1 9 6 9
= Date Unknown, Date/Playlist,
"The inner turmoil driving Jim Morrison began
to peak in early 1969. The tremendous frustration he was feeling toward
his art became more and more dominating until it dictated many of his
The release he had always felt before being onstage was becoming one of
increasing anger toward the audience. In concert now he would often
obscenities at the girls in the audience. Backstage, he sometimes
oral sex from groupies no matter who else was present. The fans had
him the platform from which he thought he would be able to do so much
now he believed they were making a mockery of it. As the cumulative
of years of drinking began to take hold, Morrison couldn't see that it
was he who had made himself a clown. It was his drinking and his
to take responsibility for what The Doors had become that prevented
from turning around. It was he who had embraced the sex symbol role and
now it was he who was rebelling against it."
Break On Through pp. 285-6
Fri. Jan. 24th: Madison
Square Garden -
New York, NY
The Doors play one performance at 8:30 p.m. to a sell-out crowd of over 20,000! For the occasion, Jim and friend Alan Ronay leave for NYC a few days early to take in the town and do some interviews and The Doors take the stage tonight with an additional bass player, Harvey Brooks and a small orchestra. The Garden is not adjusted well or rigged for musical bands around this time and the sound quality is deficient due to the large size of the arena. Despite the shortcomings of the arena's acoustics, The Doors put on a marvelous show with the help of technician Vince Treanor who has created an incredibly powerful system for tonight's performance.
Jim begins the show without many theatrics but with every little pose he gets into - the crowd erupts. He is in complete control and heaves his leather coat into the audience early on as a show of submission and connection, yet not. New York loves The Doors! One of the most memorable moments tonight is where Jim announces to one side of the arena, "You are life!", and to the other, "You are death!", pauses for a moment, "I straddle the fence - and my balls hurt!".
Jim is larger than life tonight extending himself in the huge arena while putting out his grand persona amidst constant lighting changes that sets the arena on fire and gives the concert a strobe-like effect. He and the band are up to the challenge of the large venue and The Doors succeed to pull off one of their greatest accomplishments as a band, one that has just rocked the most significant indoor arena of it's time!
Jac Holzman is in attendance tonight with his young son Adam and an entourage of Elektra personnel seated right in front of Patricia Kennealy on assignment for Jazz and Pop magazine. Tonights gate takes in over $125,000 and The Doors retain over $50,000 making them one of the highest paid acts in the business.
J I M M E E T S P A
T R I C I A K E N N E A L Y
Jan. 25th: Jim Meets Patricia
Kennealy - Plaza
, New York City, NY
Patricia Kennealy, 22, interveiws Jim for Jazz and Pop magazine in his suite on a cold and clear day while the other members of the band go off to do a photo shoot. (Jim will do his alone later) Just 18 hours before, she was watching Jim perform to over 20,000 at Madison Square Garden and now she is adorned with the only scheduled interview this afternoon and meets Jim for the first time. Upon greeting, he offers her a choice between cognac and bourbon and as she accepts the cognac the interview begins. Doors publicist, Diane Gardner, pops in and out of the suite living room periodically as Patricia and Jim turn the interview into a discussion of literature, mythology, shamanism, the death of rock 'n' roll, and small talk. It lasts well over two hours. Jim asks Patricia towards the end of the interview, extremely curious, "Who are you?" Patricia tells him she is a witch and Jim has found a new intrigue!
is bigger than I had thought, taller too, dressed in last night's
clothes of unbleached white linen peasant shirt, black jeans and black
leather boots. His brown hair is a little lighter than it looks
or in photographs, a deep rich brown with no red in it, shoulder-length
and shaggy. The eyes are blue, and there is a depth in them, none
of that shallow empty washed look blue eyes can so often have.
voice is soft, the smile frquent and charming, the grin devastating." -
Strange Days, Patricia Kennealy, p. 15
Feb. 1st: "Wishful
Sinful" Single Released
This is the second single released off The Soft Parade album
J I M G E T S A R R E S T E D
Feb. 7th: Jim
is Arrested for Drunk Driving - Los Angeles, CA
Also driving without a liscense
You have just entered into
. . The Mayhem in Miami
The following four factors are essential in understanding Jim's state of mind as he is about to give one of the most important rock performances of all time! Sadly enough, it is the beginning of the end - making this upcoming concert the most crucial and devastating event in the history of The Doors!
