Lot #4120
The Who 1969 Fillmore East Program with Tommy Advertisements

The Who’s return to the Fillmore East after the fire incident just a few weeks prior
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Estimate: $200+


The Who’s return to the Fillmore East after the fire incident just a few weeks prior

Concert program for The Who at the Fillmore East on June 5-6, 1969, only weeks before their triumphant performance at Woodstock. The program measures 5.5 x 8.5 and features many vintage advertisements, including two separate full-page announcements for The Who's Tommy; one for the single 'Pinball Wizard,' and the other for the album itself. Chuck Berry and Albert King are listed as the weekend's opening acts. In fine condition, with a central vertical light bend.

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.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #621 - Ended November 18, 2021