During its first run as a music venue, the Fillmore West hosted some of the biggest names to hit the music industry. Those names include Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, The Who, BB King, and Elton John. The Fillmore West came to because Bill Graham needed to find a bigger location to relocate to from his Fillmore Auditorium. He found the Fillmore West, which was called the Carousel Ballroom at the time.
The Fillmore West was the sister venue of Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, located on Second Avenue in New York City. The Fillmore East was also opened in 1968, and it was known at the time at the Church of Rock and Roll. Bill Graham’s New York space also hosted some of the greatest names in music history, including Jimi Hendrix, Ike & Tina Turner, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, and Led Zeppelin.
Both the Fillmore West and Fillmore East were closed by Bill Graham in 1971 because of his displeasure with the changes that were happening in the music industry. The Fillmore West said its final goodbye with five nights of concerts staring bands like Santana and the Grateful Dead.
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