One of the most mythologized and romanticized figures in rock history, Doors frontman Jim Morrison, possessed a deep-seated anti-authoritarian streak that repeatedly landed him in trouble. On Dec. 9, 1967, the rebellious rocker was arrested at a Doors gig in New Haven, Conn., earning him the dubious distinction of being, as far as we know, the first rock star ever arrested onstage during a performance.

According to Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Morrison was “making out” with a female fan in the shower in the backstage area of the New Haven Arena when a local police officer who was providing security for the band—apparently not recognizing the singer—told them to vacate the area, to which Morrison reportedly replied, “Eat it.” When the officer brandished a can of Mace and warned, “Last chance,” the singer retorted, “Last chance to eat it”—earning himself a face full of Mace for his defiance.

Whitaker, S. (2015, December 9). The History of Jim Morrison’s New Haven Arrest. Retrieved from

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