Hollywood Bowl

2301 North Highland Avenue

On July 5, 1968, The Doors played one of the most famous venues in the world..the Hollywood Bowl. The entire concert was filmed with multiple cameras and multi-track audio for inclusion in "Feast of Friends". Although this performance wasn't one of Jim's most energetic, it contained some of his best poetic improvisation, plus his vocal power and range were in full display. Musically and lyrically the performance was flawless. The entire concert was restored and released in 1987 as "The Doors, Live at the Hollywood Bowl".

Fast-forward 40+ years and the Hollywood Bowl is still a "must see" for every Doors fan. If you can, pick a date when nothing is going on at the bowl. That way you're more likely to be able to walk around and explore without getting in the way of any stage/set construction that might be going on, plus parking won't be an issue. Below you will see the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl property as it is today.

Below are recent photos of the stage as seen from the very back of the bowl seating, then a shot from the back of the stage looking out over the seating.

Here are some similar shots from that July weekend in '68. The first is a shot from the back of the bowl looking towards the stage, the second a close-up shot of Jim looking out into the first few rows of seats from the edge of the stage.

If you have time, be sure to check out the Hollywood Bowl museum while you are there. It contains exhibits and photos of the Hollywood Bowl's rich history.

Griffith Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road

Griffith Observatory, which sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, is engrained in the rich history of Hollywood and Los Angeles. It is one of Southern California's most popular attractions and has been featured in numerous Hollywood films including the 1955 James Dean classic, "Rebel Without A Cause". Not only is this an incredible place to spend the day, but it also has a place in Doors history.

Griffith Observatory was the location of Paul Ferrara's iconic 1968 photo shoot with Jim atop the observatory:

Both Jim Morrison and Paul Ferrara were huge fans of James Dean. Since "Rebel Without a Cause" had many scenes shot at the Observatory, it was an homage to that film that they choose to shoot there. For a great "Behind the Scenes" look at some of the "Rebel" scenes shot at the Observatory, click here. For another great video put together showing the current locations where many "Rebel" scenes were shot, click here.

Although there have been major renovations to the observatory, as you can see below, not much has changed since 1968.


More recent photos of the drive up to the observatory plus a view of the Hollywood Sign.

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