Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Feb 3, 2013 11:41:45 GMT
"At five minutes past midnight, The Doors shambled onstage. Despite all the reports to the contrary, I found them magnificent, with Morrison’s voice coming over clear and passionate. “The Doors sneaked out on stage and everybody in the world stood up. Everybody else behind them threw beer cans at them until they sat down.
A bearded Morrison was content to stand quite still and deliver his somewhat sombre songs while organist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore provide a sinister backing. It was something like listening to a Doors album through a bad record player that runs slow. Apparently they’d had a lot of backstage hassles. The equipment wasn’t right and by the time they got on they were in a bad mood, which showed through to the audience.
They just played Doors numbers, no attempt at communicating, no response to the inevitable applause. They got an inevitable encore, but declined to take advantage of it, they just moodied their way off the stage.” The bootleg recording of their set shows how good they were with tight versions of ‘Back Door Man’, ‘When The Music’s Over’ and ‘Light My Fire’-bellowed like a great bull- as well as the mysterious, unreleased ‘Ship Of Fools’ and ‘The End’, which was ominous to the point of nightmare.
“Backstage, Morrison was at the bar, bewhiskered and looking like a lumberjack, preoccupied with his Miami court case, on the charge of indecent exposure. A bra-less wench, starstruck by the superstar blurted out ‘You mean if you did it in New York you’d just get a fast fine and that’s all?’. “I didn’t do it anywhere” replied Morrison with distaste.
Within a year Morrison was dead –or, some people claim, not. His grave in Paris an object of twisted veneration." Taken from “Nights in Wight Satin” an illustrated history of the Isle of Wight Pop Festivals by Brian Hinton. Published by The Isle Of Wight County Council. 1990.
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Jul 29, 2013 12:16:28 GMT
"That was the last taped performance of the Doors, I believe, and certainly the last filmed performance. The movie of that festival was recently re-released, I think, and anyone who's seen it knows that our performance was kind of a mess. Not just our performance, really, but the whole thing, which was really captured in the movie: people breaking down the walls and running in, everyone arguing about money, and just lots of bad vibes. Now, that was the death of rock and roll. [laughs] It really pretty much was the end of everything, the source of all bad things about the whole scene, all rolled into one show. Jim was just in terrible shape. He had just come from court in Miami and had lost another legal battle, and he had to go back right afterwards. In fact, three weeks later, he was convicted. We were supposed to go on tour right after the festival but couldn't do it because he had to go back to Miami. All of that was taking its toll, and he was just fucking zonked. He just stood there and sang, didn't move a muscle or do anything. Actually, though, all things considered, it's surprising how good he sounds."
Robby Krieger on The Isle Of Wight Festival August 1970 speaking to Guitar World 1997
"That's the trouble with reality!.... it's taken far too seriously! I do hope God is good to me and Santa Claus to the children! Celebrate...this parties over...I'm going home!"