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Set List, FIRST HAND
Early January: Interview with
Howard Smith - The Doors Office - Hollywood, CA
It's a rainy day in LA sometime before lunch. Jim is interviewed for an hour amongst the office work atmosphere. He gives Howard a hard time seemingly trying to be difficult and provoking. They talk about many topics but Jim seems to only half answer the questions in a manner that suggests he does not like something about the questions or the person asking them. Jim seems bored and attempts to entertain himself by putting Howard on throughout the interview with humor.
Early January: Elektra's New Office Party
Jim, Babe Hill, Tom Baker, and Danny Sugerman stand on Pamela's store Themis and watch people go into the party which is to show off the new office. Jim really didn't want to go to the party but finally suggests that he might as well make an appearance since he "paid for the fucking place" and "might as well see where the money went".
Tom Baker, once inside and after the crowd gives Jim a chance to get away, drags Morrison down a hallway and into the corporate office spaces. Tom antagonizes Jim by saying "you paid for all this corporate shit" "you hypocrite, Morrison, you're financing the very authority you claim interest in overthrowing." Jim tells Tom that none of it means anything to him but Tom won't stop. He knows how to get to Jim and finally he does. Jim blows up and pushes Baker over a desk and begins to destroy the office. Soon a bunch of people come in and get him back down the hallway, out the front door and into a limo out front. Vice President of Elektra hollars at the driver to "get him the hell away from here!"
Photo Shoot for Morrison Hotel with Photographer Henry Diltz
Thu. Jan. 15: Luncheon
with Patricia Kennealy - Midtown New York Japanese Restaurant
This is Jim and Patricia's first time together since September. Talk centers around the upcoming rehearsal tomorrow afternoon. Jim has made sure Patricia was sent a backstage pass so she can come to the soundcheck.
P A T R I C I A M E E T S P A M E L A
Fri. Jan. 16: Rehearsal for
Forum Shows - Madison Square Garden - NYC
Patricia attends and meets Pamela for the first time. Pam comes out from the depths of the dressing room and introduces herself "Hi, I'm Pam, Jim's wife?" Leon Barnard, The Doors publicist, is with them and tells Pam how Patricia writes for Jazz & Pop Magazine ,blah' blah' blah. Patricia checks out Pamela and is not impressed. Although she finds her pretty Patricia cannot see what Jim sees in her beyond this - she doesn't appear to offer anything else. Patricia finds her to be shallow and not very intelligent. They are total opposites.
Pam heads back into the dressing room to watch her tv show and Patricia goes out into the forum to say hello to Jim. The Doors are in the middle of a song. After the song Jim makes eye contact with Patricia and reaches out his hand. She makes her way toward the stage and he pulls her up for a kiss on the cheek and some small talk. The band starts to make some noise and Patricia comes down off stage and takes a seat in the orchestra section.
After a few songs at concert strength and a little moving around the hall by Patricia to hear different vantage points Jim calls for a break and they sit together in the orchestra seats. Patricia asks Jim about the "Wife" statement Pamela had made. Jim shrugs it off saying they don't even live together and they have seperate lives and changes the topic to music asking about their sound and then whispers "I want to fuck you so much, right here on the floor, make love to you right here in front of everybody." "Don't tempt me", Patricia replies. The flirting continues for a while and then Jim must go back to work. He invites her to stop backstage between shows tomorrow night and to bring a friend. Patricia will be there. (Strange Days pp. 108 -111)
T H E " R O A D H O U S
B L U E S " T O U R B E G I N S - (8 shows)
Sat. Jan. 17: Felt
Forum - Madison Square Garden,
(Roadhouse Blues Tour - 1 of 8)
(Recorded for Absolutely Live!)
This is the start of the Roadhouse Blues tour. The Doors do two shows a night in this 4,000 seat forum choosing this smaller venue than last years Madison Square Garden going for a more intimate concert with better sound. The concerts are being recorded for Absolutely Live. This crescent shaped forum is located downstairs inside the Garden and resembles the atmosphere of last summer's successful shows at the Aquarius.
