The Doors’ ‘When the Music’s Over’ at Isle Of Wight

February 25, 2018

Footage of The Doors’ performance at England’s Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (believed to be the band’s last filmed concert) was released this past Friday (March 2).


An article on Rolling Stone online said the show was “the band at one of its lowest points”. See for yourself, watch “When The Music’s Over” below.

This festival saw The Doors play at an odd time – 2 am (and in near-dark conditions, the band didn’t know they had to bring their own lighting). From the Rolling Stone article, speaking of the show, drummer John Densmore said, “Roger Daltrey offered Jim (Morrison) some peppermint schnapps, and he didn’t have any. I thought, ‘Whoa, that’s different'” – the chemistry was there. “Some nights Jim would get a little more, how should I say, possessed,” John said with a laugh. “It wasn’t like that that night, but there was a feeling.”

Densmore remembers, “The Who did Tommy that night at the Isle of Wight. They did an opera, we did a symphony.”

Some 700,000 people showed up to 1970’s Isle of Wight. Staggering numbers in today’s festival scene. Beyond The Doors and The Who – the concert featured Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen, Miles David, Joan Baez and so many more.

For concert fans – this is one for the collection!


Written by: Todd Hancock /