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The infamous Miami incident of March 1969 created sufficient controversy to cut short the remainder of that tour. The Doors played a date or two to round out the year, but it wasn't until 1970 that they recovered their momentum. The outstanding Morrison Hotel album was in stores, and the band was riding high on a wave of potent synergy. They kicked off the new tour in Boston on April 10th.May 1st found them at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, a venue that had a reputation for unruliness. Ray Manzarek recalls the atmosphere that night in the liner notes to this release:We couldn't even begin to play until all the people were in their seats. They were all jammed up at the front—anticipating Morrison, Densmore, Krieger and Manzarek—but we couldn't take the stage until they went back to their seats and listened in an orderly fashion. Only then would the Fire Marshal allow the show to continue. His whole trip was: You have to clear the aisles. What if there's a fire? Well, the place was made of metal and concrete; what was going to burn, except for The Doors' music? So we waited until the Fire Marshal gave the OK to the MC, who said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, from Los Angeles, California, The Doors. ' Immediately, everyone who'd been made to sit down stood right back up. But by then it was too late.