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.