Prelude to the mayhem in Miami - Factor #1
As long as I got breath,
The death of rock is the death of me,
And rock is dead!
Prelude to the mayhem in Miami - Factor #2 (and definitely the most important)
Enter The Living Theater Performances
"He had a madder than usual look
though I knew he was sober. At one point Jim turned to me and
'Let's start a fire in the balcony or something. Get a riot
- Tom Baker
Sat. Mar. 1st: On
the way to Miami - Los Angeles Airport, New Orleans
The show in Miami is to be the kick-off of The Doors biggest tour ever, set to begin eight days following this show. Jim and Pam have made reservations to take a short vacation in Jamaica following the show before the long tour begins. They have a house prepared for them and have already purchased airplane tickets. Jim and Pam, while getting ready for the airport, have a huge fight. They resolve matters enough to arrive together, but while at the airport they have another fight and Jim ultimately sends her home not wanting to take her along.
Through all the comotion, Jim misses his flight to Miami and drinks quickly and heavily in the airport bar awaiting the next flight. He drinks right onto the next flight and talks the stewardesses into giving him as many drinks as he can before a stop over in New Orleans where he gets off to slam a few more and ends up losing track of his flight again! He calls The Doors to tell them he is in New Orleans, he has arranged for yet another flight, and he will be a little late, and a lot drunk!
Prelude to the mayhem in Miami - Factor #4
There are also over 2,000
outside pounding the walls and trying to get into the hall which is
bursting at the seams on what turned out to be the hottest night of the
summer with no air conditioning and little circulation. The place
is sweltering and full of angry faces broiling in the suffocating
heat waiting for a rock concert they so dearly want but by now the mood
has turned from excitement and intrigue to exhaustion and disgust -
Morrison shows up, drunk for even his standards!
Bearded and wearing a leather hat adorned with a skull and crossbones, Jim finally arives, obvious to everyone at first glance, drunk off his ass! Jim then gets ushered to the stage but decides to take his own sweet time while sizing up the crowd. He teases the already angry crowd by waiting through intro after intro of "Break On Through" and drinking on the side of the stage. People are beginning to move around becoming more restless and raising the already unbearable heat. The crowd tries to make the best of the situation but it's all too much. By this time, the rafters below the roof are full of guys who have climbed up to get some fresh air and a better look as the whole place is packed with people smeared wall to wall, top to bottom, and then Jim Morrison takes the stage!
Wed. Mar. 5th: Dade County
Office - Dade County, FL
Legal proceedings begin against James Douglas Morrison, with 22 year old Robert Jennings as legal complaintant. The accusations are as follows:
1) lewd and lascivious behavior (felony)
2) indecent exposure (misdemeanor)
3) open profanity (misdemeanor)
4) drunkenness (misdemeanor)
Click on the tour book and see what's inside!
Sun. Mar. 9th: Veterans
Sports Coliseum - Jacksonville, FL (CANCELLED)
Mayor Hans Tansler cancels the show and states that the mayors of five of Florida's largest cities also agree with his stand against allowing questionable rock performers from ever appearing in Florida.
Sun. Mar. 16th: Poetry Published - Los Angeles Image
The Los Angeles Image magazine includes an excerpt from "Dry Water"
Mon. Mar. 17th: The Electric Theater - Pittsburgh, PA (CANCELLED)
New proprietor Pat DiCesare is bombarded by objections from those close to him and upon request The Doors release him from the contract on March 12. Uneventful, DiCesare has already invested a large amount of money in advertising.
Tue. Mar. 18th: Philadelphia Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA (CANCELLED)
Music Fair Enterprises and promoter John Wannamaker unsuccesfully attempt to reschedule the March 19th show on this date. Also scheduled to perform: Pacific Gas & Electric
Wed. Mar. 19th: Convention Center Auditorium - Philadelphia, PA (CANCELLED)
Wed. Mar. 19th(2): Philadelphia Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA (CANCELLED)
Promoter John Wannamaker attempts to schedule the band for this night but attempts fail as well.
