Doors guitarist Robby Krieger postpones release of new solo album, ‘The Ritual Begins at Sundown’

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger recently announced plans to put out a new solo album, The Ritual Begins at Sundown, on April 24, but the record’s release has now been pushed back until August 14 because of “the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

As previously reported, the album is a jazz-influenced instrumental collection featuring 10 tracks: nine original compositions, plus a cover of the 1970 Frank Zappa song “Chunga’s Revenge.”

The Ritual Begins at Sundown, Krieger’s first studio effort since 2010’s Grammy-nominated Singularity, was recorded at his own Horse Latitudes Studios in Los Angeles.

Two songs from the new album are already available digitally and via streaming services: “The Drift” and “Slide Home.” You also can check out the tracks at the Mascot Label Group’s official YouTube channel. You can pre-order The Ritual Begins at Sundown now.

In other news, a note posted on The Doors’ Facebook page is asking guitar-playing fans to submit Doors songs that they’d like to learn how to play. Krieger will choose a tune from the submissions and record a video guitar lesson for it that will be posted online.

Meanwhile, Robby has posted a message on his Facebook page featuring the message, “This is what I do when I’m stuck at home,” along with a link to a YouTube video.  It shows him jamming with members of his solo band on a version of the Doors classic “Light My Fire” at Horse Latitudes Studios.

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