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TIME Quote of the year:› "No viet cong ever called me nigger"
Muhammid Ali commenting on refusing his draft selection - April 30, 1967

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J a n u a r y   -   M a r c h



January 1967

Sun. Jan. 1st:Shebang, KTLA-TV Channel 5 - Los Angeles, CA (DU)
››› The Doors make their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single "Break on Through". The show is hosted by Casey Kasem and produced by Dick Clark.

F I R S T   A L B U M   R E L E A S E D

Wed. Jan. 4th:Debut album release - First single release
››› Elektra releases The Doors first album, self-titled The Doors. "Break on Through" is released as the first single with "End of the Night" as the flip. A billboard with The Doors new album cover, the first of its kind, is put up on the Strip.›Unique packaging of the album includes each band members bio.

T H E   D O O R S   F I R S T   T R I P   T O   S A N   F R A N C I S C O   &   T H E   F I L L M O R E


PICTURES OF THE FILLMORE LOBBY 1966

Fri. Jan. 6th - Sun. 8th:Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA (1st of 5 weekends)
››› This is The Doors first of five weekends at the Fillmore and first trip to San Francisco.›The Doors stay at the Swiss America Hotel near the red light district in the heart of the city's growing hip scene. Also appearing: The Young Rascals; Sopwith Camel
Fri. Jan. 13th - Sun. 15th:› Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA (2nd of 5 weekends)
››› This is The Doors second of five weekends. Jim chooses to sit through three showings of Casablanca in a Sacramento theater and misses the Friday show. Patrons are offered a refund or returning another night. Also appearing: The Grateful Dead; The Junior Wells Chicago Blues Band.
Sat. Jan. 14th:The Great Human Be-In - Polo Field, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
››› The Doors attend but do not play at this catalyst for upcoming rock festivals.›Appearing at the show are major San Francisco bands like The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane along with notable poets and speakers such as Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, and Michael McClure.›Attendance: 20,000


THE HUMAN BE-IN

Thur. Jan. 19th - Sun. 29th:› Ondine - New York, NY (2nd of 3 long appearances)
››› This is The Doors second trip to New York and their second of three lengthy stays at the club.›On opening night Jim comes out wearing faded blue jeans and full of energy bangs his head of the low rafters at the conclusion of the first set.›Although obviously dazed by the blow he fully recovers before the start of the next set.›The Doors blow audiences away this trip and get better with each performance.
Tue. Jan. 31st - Thu. Feb. 2nd:› Gazzarri's - Hollywood, CA


February 1967

Tue. Feb. 14th - Wed. 15th:Whisky a Go-Go (ad) - San Francisco, CA
››› This is a much different Whisky than the one in L.A. featuring topless fencing and topless luncheon fashion shows!›The Doors open for The Peanut Butter Conspiracy to 10-15 patrons!›The Doors arrange to be replaced by the Wildflower.
Sat. Feb. 18th:› The Hullabaloo - Hollywood, CA (DU)

J I M   M E E T S   T O M   B A K E R

Tue. Feb. 21st:› Gazzarri's (ad) - Hollywood, CA
Wed. Feb. 22nd: Valley Music Theater - Woodland Hills, CA - George Washington B'day Bash
››› The Doors are the opening act for a fund raiser for CAFF (Community Action for Fact and Freedom) established by members of the entertainment business following the Sunset Strip riots in 1966.› The Doors are still underbilling for bands like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Peter Paul and Mary who also perform this evening.
Thu. Feb. 23rd - Fri. 24th:Gazzarri's - Hollywood, CA
Sat. Feb. 25th:The 2nd Meeting of Tribes for a Human Be-In - Griffith Park, Burbank, CA
››› Jerry Hopkins emcees the event, taking the UCLA film department donated stage, at around 3:00 p.m. Approximately 5,500 peple are in attendance and enjoy a continuous stream of bands throughout the day long event.›The Doors perform at Gazzarri's later this evening and then for their third show of the day play an after-hours gig at The Hullabaloo from 2:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m.
Sat. Feb. 26th - Thu. Mar. 2nd:›Gazzarri's (review) - Hollywood, CA (No performance on March 1st)
››› Jim is very drunk and on acid usually giving poor performances again this week yet the band receives good reviews.


