The most successful and enduring American rock band of the late 1960s, The Doors helmed a surge in innovative, heavier music that infused disparate musical elements, improvisation-dependent live performances, and commercial accessibility.
The Doors’ Prolific 1967 Closes Out with Strange Days
Emerging from the rabid California music scene with flourish and no shortage of compelling, commercially-viable material, The Doors seized 1967 ...
- The group’s penultimate live performance and last recorded show, delivered at the Dallas State Fair on December 11, 1970, exists on a partial audience tape (35 min) and, uniquely, includes “LA Woman” and “Riders on the Storm”.
- Though severely truncated, the group’s September 13, 1969 set at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival (which saw performances from Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Chicago, Alice Cooper, and The Plastic Ono Band among others) represents an exception to the overall caliber of Morrison’s contributions during the era and shows each member in spectacular form; in terms of instrumental cohesion, the band puts to shame even the extensively-rehearsed, famed Hollywood Bowl appearance from 1968. The audience tape also benefits from terrific, clear sound quality that furthers the impression that some of the finest renditions of “When the Music’s Over”, “Light My Fire”, and “The End” on record may be found here.