The Doors – 1967 Crosstown Bus/Boston Concert Poster – Unknown Variant (Just After “Light My Fire” Was #1)

A previously unknown version of the rare original concert poster advertising two August, 1967 shows by The Doors at Boston’s short-lived Crosstown Bus.  Just weeks before these shows, “Light My Fire” spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Charts.   As a Boston history website noted, The Doors were booked at the Crosstown Bus in Brighton Center as a new promising act but by the time they performed at the Crosstown Bus, they were stars.

We acquired this unique poster from a former Crosstown Bus employee, who acquired it before the Doors shows.  The final poster for this show was printed in three colors, black, green and red.  This unknown variant was printed in black and green, but it is not simply a two color version, as the green on this version was printed using a darker ink than on the three color version. (The three color version is shown here for comparison.)

The Crosstown Bus employee told us the poster was designed by Jim Phillips. He recalled the two color version and the three color one “arrived at the venue for the artist to approve and or make changes–they were printed the same day, or same time–I cannot account for the printing difference in the green one–the poster with the 3 colors is ultimately how the poster was printed and replicated and the one with 2 colors was a test or proof or some other early version of the final version–and I have never seen another one like it.”

Printed on thick matte stock, the poster is in near mint condition, and has undergone some expert restoration to remove old clear tape stains on the edges. The colors are bright and bold and it will frame beautifully.  16 3/4″ x 21 3/4″.

A rare and important early Doors poster, acquired from the original owner.

Some reviews of the Doors Crosstown Bus shows:

Singer Jim Morrison was like an unleashed psychopath, staggering around and sprawling on the stage, looking to be in a shamanistic frenzy (bigger eyeballs I’ve never seen) and establishing an explosive tone of hurt and anger, ending in catharsis. Pianist Ray Manzarek played his dapper opposite – a Van Cliburn character who acted straight enough to be in a classical piano competition until you looked further at his granny glasses, and realized he was an emissary from Pluto. Guitarist Robbie Kreiger, meanwhile, was a shy, poetic figure in the background. The first time I saw them was at the short lived Crosstown Bus in Brighton, a psychedelic atmosphere complete with absurd silver foil covering the walls and go-go girls in cages. An eye-opener.

-Steve Morse – Boston Globe

Morrison’s descent wasn’t pretty, but anyone who saw him in his prime saw a visually unsettling psychodrama. I caught him twice — once in Providence and once at the short-lived Brighton club the Crosstown Bus, where he writhed on his back and assumed a fetal position at times, while go-go dancers boogied in cages and lights reflected off tinfoil placed on the walls. The band often just vamped behind him, as he rolled his trance like eyes, twitched and paused for occasional silences to rivet attention. It was a strange, wondrous and occasionally terrifying experience as he muttered, moaned and then exploded to life during the songs’ climaxes.

-Steve Morse – Boston Globe

Sadly, the Crosstown Bus lasted only last a few months but it has a place in Rock and Roll history because of the Doors concert.  The Hallucinations fronted by Peter Wolf (before J Geils Band) had the distinction of being the last act to play there. Peter Wolf said “We had to go down the fire escape with a lot of equipment because they didn’t have the right licenses and the cops were coming in to bust the place.”



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