Thu. Mar. 20th: Rhode Island Auditorium - Providence, RI (CANCELLED)
Fri. Mar. 21st: Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, Ontario, Canada (CANCELLED)
Sat. Mar. 22nd: Pittsburgh Arena - Pittsburgh, PA (CANCELLED)
Sun. Mar. 23rd: Kent State University - Kent, OH (CANCELLED)
Sun. Mar. 23rd(2): Rally For Decency - Miami, FL
Wed. Mar. 26th: Rally For Decency - Baltimore, MD
Fri. Mar. 28th: Olympia Stadium - Detroit, MI (CANCELLED)
Sat. Mar. 29th: Cleveland Public Auditorium - Cleveland, OH (CANCELLED)
Sun. Mar. 30th: Cincinatti Music Hall - Cincinatti, OH (CANCELLED)
Late March: Poetry Recording - Elektra Sound, Hollywood, CA (DU)
F E A S T O F F R I E N D S C O M P L E T E D
Late March: Feast Of Friends Completed (DU)
Thu. Apr. 3rd: Jim
Turns Himself Into the FBI - Los Angeles, CA
Fri. April 4th: Released On $5,000 Bail - Los Angeles, CA
Fri. Apr. 4th(2): Dallas Memorial Auditorium - Dallas, TX (CANCELLED)
Sat. Apr. 5th: Sam Houston Coliseum - Houston, TX (CANCELLED)
Fri. Apr. 25th: Boston Garden - Boston, MA (CANCELLED)
Sat. Apr. 26th: Buffalo Memorial Auditorium - Buffalo, NY (CANCELLED)
Sun. Apr. 27th: Onondaga Memorial Auditorium - Syracuse, NY (CANCELLED)
C R I T I Q U E R E C O R D I N G S A N D I N T E R V I E W - P B S S T U D I O S
Mon. Apr. 28th - Tue. 29th: PBS Studios "Critique" Recording Sessions - New York, NY
Thu. May 1st: Sacramento
State College Gallery - Sacramento, CA
Sat. May 3rd: Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA (DU)
Mon. May 19th - Thu. 22nd: Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA (CANCELLED)
The Doors planned on recording part of a live album during this time but the shows have to be cancelled because The Doors accept an invitation to play The Aquarius Theatre in July as part of the elektra studios showcase concert. The doors will record live at The Aquarius July 21-22 for "Absolutely Live"
Fri. May 30th - Sat. 31st: Cinematheque Theatre 16 - Hollywood, CA (Poetry Reading)
This two day benefit consists of poetry readings and short films in an effort to raise money for Norman Mailer's New York campaign for mayor. Feast of Friends is shown as well as Andy Warhol's I, A Man. On both nights, Jim nervously reads his "An American Prayer" poem and is later accompanied by Robby Krieger on guitar and together they due a few blues songs including Elvis's "I Will Never Be Untrue", in which the second evening's performance is recorded and included on the 1978 album release of "An American Prayer" Also reading poetry: Michael McClure, Tom Baker, Seymour Cassel, Michael C. Ford, Mary Waronov, Jamie Sanchez, Jack Hirschmann (subbing for McClure on sunday), and Utra Violet
Mailer wanted to turn New York into another
country . . . Jim
loved that kind of buffoonery. He asked me to read and I
I remember we all sat on barstools. It was Jim, Tom Baker,
Cassel, Mary Waronov, Ultra Violet, Jamie Sanchez, Jack Hirschmann (who
subbed for Michael McClure), and myself. And Robby Krieger was
noodling notes while we read. Jim did a lot of things like
that which nobody knows about. He contributed money to American
funds. He helped out his friends. I think he really wanted
to help people, but he was so beleaguered by pressures it was difficult
for him to do much on a large scale. A lot of whether it was
humanitarian or creative. He couldn't move without bumping into a
wall of subterfuge and misinterpretation. Jim couldn't deal with
with patience. He either dealt with them heroically or he gave up and
was around the time of the poetry reading that I sensed he was giving
a lot more." -
Michael C. Ford
Fri. June 6 - Sun. 8: World
of Friends - Cinematheque 16, Hollywood, CA
Sun. June 8 (2): Queen Elizabeth Theater - Vancouver, Canada
Feast of Friends is shown at 9:30 p.m. along with another film for the Eleventh Vancouver International Film Festival.