March 1967

Fri. Mar. 3rd - Sat. 4th:Avalon Ballroom (poster) - San Francisco, CA (1st of 4 weekends)
Tue. Mar. 7th- Sat. 11th:› Matrix (poster) - San Francisco, CA (3 sets a night for 5 nights)
Mon. Mar. 13th - Sun. Apr. 2nd:› Ondine (review) - New York, NY (3rd and final group of shows)


A p r i l   -   J u n e



April 1967

Wed. Apr. 5th:› Fresno District Fairgrounds - Fresno, CA (DU)
Thu. Apr. 6th:› Modesto Skating Rink Arena - Modesto, CA (DU)
Fri. Apr. 7th:The Merced Legion Hall - Merced, CA
››› Also performing:› Infinity
Sat. Apr. 8th:› The Turlock Fairgrounds - Turlock, CA
››› Also performing:› Infinity
Sun. Apr. 9th:Cheetah (info) - Santa Monica Pier, Venice CA
Fri. Apr. 14th - Sat. 15th:››Avalon Ballroom (poster) - San Francisco (2nd of 4 weekends)
››› Also performing:› The Steve Miller Band and Aji Baba's Band (with his dancing girls)
Thu. Apr. 20th:› Taft High School - Woodland Hills, CA (DU)
Fri. Apr. 21st - Sun. 23rd:› The Kaleidoscope at Ciro's (info) - Los Angeles, CA
Sat. Apr. 29th: Earl Warren Showgrounds - Santa Barbara, CA
››› The Doors perform with The Grateful Dead who have just released their debut album.›The two bands make a dynamic duo as forerunners in the music scene with hot new albums and a taste for Owsley's purple barrell acid which he presents to Jim personally upon their greeting.

" L I G H T   M Y   F I R E "  S I N G L E   I S   R E L E A S E D

Late April:› "Light My Fire" / "The Crystal Ship" - Second Single Release
››› Local radio stations receive calls for "Light my Fire" but the song is too long for radio. It is released and shortened from 7 to 3 minutes omiting the long solos.›It begins a slow and steady climb up the charts that will peak in July.
Sun. Apr. 30th:› Timeline - Vietnam War (Sports)
››› Muhammad Ali, 25, is stripped of his title for refusing the draft for religious beliefs.


May 1967
T H E   D O O R S   B E G I N   W O R K   O N   " S T R A N G E   D A Y S "

Early May:› Sunset Sound Studios - Hollywood, CA
››› The Doors begin work on their second album Strange Days with producer Paul Rothchild. After this initial session the band will not go back into the studio until August.›By then the studio recording equipment will be upgraded from four tracks to eight.
Sat. May 6th:Hi-Corbett Field Baseball Stadium - Randolph Park, Tucson AZ (DU)
Fri. May 12th - Sat. 13th:› Avalon Ballroom (poster) - San Francisco, CA (3rd of 4 weekends)

B A C K   T O   T H E   W H I S K Y

Tue. May 16th - Sun. 21th:› The Whisky (poster, pics) - West Hollywood, CA
Sat. May 20th:› Birmingham Stadium - Van Nuys, CA
››› The Doors play their first major outdoor appearance where 10,000 people show up to see The Doors open a 6:00 p.m. show with Jefferson Airplane.› A third of the crowd leaves after The Doors set.
Sat. May 27th:Earl Warren Showgrounds - Santa Barbara, CA


June 1967

Fri. June 2nd:Victoria Memorial Arena - Victoria, British Columbia
››› This performance is scheduled just before the gig and the show is promoted only by fliers.› Their upcoming gig at the Avalon Ballroom is bumped up from Fri. and Sat. to Sat. and Sun. to accomodate this last minute addition to The Doors busy schedule.›This show is a fill in for the Pasadena Civic Auditorium (promo) with Love and Canned Heat that had to be cancelled due to renovations that were being done on the auditorium at the time.›
Timeline - Music:›The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper

