The Doors next archival release with be Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970, a CD and home video document of the group’s performance at the legendary British festival.
The collection is “the last known unseen performance of the Doors in existence,” according to Eagle Rock Entertainment, although a bit of it was used for the 1997 Isle Of Wight documentary Message To Love. Its audio has been remixed by longtime Doors engineer and co-producer Bruce Botnick.
The Doors performance at 2 a.m. on August 30, on a bill that also included Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Joan Baez and others. The DVD will also include This Is The End, a 17-minute compendium of interviews with the group’s Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late Manzarek, original manager Bill Siddons and director Murray Lerner.
Krieger tells us that even by 1970, four years into the group’s recording career, the Doors stood out as unique from other bands:
“I think the other bands thought we were kinda weird. We kinda liked that…Our audience…was definitely a rock ‘n’ roll audience. Y’know, some of the more esoteric songs like ‘Whiskey Bar’ and ‘The End’ might have brought some more intellectual type of audiences for us, but it was mainly the same audience that would go see any rock ‘n’ roll band back then, at least that’s what I thought.”
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.