The Doors Alive, Robin 2, Bilston - review with pictures
The words ‘tribute act’ to me usually conjure up images of amateur musicians poorly playing songs which sound vaguely similar to the band they’re trying to imitate.
The Doors Alive were anything but.
In fact, everything about the group was superbly professional and wonderfully high quality.
The Doors Alive may be a cover band, but each of its four members shone brightly in their own right; every one of them easily as talented as musicians from original bands.
The Robin 2 sold the show as the band recreating ‘the sound, look, presence and magic of a real 1960s Doors concert’ - and this is what made the gig so unique. The Doors Alive don’t just play music, they fully immerse themselves into the role; with acting playing as much of a part in their performance as the songs.
Kicking off their Bilston set with LA Woman, the atmosphere in the Mount Pleasant venue immediately changed as the music began, with fans hurrying to the front of the stage to dance as the band performed the intro.
Seconds later, frontman Mike Griffioen strode in wearing leather trousers and beaded necklaces; his nonchalant act mirroring that of the late Jim Morrison excellently.
And his vocals were tremendous: deep and velvety, strong and brilliant, with the occasional growl.
Much to the fans’ delight, the band performed a set filled with The Doors’ greatest hits, from Riders On The Storm, to Break On Through (To The Other Side), Touch Me, People Are Strange, Light My Fire and When The Music’s Over.
And on each and every number, the band’s members were nothing short of pitch perfect, displaying superb skill and a love for their work.
The excellent recreation of The Doors’ shows was further accomplished by the band’s use of the same instruments originally used by the 60s icons, including a vintage keyboard and guitar.
The show attracted a huge range of fans, from the old to the young, couples, and groups of friends - and it was clear to see why so many had turned out to see them.
A superb show and an absolute must-see for any fans of The Doors.