Full Show Friday | Allman Brothers Close Out Fillmore East

Forty-three years ago tonight Bill Graham hosted the final show at his New York City rock palace - The Fillmore East. Graham lined up blues great Albert King, rockers J. Geils Band and the Allman Brothers Band to close out the venue. The Allmans set was broadcast over the radio, allowing us to listen to the memorable nine-song performance they laid down on June 27, 1971.

Before the Allmans took the stage, Graham introduced them as such, "Over the years that we’ve been doing this, the introductions are usually very short, and this one’s going to be short, but a little longer than usual. The last two days, we have had the privilege of working with this particular group, and over the past year or so, we’ve had them on both coasts a number of times. In all that time, I’ve never heard the kind of music that this group plays. And last night, we had the good fortune of having them get on stage about 2:30, 3:00 o’clock, and they walked out of here at 7:00 in the morning. And it’s not just that they played quantity, and for my amateur ears, in all my life, I’ve never heard the kind of music that this group plays: the finest contemporary music. We’re going to round it off with the best of them all, the Allman Brothers.”

The original version of the Allman Brothers Band, featuring guitarist Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley, both of which would pass away within 17 months of the Fillmore East's closing, went on to perform a smoking eight-song main set. We're particularly fond of the "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post" the group performed that night and you can hear the energy pouring out of each member as they emptied the tank on the "You Don't Love Me" encore. Take a listen to the FM broadcast of the final set at the Fillmore East:

Set: Statesboro Blues, Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Done Somebody Wrong, One Way Out, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, Midnight Rider, Hot 'Lanta, Whipping Post

Encore: You Don't Love Me

[Published on: 6/27/14]

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