Doesn’t that look like Kid Rock?
m.a. h’s Leon Russell post has inspired me
I believe that she wins the Leon Russell round, however…..
It was the “best of days”, my Fillmore days. As fate would have it, this venue was only open from 1968 to 1971. The “glory days” of music and I frequented those hallowed halls, yes, from 1968 to 1971. Age 18 to 21. (Youth is wasted on the young)
A few years ago I received the book “Live at the Fillmore East –A Photographic Memoir”. There are pictures of the bands, the fans, the groupies. Bill Graham, backstage, balcony, and halls. Tech crews, light booms, everything that was “Fillmore”. You could almost smell the sweet scent of marijuana, just by turning
the pages. (scratch & sniff, anyone?)
The Fillmore East was once a seedy old movie house called the Loews Commodore. The best part of the Fillmore? There were only 2600 seats. Seats! Yes, reserved seats, and only 2600 of them. A quote from my book explains, “it formalized the rock experience into a theatrical event” $5.50 would get you the best one in the house. Oh those were the days, my friend.
At the back of the book are the concert dates. The first concert being March 8, 1968. Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding company. Unfortunately, my first foray to the theater was to see The Vanilla Fudge! (oh, you don’t remember them?) June 21, 1968.
This is where I was going to imbed a video for you, but is there nothing worse than a You Tube Video from 1968? Your Welcome.
The Fillmore East closesd on the night of June 27, 1971. The final concert was by invitation only. I was at the final concert not needing an invitation. June 26, 1971. A night hard to forget.
The Allman Brothers (with Duane, who would be gone just four months later); the J. Geils Band and Albert King. It seemed there were a whole lot more people who showed up on stage to say goodbye but I can’t remember who. I was too
Duane Allman at the Fillmore East
Coming: Part 2: “The concert I can’t prove ever happened”
The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage & Hot Tuna. All together, all night long.
©All Photography by Amalie R. Rothschild
But I HAVE to leave you with some music. Here’s one of my favorites.
I know I promised, but this is Live @ The Filmore East and with Duane, and I was probably there and probably so was m.a. h.!