T H E   D O O R S   H I R E   A   M A N A G E M E N T   T E A M

Sat. June 3rd - Sun. 4th:Avalon Ballroom (poster) - San Francisco, CA (4th and final weekend)
››› Around this time "Light My Fire" breaks the Top 100 and begins its climb to #1 bringing The Doors national attention.›The band starts hearing their songs being played frequently on the radio.›The Doors hire two new managers, Asher Dann and Sal Bonafede, and an agent, Todd Schiffman, to help them organize their advancing business career.
Wed. June 7th:› Beverly Hills High School Peters Auditorium - Beverly Hills, CA (DU)
Thu. June 8th:The Hullabaloo (quotes & review) - Hollywood, CA
Fri. June 9th - Sat. 10th:››Fillmore Auditorium (poster, info) - San Francisco (3rd of 5 weekends)
Sat. June 10th:››Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater (pics) - Marin County, CA - Fantasy Faire and Magic Fest
Sun. June 11th:› Village Theater - New York, NY - WOR-FM's First Anniversary Show
››› The Doors are scheduled between other popular groups of the time at this large venue but quickly steal the show with their intense volume (The Doors played as loud if not louder than any other band of the time) dynamic personna and somewhat forceful performance. This is the first of two shows The Doors will play, the other being on Sept. 9.
Mon. June 12th - Thu. 15th:› Steve Paul's Scene (info, review, quote) - NYC
Fri. June 16th - Sat. 17th:› The Action House - Long Beach, NY (fill-in for The Scene during Monterey)
››› The Scene closes for three days during The Monterey Pop Festival and The Doors, who do not represent the peace and love image of the venue are overlooked and not invited.›Before the first show here Jim reportedly instructs the bartender to line up fifteen shots of Jack Daniel's, and then drinks them all, one after the other, just prior to taking the stage. As the show progresses Jim then asks the bartender to line up fifteen more and also drinks them.›Jim is soon extremely drunk and obviously begins to show the signs but before he passes out he attempts to disrobe onstage! The band intervenes and the show, near conclusion, is ended abruptly.›The next night, Sat. the 17th, is The Doors shortest performance ever! At the start of the show an extremely hung over Jim Morrison places the microphone in his mouth and begins to make awful groaning sounds for a long period of time until the other members help him, once again, off stage.›The Action House is primarily a dance club and the club's sound system soon takes over without much ado.
Sun. June 18th:››The Town Hall (pics) - Philadelphia, PA (fill-in for The Scene during Monterey)
››› Jim is recovered and The Doors put on a marvelous show climaxing with an astonishing version of "The End".

T H E   D O O R S   B E C O M E   R O C K   S T A R S

Mon. June 19th - Sat. July 1st:› Steve Paul's Scene (ad, pics, quotes, info) - NYC
Fri. June 30th:› Timeline - Vietnam War
››› 448,000 American troops in Vietnam

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J u l y   -   S e p t e m b e r



July 1967

Mon. July 3rd:› Santa Monica Civic Center (promo) - Santa Monica, CA
››› The Doors begin a long stay back in California moving around the state playing show after show at an incredible pace.› The Doors play one 8:30 p.m. show tonight to about 3,000.› Also performing:› Iron Butterfly and Rubber Maze
Wed. July 5th:Lowell High School Auditorium - La Habra, CA
››› Also performing:› The Coasters and The Standells
Sat. July 8th:Balboa Stadium Horseshoe- San Diego, CA
››› The Doors play a 8:30 p.m. show to about 4,300.› They play a tight 45-minute set consisting of only five songs in which "Light My Fire" drives the crowd crazy.› On leaving the venue the car The Doors are travelling in is ambushed by fans and police are needed to clear the way in a Beatlesque like scene.
Sun. July 9th:Continental Ballrooom - Santa Clara, CA (DU)
Thu. July 13th:› Oakland Auditorium Arena - Oakland, CA
››› Also performing: Chocolate Watch Band; Peter Wheat and the Bread Men
Fri. July 14th:››California State Fairgrounds Grandstand (promo) - Sacramento, CA
››› The Doors play an 8:30 p.m. show titled "Crepuscular Happening at the Satate Fair Grandstand" in the sweltering heat of this particularly hot and humid summer.› The band's constant touring really begins to work on the crew and The Doors in their day to day travelling in such intense heat. Also performing: The Parrish Hall Blues Band; The Working Class; the Public Nuisance
Sat. July 15th:› Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, CA
››› The Doors play an early 3:00 p.m. show and a later show at 8:30 p.m. with The Jefferson Airplane. The evening show draws 8,500 people.›Jim shows emotions of all kinds to the crowd.›He is very loose on stage, off-key, hoarse and rambling whatever comes into his head between songs.›He even throws lit cigarettes into the audience during this mischeivious performance showing the beginning of his sometime obvious disdain for his audience. Also performing: the Merry Go Round
Sun. July 16th:› Fantasy Faire & Magic Musical Fest (pics & promo) - Devonshire Meadows Raceway - Cal. State, Northridge, CA
››› The event runs Sat. and Sun. from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.› Also appearing:› The Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, Canned Heat, and Iron Butterfly to name a few.
Thu. July 20th:Victoria Memorial Arena - Victoria, Canada
››› Also performing: The Collectors; Painted Ship
Fri. July 21st - Sat. 22nd:››Dante's Inferno (promo) - Vancouver, Canada
››› Also performing: The Collectors; Painted Ship
Sat. July 22nd:American Bandstand (info, interview) - ABC Studios, Hollywood CA
Sun. July 23rd - Mon. 24th:Eagles Auditorium - Seattle, WA
››› Before their gig Jim sits in with openers the P.H. Factor for a couple of tunes and later The Doors put on a dramatic show full of vivid intensity.› Review: "The intensity begins the moment they stalk on stage and it doesn't let up until the purge is over, the catharsis is complete.› Even between numbers, there is no relaxation - no chit-chat, no horsing around.› Like the great actors of Japan, The Doors project all the nore intensity when they are silent.› The Doors are carnivores in a land of musical vegetarians". (Tom Robbins, Helix, Member of the Underground Press Syndicate, July 1967)
Tue. July 25th:› "Light My Fire" Hits Number One
››› In anticipation of the occasion Jim buys his well known black leather suit.› The album will go gold in September.
Wed. July 26th:› Masonic Temple - Portland, OR
Fri. July 28th - Sun. 30th:››Fillmore Auditorium (promo) - San Francisco (4th of 5 weekends)
››› Prior to this evenings event Jim presents promoter Bill Graham with a helmet adorned with bright psychedelic colors and written across the front is "The Morrison Special".› This is of course an apology for drilling him in the head with his twirling microphone during their last performance on June 9th and 10th.› The Doors play marvellously and as good as ever with an extended 10-minute version of "Light My Fire" that totally erupts the packed auditorium.› Also performing: Richie Havens; James Cotton


