Jimi’s Band of Gypsys' historic Fillmore concerts
Rare concert program for Jimi Hendrix: A Band of Gypsys at the Fillmore East, New York, on December 31, 1969, and January 1, 1970, featuring full-page images of Hendrix and Buddy Miles. Program also includes information for the Grateful Dead show on January 2-3. In fine condition, with light handling wear. This program is for the only full concerts the Band of Gypsys ever played—two on December 31 and two on January 1—before disbanding at the end of the month. Recordings from these concerts formed the self-titled Band of Gypsys album, which was the last album he released before his death.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the closing of the now legendary Fillmore East. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Who, LedZeppelin, Pink Floyd, John Lennon, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Derek and the Dominos, the Allman Brothers Band and so many more who performed at the Fillmore, most on several occasions. Unlike its counterpart the Fillmore West in San Francisco, which was a ballroom (it was a former dance hall) like most music venues were at the time, the Fillmore East was a theatre and it was a totally different experience for both the artist and the audience. Going to the Fillmore East ,was going to the theatre... A theatre that was built originally for vaudeville shows, that was perfect acoustically and seating wise for rock concerts. With the addition of a custom made sound system and the visually mesmerizing Joshua Light Show (Joe's Light's later), made the concert experience like no other. The Fillmore East itself is gone now, though its legend lives on and to anyone who ever was fortunate enough to perform or attend a concert there can attest to the magic that occurred in that much missed theatre.