Lot #5123
The Who Tommy 1969 Fillmore East Program

The Who's historic six-night run of Tommy performances at the Fillmore East
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Estimate: $300+


The Who's historic six-night run of Tommy performances at the Fillmore East

Very desirable Fillmore East program for The Who's legendary six-night concert stand in which they performed the newly released Tommy in its entirety at the aforesaid theatre on October 20-25, 1970. The program measures 5.5 x 8.5 and features a special blue 12-page insert dedicated to this remarkable run of performances, including song lyrics, a plot description of the rock opera, and various photos and period advertisements highlighted by a full-page promo for The Who's Tommy. The program also features advertisements for The Electric Circus, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Country Joe and the Fish, and The Kinks. In very good to fine condition, with light handling wear and a central vertical fold.

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: #611 - Ended June 24, 2021