August 1967

Sat. Aug. 5th:Earl Warren Showgrounds (promo) - Santa Barbara, CA
››› The Doors do one 8:00 p.m. show promoted by Jim Salzer.
Wed. Aug. 9th:Hampton Beach Casino - Hampton Beach, NH
Thu. Aug. 10th - Fri. 11th:Crosstown Bus Club (promo) - Brighton, MA
››› The Doors do an early 8:00 p.m. show and a late 10:30 p.m. show this evening.› Also performing: The Ragamuffins
Sat. Aug. 12th:› Forest Hills Tennis Club (promo) - Forest Hills, Queens NY - Forest Hills Music Festival
››› Nobody is here to see The Doors and the show is an absolute bust.› This isn't there kind of crowd.› Nearly all the 13,000 in attendance are here to see the homegrown Simon and Garfunkel.› The Doors only play four songs in a short 30 minute set in which they had to borrow equipment just to play because theirs did not show up as scheduled.› Later Ray refers to this evening as their worst show of all-time!
Mon. Aug. 14th:››Delmonico Hotel (pics) - New York, NY (DU)
››› The Doors receive the Billboard Award Presentation after 'Light My Fire' becomes the number one single in the nation on July 25th.
Fri. Aug. 18th:››Annapolis National Guard Armory (promo) - Annapolis, MD
››› Due to a mix-up of scheduling The Doors do two shows this Friday in a rare double booking.

