Led Zeppelin's fabled NYC debut concerts at the Fillmore as openers for Iron Butterfly
Concert program for Led Zeppelin's New York City debut as an opener for Iron Butterfly at the Fillmore East, New York, on January 31-February 1, 1969, 5.5 x 8.5, which also lists Porter’s Popular Preachers as the other performing act. The program features full-page biographies and images for Led Zeppelin and Iron Butterfly, as well as a full-page image of Janis Joplin advertising an upcoming performance. Also includes a “Bill Graham Presents in New York” schedule for February and March that lists Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, the Mothers of Invention, Ten Years After, John Mayall, and the Jeff Beck Group. In fine condition, with light handling wear.
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.