Van and Jim
Here’s a cool shot of two Morrisons with their respective bands, Them and The Doors. This shot was taken in the summer of ’66 at The Whiskey A-G0-Go in L.A. The Doors joined Them for an encore of Them’s classic “Gloria”. At this point, The Doors were the house band at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go, making $200 a week. Them was the hot band out of Belfast and on the rise. Van’s stage presence had quite the impact on the elder Morrison, Jim, as explained by John Densmore in his autobiography, Riders On The Storm.
“Jim Morrison learned quickly from his near namesake’s stagecraft, his apparent recklessness, his air of subdued menace, the way he would improvise poetry to a rock beat, even his habit of crouching down by the bass drum during instrumental breaks.” On the final night, the two Morrisons and the two bands jammed together on “Gloria”.