Happy all Hallows eve to you! The Doors were known as a band with darker overtones, but they never specifically produced a song for Halloween, but in the years since Jim Morrison’s death a lot of ghost stories about Jim Morrison have been appearing. Here are some of the best ones we’ve collected over the years.
Probably, the most famous Doors Halloween story is of course Morrison’s belief that as a child, in a car with his parents, in the early morning hours they came upon a wreck of an Indian workers truck, he described it as seeing Indians laying over ‘dawns highway’ and the blood on the road looking like ‘funny red paint’ but he also described it as “the first time he tasted fear.” You can listen in Morrison’s own words and telling of the story in the video above.
The Doors had offices at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard where they recorded “L.A. Woman” with Jim Morrison famously using a bathroom as a vocal booth. A few years ago a Mexican restaurant had opened in the same building (it has since closed) but the owners claimed that Jim Morrison’s ghost was haunting the building. The owners mentioned unexplained sounds saying “The building moans and breathes..”. Also reported were lights popping on and off by themselves, and the bathroom, that was Morrison’s vocal booth, some times the door handle started jiggling all by itself. You can read the full article at “Jim Morrison’s Ghost said to Haunt Restaurant Bathroom”.
Right across the street from The Doors offices was one of Morrison’s favorite places to crash the Alta Cineaga Motel. In 2011 some people spent the night in room 32 (reputedly Jim’s favorite room) and tried to contact Jim via a Ouija board. They video taped their night in the room and put in on Youtube at “A Night with Jim Morrison at the Alta Cineaga Motel”.
A woman who owns a home the Morrison family lived in when Jim was a teenager (4907 N. 28th Street) claims that Morrison’s ghost visited her room when she was a teenager! She could see Morrison’s apparition, it had long brown hair, and would lay down on her bed. She thinks the ghost may have trying to help her through a rough time with a boyfriend. “Now Appearing in Arlington, VA, the Ghost of Jim Morrison”.
Last year Classic Rock Magazine ran an article “Rock and Roll Never Dies: Tales of Classic Rockers from Beyond the Grave”. The article leads off with a story the late Ray Manzarek related in an interview, that he’d been having a dream about Jim returning from Paris and saying he had some new songs but before Morrison could tell Manzarek what they were he’d wake up. Manzarek related this dream to Doors guitarist Robby Krieger who reported he’d been having the same dream!
If you think Morrison’s ghost is limited to the U.S., think again, his ghost has been reported at Pere LaChaise Cemetery. In 1997 Brett Meisner visited Pere LaChaise and had a picture taken by Jim’s grave. In 2002 Meisner looked at the picture again and discovered in the background was a wispy figure in the background that seemed to be in a white shirt and leather pants. Meisner’s photo and his story can be found on Youtube at “Spritual Encounters with Jim Morrison”.
This isn’t spooky but it is happening Halloween. The Doors tribute band Alive She Cried will be playing an edited version of a live performance they did at their private jam space on October 8. The program includes musical performances and band interviews. It will be streamed today (October 31) at 3pm Pacific time. For more information, watch a video trailer, and buy tickets (only $4.95) at the Facebook event page.
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