening habits. If it's got a beat, I'm there.

Walking,Talking,Poison said...

Yaay for new wave chicks. I miss The Cure =P

Carnealian said...

Mman...i have the sugarman book, was the first I had read about the doors, and it's been a while. I read Manzarek's book, My Life With the Doors, which is how I met him. I know Ray totally panned Oliver Stone's Doors movies, said it was all shit. I have a couple of Morrison poetry books too. Maybe I should post some eh? Interesting comment about Mick and Iggy...hmmm, will have to think on that one!

IL...i'm consistently inconsistent with music, and my hair color!! I'm all over too, and ain't it great?

Poison...yep, love the Cure, I see you are a Smiths woman...saw Morrissey last year, he opened with How Soon is Now and I didn't sit down for the rest of the show!

Carnealian said...

P.S. The Greek words on Jim's stone: To the divine spirit within himself

Now, any philosophers out there care to tell me what the hell that really means?

Walking,Talking,Poison said...

Well a philosopher Im not. I ditched that class when I walked in and saw a bunch of POSERS, haha. Seriously, a bunch of 20 yr olds wearing tweed and smoking pipes scare me!
Yes I am as Smiths fam and I love How Soon is Now. I wont get started trashing all the remakes I have heard of it. Must have been the shit to see Morrisey live though!!!
About your Flock of Seagulls comment, I am going to have to find a pic of my ex with that ocean spray wave thing happening on his head. Too funny!!! =P

mman said...

To the divine spirit within himself. I'm no philosopher but my best guess is the phrase is celebrating his life and how he lived it without regret, without compromise and all the while being true to himself. He was anything but pure, but he purely knew what he wanted.
It is so weird that you mention you have some of his poetry. I have a copy of The American Night Vol. 2 and another I can't recall. As for Mr. Stone and his film biopic, I liked the sensuality, the lunacy and I did enjoy Kilmer's and Ryan's performances. For me, the film was more of a display of Oliver Stone's talent as a director than a film of Jim's reality. Manzarek's book, I'll have to check out. Thanks.

Carnealian said...

Thanks for your comments mman, well said.

The book of poetry I have is called Wilderness. And, I was at a Hardrock Cafe once...forget where and I took a pic of a piece of his poetry in his own handwriting. I think I drooled a little when I saw it! If I come across it, I'll scan it in!

michaelm said...

Hey Carnealian-
Odd that I was just listening to the Doors on my Ipod yesterday, Riders on the Storm, no less.
Morrison was a strange cat. Probably a bit too ahead of his time. I think the world loved him not so much for his voice but for his penchant for bucking authority.
Good post when you can stir memories. Thanks for the visit the other day as well. I've got quite the weekend ahead of me. Say a prayer!
be well,

michaelm