Historic Led Zeppelin headline performances at the Fillmore East
Concert program for Led Zeppelin's first headlining shows at New York's legendary Fillmore East on May 30-31, 1969, only a few months after having premiered at the venue as an opening act for Iron Butterfly. The program measures 5.5 x 8.5 and includes a photo and full-page biography of the band, a large advertisement for Led Zeppelin's debut album, as well as many other interesting period advertisements, including full page announcements for Tommy, The Who's new album, and the Newport Folk Festival, which lists an assortment of future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists. In fine condition, with some light wrinkling and creasing to 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, Led Zeppelin, 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 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, which 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), it was a concert experience like no other. The Fillmore East itself is gone now, though its legend lives on and anyone who was ever fortunate enough to perform or attend a concert there can attest to the magic that occurred in that much missed theatre.