MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - 01/24/1969

NEW YORK, NY - U.S.A.



Venue Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza - New York, NY 
Promotion: Elektra
Event: In Concert

Also Performing:
The Staple Singers

Setlist:

Rehearsal (Jan. 23)
(Unknown)

Performance
Touch Me
The Soft Parade
Tell All The People
Love Me Two Times
Who Scared You
Spanish Caravan
Wild Child
Light My Fire
      "Anybody Got A Cigarette?"
Back Door Man
      -Woman Is A Devil
Five To One
      (Band Introductions)
Forget This Is The Square Garden (Dialogue)
Adolf Hitler (Poem)
When The Music's Over
      "This whole performance is being telecast live for national TV..."

Recordings / Film:
Amateur/Audience Recording
16mm Film
8mm Amateur/Audience Film

Photographers:
Cal Deal
Thomas Monaster
Joe Sia
Unidentified (Amateur & Professional)

Reviews / Info:
-Scheduled start times vary between 8:00pm and 8:30pm in known advertisements.
-Promotional posters or handbills do not exist for this show.
-Approx. 20,000 in attendance.
-This performance features Curtis Amy and George Bohanon in an on-stage orchestra.
-Harvey Brooks plays bass guitar at this show.
-The Doors rehearse at Steinway & Sons pianos prior to this performance.
-Setlist includes a rare live performance of 'The Soft Parade' and 'Who Scared You'.
-Jim Morrison gives the first known recitation of the 'Adolf Hitler' poem at this show.
-An audience color 8mm film is shot at this show.
-Jim Morrison indicates that this performance is being telecast live on TV.


"I had no way to get to the box office in New York City for these tickets; a NYC customer of my employer bought them for me, and treated my friends and I to the show. This ticket was pale green and had a $5.00 price on it (See Below). Pat, the same friend who shared that first, "life-altering" concert with me, plus two other friends and I took a train from Princeton, New Jersey into Penn Station in NYC.

Our seats were TERRIBLE... 2nd Promenade is nosebleed level, for sure. This place held 20,000 people. The Doors were on a stage so far away, way down there... Jim was a tiny figure in a white shirt. The horn section was onstage for part of the time, as this was the 'Soft Parade' era.

I have often heard the guys mention that this was their favorite show, I guess because of the venue prestige and audience size. It remains my LEAST favorite of all five shows, because I was so far away and felt disconnected, unable to really 'experience' the show."

Ida Miller
Los Angeles, CA
Copyright © 2011 Ida Miller

A Special Thanks to Ida Miller of IdaFan.com for providing her memories of the concert to MildEquator.com!

16MM FOOTAGE



Madison Square Garden

Info:

Near-stage footage shot on January 24th, 1969 during a sold out concert by The Doors at Madison Square Garden. Almost 16 minutes of the show were captured on film, spanning from The Doors arrival on stage to the end of the concert. While this footage may not be related, Jim Morrison announces to the audience "Hey listen, listen - you know this whole performance is being telecast live for national TV, y'know that? So if you have anything to say, you better say it now." Although circulating copies are generated and silent, a complete and higher quality copy known to MildEquator.com shows that the film is relatively steady and clear, suggesting the filmer was operating a handheld 16mm camera. Circulating copies of this footage are missing a brief segment of The Doors arrival on stage. The whereabouts of the master footage are unknown and details on how it was brought to light now appear to be lost.


8MM COLOR FOOTAGE



Madison Square Garden

Info:

Color 8mm shot from a distance. No audio present. This is the most recent amateur audience film to surface. The filmer 'found' this film in his closet after his recent re-discovery of a Led Zeppelin concert film at the Fillmore East dated one week after The Doors performance at Madison Square Garden on January 24th.



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REVIEW:

Newspaper: The New York Times
Author: Mike Jahn
Publish Date: January 25th - 1969
Copyright © The New York Times
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