The day after his 24th birthday, and just before taking the stage at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, CT, Jim Morrison is maced by a police officer who mistakes him for someone who doesn't belong backstage.
After performing a few songs, during the musical interlude of "Back Door Man," Jim begins to tell the audience what had happened — referring to the officer in question as "a little man in blue." Moments later, the house lights are brought up and Morrison is dragged off stage by several police officers and arrested for "indecent and immoral exhibition." The charges are ultimately dropped.
The exact setlist performed tonight is unclear. No recording has ever surfaced and no article reproduces it in its entirety. Articles and the original police report state that the band had played "several songs" before the arrest was made. One article quotes lines from "Unhappy Girl" and "People Are Strange," suggesting they may have been performed. At least two articles mention "When The Music's Over" specifically and one quotes lines from "Five To One" that reportedly accompanied it. Morrison had just begun using lyrics from the still-unreleased song in concert (see Nov. 3, 1967
and Nov. 16, 1967
) so it's doubtful the entire song was performed. Additional songs, such as setlist regulars like "Break On Through," Alabama Song," or "Soul Kitchen," may also have been performed before "Back Door Man."
The date of this concert is sometimes incorrectly identified as December 10, 1967 (especially on commemorative posters and shirts). This is likely due to the infamous mug shot taken of Jim Morrison by the New Haven police, who booked him after midnight and dated the photo 12-10-67.
This concert is also incorrectly dated to 1968 in Oliver Stone's movie, The Doors.