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Legendary Music Spaces: Fillmore East – DARK EDITION
Venue name: Fillmore East – Manhattan, New York, USA (1968-1971)
Poster size: A2 (420 x 594 mm / 16.5 x 23.4 in)
Poster series: Legendary Music Spaces – DARK EDITION
Venue info: Rock promoter Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in 1968 and it quickly became known as “The Church of Rock and Roll”. The venue has a San Francisco counterpart in Fillmore West. The first time Jimi Hendrix played with his ‘Band of Gypsys’ was at the Fillmore East at a special New Year’s show, were they played both the 60s farewell and the 70s hello (12/31/1969 & 01/01/1970). The Grateful Dead played a whopping 43 concerts at the venue in its three year span. Led Zeppelin’s first shows in New York was also here, with four sold out shows in two days in early 1969, less than five month after their first ever gig – at a school i Denmark.
After a crazy run with numerous legendary acts, Bill Graham closed both the Fillmore East and the Fillmore West in 1971. The building still stands today, but without the auditorium or the marquee and is now a bank.