Lot #5283
Eric Clapton 1970 Fillmore East Program

Eric Clapton shuns superstardom and tours as a sideman with future Dominos

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Estimate: $200+


Eric Clapton shuns superstardom and tours as a sideman with future Dominos

Concert program for Delaney and Bonnie & Friends with Eric Clapton at the Fillmore East, New York, on February 6-7, 1970, 5.5 x 8.5, 24 pages, featuring biographies and images of the musicians inside, along with supporting acts Wilbert Harrison and Seals & Crofts. Delaney and Bonnie opened up for Blind Faith on their 1969 US tour, Clapton seeking to break away from stardom started gigging with them while they were on the British tour in 1970. An album Delaney and Bonnie & Friends On Tour with Eric Clapton was released and a US tour was set up to promote the record resulting in these concerts at the Fillmore East. Ironically the band included Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle, who with Eric would form Derek and the Dominos months later. In very good to fine condition, with light handling wear, and some staining to the front cover.

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.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #611 - Ended June 24, 2021