Randall Beach: Fifty years later, Tommy tells how he got Jim Morrison busted

Tommy Janette, 72, of Meriden, who was lead singer of the group Tommy and the Rivieras, an opening act the night Jim Morrison and his band the Doors played at the New Haven Arena on Dec. 9, 1967. Photo: Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media.
Tommy Janette, 72, of Meriden, who was lead singer of the group Tommy and the Rivieras, an opening act the night Jim Morrison and his band the Doors played at the New Haven Arena on Dec. 9, 1967. Photo: Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media.

Tommy Janette is amazed that next Saturday, Dec. 9, is the 50th anniversary of his historic run-in with Jim Morrison, lead singer of the hot new band the Doors, at the New Haven Arena.

Janette, now 72, still calls it “the biggest thing to ever happen in my life.”
 
“This guy was going to be a superstar,” Janette noted. “And I got ‘the lizard king’ busted! Nobody else can say that.”

But Janette said of those chaotic events that quickly swirled out of control: “The whole thing could have been avoided. All he had to do was knock on our door and say, ‘Hi, I’m Jim Morrison.’ We would have asked him for his autograph and none of this would have happened.”

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