The 21st Century Doors:     
Forest National Theatre,
Brussels, Belgium
Dec. 13, 2003

by Andre Haket

There we were after so many years on a rainy day in Brussels, Belgium. All pubs and restaurants were playing Doors music. About 7,000 fans filled the Forest National Theatre. The band was ten minutes late but who cared…Ray, Robby and Ian appeared. “Roadhouse Blues” is what they started with followed by “Break On Through.” It was an amazing experience and the crowd, between 15 and 60 years old, went mad. The show included a long version of “When The Music's Over. Was there more rock in the songs than before or was it the live experience? Ray enjoyed a Belgium beer and talked us into “Whiskey Bar” followed by songs like “Love Me Two Times,” “Peace Frog,” and “Five To One” (if I remember well). Just before Flamenco time Robby and Ian sat on chairs and did “People Are Strange” and “Crystal Ship.” Then all left the stage except for Robby who showed his talent with a long Flamenco introduction to “Spanish Caravan.” Now it was time for “L.A. Woman.” Except for two songs (“Hyacinth House” and “Crawling King Snake”) they played the full album. Ian and the 7,000 singers in the audience (what an atmosphere) got the whole band going and went over the top with “L.A. Woman.” During the song we saw Jim Morrison on the big screen.

After two hours we thought it was over. Ray thanked the audience and the 21st Century Doors was gone. After a couple of minutes they came back and played a long “Light My Fire” with a lot of solos. That was it. We waited another couple of minutes while a noisy crowd asked for more, but theatre lights went on and we started leaving. All of a sudden they were back and played a remarkable version of “Soul Kitchen.” Old fans, young fans, new fans were struck by the fantastic show and the atmosphere. It was truly a feast of friends.…

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