On this day in 1970, The Doors were scheduled to perform two shows at the Boston Arena. A set at 7 p.m. followed by a 10 p.m. set. The first show went smoothly, beginning with some cutthroat wails from frontman Jim Morrison before erupting into “Roadhouse Blues,” they concluded the set with“Light My Fire.”
It’s the second set that made it’s way into history.
It was a year after the infamous performance in Miami that resulted in Morrison being charged with indecent exposure. This show came close to becoming another mugshot. The concert was scheduled to start at 10 p.m. but did not get going until after midnight. “Light My Fire” lasted almost 20 minutes, with bits of “Fever” and “St. James Infirmary Blues” mixed in. Morrison, drunk and belligerent started to say naughty things into his microphone.. “Do you want to see my genitals?” he yelled, and that was that, the organizers decide that enough is enough, and they pulled the plug, to the crowd’s great dissatisfaction.
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek’s words on the evening, “crazy, wild Doors at their best.”