Remember when? The Doors Backstage Saratoga Performing Arts Center Footage 1968

Hat tip to Don Drewecki, but here is the Doors backstage at SPAC in 1968.

Check it out. Were you at the show?

The write up about the video on the YouTube page:

The Doors “Backstage Saratoga Performing Arts Center” Footage 1968

“Color footage with original audio shot backstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 1st, 1968. Features Jim Morrison on a piano reciting poetry later known as ‘Ode To Friedrich Nietzsche’. Robby Krieger performs ‘Arthritis Blues’ and Ray Manzarek performs ‘Dahomey Dance’. John Densmore, Dorothy Fujikawa, and Lynn Krieger are present. Poetry reading by Jim Morrison with original audio.”

DATE: 09/01/1968
LOCATION: Saratoga Springs – NY
SCENE: Backstage

7 responses to “Remember when? The Doors Backstage Saratoga Performing Arts Center Footage 1968”

  1. I wasn’t backstage but I remember the show. There were state troopers on the stage with the band to insure that Jim kept his pants on since he’d exposed himself at another previous gig.

    I saw Janis Joplin there the same summer. I think it was $2 to sit on the lawn then.


  2. Jim influenced my art my entire life with his macabre and surreal lyrics and poetry. You can see my portrait of the Lizard King I created in memoriam recently on the 40th anniversary of his death. It’s on my artist’s blog at


  3. This was the first concert I ever attended! I sat in the ampitheater for this one, but usually sat on the lawn for others. Am I crazy, or could you get lawn seats using Green Stamps that first year or two? Does anyone remember this?


  4. Those yellow chairs are in SPAC’s main offices! Wild!


  5. The Doors are right up there with the Monkees, for relevance.

    Unless one is a big fan of Oedipus, Brandt Hardin’s devotion
    is, somewhat, laughable.

    SPAC is, now, reduced to 3rd rate ‘remember when’.

    Just Tragic.


  6. I was there. It was the day after my 16th birthday. Saw the Doors a year before at the RPI Field House. Still one of my favorite bands. Why did it take so long to show this.


  7. Marc Stollberg

    I saw both of those shows. do remember the sword at the Saratoga show. I gave it to him…


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