Sun. Jan. 18: Felt Forum - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (Roadhouse Blues Tour - 2 of 8) (Recorded for Absolutely Live!)
Mon. Jan. 19: Hilton Hotel West Penthouse Suite - New York, NY - West 54th Street
The doors host a press party at the New York Hilton arranged by Elektra president Jac Holzman. The guests arrive by private elevator to the spacious suite with windows overlooking Central Park. In attendance are news and press people, musicians that are in town, assorted Warhol superstars, Pam and Patricia and of course The doors. Patricia attends dressed unbelievably excessive even for this room and with cocaine.
Jim is with Pam tonight but runs into Patricia alone for some face to face. Jim teases Patricia about her attire "Why are you dressed like Genghis Khan's favorite wife? Jim likes it but has not seen her dressed like this before. Jim then mentions Jac is playing Hitchcock's The Thirty-nine Steps at midnight. Jim then pulls her aside a little away from the party and whispers in her ear. (Strange Days p. 113-114)
Tue. Jan. 20: Jim
Patricia has been up since 10 am working. Jim calls in the afternoon and asks to come over. An hour later they are making love in her bed as Jim arrives and almost immediately rips off her clothes. After making love they cuddle and talk about family and Jim's parents. He replies they were bullies and did worse than beat him. Jim asks to not talk about them anymore and Patricia goes on about her solid relationship with her sister and parents. Jim says she is lucky to have such a relationship. Later this afternoon Jim does two interviews and then attends Elektra President Jac Holzman's party in the early evening. (Strange Days pp. 114-116)
Tue. Jan. 20: Jac Holzman's Party - Butterfield House West 12th Street, NYC
The party is for Jac's girlfriend critic Ellen Sander and begins at 7 pm. Patricia arrives promptly at 7 pm with friend David Walley. Many of the faces from the concert and Hilton party are in attendance. The Doors are alredy here. Dinner is served shortly after 7 pm and Jac plays the original Phil Spector mix of Let It Be on his unbelievably high tech sound system afterwards over plum pudding dessert.
Jim sees Patricia after dinner and offers her a sherry. Jim asks about David, Patricia's guest, and jokes if they are married. Jim invites Patricia to his hotel later. Patricia figures Pam will be around and declines the offer.
Later at the party, Pam comes over and sits amongst Patricia's circle. Pam almost immediately begins talk about Jim. She says that Jim's soul is gone from his body and although he can still write songs they're just not the same - not all about her anymore. She talks about how when they met it was fate but that Jim outgrew her and it's a cosmic mistake that they're still together. People slowly excuse themselves from the circle but Patricia sticks around long enough to receive an invitation to dinner tomorrow night with Pam, Jim, Leon and Raeanne Rubenstein who photographed Pamela and Jim at Themis just recently with some others at the shop.
Jim sees Patricia later in the party and finds out about the invitation to dinner. He suggests that Patricia must like to live dangerously. Patricia feels that nobody has any idea about them but people are beginning to notice. She is about the only person Jim has gone out of his way to talk to tonight - and it is obvious to everybody but Patricia. (Strange Days pp. 117-121)
Wed. Jan. 21: Raeanne's Apartment - Third Avenue, NYC
Patricia arrives with David out of the snowstorm as Jim, Pam and Leon are all in the kitchen with Raeanne looking at the Themis pictures which are intended for a fashion magazine layout. They all soon decide to walk to dinner in the now ankle deep snow to the fabulous Cafe Il Faro on East 14th street. Jim must be drunk as he falls a few times on the way to the restaurant trying to catch snowflakes on his tongue. Dinner is ackward with visible vibes between Jim and Patricia. After dinner Patricia and David say goodbye to the group as Jim, Pam and Leon catch a cab under the canopy outside on way to a midnight showing of Hitchcock's Topaz. Everybody exchanges farewell hugs - even Pam and Patricia! This is the first, last, and only time they embrace amicably. (Strange Days pp. 121-123)
Late January: Bitter End - John Sebastian Show - Bleecker Street - Greenwich Village, NYC
Jim stops by to see John Sebastian play a late night show. John has just played with the band a few days earlier at The Forum. John is a local artist who played with the Lovin' Spoonful and recorded on Morrison Hotel with The Doors.