T H E   D O O R S  P L A Y  J I M ' S   H O M E   T O W N

Graduating Class of 1961
Geoge Washington High School - Alexandria, Virginia

Fri. Aug. 18th:Alexandria Roller Skating Rink - Alexandria, VA
››› This is a special evening.› Jim returns to the home of his teenage years in which he attended George Washington High School to play a concert for the 2,500 - 4,000 in attendance this evening.
Mon. Aug. 21st:Sunset Sound Studios - Hollywood, CA (DU)
››› The band is in the studio working on their second album Strange Days. The initial sessions began in early May. This is their first chance back in the studio since. The band is smoking a lot of pot in the studio.›Jefferson Airplane, also recording their second album, stops by to see what The Doors are up to and comes in during Horse Latitudes and are astonished.›Jim's attitude in the studio is much more confident.›Jim however avoids the sessions until he absolutely has to be there.›He shows up as a poetic scholar some days and others as a lunatic drunk. Jim is becoming unpredictable and unreliable skipping out of the studio on breaks and getting hammered.
››› Elektra already has 500,000 advance orders for the band's second upcoming release Strange Days. Paul Rothchild is once again at the helm now using state of the art 8 track sound.›Like "The End" on their first album, "When the Music's Over" is the highlight of the sessions, also recorded in only two takes. The band also spends time recording the soon to be title track and first single "Strange Days".›The Doors retain publishing from Nipper Music and raise their take to 7.5% of profits in breif negotiations.
Fri. Aug. 25th:Las Vegas Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV
››› The Doors open their 8:00 p.m. show this evening with 'Soul Kitchen'.›Jim's voice is rough and hoarse sounding but he doesn't let it slow down his performance which enlightens the crowd.
Fri. Aug. 25th(2):Malibu U. (ABC-TV) - Lee Carillo State Beach - Los Angeles, CA
››› This is a lip-synched performance in which Jim doesn't even show-up for becoming more and more disgusted by the thought of lip-synching another song for broadcast.› The band has Robby's brother Ron fill in for Jim and never allude to Jim's abscence.
Sun. Aug. 27th:››Cheetah (promo) - Santa Monica Pier, Venice CA
››› The Doors play an all ages 3:30 p.m. show and then two late shows at 7:30 p.m and 11:00 p.m. to a packed house of over 3,500.
Wed. Aug. 30th:› Timeline - Civil Rights
››› Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black Supreme Court Justice appointee.


September 1967

››› This is an extremely busy month for The Doors.›Riding the success of their first album, they're finishing their second album, touring non-stop and Elektra is pushing a huge media explosion

Sat. Sept. 2nd:› Ashbury Park Convention Center - Ashbury Park, NJ
››› The Doors are great tonight and Jim is wearing his new head-to-toe black leathers.› One 8:00 p.m. show.
Sun. Sept. 3rd:› Will Rogers Exhibit Building (promo) - Fort Worth, TX - Teen Fair & Mardi Gras Festival
Mon. Sept. 4th:› "People Are Strange" / "Unhappy Girl" - Third Single Release (DU)
››› This single is released three weeks prior to Strange Days.
Fri. Sept. 8th:› Lagoon Park Patio Gardens - Farmington, Salt Lake City UT
Sat. Sept. 9th:››Village Theater (pics & promo)- NYC
››› The Doors play an early 8:00 p.m. show and a late 10:30 p.m. show to a packed house.›This is their second appearance and final show here.›The auditorium is later bought by Bill Graham and named The Fillmore East.›Jim with the strength and confidence of a number one behind him is becoming more theatrical on stage blending rock and drama.›At the beginning of the concert, Jim hangs on to the curtain as it goes up and at the last moment he lets go vaulting to the stage and begins "When the Music's Over" with an incredibly primal and electrifying scream which sets the pace for an energy filled evening.› The band closes with "The End" and encores with "Light My Fire" in their late show to tremendous applause and mass adulation.
Mon. Sept. 11th:››State University at Oswego (pics) - Lee Hall Gym, Oswego NY
››› This show is limited to freshman and transfer students only and results in an auditorium full of prep-attired youngsters in penny loafers who think the band looks "scuzzy" and are withdrawn by Jim's suggestive mannerisms.
Thu. Sept. 14th:› CBC Television Studios (pics) - Toronto - The Rock Scene Like It Is (1 0f 6)
›››› The band has a chance to play  on this liberal television series yet omits the Oedipal section.›The show broadcasts on October 16th and later in the US on August 1, 1970 in a show called the Now Explosion.›This is one of the few television recorded shows the band is happy with.
Thu. Sept. 14th:› Musicarnival (pics) - Warrensville Heights, Cleveland OH (1st trip to the midwest)
››› This is The Doors first trip to the midwest and they aren't really sure what to expect of the bible belt audiences. Tonight's crowd is sparce and only 700 show up under the tent that is made for 2,500. Jim says to start the show "This is one of the finest tents I've ever belonged to, but where is everybody, man."› The band puts on a terrific show, none the less, to devote fans beginning with "Soul Kitchen".
Fri. Sept. 15th - Sat. 16th:› Ambassador Theater - Washington, D.C.
››› These shows may have been cancelled.

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Sun. Sept. 17th:››Ed Sullivan Theater (pics) - CBS W. 54th St. NYC
››› In this infamous appearance, The Doors are asked to modify the word 'higher' in "Light My Fire".› The Doors oblige, and do so in rehearsal, but during the live broadcast Jim sings the song as it was originaal written and recorded.› The Doors are never invited back.› The Doors also perform their new single "People Are Strange" in a segment prior to the later "Light My Fire" segment. from this historical performance.

