Flashback to The Doors’ 'Hello, I Love You' Live At Hollywood Bowl in 1968

Flashback to The Doors’ 'Hello, I Love You' Live At Hollywood Bowl in 1968

Posted 2 Aug 2021
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Jim Morrison of The Doors performs at the Hollywood Bowl, July 5, 1968. Photo by Ed Caraeff/Getty Images.

On July 5th, 1968, the Doors performed at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl, in their hometown Los Angeles. As they took to the stage on the back of their 3rd album, Waiting For The Sun to perform lead single “Hello, I Love You”, Jim Morrison was at his enigmatic best. Doors’ shows were synonymous with boundary-pushing, mind-altering antics, but this one – of only two professionally recorded live performances of the band in colour – is memorable for the opposite. The power of this performance comes from polished control and lush, dynamic musicianship, capturing the icons in peak form. 

Just under a month later, on this day in 1968, “Hello, I Love You” hit the No. 1 spot on the US singles charts and stayed there for a number of weeks. At the same time, a version of “Light My Fire” by Jose Feliciano's was also in the top 5, giving the Doors’ two songs at the top of the charts simultaneously. Watch below as they deliver an outstanding rendition of the hit single at one of their most memorable moments. 

The Doors | “Hello, I Love You” [Live At The Bowl '68]

Doors manager, Jeff Jampol once described the band’s live performances as “a shamanistic journey into dark rock and roll psychedelic theatre -- a swirling mixture of rock ‘n’ roll heat, poetry, danger, drama and unbridled musical virtuosity.”

Check out The Doors Live at Hollywood Bowl ‘68 concert film, here. 

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