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    Fillmore 67 - Who supported who?

    In Setting the Record Straight by McD & EK, we hear that following Monterey the JHE played a series of shows at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium in SF, opening for Jefferson Airplane. Chas Chandler therein recalls, "Hendrix murdered the Jefferson Airplane. After one night they gave top of the bill to Jimi. It was Big Brother & the Holding Company on first, the Airplane as the middle act, and the Experience at the top."

    In Live at the Fillmore East and West by John Glatt, we find that Bill Graham was the promoter for the Fillmore and also the manager of the Airplane. That book states that, "The week after Monterey, Jefferson Airplane headlined a week of shows at the Fillmore Auditorium, with the Jimi Hendrix Experience opening. To capitalize on the Summer of Love, the Fillmore Auditorium would now be open six nights a week."

    No mention of JHE murdering JA and going top of the bill there. No mention of BB & the HC either, although they are well documented in this book as they and Janis are integral parts of the story. So my question is, who to believe? Would Bill Graham really give headline status to an unknown act (at that time) over and above his own act, at his own venue? The first JHE tour in England was a package headlined by the Walker Brothers, Englebert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, all of whom were above JHE in the running order, and following the SF shows was the Monkees tour with JHE again in the support slot.

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    Re: Fillmore 67 - Who supported who?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkd108 View Post
    ...my question is, who to believe? Would Bill Graham really give headline status to an unknown act (at that time) over and above his own act, at his own venue?
    It's a bit of a mystery that one
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    Re: Fillmore 67 - Who supported who?

    Just had another thought on this, when they were first assigned to the Monterey bill, they were to play in the afternoon on the first day, then that was changed and they played basically top of the bill on last day, only ones after them were Mamas and Papas who were themselves responsible for the festival. So JHE topping JA at the Fillmore quite well could have happened. The John Glatt book is Bill Graham-based so quite likely to be biased in his favour; on the other hand Setting The Record Straight is Hendrix biased. Considering all points it'd be really great to get a witness statement from somebody who was there or has some other proof but failing that, judging from all evidence so far presented I am in favour of Jimi topping out LOL

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    Re: Fillmore 67 - Who supported who?

    Last post on this thread its closed now. Finally resolved by this post I found in the "What they said about THE MAN" thread in Third Stone From The Sun by MourningStar (thanks man):

    Bill Graham:

    "Jimi first came to San Francisco right after Monterey and played the Fillmore with Gabor Szabo and Jefferson Airplane. That was the first night. Afterward, the Airplane asked him if they could open the show. Jimi took the town by storm"

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    Re: Fillmore 67 - Who supported who?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkd108 View Post
    Last post on this thread its closed now. Finally resolved by this post
    If only it were that simple. But the jury is still out on that one. Airplane was certainly not the opener, they were not going on before Szabo, at least And then there is the Big Brother question?
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