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Fillmore East: The Venue That Changed Rock Music Forever

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Fillmore East

What began life as the Commodore Theater was renamed Fillmore East by rock promoter Bill Graham when it opened on March 8, 1968. Graham honed his approach in San Francisco, where he staged shows at Fillmore West.

“Graham had learned so much in San Francisco,” says Steve Miller, singer and guitarist of the Steve Miller Band. “When you sit down and look at the lineups that played at the Fillmore East or the Fillmore West, that was probably the greatest melting pot of music in the history of civilization.”

Fillmore East was known as “The Church of Rock and Roll.” By its close on June 27, 1971, the cream of rock royalty had performed on its stage.

Photo: Jeff Rothstein

Jimi Hendrix

Corky Laing, Mountain: There was one night Jimi Hendrix came to the show. In the Fillmore, you’d go up to the second and third floor, it was where the dressing rooms were. I decided I’d go upstairs and change. It was pretty dark. I go into this dressing room and I start changing, grab my stuff, and I noticed there’s a character over on the side.

And of course, it was Hendrix. And then he says to me, “Hey, would you like some Magic Dust?” And I go, “Magic Dust?” And he says, “Yeah.” That’s all he said. And I figured if Jimi Hendrix is offering you Magic Dust, you don’t refuse.

Photo: Frank Mastropolo

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company headlined Fillmore East’s premiere. Joplin returned with the Kozmic Blues Band.

Sam Andrew, Big Brother & the Holding Company: Janis was always extremely insecure. At that Fillmore East opening, she was frantic, asking me how she did over and over and over again.

She wouldn’t stop, like the needle got stuck. She’d say, “What do you think about the show? How was I? What do you think, was it good? Was it good?” Over and over, it was so intense. It was really something to be with someone who was that talented and that insecure at the same time.

Photo: Frank Mastropolo

Jeff Beck

Steve Miller, Steve Miller Band: Shows could run until four in the morning. You could stay up all night. And there were a lot of jams that I would go to that that would be exactly the case. The cream of the crop of the world would be passing through town and would come by and play. It would not be unexpected to have Hendrix come in and play or Jeff Beck or any one of the really great, great guitar players come in and play.

Photo: Grant Gouldon

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Edgar Street Books (September 25, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 204 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1737764547
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737764540
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.32 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.48 x 11 inches

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