On March 1, 1969, The Doors frontman Jim Morrison allegedly exposed his genitals to an awed audience at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami. According to the Miami Herald reporter Larry Mahoney there were "hundreds of unescorted junior and senior high school girls" for whom "…Morrison appeared to masturbate in full view of the audience, screamed obscenities, and exposed himself."
There are many varying accounts of that night, but what is known for sure is that the show was a complete chaos. The incident marked the beginning of the end for the Doors, and the night ended with Jim Morrison, facing jail time for allegedly showing his genitals to the crowd of 12,000 people.
Before we discuss wether Morrison did or not show his genitalia, let’s focus on the events that led to that night.
?1969 was an year that Jim Morrison was increasingly having an erratic behaviour. Jim’s drinking problems and the unwillingness to cooperate in the studio, led to the recording of The Soft Parade to a near halt.
Jim’s problems could be seen throughout the Soft Parade tour, were he often showed up too drunk or high to properly sing or remember his lyrics.
At the time Jim Morrison was attending an experimental play, The Living Theatre, who were known for provoking the audience as part of their show.
On the ‘Miami Incident’ night, Morrison showed up very drunk and couldn’t finish the song "Break On Through (To The Other Side)" before starting to mumble rants about "revolution" and "having a good time."
After that Morrison started taunting and teasing the audience, by saying, "Love me! I can't take it no more without no good love. I want some lovin'! Ain't nobody gonna love my ass?”, then an audience member got onstage and offered Morrison a live lamb, and Jim Morrison said: "I'd fuck her but she's too young."
Through the concert Jim Morrison paused and stared for a few moments, and out of nowhere screams into the mic, "YOU'RE ALL A BUNCH OF FUCKING IDIOTS! Let people tell you what you're gonna do. Let people push you around. How long do you think it's gonna last? How long are you gonna let it go on? How long are you gonna let them push you around? Maybe you love it. Maybe you like being pushed around...You're all a bunch of slaves! BUNCH OF SLAVES!”
During one of Robby Krieger's guitar solos, Morrison fell to his knees right in front of him, some say to praise his guitar, others say, to give him a bit of pleasure.
Later in the night a fan runs into the stage and poured champagne over Morrison’s shirt, who then took it off and said, "Let's see a little skin, let's get naked.”. This moment was key for what happened next, The ‘Miami Incident’. Jim Morrison said, "You didn't come here for music, did you?" Morrison asked the riled-up crowd, "You came for something more, didn't you...You didn't come for rock n' roll, you came for something else, didn't you? WHAT IS IT?" After cheers and incoherent screams from the crowd, Morrison continued, "You wanna see my cock, don't you? THAT'S what ya came here for!”. And that was it, Morrison then put his champagne-soaked shirt in front of his crotch, and supposedly pulled out his genitals. There are no pictures of such an event taking place, but everyone on the venue rushed to the stage to touch Jim Morrison and it almost collapsed.
Eventually police forced Jim out of the crowd, and contrary to what many believe, no effort was made to arrest Morrison that night.
The consequences of Jim Morrison’s acts that night came March 5, 1969, when he was charged with six arrest warrants, even the FBI issued an investigation reporting "Morrison's effort to provoke chaos among a huge crowd of young people." Morrison was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail, alone with hard labor and a $500 fine.
The band lawyers filled an appeal which allowed Morrison free during the time the appeal was pending. In the meantime his vices got worst and persisted. On July 3, 1970, while still waiting for the appeals process, Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub while on vacation in Paris. He was 27.
The rest of the band deny that Jim Morrison Showed his privates, and in 2010, the State of Florida seemed to agree with the band, as Morrison was pardoned from all charges due to lack of evidence.