Western Wind, when wilt thou blow,
The small rain down can rain?
Christ, that my love were in my arms,
And I in my bed again,
And I in my bed again
They sing back and forth
some time with Patricia teaching him a Goddess chant. Jim is impressed
with her singing and it reminds him of a year ealier when he
Ellen to sing him a song during an interview and terribly embarrassed
in front of Patricia and others. They joke about her inviting him to
birthday party and he says he should have made Patricia sing
Jim spends the night. (Strange Days
Sat. Jan. 24: Patricia's Apartment
Sun. Jan. 25: Honolulu Int'l Center Arena - Honolulu, HI (CANCELLED)
F I F T H A L B U
" M O R R I S O N H O T E L " R E L E A S E
Fri. Mar. 10: Aardvark
Cinematheque - Chicago, IL
March 15 - April 4: Proposed Tour of Japan
Thu. Mar. 26: Federal Court - Phoenix, AZ
Fri. Mar. 27: Queen
Elizabeth and Orpheum Theatres - Vancouver, Canada
Mon. Apr. 6: Mistaken Identity
T H E L O R D S A N D T H E N E W C R E A T U R E S I S R E L E A S E D
Tue. Apr. 7: The
Lords and The New Creatures
Fri. Apr. 10: Boston
(Recorded for Absolutely Live!)
Sat. Apr. 11: The Salt Palace - Salt Lake City, UT
Sun. Apr. 12: Univ. of Denver Arena - Denver, CO
Sat. Apr. 18: Honolulu Conv. Center - Honolulu, HI
Mon. Apr. 20: Testimony Reversed
Fri. May 1: The Spectrum - Philadelphia, PA (Recorded for Absolutely Live!)
Sat. May 2: Pittsburgh Civic Arena - Pittsburgh, PA (Recorded for Absolutely Live!)
E D O O R S A R E B A N N E
D Y E T A G A I N !
Fri. May 8: Cobo
Arena - 8:30 PM - Detroit, MI (Recorded for Absolutely Live!)
One of The Doors best shows of 1970 and one of
their longest of all time, in which they play until almost 1:00 AM
after an 8:30 PM start! Think about it, they played both "When The
Music's Over" and "The End" in one set list and also "Light My Fire"!
This concert is also being recorded for The Doors upcoming
live album so maybe they wanted to play a little of everything for this
purpose and the show lasts over 4 hours. What a night!
The late night stuff is great filled with John Sebastian playing harmonica and guitar during some late bluesy jams. However, according to their contract with the arena they weren't supposed to play after midnight, oops! This doesn't go over well with arena officials and The Doors are banned from ever playing here again! Even Jim played a little harmonica this night.
A highlight from tonight's performance is an articulate and unusually improvosational version of "The End" in which Jim throws in all kinds of poetry and song verses yet the band ends it all with a tremendous finish and Jim collapsing to the stage as the crowd roars. The Doors and Jim especially, if you haven't noticed by now, always seem to be their best after a short break where they recently played yet have several days to a week to rev up for another show and tonight is no exception.
Sat. May 9: Fairfield
Univ. - Fairfield, CT
Sat. May 9: Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Columbus, OH
Sun. May 10: Baltimore Civic Center - Baltimore, MD
Mon. May 11: Village
Gate - New York, NY
Late May: North Beach
Fri. June 5: Seatle
Center Coliseum - Seattle, WA
Sat. June 6: P.N.E. Coliseum - Vancouver, Canada
Tue. June 9: Outside Police Jurisdiction
Sat. June 27: Georges V Hotel - Paris, France
S I X T H A L B U M
" A B S L U T E L Y L I V E " R E L E A S E D
"I couldn't get complete takes of a
lot of songs, so sometimes I'd cut from Detroit to Philadelphia in
midsong. There must be 2,000 edits on that album" - Paul Rothchild
"I think it's a fairly true
document of what the band sounds like on a fairly good night . . .
