August, 1970: With Jim Morrison’s ongoing Miami obscenity trial casting an ominous shadow over the band, The Doors flew to England to play the Isle of Wight Festival. Waiting for them at “The Last Great Festival” were over 600,000 fans who had already torn down the barriers, crashed the gates, and enjoyed performances by the world’s top acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell.
The Doors took the stage at 2 am, playing with the weight of the trial on their backs, and showed fans they still had the magic that had propelled them to the top during the Summer of Love. “We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form,” said Doors organist Ray Manzarek. “He sang for all he was worth, but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled.”
Less than a year later, The Doors were no more. Here, for the very first time, is the last Doors concert ever filmed. The Doors: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.
50 years ago, The Doors’ “Light My Fire” was at the top of the charts. Recorded in August of 1966, it was featured on The Doors’ eponymous debut album. The song entered the Billboard chart on June 3, and after a few weeks it had climbed to the top, reaching number one on July 29. … Continue reading 50 Years After it Topped the Charts, Watch Robby Krieger Talk About Writing of “Light My Fire”
Qello Concerts has launched The Doors Digital Festival – an eight week program during which Qello Concerts will unlock one classic The Doors concert film for fans to stream and watch for free each week. The first film, “Live at The Bowl ’68” is available now (Friday Feb. 20), and a new film will be … Continue reading Watch ‘The Doors Digital Festival’ Now via Qello Concerts
A television special featuring highlights from the 2014 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards premieres Sunday night at 9pm EST on AXS TV. The Awards ceremony, which took place in November, was held at the Avalon Ballroom in Los Angeles. It was the first time the annual event, which has been going on for ten … Continue reading AXS TV Special on Classic Rock Roll of Honour Airs Tonight