Jim Morrison by Elliot Landy, Rat Subterranean News (1968)
THE DOORS invaded Fillmore East and the audience never knew what hit them.
Their attitude is hostile: their music is incredible. It pours into your head chord upon chord, thought upon thought, leaving traces of controlled mass hysteria throughout the audience. They are a very exciting group. Ray Manzareck on organ, John Densmore on drums, and Robbie Krieger on guitar are excellent musicians and Jim Morrison has a fine, drowsy voice, a great scream and some nice leather pants.
For 2 1/2 hours The Doors stomped on the heads of their audience…they told us we were uptight, told us to relax, told us they were going back west where they could walk on the beach, told us about S-E-X and reminded us about the straight person inside all of us. Most important of all, they told us the war is over…not just today’s wars but tomorrow’s wars too…and I believed them.
The film which accompanies Unknown Soldier is pretty weird—1/3 a Morrison ego trip, 1/3 a vomiting turn off and 1/3 excellent newsreel clips. If you want to put your emotions through some strange changes it’s worth seeing.
When the concert was officially over, The Doors said they wanted to stay around and play some more so, re-fortified with a magnum of champagne, The Doors drank, rapped and improvised for another hour.
Also at Fillmore East were Chrome Syrcus and Ars Nova…and a special attraction by the Joshua Light Show—a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!