F A M O U S   Y O U N G   L I O N   P H O T O   S E S S I O N

Sun. Sept. 17th - Tue. 19th:› Photo Shoots - NYC (DU)
››› While staying in New York,›Jim and the band begin the first of three important photo shoots that will indemnify Jim's image.›First is the 16 Magazine Shoot with Gloria Stavers.›The next day they do the infamous Young Lion Shoot with Joel Brodsky of Elektra and later Jim does a photo shoot for Vogue.›Jim also spends time at Gloria's apartment talking to her about his image and shooting more photos.
››› Celebrating at a party around this time Jim meets Andy Warhol and Andy gives him an antique ivory and gold phone.›Jim, later in a limo with Gloria Stavers, throws the phone in a sanitation dumpster and heads to Jac Holzman's apartment. Once there he beats on the door to no answer and proceeds to throw up all over the entrance threshold!›Jim is rebelling against anyone and everything now trading hallucinogenics for alcohol.
››› Also around this time, The Canned Heat, one of The Doors favorite groups out of Southern California, are playing at Cafe Au Go Go and the guys spend an evening or two supporting their pals who are playing here from the 12th -24th.
Wed. Sept. 20th:Union Catholic High School - Scotch Plains, NJ (DU)
Thu. Sept. 21st:› Staples High School Auditorium - Westport, CT
››› The Doors play tonight at what becomes a very cool place to play considering it's a high school auditorium and the music department's rehearsal room is used as the dressing room, which The Doors turn into a party room!›Others that will make the trip here are the Animals, Cream, Frank Sinatra, the Rascals, Louis Armstrong, Phil Ochs, and Sly and the Family Stone.›It sure would of been nice to go to this high school in the sixties!›The show goes well with The Doors playing material straight off their first two albums.›This show is promoted by the school's student council!
Fri. Sept. 22nd:› Brown University Meehan Auditorium - Providence, RI
››› The Doors play two memorable and lively performances tonight to about 3,000 college kids.›During 'The End', while concluding their second set, Jim, dressed in total black leather, demolishes the projection screen that is being used to make swirling psychedelic images, while it is in full effect!
Fri. Sept. 22nd(2):› Murray the K in New York - WPIX-TV, NYC
›››› The Doors were filmed earlier this month in Battery Park, NYC on a windy afternoon sitting around some large planters and this footage is used over a piece of music in which Jim, instead of lip-synching, was given a live microphone to sing "People Are Strange".›Jim was in a mischievious mood and it requires several takes to get him to do a good version without fooling around or messing up the timing!› Following this, on the special, is a bizarre chase scene with Morrison dressed in black leather while the other members are dressed in white leading into "Light My Fire" which is played over a collage of shots of the band and some models.›The show airs tonight and later on Oct. 9th and Nov. 4th.
Sat. Sept. 23rd:››Stony Brook University Men's Gym (promo) - Stony Brook, NY
››› This venue is sold out beyond capacity with over 3,000 overzealous college students that almost unknowingly overpower the under manned security staff.›The band throughout the evening uses the energy of the crowd incorporating long passages of silence creating tension and drama.›During "The End" the band pauses for over 3 minutes in producing extreme restlessness and just at the point of chaos the band jumps back into the song and finishes their performance for the evening.›This was always one of The Doors most theatrical devices in which Jim would often take a little too far as he became less in tune with the audiences due to overindulging often to the point of absurdity sometimes losing the theatrical effect.›He was often on a much different level!
Sun. Sept. 24th:››Oakdale Musical Theater (promo) - Wallingford, CT
››› The Doors play a total of nine songs during this 7:30 p.m. performance to just over 3,000.›During lighting adjustments for "The End" some members of the audience start riding Jim and he in turn retaliates with some remarks of his own.›This altercation seems to produce a rise in Jim and he gives one of his most intensely enigmatic versions of "The End" in which he almost assaults the crowd with deafening screams of incredible feeling while using extreme body gestures that enthralls the crowd and ends this evening's performance.

