Remembering The Doors’ most controversial performance as Jim Morrison ‘exposes his penis’

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THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY LEE THOMAS-MASON AND PUBLISHED BY FAR OUT MAGAZINE ON JANUARY 24, 2019.

On March 1st, 1969, while playing at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, The Doors put together their most controversial performance of their career and one that spelled the end of the band.

It was a performance that has since been said to have “derailed the band” and it resulted in The Doors’ enigmatic frontman Jim Morrison being found guilty of indecent exposure.

Morrison, who had been drinking all day and had missed a connection flight to Miami, arrived to the gig over an hour late as the crows began to grow increasingly more impatient. Rumours circulated that the venue, which was old and without air conditioning, was oversold as promoters attempted to boost ticket sales. With a capacity of 7,000, attendees claimed at the time that Dinner Key Auditorium packed in excess of 12,000 people into the show that night.

Morrison, already well known for making wild and outrageous remarks during shows, began to lose interest during a performance of ‘Break On Through’ and, at one point, diverted from the song to address the crowd: “You’re all a bunch of fuckin’ idiots!” he slurred into the microphone before shouting “what are you gonna do about it?”. Becoming increasingly manic, Morrison ordered the crowd to join him on stage before the police intervened.

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