I saw a lot of shows in San Francisco at the Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore West, Winterland, and the Avalon Ballroom. But one of my favorite concert venues was the Matrix. And when I say “concert venue,” I mean “bar.” It was a tiny room. When you walked in, to the left was a small bar, then to the right was seating, and to the far right was a very minimal stage.
The cover charge was $1.00 to get in, and they didn’t serve alcohol, only hot apple cider. Very few knew about the Matrix, but all the best local bands and many bands who came to play the Fillmore played the Matrix during the week to practice and warm-up for their gigs. The entire Matrix held MAYBE fifty to sixty people, but I don’t think I ever saw more than thirty.
In early 1967, I was a student at the University of San Francisco. I heard the song “Break On Through” on the radio and was immediately hooked. So I ran out and bought their debut album. A few months later, my brother Dominic heard The Doors would be playing at the Matrix, and that’s all I needed to hear. We were going to see The Doors!
When we walked into the Matrix, it was us and about fifteen other people. We sat right up front near the stage and watched The Doors perform three complete sets of music just a few feet away. Not only did you hear the music, but you felt it vibrating through you. It’s something I will never forget; sipping on cider, listening to music, and feeling lucky as hell. They played all the music from the first album, some cover songs, instrumentals, and new Doors songs that I hadn’t heard before. The music was killer, and the musicians were incredible. I specifically remember being so impressed with John Densmore’s drumming, and Jim was just something else. He was like Sinatra. He oozed sex.
After one of the sets ended with “When The Music’s Over,” the band stepped down off the stage to take a fifteen-minute break. Jim stood next to me talking to the other band members and then headed to the restroom. I also had to use the restroom, so I figured, “What the hell,” and went in there right behind him. We had a short conversation where I said hello and told him how much I loved the music. Fifty years later, I don’t remember much else about the conversation, but he was very friendly and engaging. I didn’t sense he was drunk or on any sort of drug. I guess that is my one “claim to fame”; that I spoke with Jim Morrison in the head of the Matrix. Ha!
Back Door Man
My Eyes Have Seen You
Get Off My Life Woman
When The Music’s Over
Close To You
Crawling King Snake
I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind
People Are Strange
The Crystal Ship
Twentieth Century Fox
Summer’s Almost Gone
Woman Is A Devil/Rock Me
Break On Through
Light My Fire
Your Doors Fix for the 2020s and Beyond
For decades, the rock group The Doors and their charismatic front-man Jim Morrison have continued to attract fans young and old. Since 1967, hundreds of books, multiple feature films, thousands of magazine articles, and hundreds of television shows have been made featuring The Doors. Yet, what do we have for today's tech-savvy Doors fan looking to Doors content on their mobile device? The answer is... not much. That's why we're here.
The Doors.ai was created for today's digital generation to get their Doors content on the go, where they want it, and when they want it. Curated by The Doors' official archivist, you get exclusive Doors content you won't find anywhere else.
Features include: Today in Doors History, Classic Quotes, Doors Stories, Doors Location Guide, Song Lyrics, Concert Reviews, and more!
All app content is constantly updated, making the average monthly subscription cost of less than $1 well worth it.
Today in Doors History
From the earliest days of the band, through the solo careers of Ray, Robby and John, it's all here in "Today in Doors History."
Each day you open up the app it will display what occurred that day in Doors history.
- Doors Concert Dates
- Ray, Robby and John solo concert dates (Ray solo, Butts Band, Nite City, Red Shift, etc)
- Album and movie release dates
- Many more significant events in Doors history, many of which are exclusive to The Doors.ai.
You can scroll through the days of the year, or you can jump right to a day that means something to you. Many days have five or six events occurring.
We will continue to research Doors-related events and add more as we find them.
You will always learn something new in "Today in Doors History."
Although many books have been written about The Doors, what better way to learn about the psyche of Jim Morrison and the events surrounding the band than from the people who were actually there?
Not only will you will hear from band members Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore, but also others instrumental in development of the band such as long-time engineer Bruce Botnick, and Elektra President Jac Holzman.
Many of these quotes are exclusive to The Doors.ai.
Most content in The Doors.ai is made for today's world, for people on the go. Small consumable chunks that you can browse and enjoy when you have a few spare minutes. Sometimes you want to spend a little more time reading about the band. That's where the "Doors Stories" section comes in.
Doors stories are a bit longer, similar to old-school magazine articles. Written or edited exclusively for The Doors.ai, you won't find these anywhere else.
Find out about things like
- The Doors' early days at The London Fog on Sunset Strip
- Doors' keyboardist Ray Manzarek's early experiences with LSD.
- One fan's experience crashing a Doors' recording session
- The story of a family's interactions with Jim and the band as they were recording LA Woman.
- And many more!
New stories added monthly.
Doors' Location Guide
Have you ever wanted to go hang out at the same places that Jim Morrison and The Doors' hung out? We have you covered with the Doors' Location Guide.
- In Los Angeles, you can go find The Whisky a Go Go, Jim Morrison's room at the Alta Cienega Motel, The Doors' beach rehearsal house in Venice Beach, and over 20 more locations
- In San Francisco, you can find the famous venues where The Doors performed, such as the Avalon Ballroom, The Matrix, The Fillmore Auditorium.
- In New York, go hang out where the Strange Days album cover was shot, or find Ondine or the historic Fillmore East where The Doors played.
- In Paris, you can find the apartment where Jim Morrison stayed during his time in Paris as well as his gravesite at Pere Lachaise.
- And More!
Over forty different locations across Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Paris. New locations added monthly.
What Doors application would be complete without a complete lyrics guide? We've got it here too, but unlike you've ever seen it before.
One of the most frustrating things about Doors lyrics on the internet is that they are either incomplete or just plain wrong. The lyrics in The Doors.ai were all transcribed using the isolated vocal tracks from the Doors multi-track recordings. These are the true lyrics, and in some cases a little different than you've ever seen before.
Included in our lyrics section are The Doors six original albums, plus the two post-Morrison albums Other Voices and Full Circle.
We also have the lyrics to album outtakes, and b-sides that never made the albums.
This really is your one-stop shop for Doors lyrics.
One of the goals of The Doors.ai is to make sure that the stories and memories from the people who saw The Doors perform live are saved for future generations of fans to enjoy. This part of the app was built specifically for that purpose.
Our concert reviews include:
- Over one hundred reviews spanning the earliest Doors shows in 1966 through their final gig as a trio in 1972.
- Reviews of Robby and John's first band after The Doors broke up, the Butts Band.
- Reviews of Ray Manzarek solo shows in 1974-75 supporting his first two solo albums.
- Reviews of Ray Manzarek's late-seventies band Nite City.
We hope as more fans download and use The Doors.ai, we will be able to add even more reviews and save even more history!