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July 06, 2005 17:11 ET

It's Almost Time to Reopen the Doors of Perception

The Strange Days Festival: Featuring The Doors of the 21st Century-Original Doors Members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and former Cult frontman Ian Astbury Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Photo Editor CALGARY/ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - July 6, 2005) - Dan Echino, Q107 and The Calgary Herald Present

Event: THE STRANGE DAYS FESTIVAL: The Doors of the 21st Century

with Vanilla Fudge and The Pat Travers Band

Date: Saturday, July 23rd 2005 Time: 7:30 pm Venue: Pengrowth Saddledome

Tickets: Start at $32.50 / VIP tickets available (front row ticket/post-show party with bands)

Service Charges Apply

Tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-By-Phone 403.777.0000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

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Thirty-four years after Jim Morrison's death, the original Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek are back on the road and noticing that things are strangely similar. There's still a war and environmental concerns to speak out about. Youth are still drawn to their lyrical, mystic music and they still have their critics. But this time they've teamed up with former Cult frontman Ian Astbury, bassist Phil Chen and drummer Ty Dennis to headline The Strange Days Festival tour with stops this month in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.

The legendary Doors regrouped in 2002 for Harley Davidson's 100th Year Anniversary. Ian Astbury of The Cult was chosen for the unenviable position of filling in for the late Jim Morrison after he fronted a Doors reunion television special in 2001. The shows were so well received by critics and fans alike that the band decided to give the people what they want, "LIVE DOORS MUSIC." Since then, they have toured extensively playing both classic and new Doors music.

The Doors of the 21st Century deliver powerful sets of timeless classics, while opening the doors of perception and expanding the minds of generations, from baby boomers to text messaging teenagers. Expect to hear the best of the best, "Roadhouse Blues," "Love Me Two Times," "LA Woman," and of course the #1 smash hit from the summer of love, "Light My Fire." Writing in the Hollywood Reporter, John Lappen described a sold out concert at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater, "For one night, time stopped and thousands of loyal fans rejoiced as The Doors of the 21st Century performed a magical concert that, more than any show in recent memory, illustrated the power and influence of timeless, life changing rock 'n' roll."

Vanilla Fudge, with all four of the original members, has not performed together in almost two decades. This high-energy band's success was practically unmatched at the height of their popularity. Their biggest hit "You Keep Me Hangin' On," shared the top of the charts with rock luminaries The Beatles, The Stones, The Who and The Doors. How many bands can claim that Led Zeppelin was their opening act, or Joe Cocker, or Frank Zappa, or Jethro Tull, or…? "The Fudge" is back, and they are better than ever. The magic that is Vanilla Fudge can only be created by Mark Stein, Vinny Martell, Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert.

The Pat Travers Band will be rocking the house with a battery of hits and good time rock 'n' roll. Pat's at the top of his game and his guitar shredding is a sight to behold. His top-notch band will tear through arena rock radio staples "Boom Boom - Out Go The Lights" and "Snortin' Whiskey."

Tickets for The Strange Days Festival are on sale now at all ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone or online at ticketmaster.ca.
/For further information: Tickets for The Strange Days Festival are now on-sale at all ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone or online at ticketmaster.ca. For further information, contact Marnie Wilson at 604.685.5575 or mwilson@theartsbiz.com/ IN: ENTERTAINMENT, MEDIA, SOCIAL, TRAVEL

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