A Typical Night with Jim Morrison
I MC’d The Doors concert in Cleveland and Jim Morrison was an hour late getting to the venue. When he got there...he was very drunk and had a guy he’d met at a bar with him. The guy was almost as drunk as Jim and Morrison announced that he was making this drunk his road manager for the event and we all had to do what he said to do. Needless to say we forgot that and paid the drunk no attention. Jim was taken upstairs to get him in as “good enough” condition to go on stage. That didn’t happen and as he descended the metal stairs coming from the dressing room to the floor (stage) level. He fell about half way down the stairs and when he hit the bottom he was holding the boot and sock from his right foot. His response to falling was “I go bump.” I was told to introduce the band by saying “Ladies and gentlemen The Doors featuring Jim Morrison.” The band had already been on stage with my initial intro of “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Doors”. With the second intro Jim was supposed to come on stage...He was detained putting his sock and boot on...when he did emerge he peeked out from a stack of speakers onstage. As soon as the crowd saw Jim they cheered and screamed because of his appearance. He finally got on stage and I went to the front of the stage with the promoter. Jim forgot many words to his songs and staggered around the stage like the drunk he was. As expected the crowd rushed the stage. At that point Jim took off his leather jacket and threw it into the audience. After the show he wanted the jacket back but it was long gone. The kid who took it was a male groupie who was at all the concerts who I got to know. He is pictured reaching for Jimi Hendrix boot in a picture I believe is posted on this web site. Now as a follow up to this story...it was announced recently that a film crew was filming many of the 1968 concerts. One of those concerts being filmed was the one in Cleveland. Another was one in Miami where Morrison was arrested on stage for indecent exposure. The new DVD is has 36 minutes of backstage stuff added to 39 minutes of concert footage that was available only as a bootleg. The new and complete DVD is entitled Feast of friend. Harrison ford was one of the film crew.. The extra joy of my life these days to share all of my stories with my wonderful wife and you. As a post script Ray Manzarek came to Phoenix one year and visited a radio station I was programming. He was taking pictures which was his hobby. We sat on the steps to the station and talked as the sun set that day and, of course, we spoke of the event in Cleveland.