Thread: Article on fillmore run/ From Rolling Stone

pops42 - 5/21/2020 at 07:10 PM endary-1971-fillmore-east-run-an-oral-history-240779/

stormyrider - 5/21/2020 at 09:47 PM

I never tire of reading about this
thanks for posting

pops42 - 5/21/2020 at 10:04 PM

griff - 5/21/2020 at 10:17 PM

I stopped after reading the photo caption.
Rolling Stone should hire BLackey.
No disrespect intended Al.
Ha ha!!

[Edited on 5/21/2020 by griff]

blackey - 5/21/2020 at 11:47 PM

What is wrong with that photo caption griff?? Says it was taken in 1970 one year before they recorded Fillmore East. I see Mike Lawler, Derek Trucks, Allen Woody, Gregg Allman, David Toler and Butch Trucks. Looks correct to me. Looks like 1970.

Stephen - 5/22/2020 at 12:04 AM

Yeah RS knows their stuff alright

CanadianMule - 5/22/2020 at 05:27 AM

Ahh the historic 8 hour show. Ended and not a single hippy said a word. The sun was rising, the mushrooms were still peaking

The setlist for that magical night? All the songs that they did in their hour long shows - they just played them all 8 times.

Tape wasn't running for that or all those other legendary 3+ hour shows. Funny how that works.

blackey - 5/22/2020 at 01:43 PM

CanadianMule. Butch must of been on Quaaludes that night. Slowed time way down

When they opened it sometimes was 45 minutes, an hour or 90 minutes. But when they closed, they went 3 hours or more but I doubt 8. I wasn't in New York that night.

Statesboro, Trouble No More, Dont Keep Me, Did Somebody Wrong, One Way Out,Stormy Monday, Hoochie, somtimes Dimples, Dreams, Liz Reed, Midnight Rider, then You Dont Love Me went 20 to 25 minutes. Then Whipping Post for 20 minutes or more and straight in to Mountain Jam often was an hour of non stop playing. Everyone got a rest break in Mountain Jam except the drummers. Later Blue Sky was in the set and others were played occassionally off the first two albums.

When they closed they typically played 3 hours or more.

When they did 306 shows in 1970, they opened a lot and played 45 to 90 minutes. But the traveling was just as hard. It was very hard in that cramped, cold vehicle they were jammed into before Phil Walden bought them the Wingbag. Gregg, Duane, Dickey, Berry, Butch, Jaimoe and some of the roadies were in very close quarters for a year running up and down the road. That is one reason Thom Doucette told AlPaul he didn't join those times Duane offered. He said he didn't want to go all over the country jammed in there with those guys!

[Edited on 5/22/2020 by blackey]

OldDog - 5/22/2020 at 08:05 PM

I went to the show where they closed the Fillmore. At the end I remember the doors opening and seeing daylight but I thought the encore when that happened was Revival. I remember being with my friends, I was about 17/18 at the time, and thinking of all the other bands they could have picked. I didn't know ABB well before the show. Well to this day i still regard it as the best show I have ever gone to. I am sure some of that is due to my age and good stuff, but not all of it. Duane floored me that day and Dickey wasn't far behind. After Duane died I saw them in Carnegie Hall with J Geils on lead and it made me cry. I left the brothers for 25 years and only came back when i saw Derek in the DTB at 18 years of age. For me the greatest band of all and a gift to have had that experience.

blackey - 5/22/2020 at 08:59 PM

Yeah Old Dog. I didn't really want to go in 1970 as I didn't know them well either. But a friend who had the pot played their first album and it was good and he insisted he and our girlfriends go. He probably was the only guy in town to own the album in January of 1970. It didn't sell well at all until it was repackaged as half of Beginnings in early 1973 tbrn it sold over 600,000 copies.

We got to the college and they opened with Statesboro Blues and Duane Allman's slide guitar grabbed me inside and turned me upside down and it was like being overcome at an Oral Roberts tent meeting.

Then they played Trouble No More and I had never heard such energy coming off a stage and such a perfect and unique sound. Like shooting heroin. I was HOOKED BIG TIME!!

First time I heard Derek was at a pool hall in High Point , North Carolina at Main and East Chester. It had racked pool balls and a pool stick in neon up over the door. Derek wasn't fully grown. But man you may not believe this but he cracked up on Statesboro Blues and it, to me, sounded just like Duane Allman. Brought tears to my eyes. Exactly the same style and licks. I told him I came because Butch Trucks and the Allmans. He said he father was hooked too and played the records with Duane and Derek fell in love with Duane. He was born long after Duane died so I wondered if it was Duane reincarnated

In 1999 Gregg and Dickey wondered that too. Dickey according to Butch was really inspired when Derek joined and was playing the best in years because Butch said Derek reminded him so much of Duane. In about 10 months Dickey had that shaky spring and Butch couldn't stand being in a band with Dickey. Wow man that sure changed quickly!!!

Well Butch was occassionally irritated about something from 1970 and began getting angry at Dickey before Warren and Allen Woody quit. But the first year Derek was their everybody was happy again. Derek not only woke up Gregg and Dickey but the entire band. I saw them in Las Vegas in 1999 and they were excellent. Best Brothers show I had seen in sometime.

KCJimmy - 5/22/2020 at 09:30 PM

I thought Rowland posted or maybe I read somewhere else that that the very last song they played that night was My Favorite Things. By all accounts it was a long show but not 8 hours.

[Edited on 5/22/2020 by KCJimmy]

playallnite - 5/22/2020 at 11:57 PM

First photo L-R-Butch,Lamar, Chuck,Gregg ,Dickie w/ unidentified toddler, and Jaimoe. Second black and white photo is Bill Graham during a Doors show (this is cropped version)

blackey - 5/23/2020 at 12:13 AM

Playallnite. I imagine the toddler is Dickey's daughter Jessica. Dickey said in a few interviews he had in mind an instrumental that would remind people of Django Rinehart. Dickey said he wouldn't let his wife clean up the beer cans and cigarette butts Dickey had been throwing on the floor while trying to write something. He noticed his little daughter crawling around playing with the butts and cans and he began writing to her little dance of innocence and he got the intro, melody and some of the changes and decided to call the song Jessica after the little toddler.

The picture is 1973 of course. But RS captioned it 1970.

The instrumental became one of THE classic Allman Brothers songs and I thought The Brothers hit a home run with it a Madison Square Garden.

playallnite - 5/23/2020 at 12:25 AM

Rolling Stone has become the "Tiger Beat" for baby boomers. I've been taking them with a grain of salt since 1971 when their review of L.A.F.E. said it was " dull and uninspiring ".

Stephen - 5/23/2020 at 12:49 AM

Itís not like they canít correct it either - lame is the word - pulling from their archives an advertisement for stereo equipment that appeared in their magazine - & labeling it 1970 -
at least fix the freakin thing

Marley - 5/23/2020 at 08:40 PM

It's a pretty good article, and yes, I think CM's right that the last show turned into a fish story over the years. The photo is mislabeled in the Getty Archive, which is pretty funny, but doesn't seem like a big deal - especially considering Rolling Stone covered the Allmans with so much enthusiasm over the last 10+ years and boosts Warren and Derek all the time.

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