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Mon. Sept. 25th:› Strange Days - Second album release
›› Strange Days is released nationwide. The lyrics are printed in the sleeve to all the songs. The album instantly gains critical success and sales are very good.› The single "People are Strange" hits the Top 20 and the album quickly breaks the Top 10.
Wed. Sept. 27th:› KRNT Theater - Des Moines, IA
Fri. Sept. 29th:› Denver University Student Union - Denver, CO
››› This 8:00 p.m. performance is filmed by an independent producer and airs on Nov. 8th as part of the ABC-TV special Bruce Morrow's Music Power.
Sat. Sept. 30th:› The Family Dog - Denver, CO
››› This venue is Denver's version of the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.›It recently opened on Sept. 8th and is operated in conjunction with the same people running the Avalon.›At the end of the show, and to end the month, Jim hangs upside down from the stage railing during the conclusion of "The End" in a manner that makes him look completely hungout to dry.


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October 1967

Sun. Oct. 1st - Thu. 5th:Steve Paul's Scene - NYC (2nd and final series, first was in June 1967)
››› Jim (interveiw backstage before the show): "We're MUCH better in person.›Our record album is only a map of our work.›I'd like to play in a club where we could be with the people.› Maybe we wouldn't even play.›It would be great to sit down and talk with the audience, get rid of all the seperate tables and have one big table."›Ray (also backstage): "Yes, people become familiar with us through the album, but it's when they see us that it all happens. Our music short-circuits the conscious mind and allows the subconscious to flow free."›Review: "Drama the kind that grabs your lapels and shoves you against a wall, is being reborn in a thousand clubs, discotheques and halls across America.›It doesn't use sets, lighting and actors in the usual sense.›It does use the rawhide-thong vocal chords of people like Jim Morrison, lead singer for the Doors. Morrison floats to the microphone, hangs limply on it, looking aside and down.›Then his butterfly hand raises the microphone up, his body goes taught, his eyes look wildly in a personal darkness, and he forces his wild voice into the mike. It emerges from the amplifiers turning the room blue with hot, electric thunder.›Then quietly, one hand cupped over his right ear, he begins to sing.›It's theater." ("The New Generation: Theater with a beat," San Francisco Chronicle via the Chicago Tribune. September 28, 1967)

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Fri. Oct. 6th:Cal State Gymnasium (pics & review) - Los Angeles, CA
››› Although touring mostly in the East the band comes home to Los Angeles to play an incredible set full of energy and dynamism.› Morrison screams with the vitality of ten men and performs part of the shows final song on his back belting out the final lines as the audience pushes forward causing security to circle the stage as the band climaxes on an electric evening of music and drama.›Also performing: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Sunshine Company
Sun. Oct. 8th:Tulsa Civic Assembly Center Auditorium - Tulsa, OK
››› The Doors play on the closing night of the Oklahoma State Fair to an excited crowd of 1,000.› Jim is animated throughout the one hour set in a stage drenched in moody red and blue lights.
Mon. Oct. 9th - Tue. 10th:› Steve Paul's Scene - NYC
Tue. Oct. 10th:› Timeline - Of Interest
››› The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is on newstands.
Wed. Oct. 11th:››Danbury High School (pic, info) - Danbury, CT
Thu. Oct. 12th:The Surf Club - Nantasket Beach, MA
››› The Doors are to play two shows tonight but arrive late and only give one power packed performance at 8:30 p.m.› Also performing: Ultimate Spinach
Fri. Oct. 13th:The Lyric Theater - Baltimore, MD
››› The Doors plays right off their first album finishing with a supberb version of "The End" ,of couse, during which Jim slams himself to the floor remaining motionless for a long period and then suddenly› leaps up and goes into an extremely loud and intense Oedipal section of the song as the crowd is totally blown away.›They encore with "When The Music's Over".› Also performing: Tim Rose
Sat. Oct. 14th:Susquehanna University Field House - Selinsgrove, PA
Sun. Oct. 15th:Berkely Community College - Berkely, CA
Mon. Oct. 16th - Thu. 19th:The Scene - NYC
Sun. Oct. 16th (2):The Rock Scene: Like It Is - Toronto, Canada
››› This is the broadcast date for the CBC-TV special taped on Sept. 14th.
Fri. Oct. 20th:University of Michigan I.M. Building - Ann Arbor, MI - (Homecoming)
Sat. Oct. 21st:› Broadmoor Hotel Ballroom - Colorado Springs, CO
››› The Doors play for The Colorado College homecoming dance.
Sun. Oct. 22nd:› Williams College Gym - Williamstown, MA (DU)
Fri. Oct. 27th:› Cal. Polytechnical State Univ. Men's Gym - San Luis Obispe, CA
Sat. Oct. 28th:› Univ. of Cal. Santa barbara Robertson Gym - Goleta, CA


November 1967

››› The Doors are packing every place they play.›The "young lion" photos are appearing everywhere and Jim's layout in Vogue omes out in the middle of the month. Both Time and Newsweek run articles on The Doors. The Doors are now mainstream news.›Jim is becoming masterful on stage turning concerts into seances evoking cathartic experiences with his calculating moves and control of the audience. The Doors are playing at or near their best.›Jim is treating each show as if it's his last giving all out performances.

