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Today In Rock History - 12th December

The Doors last ever gig was on this day at The Warehouse in New Orleans in 1970. It was an inauspicious conclusion to three years of live shows. The gig was a mess, with Jim drunk, draped over the microphone, heavily bearded and forgetting the words. Then he smashed up the microphone in a booze-fuelled rage and the show finished early.
The band were in the middle of recording the seminal album LA Woman, but agreed to knock touring with Jim on the head because he was so unpredictable and the threat of arrest for violence or drunken trouser-snake related incidents, was ever present.
Morrison soon retreated to Paris and we all know what happened there the following summer.