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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOU TOURTELLOT (Robbie Krieger) Guitar – Lou has been playing guitar for nearly 40 years with the past 33 of them professionally touring. He attended the highly esteemed Berklee School of Music and is versed in many styles of playing. However, when “in character” his transformation is so complete that it seems the only style he could or ever would play is classic DOORS: mystical, moody, trance jams. Close your eyes and you'll swear it's Robbie Krieger up on that stage making his guitar sing. Lou nails it with his spot-on guitar licks.
HARRY LAWTON (Ray Manzarek) Keyboard - Harry Lawton mans the keyboards for Through the Doors. The grandson, son, and nephew, of talented musicians, he grew up around many musical instruments and influences. Harry joined his first band in high school and has been playing, performing, and touring all over New England ever since. He remembers first hearing a Doors record and thinking, “Wow, this is cool. So many musical styles primarily driven by the keyboard player.” Although he plays the french horn and is an accomplished singer, Harry has always been drawn to keyboards, especially electric pianos, organs, and any synthesizer he can get his hands on. He's been in dozens of bands during his career, but Through the Doors is by far the most talented group of musicians he's played with. "I have a background in sound engineering and that helps with the synthesizer programming, my classical piano training helps with the playing skills, and multiple band experience helps with band unity and cohesiveness, but that's the easy part because Through the Doors is a great group of guys." he says. The best part of being a part of the region's best Doors tribute band? "I get to play music that I love," he says. "I grew up listening to The Doors. I get to play so many cool songs that bring me back to my youth with other guys I’m proud to call my friends. It's great."