The Day Jim Morrison Wanted To Make Out With A Lamb On Stage

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed for 16 MAGAZINE at Gloria Stavers’ apartment in New York City, New York on September 17, 1967. Photo by Gloria Stavers.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed for 16 MAGAZINE at Gloria Stavers’ apartment in New York City, New York on September 17, 1967. Photo by Gloria Stavers.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY ZORALIS PÉREZ AND PUBLISHED BY CULTURA COLECTIVA ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2017.

The late 1960s were a time of crazy parties, sexual liberation, and a lot of drugs. To this day, the bands that defined this era are still considered rock gods, and their stories of excess are almost as legendary as their music. However, there are some artists who took things a little bit further and were part of events that crossed the line between provocative and potentially illegal. One of these artists is Jim Morrison, front man of The Doors, who seriously pushed the envelope when it comes to live performances at one of the band’s last concerts. What he did on stage that night will be forever remembered as one of the most infamous performances in rock history, and, sadly, the beginning of the end for Morrison, who died two years later at the age of twenty-seven.

On the night of March 1, 1969, around eleven, Morrison stumbled his way onto the stage of the Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove, Miami. The band was supposed to give a concert to the twelve thousand people who had paid to hear them play that night, but Jim was hammered. Well, he was more hammered than usual. Their flight had been delayed multiple times that day, and Jim had decided that the best way to spend those hours they still had before getting to Miami was to get really drunk. He’d drunk so much that by the time they made it to the Auditorium, Jim couldn’t form coherent thoughts, much less remember the lyrics to his songs.

He would start singing a song and then stop before finishing it. Apparently, he was more interested in talking to the audience than actually performing. His drunken rant included everything from Hitler to challenging the status quo, and he even invited everyone to take their clothes off and have sex with each other. Allegedly, Morrison himself pulled down his pants and flashed everyone for a few seconds (he said he knew that the real reason everyone was there was to see his penis, not hear his music). But even this wasn’t the weirdest or the most controversial moment of the night.

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