Season 5 of The Newport Record Club with The Doors

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Led by one of the most charismatic frontmen of all time – Jim Morrison, The Doors made a uniquely unforgettable mark on rock and roll music that will stay with us forever. Forged by their intense and improvisational mix of blues and jazz, these pop-icons of the 60s used rock music as a vortex of sound; and beautifully created a musical mechanism that sucked in a mind-blowing amount of people.

Fuelled by the psychedelic, surreal poetry of Morrison, The Doors’ music has always been easily accessible. Entwined with the band’s bluesy tones, the jazz-inflicted rhythms and the mystery of Morrison’s existence, together they crafted something historically breathtaking. A sense of madness and musical embodiment that went from one extreme to the other… but fuckin’ worked fantastically in every exciting aspect.

The Doors Greatest Hits

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The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the second last night of Season 5 pays tribute to The Doors’ Greatest Hits album. LA Women – featuring some of Perth’s most recognised talent – will be performing this classic record in all its entirety Thursday 30th June, 2016. Event details here.

Meet LA Women

“The LA Women lineup is great for this show. I’m stoked to be playing with Malcolm Clark from the early End of Fashion and Sleepy Jackson days and couldn’t think of a better drummer. First time i’ve gotten to play with Brendan Tompsett who is a bass playing beast and a good friend. And I’ve met a couple of really cool new people and great musicians too. Karl Hiller is on guitar, we’ve taken to call him ‘Spider Fingers’. He’s one of the best classical and jazz guitarists in Perth so he’s perfect for playing Robby Krieger’s intricate parts. Jon Fernandez is on keys… his tones and technique are on point with a killer left hand. Although you might have trouble seeing him on the night because he’s literally surrounded by keyboards. Dylan Hooper joins us on sax, along with Mitch Boag also on sax and Ian Russo on Trumpet. Downtown Dave from Carl Peck and the Tramps will be on blues harp, and I’ll be doing Jim. 

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The Doors’ Greatest Hits in all its Ingenuity

Combining the best of The Doors in a two-sided classic vinyl, The Doors’ Greatest Hits is a unique fusion of tracks that grabbed everyone’s attention when it came out. Heck, it still does! As awe-inspiring then as it now, the record is fuelled by Morrison’s brilliant sense of fantasy, the band’s adventurous sense of creativity, those legendary melodies, that vintage groove and the extreme sex appeal.

Showcasing some of their best work including the well-loved classics Hello, I Love You, Light My Fire, Love Me Two Times, Riders on the Storm, Roadhouse Blues and LA Woman, the Greatest Hits album certainly hits that rock n’ roll sweet spot.

“The Doors have such a unique sound. It was so different to everything else going on at the time. They were heavily influenced by jazz and eastern music and found a way of incorporating those influences into great blues tunes and good old rock and roll. I can’t say how much it has influenced me directly, I just knew that I’d found a band I would love for life”.

“I discovered this record in my teens. It was the early 90’s and Oliver Stone’s biopic came out and I think every guy wanted to be Jim Morrison. Although that film dated pretty badly, I don’t feel like the music has at all. After doing Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero as part of the previous Record Club shows, I was trying to think of who else was really important to me growing up. It had to be The Doors. I was struggling to decide upon which record was their classic album – the one that summed them up best. Then I realised their ‘Best Of’ is a classic album! With iconic ‘young lion’ pose on the cover and a track list that really epitomises The Doors, it is for me the album that best defines them”. 

Roadhouse Blues at The Newport Record Club


“This is my third go around now and I have to say I love it. Steve and Mal are doing an amazing job. The crowds are getting bigger and more enthusiastic. Everything about it is helping put some fresh blood into the local music scene. I’ve met some great players because of it and anything that gets punters out to see live music is always healthy”. 

“Come and see The Doors live on stage! You can’t see the original band anymore, so you may as well come see us….!”

This is the FINAL NIGHT of Season 5 at The Newport Record Club! Stay tuned on the Toward Music blog to find out all the juicy details in the lead-up to Season 6 which will start July 21st and follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook and The Record Club Roadshow for all official updates.

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