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    The Doors 1970 New Orleans Handbill for Final Show with Jim Morrison An original paper advertising flyer - no poster was ever made - for The Doors' final performance ever with lead singer Jim Morrison, at the Warehouse in New Orleans on Saturday, December 12, 1970.

    Every performer in rock-music history has a candidate for "their last show" concert poster, handbill and/or ticket/stub, with a few exceptions (nightclubs, etc.). The Beatles have their Candlestick, Elvis has his Indianapolis and the Rolling Stones have their... well, never mind.

    But the Doors are a particularly tough challenge to collect in this regard because no poster was made to advertise their final show ever with Jim Morrison still alive, seven months before he died in Paris. And the handbill seems to have barely been made because there just aren't any around for collectors to acquire. This is the first one Heritage has ever offered for sale, and probably the first one you've ever seen for sale, too.

    So it's with extra pleasure and satisfaction that we have this item, definitely printed up and distributed before the show to sell tickets. It has a unique design used only for this one show, with their old familiar logo and the four Doors pictured standing in a series of doorway arches. The gig was "at a warehouse" which is often referred to as 'The Warehouse,' which hosted lots of great shows back then, including reportedly the all-original Allman Brothers Band opening for Pink Floyd. Admission was clearly $5 on this flyer, no age limit, doors at 7:00 and show at 8:00. Lots of details are given on where to buy tickets, including through the mail from Beaver Productions.

    What's especially noteworthy about this final Doors show (Other Voices notwithstanding) is that Jim Morrison seemed to have a premonition and performed a drunk or drugged, abbreviated show. According to the book The Doors on the Road (Shaw, Omnibus), Jimbo totally melted down during the concert's final number, "Light My Fire." He sat down on drummer John Densmore's drum riser midway through, hung his head and wasn't going to get up again for the song's vocal climax. Densmore planted his foot in Morrison's back and gave him a shove toward the stage front. "What follows is an explosion," Shaw writes. "In tormented frustration, Morrison repeatedly smashes his microphone stand into the stage with such force that the boards splinter. The then throws the mike stand onto the floor in front of the audience, and storms off the stage.

    "The proprietors of the Warehouse choose not to repair the damage to the stage floor for years after this show, because of its historical significance."

    We don't have any pieces of the stage to offer you, but this is the next best thing.

    Printed with blue ink on very thin, very light yellow-colored paper. Measures 8 1/2 x 10 1/2" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. Handbill's verso has four pairs of light tape stains spread out over the four corners, but no residue or stickiness whatsoever, they're smooth to the touch, it's only visual. They do show through to the front in very minor fashion, mostly in the thin yellow border. The flyer was also once eighth-folded, but must be examined closely to spot the remnants of that; it's almost like it was folded down for somebody's pocket for one day, and then flattened out for almost 50 years. It's just not a factor, mentioned only for full disclosure. The appearance of this very rare handbill presents almost perfectly. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 30
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