The storied San Francisco venue had become an institution, an integral part of the West Coast music scene of the '60s and, now, an essential element of the mythology of rock 'n' roll. Always the showman, Graham made sure the Fillmore West was sent off in a blaze of glory, spotlighting bands - including the Grateful Dead and Santana-that rose to fame at the hall. I would love to see it again. This now-rarely seen documentary gives us a glimpse into the hassles and headaches and joy Graham experiences while trying to put together the lineup of acts for this final week of shows at the Fillmore. But, the film shares some of the great times, and the sounds. That's funny, because in the liner notes to the Groovies' Slow Death collection on Norton, Cyril Jordan states something to the effect that Graham's two least favorite bands to deal with were Led Zeppelin, and, wait for it. Cat After watching this yesterday evening all I can say is the sound is very good +.
Maybe I'm thinking of a gig I was at. . Before long Graham is marching Mr. Carlos Santana's prima donna attitude is pretty well known, but watching Bill Graham's boiling frustration in having to deal with it is a true slice of history. There's also some nice footage of Jerry rehearsing and then playing pedal steel here. Although a hard-driven promoter, he was one of these people that thought rock and roll was going to bring peace and harmony to the world.
In both cases the live versions were far better than what appeared on the original albums by Quicksilver Messenger Service and It's a Beautiful Day. I'm gonna' get up and make my life shine,I've made up my mind,to make my life shine. Yeah, some of the performances were ragged, but I still liked the soundtrack album that a friend had. A couple of the aforementioned acts turn up in this concert doc directed by Richard T. The latter is fine, but the 5. The storied San Francisco venue had become an institution, an integral part of the West Coast music scene of the '60s and, now, an essential element of the mythology of rock 'n' roll. Bill Graham himself is a fascinating case study.
I have the 3 record set and I have enjoyed that very much throughout the years. All in all a long hairs dream come true and in the film Garcia, Jorma and Jack and Bill Graham all look forever young. I remember sitting there in the dark being mesmerized by the music - so much of I had never heard before. I was just blown away. He was one in a billion. Final Thoughts: Rhino deserves props for rescuing Fillmore: The Last Days from the vaults of obscurity.
He seemed to be on the quest. Unfortunately, Fillmore also spends plenty of time following Graham as he prepares for the final week of concerts. The audio version differs from the film significantly. No, I've seen a Wellington my nickname for 'boot' of that performance and the vocals of the first two of the four songs aren't mixed properly Greg's vocals are absent due to an apparent mic problem. The Fillmore meant so much to Bill Graham and he wanted to make its farewell the best it could possibly be.
Themselves as The Elvin Bishop Group. Running time 105 minutes Country United States Language English Fillmore — also known as Fillmore: The Last Days, and as Last Days of the Fillmore — is a music documentary film, primarily shot at the auditorium in , from June 29 through July 4, 1971. It delivers a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the music business at a time when many artists were growing jaded by their success, demanding more and more. There's no extras, unfortunately, but it does come with a foldout poster with band line up and liner notes written by Ben Fong-Torres former editor at Rolling Stone. While this isn't directly associated with existing Fillmore footage of the Allmans I thought it was worth mentioning.
Bill Graham Rest of cast listed alphabetically:. I prefer Quicksilver without Dino's nasal drone. Personnel: Rick Stevens - lead vocals Skip Mesquite - 1st tenor sax Emilio Castillo - 2nd tenor sax, socals Greg Adams - Trumpet Stephen Kupka - baritone sax Mic Gillette - Trumpet, Trombone Vocals Willie James Fulton - guitar, vocals David Garibaldi - drums Francis Rocco Prestia - bass Brent Byars - conga drums, vocals. The film also contains extensive footage of concert promoter , who organized the concerts and ran the Fillmore West. While the split screen techniques applied here are derivative of the ground breaking work by Mike Wadleigh and company on the Woodstock film project, the subject matter in Fillmore is sufficient to set this movie apart from most other such films of the time.
I was given a mix tape many, many years ago that contained fantastic live versions of Fresh Air and White Bird. On Independence Day in 1971, the Fillmore West closed its doors, leaving a Bay Area landmark in its wake. It's not the best quality, but those who may wish to get the dvd can preview the film. They were just recently discovered in last couple of years. Soon afterwards I got a call from him, saying, 'That thing you pulled on me is the most exciting thing in the movie. It changed my idea of what music could be. The other part, interspersed with the music, is an approved biography of Graham, who talks about his life and conducts an endless round of entertainingly profane telephone negotiations for the valedictory concerts.
Performers as The New Riders of the Purple Sage. Disillusioned by the change, Graham decided to get out, pulling the curtain down with five days of concerts that ended on July 4, 1971. I'm sooo cornfused these daze. Conosseurs of Sixties-era blues rock will dig the appearances of the Greateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service, as well as less-remembered groups like It's a Beautiful Day and Cold Blood. Performers as Quicksilver Messenger Service. Bill Graham was a great man, but still a total business man. I have the vinyl soundtrack and I enjoy hearing many of the tracks often.
All traveling together on a train - thru canada I think. Thankfully, Fresh Air is unmolested. As is, it gave me a big taste of the past, and it dies fulfill a little of what I needed and wanted from Fillmore. The film stands as a vivid time capsule that captures an era in rock history when music had become a major industry and—for some—a huge headache. The documentary style creation was a product of the times. Im hoping some of you can remember better than I cuz i would love to see this footage again - but i remember seeing a documentary involving the Grateful Dead - Janis Joplin mebbe big brother too - I believe Jefferson Airplane mebbe? There's also info on the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. But I swear I can remember seeing him play it live without Steve Miller.