Sat. Nov. 4th:››Community Concourse Convention Hall (promo) - San Diego, CA
Mon. Nov. 6th:  16 Magazine Article - By Gloria Stavers
Wed. Nov. 8th:Bruce Morrow's Music Power - ABC Studios, NY
Fri. Nov. 10th:››Eagles Auditorium (promo) - Seattle, WA
Sat. Nov. 11th:Gill Coliseum - Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR
Sun. Nov. 12th:Univ. of Oregon Gym - Eugene, OR (DU)
Wed. Nov. 15th:Vogue Magazine
Thu. Nov. 16th:› Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
Fri. Nov. 17th - Sat. 18th:Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA
Fri. Nov. 24th:››Hunter College Playhouse (pic & promo) - New York, NY
Sat. Nov. 25th:››Hilton Hotel Int'l Ballroom (promo) - Washington, D.C.
Sun. Nov. 26th:Bushnell Auditorium - Hartford, CT


December 1967

Fri. Dec. 1st:Cal State Long Beach Men's Gym (pics & promo) - Long Beach, CA
››› The Doors play for 50% of the gate and make $10,000.00, the most money they have earned in one night, under new promoter Rich Linnell.
Sat. Dec. 2nd:› Portland Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR

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Fri. Dec. 8th:Rensselaer Poly Institute Field House - Troy, NY
››› Jim arrives late by limousine missing his plane in NYC.›The band is not accepted well and the crowd doesn't want an encore. Jim is depressed and doesn't return to NYC on the plane but opts to take the limo 150 miles back alone.

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Sat. Dec. 9th:››New Haven Arena (pics & promo) - New Haven, CT
››› Jim meets a local 18 year old co-ed from nearby Southern Connecticut State and they start making out in a backstage shower stall.›A police officer interrupts them and orders them out of the stall.›Jim defies the cop, who thinks Jim is a hippie who snuck backstage, and eventually gets maced in the face. Jim screams in pain running towards the dressing room.›Bill Siddons arrives and explains everything to the cop.›The officer apologizes and Jim soon recovers taking the police lined stage. During the last song of the evening, "Back Door Man", Jim tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police and baiting the crowd. The auditorium lights are switched on. Soon policemen surround Jim and drag him off the stage brutally arresting him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested.Jim is the first rock star to be arrested on stage.›Jim is charged with "breach of peace, resisting arrest and indecent or immoral exhibition".›Hours later about 80 protestors gather at the police station in demonstration and more arrests are made.›Jim is released around 2:00 A.M. on a bail bond of $1,500.00.›Trial is set for January.
Sun. June 10th:The New Haven›Aftermath (pics)
››› The Doors make headlines across the country with the press siding with Jim finding no justification for the arrest.› A few weeks later the charges are dropped.› The F.B.I. opens an active file on James Douglas Morrison.›
Timeline - Music:› Otis Redding dies just 2 days after recording his only major hit "Dock of the Bay".
Fri. Dec. 15th:› Sacramento Memorial Auditorium - Sacramento, Ca
Sat. Dec. 16th:Swing Auditorium - San Bernardine, Ca
The Doors play only 5 songs due to technical difficulty. Jim tells the crowd of 7,200 that they are going to take a break to fix the problem but never return!

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Thu. Dec. 21st:Ray and Dorothy Wed - City Hall, L.A.
Fri. Dec. 22nd - Sat. 23rd:››Shrine Exposition Hall (pic & promo) - Los Angeles, CA
Tue. Dec. 26th - Thu. 28th:› Winterland Arena (pics) - San Francisco, CA
Wed. Dec. 27th (2):Jonathon Winters Show (pics) - CBS TV Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Fri. Dec. 29th - Sun. 31st:The Family Dog - Denver, CO 
End of the year:› Timeline - Vietnam War
››› 486,000 American troops are in Vietnam and of the 15,000 that will be killed in the war, 60% died in this year - 1967 - which is remembered more for "The Summer of Love"? Strange Days ends the year in the third spot nationally.›Around this time, each of The Doors receive a royalty check for $50,000.00.

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