[Slowhand] Re: The Fillmores et al

Bruce Wilson kbw at mchsi.com
Fri Jan 13 16:52:42 EST 2006

Hi Bryan,

Thanks for all the great info about Graham's venues. One thing I can add - Winterland closed following a December 31, 1978 extravaganza headlined by the Grateful Dead supported by the Blues Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers. The show, much of it broadcast on FM and public TV, lasted all night with breakfast served at dawn.

Happy New Year,

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 12:41:52 -0500
From: "Bryan Reid" <humblephoenix at comcast.net>
Subject: [Slowhand] The Fillmores et al
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Bill Graham had three main theaters in San Francisco, although he did
promote shows in other SF facilities on occasion.

The Fillmore Auditorium (Bill Graham's first venue) was located at Fillmore
Street and Geary Boulevard. The first show was 10 December 1965 and was
headlined by The Jefferson Airplane; the last was on 4 July 1968 and was
headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The Fillmore West, which replaced the Auditorium, was located at 10 South
Van Ness Ave and 1545 Market Street in San Francisco, CA. in the old
Carousel Ballroom. The first show was on 5 July 1968 and was headlined by
the Butterfield Blues Band; the last show was on 4 July 1971 and was
headlined by Santana.

Winterland was located roughly at Post Street and Steiner Street. Originally
built as an ice skating rink, it had a capacity of 5,400, it was just a
short walk from the original Fillmore Auditorium, located at 1805 Geary
Blvd. It is now an apartment building. The first show was on 23 September
1966 and was headlined by The Jefferson Airplane; the last was on 29 May
1971 and was headlined by The Grateful Dead.

Much confusion over the years has resulted from Graham booking a band for,
say, three nights and have them play the first at the Fillmore (either) and
then two nights at Winterland. And he would mix it around other ways as
well. And, of course, when people say Fillmore, you don't know which one
they're talking about unless you know the date. After 4 July 1968 it's WEST;
before, it's AUDITORIUM.
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