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1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115
About The Fillmore -
Originally The Majestic Hall and Majestic Academy of Dancing opened in 1912. Over the years, the Fillmore property was operated under various names. In 1952 a local entrepreneur named Charles Sullivan began booking some of the biggest names in black music into The Fillmore including James Brown, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Ike & Tina Turner.
The Fillmore was the hub for creative music making in the late 1960s. During this time Bill Graham was a veteran of the artistic community and organizing events. Throughout the years the careers of the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Moby Grape, the Butterfield Blues Band, and countless others were launched from The Fillmore stage. The original Fillmore stage has also seen the talents of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Cream, Muddy Waters, The Who and many others.
The Fillmore had gone through several changes during the 70's and 80's. After Bill Grahams death in 1989 those close to him decided to carry out his final wish to retrofit and reopen the original Fillmore. On April 27, 1994 the Fillmore reopened with The Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club. Tickets for the show sold out in less than one minute. Linda Perry, formerly of 4 Non-Blondes, opened the show with a surprise set featuring a cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
Since their reopening, The Fillmore has hosted national acts such as Primus, Chris Isaak, Huey Lewis and the News, Blues Traveler, Counting Crows, Jefferson Starship, Willie Nelson, No Doubt, Radiohead, Prince, Tom Jones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (27 times) and many others.