Back in the days when high school rocked

There was a time when area high school students didn’t have to travel to New York City to bask in rock royalty.

It was in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and bands such as The Doors, Cream, The Yard Birds and The Beach Boys had played to packed auditoriums at high schools throughout the region.

In a recent interview with Danbury News-Times, Paul Rotello recalled his experience attending a Doors concert at Danbury High School on Oct. 11, 1967. He remembered seeing Jim Morrison stride up to the microphone in a ruffled, button-down shirt and black-leather pants as the iconic lead singer dove into the band’s first number, “Moonlight Drive.”

“My best friend’s sister turned to Jell-O,” Rotello later recalled.

David Hull, of the recently-reunited 70s-era pop band, The Dirty Angels, had the chance to see Cream, The Animals and Buddy Miles play at Staples High School in Westport, which was then known for its eclectic, bohemian atmosphere.

“It was a really free-thinking time,” said Hull, who went onto perform and tour with Miles, a disciple of Jimi Hendrix.

NOTE: Are you a graduate of a high school in Fairfield County? Do you remember seeing a rock legend perform at your school? Please share your thoughts, or email reporter Scott Gargan at

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