Fri. June 13: Kiel Auditorium - St. Louis, MO (CANCELLED)
F I R S T S H O W S I N C E M I A M I C A N C E L L A T I O N S (over 3 months)
Sat. June 14: Chicago
Auditorium Theater - Chicago, IL (First
show after Miami cancellations) (Venue)
Sun. June 15: Minneapolis Convention Center - Minneapolis, MN
Thur. June 19: P.N.E. Garden Auditorium - Vancouver, Canada
Fri. June 20: Memorial Arts Center - Atlanta, GA (The Second Atlanta International Film Festival - June 16th-21st)
Sat. June 21: Regency Hyatt House Hotel - Awards Ceremony - Atlanta, GA
Tue. June 24: The Roach - New Orleans, LA (DU)
Wed. June 25: PBS Studios, WNET/Channel 13 - New York, NY
T H E D O O R S P L A Y M E X I C O C I T Y
Mon. June 30: Doors visit The Anthropological Museum - Mexico
Thur. July 3 - Fri. July 4: H.
I. C. Arena - Honolulu, HI (CANCELLED)
Fri. July 4: Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls - Vancouver, Canada
Sat. July 5: Sicks Stadium - Seattle, WA (CANCELLED)
S O F T P A R A D E
I S R E L E A S E D
Fri. July 18: The Soft Parade
Album is Released
Sat. July 19: KCET Los Angeles Broadcasts Critique
T H E D O O R S R E C O R D L I V E F O R " A B S O L U T E L Y L I V E "
Mon. July 21: Aquarius Theater - Hollywood, CA - Elektra Records Showcase Concert Series (Recorded for Absolutely Live! - 1 of 10)
Tue. July 22: Aquarius
Theater - Hollywood, CA - Elektra Records Showcase Concert
(Recorded for Absolutely Live! - 2
Fri. July 25: Cow Palace - Daly City (San Francisco) CA
Sat. July 26: Eugene Pop Festival - Hayward Field University of Oregon - Eugene, OR
Sun. July 27: Seattle Pop Festival - Gold Creek Park - Woodinville, Seattle, WA
Fri. Aug. 8: Electric
Circus - New York, NY (Performance
Although many flyers and posters were all over the place this event never took place. "The Jam Factory" performed here Aug. 5 - 10
Mon. Aug. 18: Solomon Little Theatre - US Int'l Univ. San Diego
A "Creative Arts Festival" is held here from Aug. 18 - 29 and to kick things off as part of "The Film Maker" series Jim makes a rare personal appearance representing "Feast of Friends". Michael McClure appears the following night, author of The Beard.
Sun. Aug. 24: KQED - San Francisco broadcasts Critique
Sun. Aug. 31: Edinburgh Film Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland
Feast of Friends, Easy Rider, and The Rolling Stones' One Plus One are presented. This festival runs Aug. 24 - Sept. 6
Sat. Sept. 6: Varsity
Arena - Toronto, Canada
Sat. Sept. 13: Varsity Stadium - Toronto, Onario, Canada
Sun. Sept. 14: Montreal Forum - Montreal, Canada
Fri. Sept. 19: United Kingdom Tour - Royal Albert Hall, London (CANCELLED)
Fri. Sept. 19: Philadelphia Arena - Philadelphia, PA
Sat. Sept. 20: Pittsburgh
Civic Arena - Pittsburgh, PA
Sun. Sept. 21: University of Toledo Fieldhouse - Toledo, OH (CANCELLED)
Tue. Sept. 23: Philadelphia Civic Center - Philadelphia, PA (CANCELLED)
Mon. Sept. 29: Lincoln Center's 7th New York Film Festival - New York, NY
Fri. Oct. 17: UC
Santa Cruz Film Festival - Santa Cruz, CA (DU)
Sun. Oct. 26: Balboa Stadium - San Diego, CA (CANCELLED)
Fri. Oct. 31: Masonic Hall - San Francisco, CA
Sat. Nov. 1: Las Vegas Ice Palace - Las Vegas, NV
J I M T U R N S H I M S E L F I N F O R M I A M I C O N C E R T
Sun. Nov. 9: Out
on Bail - Dade Count Public Safety Dept. - Miami, FLA
Jim flies to Miami and is officially arrested at 9:50 PM by the Dade County Public Safety Department. He gives them the Door's office as his address and enters a non guilty plea. The bond is set at $5,000.00 by Judge Murray Goodman. Morrison is there a total of 20 minutes. Trial is set for April 27, 1970.
