Your Doors history for the week of August 15-22.
August 15, 1966 Paul Rothchild, at Jac Holzman’s urging goes to see The Doors at the Whisky a Go-Go. Rothchild’s initial reaction to The Doors was the same as Holzman’s, he didn’t like them. It was during the second set of the show that Rothchild “got religion” about the Doors. Paul Rothchild sees The Doors at The Whisky.
August 15, 1967- The so-called Doors ‘phantom concert’ because the sound system was so horrible the show couldn’t be recorded. One of the noted highlights of the evening was an extended version of The Doors new number one single “Light My Fire” that reportedly lasted so long that fans could no longer dance to it and just stood watching The Doors play. The show was held near Lowell, MA the home of beat author Jack Kerouac, Morrison knew this and at one point in the show asked the audience “if Kerouac was around?” Morrison may have tried to visit Kerouac at his home as well but was repulsed by either Kerouac’s wife or mother. The Doors Phantom Show in Lowell, MA.
August 16, 1977- Elvis Presley dies. This doesn’t fall under Doors history but an influence on The Doors. Both Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison were fans of Presley’s. On a few occasions in live shows The Doors played Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender”. An homage to Presley most fans overlook is on the recorded version of “When the Music’s Over” during the “I hear a very gentle sound” portion Morrison drops in his Presley imitation. Influence works both ways did Jim Morrison’s leathers influence Presley’s costume for his 1968 comeback special? Elvis Presley’s influence on The Doors.
August 18, 1966 The Doors agree to sign with Elektra Records but due to negotiations between The Doors attorney Max Fink (recommended by Robby Krieger’s father) and Elektra they don’t sign until November 15, 1966.
August 18, 1967- The Doors play Alexandria, Virginia where Jim Morrison had lived as a teenager. By all reports it was an exemplary show until “The End” when things got a little weird. During the song Morrison threw one of John Densmore’s cymbal stands into the audience gashing a girl. When the promoter came out to try and stop the show, he tried to wrestle the microphone away from Morrison who finally just threw it at him. As he was walking off the stage Morrison yelled out “Hey Alexandria!” and flipped off the remaining audience members.
August 21, 1966- The Doors are fired from the Whisky a Go-Go as the house band when Jim Morrison adds the Oedipal section to “The End”.
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