Break on through to the other side

 March 1, 1969 – The Doors performed at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, FL.  What really happened that night is the stuff of legend.  What is known is that it was very hot, there was no air conditioning, seats had been removed to boost ticket sales and over 12,000 concert goers packed an auditorium designed for 7,000.  After drinking all day, the rapidly declining lead singer, Jim Morrison, arrived over an hour late and engaged in bizarre behavior.  It’s said that Morrison rambled on and cursed the audience inciting them to remove their clothes and, according to the Miami Police, inciting them to riot.  They also said Morrison exposed himself after simulating oral sex on the guitarist.  For indecent exposure Morrison was sentenced to 6 months in jail but remained free pending appeal and continued on his downward spiral.  He died in Paris on July 3, 1971 at the age of 27 and is buried there.  Cause of death unknown.  On December 9, 2010 Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist posthumously pardoned Morrison on the indecent exposure charge.  Morrison’s grave in Paris has become a much vandalized shrine and is visited my many every year.

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