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STRANGE DAYS: Doors tribute band breaks on through to Elks Opera House

Courtesy photo<br>Tribute band Strange Days will play iconic Doors songs at the Elks Opera House 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Courtesy photo<br>Tribute band Strange Days will play iconic Doors songs at the Elks Opera House 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"Authenticity mixed with unbridled energy" awaits Prescott "Doors" fans during a concert celebrating the legendary American rock band Friday at the Elks Opera House.

"Strange Days - A Tribute to The Doors" starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $25 and are available by calling the Elks box office at 777-1370 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, by logging onto www.elksoperahouse.com or at the door one hour before show time.

Even though the original Doors ensemble actively ended its career in the early 1970s, the melodies of its four founders - vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger - remain as popular today as they were more than four decades ago.

Strange Days members include singer Jason Tosta, guitarist Robert Carsten, keyboardist Michael Jacobson and drummer Chris Lammers.

"We feel we're the best Doors tribute out there," Tosta said from Los Angeles Tuesday.

The audience "can expect to see Doors music at its highest quality."

Each of the four "studies the band - every member, not just the singer," Tosta said of his fellow musicians. "Each member portrays who they're supposed to be. We use vintage equipment that the original members used, mixed with modern technology," Tosta said. "So, you get a live look with a studio album sound, because nobody wants to hear interpretations of the music. They want to be able to know what song it is from the first bar."

Tosta and his Strange Days partners devote themselves to paying tribute to the famed Doors exclusively.

"We are all huge fans of the members and their legacy," Tosta said. "We are strictly The Doors from head to toe - the music, the equipment, the dress, the mannerisms. It's all The Doors."

Tosta, himself, has been a Doors aficionado from the time he was 8 years old.

"I stole my mother's 'L.A. Woman' album and never gave it back," he said. "The music mesmerized me, spoke to me," he said. And now having the chance to pay tribute to the iconic band "is amazing," he said.

Doors' chart-toppers that are on Friday's play list include "Light My Fire," "Riders on the Storm," "L.A. Woman" and "Roadhouse Blues." "We will play them all," Tosta said.

The Strange Days musicians look forward to performing at the Elks Opera House, Tosta said. "The Elks may be the kind of place the real Doors may have played" because of its history. The venue may actually contribute to the experience."

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