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Decadent Phase open the “Doors” to a new year

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 I wasn’t in the mood to go out for new YEar‘s Eve celebrations, but  wanted to see the Decadent Phase’s Doors’ tribute the Morrison Phase, aka local ’60s/’70s rock band The Decadent Phase, but featuring TJ Waltho on keyboards as I missed their show earlier this year at the Slice.James Swinney singing Doors hits with the Morrison Phase for New Year’s Eve at the Slice, Dec. 31. photo by Richard Amery

So I made a point of ringing in the new year at the Slice with good friends and The Morrison Phase.

They hit all of the Doors big radio hits including “People Are Strange” and  “Hello I Love You,”  and “Riders on the Storm,” with which they ended their first set as well as funky and eerie deeper cuts like “Alabama Song (Whiskey bar). They even had psychedelic tied dyed graphics shining onto the back of the screen to add to the late ’60s feel of the night.


 Frontman James Swinney channeled the spirit of Jim Morrison vocally and to extent in his hippy dance moves.

 

The band was tight. Guitarist Tyler  Eresman hit all of  Robbie Krieger’s psychedelic riffs and solos.


Ian Morrice filled in the bottom end on bass and it was  tough to believe the Doors didn’t actually have a bassist in the beginning.
 Waltho was spectacular, playing the Doors signature electric piano and organ parts.


As a bonus, they featured a local artist at the side of the stage creating a painting spooky  green faced ghoulish prisoner during the show which was to be raffled off at the end of the night.
 They returned for a brief second set after  counting down the  new year.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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