Robby Krieger of The Doors lights fires at The Rose

“Do it, Robby!”

Those famous words were uttered by Jim Morrison as Doors guitarist Robby Krieger kicked into his lead solo on the song “Roadhouse Blues.”

Nearly 50 years later, the wailing guitarist is still doing it, playing shows and recording, which he’s never really stopped doing since Morrison’s passing in 1971.

Friday night, Krieger and his band visit The Rose in Pasadena, celebrating five decades of The Doors music.

Besides touring the world as a solo artist and recording more than a half-dozen solo albums, Krieger has also been involved with the organization the Music Path, a contemporary music education program in the public schools aimed at keeping rock alive for upcoming generations.

Krieger grew up surrounded by music in LA in the 1950s. His father was a fan of marching music and the budding young musician was influenced by that and classical music, blues and flamenco. He also soaked up the sounds he was hearing on the radio, including greats of early rock such as Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and others of the era.

After experimenting with various instruments, he settled on guitar and eventually hooked up with The Doors. He co-wrote some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Her Madly” and “Touch Me.”

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Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at The Rose, 246 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets are $38 to $68. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit