Through The Doors is a Multi-media Tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors and has been touring since 1980. This re-creation of the sound, look and “feel” of an actual Doors concert is so complete, it never ceases to startle even the seasoned crew. And it starts right away: In the darkened theater, well before the band has taken the stage, anticipation runs hot and the chanting for “Jim” begins. Perhaps it is the audiences’ overwhelming desire to experience a true “Resurrection” that fuels the flames. Or, attribute it if you must, to a legend that survives, even grows, some 40 years after the mysterious death of James Douglas Morrison and the dissolution of his band.
Even now The Doors’ albums continue to sell and Jim’s face still appears on the covers of magazines, film, television and radio. They serve up the “Lizard King” on a daily basis, and still the masses pay homage in droves that surpass even the dizzying heights of the band’s popularity when still “alive”. And yet, a Through The Doors performance goes far beyond the simple duplication of a concert that would have been standard late 1960’s fare.
This performance is more akin to a Broadway show or Vegas Extravaganza – seasoned professional actor/musicians utilizing sound, staging, lighting, and projection equipment that audiences have come to expect. The effect is electrifying and the response has been phenomenal, as their longevity alone can testify to. So, sit back in your seat (for as long as you can), and get ready to travel through the Doors of perception, traverse space and time on a psychedelic, mind expanding dance-trance! Ladies and Gentlemen: Through The Doors!
ERNIE POTTER (Jim Morrison) Lead Singer/Frontman – At 6’ 3” tall, the charismatic leader of Through The Doors looms “larger than life”. Ernie has been a poet as well as a professional touring musician (as a drummer and vocalist) for more than 33 years. Ernie’s identification with his character has taken him as far as France to visit Morrison’s final haunts and grave in his quest for ultimate authenticity. A master showman, his vocal technique goes beyond mimicry, taking on even the accent and the between-song patter you’d expect from Jim.
TOMMY "TOZE" ESTRELLA (Imaginary) Bass Guitar – The DOORS didn’t actually have a bass player (those parts were usually handled by Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player). While not entirely “authentic”, the addition here fills out the sound and frees the other musicians to accomplish all the Doors intricacies that we’ve heard on the records, in a live situation. Toze is a veteran of one of the original Av ante-Garde Rock-Theater shows of the early 70’s. An accomplished player with state of the art equipment, Toze is hardly kept in the background. A born entertainer, he often provides a comic relief – playing off the sometimes didactic Jim Morrison characterizations.
TIM PAUL (John Densmore) Percussion – Tim is the original Through The Doors percussionist. While in college Tim played with bands that included jazz, country, rock, pit bands for theater and other styles of music. In 2006 Tim was recalled to duty to perform with Through the Doors. Tim is the consummate John Densmore drummer. Studying Densmore’s style and nuances, Tim has found that balance between studio recording and Densmore’s creativity in live performance. Tim’s sense of rhythm, time signature and coordination make him the perfect match for Through The Doors.
STEVE PRATT (Ray Manzarek) Keyboard - Steve first performed in public at the age of six when he and a friend entered a high-school talent contest in Pittsfield, NH. At about the same time Steve started taking piano lessons from his Mother. At the age of nine Steve added the clarinet to his arsenal and performed with the Georgetown, NY High School Band at the 1965 NY World’s Fair. His high-school band director Mr. Cianfoni taught him the basics of chord progressions and improvisation. Mr. C. also managed to find the funds to purchase a combo organ which Steve used for his first professional work with his high school band, Plague. Plague played at CYO and high school dances in upstate NY and were known for their renditions of Soul Kitchen, Light My Fire and In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. After high school Steve went to Berklee for a year and then spent the next decade playing in clubs and hotels along the interstate corridor - from Boston, MA to Terre Haute, IN. Taking a brief hiatus from music Steve earned a computer science degree and then took a job at Brown University. However after getting his saxophone overhauled at a local music store he found himself back in the business playing forty weddings a year with Rhode Island-based band 'Sure Thing'. In between the births of his two daughters, Steve returned to Berklee where he studied with Fred Lipsius, Bill Pierce and the late Joe Viola. In June of 1996, he received his BS in Music Performance.
BLAKE THOMPSON (Robbie Krieger) Guitar - Known for blistering rock leads and powerful blues chops influenced equally by The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Alvin Lee, Brian May and Billy Gibbons, guitarist Blake Thompson is also adept performing Pop/Soul/R&B and Country live and in studio. He is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter able to perform full acoustic shows on guitar and piano. With critically acclaimed albums by Bit O Jane and The Elliots to his credit, this consummate professional has also garnered accolades and an underground cult following for his psychedelic rock alter-ego, L. Jones, and the live album released under the same name. Blake has toured and or performed with Macy Gray, Steve Miller Band, Dave Matthews Band, The Gin Blossoms, Edwin McCain, Gavin DeGraw, David Crosby and Little Feat, among others. Blake is an accomplished Keyboard and Bass Player as well as Drums and Vocals. With more than 10 albums to his credit and many more guest appearances, he is as adept in the studio atmosphere as well as the live concert realm. Listing professional studio and live sound engineering to his credits as well, he has engineered many of his own albums and projects for other artists as well. He has mixed live sound for acts as diverse as Yngwie Malmsteen and Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, Ziggy Marley, John Hiatt and many more.