There are a few cuts that were done for the first time onstage . . .
that have flaws in them, but I don't think it's significant. People
don't realize how different playing live is from recording. You work
for days to get an instrumental track and hours to get a vocal . . . in
a live thing, it's just that one shot." - Jim Morrison
Absolutely Live and 1983's Alive,
She Cried were both repackaged and released as a two-disc set in 1991
entitled In Concert. Absolutely Live was subsequently issued by itself
as a one-CD set by Elektra in 1996, with all tracks in their original
sequence. Source: Wikipedia
"House Announcer" – 2:40
"Who Do You Love?" (McDaniel) – 6:02
"Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" (Brecht, Weill) – 1:51
"Back Door Man" (Dixon) – 2:22
"Love Hides" (Jim Morrison) – 1:48
"Five to One" – 4:34
"Build Me a Woman" (Jim Morrison) – 3:33
"When the Music's Over" – 16:16
"Close to You" (Dixon) – 4:04
"Universal Mind" – 4:54
"Petition the Lord with Prayer" – 0:52
"Dead Cats, Dead Rats" – 1:57
"Break On Through No. 2" - 4:41
"Celebration of the Lizard" - 14:25
"Lions in the Street" – 1:14
"Wake Up" – 1:21
"A Little Game" – 1:12
"The Hill Dwellers" – 2:35
"Not to Touch the Earth" – 4:14
"Names of the Kingdom" – 1:29
"The Palace of Exile" – 2:20
"Soul Kitchen" – 7:15
Sat. July 18: PINK FLOYD CONCERT - Hyde
Park Nat'l Amphitheatre - London, England
While in London during his European travels Jim is said to have attended this infamous free concert featuring Pink Floyd which draws nearly 200,000. This is Pink Floyd's second free concert here the first being in 1968 which only drew around 5,000. Quite an increase! The show runs from noon to 6:00 PM.
Sat. Aug. 1: The
Now Explosion - WPIX-TV (Channell 11) New York, NY
Thu. Aug. 6 - Fri. Aug. 14: Miami Trial
Fri. Aug. 14: The Hump - Marco Polo Resort Hotel - Miami, FL
Mon. Aug. 17 - Thu. Aug. 20: The State of Florida v. James Douglas Morrison
Fri. Aug. 21: Bakersfield Civic Auditorium - Bakersfield. CA
Sat. Aug. 22: San Diego Int'l Sports Arena - San Diego, CA
Tue. Aug. 25 - Thu. Aug. 27: The State of Florida v. James Douglas Morrison
Fri. Aug. 28: Plane Flight to Isle of Wight
Sat. Aug. 29: Isle of Wight Festival - Isle of Wight, England
Sun. Aug. 30 Second European Tour (CANCELLED)
Mon. Aug. 31: Montreux Festival - Switzerland (CANCELLED)
Wed. Sept. 2: K.B.
Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wed. Sept. 2: Miami Trial
Thu. Sept. 3: Miami Trial
Thu. Sept. 10: Bremen, Germany
Fri. Sept. 11: Rome, Italy
Sat. Sept. 12: Milan, Italy
Mon. Sept. 14: Olympia, Paris, France
Mon. Sept. 14; Miami Trial
Thu. Sept. 17: Mami Trial
Fri. Sept. 18: Miami Trial
Fri. Sept. 18: Jimi
Hendrix Dies in London
Sat. Sept. 19: Miami Trial
Sun. Sept. 20: Miami Trial
Wed. Sept. 2 - Oct. 30: Miami
Oct. 9: Jim sends artist
T.E Breitenbach a letter
F I R S T C O M P I L
A T I O
A L B U M R E L E A S E D
J I M T U R N S 2 7
Tue. Dec. 8: Jim's
Fri. Dec. 11: State Fair Music Hall - Dallas, TX
T H E D O O R S F I N A L C O N C E R T W I T H J I M M O R R I S O N
Mid December: The
Doors Break From Touring
After New Orleans The Doors decide to take a break from playing live and focus on their remaining studio fulfillments with Elektra records.
kind of off playing concerts; somehow no one enjoys the big places
and to go into clubs more than just a night is kind of meaningless."
Rolling Stone March 3, 1971 "Jim Morrison's got the blues,"
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