Denis and I took a self portrait after the show. We tried to take one during the movie, but the camera flashed back toward the couple in the back row, where upon the man shouted at us to put our camera away. After they left the theater, an usher came in to reprimand us and said the other couple told him that we ruined the movie for them. I felt they just wanted their money back or else they would have complained sooner.
On Tuesday, November 13, Denis and I attended an encore presentation of The Doors Live At The Bowl '68: The Entire Legendary Live Show in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Expecting a full theater, I was surprised to see just one other couple who were seated in the back row. We sat in the third to the back row. A lone guy showed up after the start of the film, but left maybe 10 minutes later and did not return.
Unlike the Live At The Hollywood Bowl documentary that was released in 1987, the film started with interviews: Bruce Botnick, sound engineer; Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger, the organist and guitarist; John Densmore, the drummer—I found it curious that the three musicians did not do the interview together; and Frank Lisciandro, The Doors official photographer after Paul Ferrara who was not interviewed. I thought Ferrara should have been included considering he filmed the concert.
Some of the topics they spoke about:
- Ferrara used five cameras to film the concert from a variety of angles. Although there were some scenes I had not seen before, like Manzarek's white boot pumping the organ foot pedal, nothing much really stood out from the original documentary.
- Manzarek and Krieger—and the Chambers Brothers—talked about having ordered 52 amplifiers to play LOUD but only being able to use five; Krieger was disappointed that they couldn't use all 52 and admitted it had affected his performance at the show.
- Morrison was probably on LSD, but no one knew for sure. There were a few times during his performance when he would seem to nod out and suddenly he would bounce back. During the song, The End, when he starts adlibbing about the accident outside they assumed he was tripping out.
And we were in this house and there was a sound like
Silverware being dropped on linoleum, and then
Somebody ran into the room and they said
"Have you seen the accident outside?"
And everybody said:
"Hey man, have you seen the accident outside?"
Have you seen the accident outside
Seven people took a ride
Six bachelors and their bride
Seven people took a ride
Seven people died
Don't let me die in an automobile
I wanna lie in an open field
Want the snakes to suck my skin
Want the worms to be my friends
Want the birds to eat my eyes
As here I lie
The clouds fly by
Ode to a grasshopper…
I think I'll open a little shop,
A little place where they sell things
And I think I'll call it "Grasshopper"…
I have a big green grasshopper out there
Have you seen my grasshopper, mama?
Looking real good…
(Oh, I blew it, it's a moth)
That's alright, he ain't got long to go, so we'll forgive him.
Source: Lyrics On Demand
- Manzarek and Krieger talked about Mick Jagger and hanging out with The Stones prior to the show.
- When The Doors played Back Door Man, Morrison switched to Five to One in the middle of the song, and then he finished the remainder of Back Door Man.
The interview session was short, maybe 10-15 minutes. The Chambers Brothers who also played at The Bowl that night were the most entertaining of the interviewees. The way they were dressed and adorned with jewelry, they looked like pimps. After 46 years, they were still excited about having performed with The Doors.
After the interviews, the screen faded to black and the show began with When The Music's Over. There were three lost tracks added to the film, including Hello, I Love You; The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat); and Spanish Caravan.
The concert ended with The End, and the movie was over.
Although it was amazing seeing Jim Morrison on the big screen, was the movie worth the price of admission? That's up in the air. If Denis weren't here from Quebec, I probably wouldn't have driven to the city to see it and would have waited to buy the DVD (which I did today).
As noted above, we got in trouble for taking photos during the movie, but I wanted to share the experience with you, so here are pictures I took on my DROID. It was hard taking pictures of moving pictures, but I think they turned out okay and hope you enjoy them… Just imagine them not blurry :)
Notice Jim Morrison's bruised index finger.