50 years later, untold stories of Jim Morrison's arrest

Jim Morrison New Haven Mug Shot
Jim Morrison New Haven Mug Shot

Kent Pierce - NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – In 1967, "Light My Fire" was a new hit single. The Doors were becoming famous. Then a trip to New Haven 50 years ago made the group's lead singer infamous.

"A cop came to the stage and said, ‘Jim, tone it down or we're going to have to take you off the stage,'" said Jake Russell.

Jake has filled his downtown New Haven hot dog stand, Jake's Diggity Dogs, with memorabilia of that night. His father, Joey Russell, played Happy the Clown on Channel 8 years ago, and was part owner of the New Haven Blades hockey team. The Blades played at the New Haven Arena, so Joey's three sons basically grew up in the Arena. The Arena hosted concerts as well as hockey.

"You want to go? ‘Hey Dad, I want to go.' You're going," is how the middle son, Carl, explained it.

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