J I M
I S A R R E S T E D F O R I N T E R
F E R E N C E O F F L I G H
T 1 7 2
Tue. Nov. 11: Drunk
and Disorderly - Sky Harbor Int'l Airport - Phoenix, AZ
Just two days after flying to Miami and turing himself in on indescent exposure charges Jim talks pals Tom Baker, Frank Lisciandro and Publicist Leon Bernard into to a trip to see the opening night of The Rolling Stones new tour kicking off in Phoenix at the Veteran's Coliseum where Jim has been permanently banned from appearing. Jim snags some tickets from Bill Siddons and is excited to see the show front row like Mick Jagger was at The Hollywood Bowl. Once at the airport, Jim and Tom begin drinking heavily as they often do while together and practically stagger onto the plane of 70 passengers. The plane is delayed and Jim lights up a small cigar even though non-smoking signs are on.
The plane is cleared for takeoff at 5:15 PM after a 30 minute delay. Sitting a row apart in first class, the two begin to raise hell during instructions and continually hit on the stewardesses demanding their drinks be served quicker while tossing peanuts around the plane. Soon enough, Capt. Craig Chapman was in their face telling them to stop soon after Tom grabbed some soap from the bathroom and was trying to sell it to passengers. Tom is by far the worst offender and after being told to settle down still continues to fondle and grab the stewardesses as they pass. The two are denied any further alcohol but have a stashed bottle they pass back and forth. The two really start in on one of the stewardesses trying to trip her and throwing empty glasses her way and the captain must return once again and things are now not going to end well for Jim and Tom.
Upon landing at 7:10 PM the two are arrested by local police and FBI for interferring with a flight crew, a federal offense, and jailed for the night. A knife was found on Tom. Frank and Leon decided to go to the show anyway.
Wed. Nov. 12: Assault
and Intimidation - Phoenix, AZ
In the morning, both Tom and Jim appear in front of the local magistrate and plead not guilty to the city's drunk charge. Trial for the misdemeanor is set for December 2nd and each post a bail of $66.00. The two are then turned over and arrested by U.S. marshalls and charged with felony counts of assault, intimidation and threatening a flight attendant. According to Stepen Davis author of Jim Morrison Life, Death, Legend pp. 354 Max Fink, Jim's lawyer, has to fly to Phoenix and post $5,000.00 bail for the pair. But according to Break On Through pp. 348 Bill Siddons pays the bail with receipts from the Stones concert he was co-ordinating. Arraignment is set for November 24th. The charges hold a $10,000.00 fine and ten years in jail.
T H E
D O O R S B E G I N R E C O R D I N
M O R R I S O N H O T E L
November 1969: Elektra
Sound Recorders - Hollywood, CA
The Doors begin recordings for their new album with producer Paul Rothchild that will become Morrison Hotel. Currently the working title being used is Hard Rock Cafe. Additional musicians sitting in are Lonnie Mack and Ray Neapolitan on bass guitars along with John Sebastian on harmonica. The two songs that are getting the most work are "Waiting For The Sun" and "Roadhouse Blues"
November 1969: My Lai Massacre Becomes Public - Vietnam War
In November of 1969 the story of the My Lai massacre broke to the American public after being kept secret for some twenty months. This was a terrible truth of the gruesome war being fought in Vietnam and the public was appauled to hear of the kiliing of some 500 Vietnamese old men, women and children that were living in a small village. It was possibly the worst war crime atrocity committed by the US military ever!
berserk, gunning down unarmed men, women, children and babies. Families
which huddled together for safety in huts or bunkers were shown no
mercy. Those who emerged with hands held high were murdered. ...
Elsewhere in the village, other atrocities were in progress. Women were
gang raped; Vietnamese who had bowed to greet the Americans were beaten
with fists and tortured, clubbed with rifle butts and stabbed with
bayonets. Some victims were mutilated with the signature "C Company"
carved into the chest. By late morning word had got back to higher
authorities and a cease-fire was ordered. My Lai was in a state of
carnage. Bodies were strewn through the village."
Tue. Dec. 1: Federal Court - Phoenix, AZ
Having missed their arraignment on Nov. 24th Judge William Copple issued an order for their appearance and they appear. Trial is set for Feb. 17th, 1970 in the U.S. Dist. Court in Phoenix this all according to Break On Through pp. 348
w w w . d o o r s h i s t o r y . c o m