The album — the guitarist’s first in a decade — will arrive Aug. 14.
One of Neil Young’s best-known lyrics — “It’s better to burn out than to fade away” — can be applied to numerous casualties of ’60s rock n’ roll. Yet despite the turmoil he has experienced over his career, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has neither burned out nor faded away.
Krieger wrote some of The Doors’ best songs, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly.” And for the past 10 years, he has written jazz, blues and rock music from his home studio; guested on other people’s albums; formed the charity Art for a Cause to sell prints of his colorful paintings; and performed both Doors tunes and his solo material on tour.
Now, a decade since his last album, Singularity, the 74-year-old guitar hero is excited to release his seventh solo effort, The Ritual Begins at Sundown (The Players Club, Aug. 14). Its original April release date was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re using one of my paintings for the cover art, and when my manager looked at the painting, he came up with the name for the album right away,” reveals Krieger. “There’s a lot of similarities for me between music and painting when it comes to being creative. But there’s one big difference: Music is an immediate thing where you play what’s in your head in real time, whereas with painting you can take all