When the venerable San Francisco rock & roll mecca the Fillmore West packed it in on the Forth of July 1971 an era in pop music history had also passed.
Dancehall keeper Bill "Uncle Bobo" Graham â€” under whose meticulous supervision the venue flourished â€” held a wake and hand-picked a select few locals
to give the Fillmore its last musical rights.
The Grateful Dead ("Casey Jones" and "Johnny B. Goode"), Quicksilver Messenger Service ("Fresh Air" and "Mojo"), as well as Santana ("Incident at Neshabur" and "In a Silent Way")
all make strong showings as do some of the lesser-known artists such as Malo ("Pana") or Lamb ("Hello Friends").
Fillmore: The Last Days includes some amazing performances from It's a Beautiful Day ("White Bird") as well as the stunningly powerful "Baby's Calling Me Home" by Boz Scaggs,
plus a definitive version of "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'" from Hot Tuna.
The "Words With Bill Graham" interview allows Graham to personally express his thanks to the people who made the Fillmore such a success and to give some
insight into the changing dynamics (read: money and drugs) that so radically altered his ability to adequately provide both artist and attendee with the same high-quality
performance and venue for a reasonable price.
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