The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison at The Warehouse, New Orleans in 1970

In late 1970, The Doors were recording what would be their final studio album with Jim Morrison. During that period the band did some warm up shows where they premiered some of the new songs, though the band lost a substantial amount of popularity due to the 1969 infamous Miami concert where Morrison insulted the audience and allegedly exposed himself, they had recovered a big part of their audience and fans with the release of the critically acclaimed “Morrison Hotel” album in early 1970.

Five days after Jim Morrison’s 27th birthday, and having played the day before at the Dallas State Fair, (available through audience recording), the band plays at The Warehouse, the most important venue in New Orleans and the southern U.S, without knowing it would be the last time the four of them would play together. That evening, a burned out Morrison finally gave up. Towards the end of the show, where they played some new songs including “Riders On The Storm”, the controversial and legendary singer sat down on the stage smashing it with the microphone under a massive feedback noise until the wood on the floor started to crackle. The keyboardist Ray Manzarek later said that he could see Morrison’s energy leaving his body, there was no more to squeeze out of it.

After that, the band went back to finish recording “L.A Woman” and Morrison left the U.S to live in Paris with his girlfriend Pamela just a few months later. On July 3rd, 1971, Jim Morrison was found death at age 27 in the bathtub of his apartment in Paris by Pamela, the official cause of death was heart failure.

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