Legendary Doors guitarist and singer-songwriter Robby Krieger has performed with students from Neighborhood Rock School in Burbank and School of Rock West LA in two sold-out benefit concerts for the Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF). Krieger was first introduced to RSSF co-founders Wendy Winks and Carl Restivo when they ran the School of Rock Hollywood, and he was a surprise guest performer at a Tribute to The Doors show that the school hosted at The Mint in Los Angeles.
Krieger’s longtime collaborator Arthur Barrow, also formerly bassist and rehearsal director for Frank Zappa, made the fortuitous introduction. Winks had read an article about Barrow in the alumni magazine for the University of North Texas, and she reached out to him when School of Rock Hollywood students were starting rehearsals for a Zappa tribute show. To the pure joy of the school’s staff and students, Barrow ended up personally leading many of the rehearsals, culminating with a performance at the School of Rock Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 2008.
Several months later, Arthur heard that some of those same students would be doing a tribute to The Doors, and he thought Krieger might enjoy seeing the show. It was a magical evening at the Mint for everyone when Krieger brought his guitar along and accompanied the kids onstage for three songs, including The Doors’ classic #1 hit “Light My Fire,” from the group’s 1967 debut album. Following the performance, Krieger led a Q&A during which he answered questions from students and parents about The Doors and their music.
Krieger continued his support, performing as a special guest at the School of Rock West LA’s May 2012 Doors tribute and RSSF fundraiser at Rusty’s Sea Ranch in Santa Monica. Most recently, in March 2013, the Neighborhood Rock School in Burbank hosted a fundraiser at the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California, featuring both Krieger and Barrow performing onstage with students to a Sunday afternoon capacity crowd.
In addition to playing lead guitar, Robby Krieger wrote many of The Doors best-known songs, among them “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” and “Love Her Madly.” He is included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Krieger and Barrow first met in 1976, when Barrow recorded synthesizer with The Doors on the group’s album American Prayer. Barrow subsequently joined Frank Zappa’s band in 1978—he went on to tour five times with Zappa, and can be heard playing bass, guitar, and keyboards on more than ten albums. In the 1980s, Krieger and Barrow co-wrote music, recorded and toured the U.S. together, and they continue to collaborate, most recently on Krieger’s GRAMMY-nominated 2010 album Singularity.
THANK YOU ROBBY KRIEGER AND ARTHUR BARROW FOR HELPING US TO HELP KIDS ROCK!