[Slowhand] Fillmore

Bryan Reid humblephoenix at comcast.net
Sat Jan 14 08:41:54 EST 2006

The Avalon was at the corner of Sutter Street and Van Ness Avenue. I believe
that it is still there today, in one form or another.

The Fillmore West was the old Carousel Ballroom, which had presented rock
shows going back into the mid 1960s, I believe, making it one of the older
venues of that era. I know it was the site of some of the infamous Hell's
Angels' parties that Big Brother and the Dead used to play at. It is now
part of a car delalership.


From: Noah Seidenberg [mailto:n.seidenberg at comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:37 PM
To: slowhand at planet-torque.com
Subject: [Slowhand] Fillmore

"The Fillmore West, which replaced the Auditorium"

If I am not incorrect this venue was previously the old Avalon Ballroom
which was the home of Chet Helms the Family Dog fellow.


"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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