THAT TIME LED ZEPPELIN CLEANED UP JIM MORRISON’S MESS AFTER A DISASTROUS CONCERT

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THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY JEFF GILES AND PUBLISHED BY ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK ON JULY 27, 2015.

Led Zeppelin were on the rise in the summer of 1969, while Doors frontman Jim Morrison was in the midst of a long and painful public downward spiral. On July 27, the two bands met going in opposite directions.

Both acts were scheduled to perform during the final day of the Seattle Pop Festival, a three-day rock extravaganza that also included appearances by Santana, the Guess Who and Chicago, among many others. Unfortunately for Doors fans, Morrison didn't much feel like entertaining the crowd by the time his band took the stage.

According to the book Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend, the crowd seemed "bored" with the group's performance of "When the Music's Over," setting the stage for what became an open confrontation between the singer and the audience. "He tried rapping to them during 'Light My Fire' and someone threw a cup of beer at him," recalls the book. "Jim gave him the finger. Someone else cursed him and Jim let fly: 'Hey, hey, hey — you bigmouth bastard, say that again. Get it all out — all your little hatreds, everything that's boiling inside you. Go ahead — LET ME HAVE IT!"

Unsurprisingly, the kids in the audience did as they were told, resulting in a set that may have been sickly fascinating from a non-musical point of view, but ended in shambles, with Morrison reportedly striking a crucifixion pose for three solid minutes after the rest of the Doors had cleared the stage. As far as Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was concerned, it made for an appalling spectacle.

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