The Fillmore and The Fillmore West / The Carousel Ballroom

The legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

The legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA.           

Legendary rock promoter, Bill Graham, made this historic San Francisco venue the premier concert showroom by bringing in the hottest acts of the 60’s. From 1966 – 1968, artists such as The Velvet Underground, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Santana, The Who, Pink Floyd and Cream all played the Fillmore. Legend has it that Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin once had sex in the backstage bathroom.

After two years at the Fillmore Auditorium, because of a deteriorating neighborhood and the modest capacity of the hall, Graham moved the location into a new venue at 10 South Van Ness Avenue and called it the Fillmore West, also known as the Carousel Ballroom. There is now an automobile dealership at the Fillmore West location.

In the mid-1980’s, the original Fillmore reopened under Graham’s management. However, it was closed in 1989 due to damage by the Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1991, Graham died in a helicopter crash. The Fillmore reopened in 1994 and has once again become the spot in San Francisco to see great live music.

In December, 2011, Metallica performed four sold out shows at the Fillmore for their 30th Anniversary.

Required Listening:

  1. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
  2. Piece of My Heart – Big Brother and the Holding Company
  3. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love
  4. Light My Fire – The Doors
  5. Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream

 

The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

 

The Location of the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

The Location of the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA.

 

The old Fillmore West on South Van Ness Ave., in San Francisco, CA.

The old Fillmore West / Carousel Ballroom on South Van Ness Ave., in San Francisco, CA.

 

A Honda dealership now occupies the location of the old Fillmore West.

A Honda dealership now occupies the location of the old Fillmore West / Carousel Ballroom.

 

A Honda dealership now occupies the location of the old Fillmore West.

The location of the former Fillmore West / Carousel Ballroom.