Mount Vernon — Imagine what might have been? Jim Morrison was an alcoholic, never lived in moderation, and when the money came, had a host of drinking buddies, vultures who fed his habit. Morrison could have given the world so much more, but the disease, coupled with the pressures of stardom led him to an early grave.
This Thursday at 7 p.m. at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon) – Elixir, the Ohio Humanities Council and Ariel Foundation present a Chautauqua that will take you back to Dec. 11, 1970, to the last full Doors concert in Dallas, Texas. The next night in New Orleans, half way through “Light My Fire” Morrison stopped singing, did not complete the song or the concert and never sang in public again.
Using a family oriented program (none of the abusive language or suggestive behavior Morrison was known for), Mike Petee as Jim Morrison, will take the audience down memory lane, sharing the evolution of the band in a manner not unlike what Morrison might have done.
Petee indicates his reason for doing Morrison, “I like the music of the Doors and it stands the test of time. I wondered why Jim Morrison is big or bigger in the eyes of each new generation and being my vocal range is similar to Morrison’s and I remember when the Doors played, I thought it would be cool to recreate what it would be like at a Doors concert and maybe leave those who have a problem similar to Jim’s to get treatment as it’s not something to retreat from but rather to have treated. I found some great musicians to play the music, as the Doors sound is not as easy to reproduce. The band is Joe Barone, music director at Loudonville High School on keyboards, Hal Gobeille from Mansfield on guitar, Bill Miller from Bellville on bass and Zack Wall from Mount Vernon on drums. They really have worked on the nuances of the Doors music.”
The chautauqua is presented on a donation based and the doors (no pun intended) will open on Thursday at 6 p.m. and the performance will start at 7 p.m. with audience questions to Morrison immediately at the end of the program. If you want to hear the music of the Doors live or see what it was like or relive the ’60s, this is the Chautauqua for you. Information on this and other shows in the series, visit: www.elixirpresents.com or call 740-392-3018 or 740-392-6102.
Published on September 19, 2012