|The Doors and Them - Twin Morrisons of Different Mothers
June 2-18, 1966 - The Doors open for Them with Van Morrison for a two week engagement at the Whisky.
This is part of an exhaustive west coast tour which ultimately is the last U.S. shows by Them. Van Morrison leaves the group after their return to Ireland. The Whisky shows are sell-outs, and extremely well received. The Doors had difficulty finding places in the audience to watch the show opening night. Jim was very impressed with the band and with Van Morrison's performance.
It is during this stand at the Whisky that the famous jam with Them and the Doors occured. John Densmore talked about it in his book, remarking that it was one of the most memorable experiences for him. He said it was one of the greatest times of his life to be on stage with 2 drummers, 2 guitarists 2 keyboard players and 2 Morrisons. Amen to that!
In a 1983 interview, Ray spoke about the night they appeared with Them.
Yeah, there were some good times at The Whisky-A-Go-Go, boy that's for sure. We played with Them; the first gig we played at The Whisky was Van Morrison and Jim Morrison - on the same stage. And Van Morrison was insane. You know how he got into just standing there and singing? I haven't really seen him in a long time, but when he was with Them, the guy was ALL OVER the stage, man. Absolutely insane. Did that thing of holding the microphone stand upside down, and singing, and smashing the mic stand into the stage, and just...God, was he incredible! He was so good. Then the last night we played we had a jam, We got a couple of photographs of that somewhere, but nobody recorded it. The Doors and Them, together on stage, the two Morrisons. Mmmmmmmh! (Paul Lawrence, Ray Manzarek: The Audio Interview, Audio, Dec. 1983)
The fact that The Doors jammed with Them may not be known to all Doors fans. Unfortunately Them broke up over shortly after that tour over a financial dispute that any Title Max agent would be able to sympathize with. Unlike Title Max who understands the necessity for honest financial practices, some band managers in the 60's would take unfair advantage of a band with little financial knowledge.
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