During the peak decades of Rock N Roll, San Fransisco become a huge music scene. The most iconic part of this scene is the Fillmore. This past Monday I got to finally have my first Fillmore experience seeing Mudcrutch; Tom Petty’s first band that he has recently started creating music with again. I have to say it was pretty awesome and I had a blast with my boyfriend, parents, and our friends Dave and Sara.
A little about the Fillmore: it was built in 1910 but it really became the place for up and coming rock n roll artists to perform in the 1960’s. Bill Graham was the man behind this awesome concert hall during this time. He made sure that the people behind the Fillmore worked well together in order to make each event the best it could be. Many amazing legends have performed here, even The Who, man I’m envious of the people who got to go to that performance. Fun fact: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played here for a month and my parents went to see them during this time. How cool?!? Actually I think they hold the record for most performances at the Fillmore as well.
I was pretty stoked to not only go to the Fillmore after hearing about all the times my parents went to concerts there when they were dating but also to see Tom Petty. My parents are huge Tom Petty fans so naturally it was hard not to join them as I grew up listening to all his music.
This was easily on of the coolest things I ever experienced. I loved the atmosphere of the Fillmore. Let me draw you a picture; when you first walk in, you immediately walk up these red velvet steps to a room where the red walls are covered with photographs of some of the entertainment legends. You walk this corridor that’s adorned with photos of bands until they open up into a room with a bar, limited seating against the walls, and the stage right in the center. You don’t sit at the Fillmore, you stand right up at the stage which is awesome since the venue is small it has a different vibe compared to if you saw Taylor Swift in a football stadium. (disclaimer: I did not get the chance to see Taylor). You could be less than fifteen feet away from the artist, hell you could even make eye contact with the band!
I lucked out and even though I had tall people in front of me I was about ten feet away from the stage and in the center of the floor. Want to know something even better? When Mudcrutch came on and the people in front of me were feeling their vices they really got into grooving, this really opened up the perfect window straight to the stage. Oh hello Tom! I can’t tell you how many times we made eye contact, it was pretty insane because it was just like a tunnel of tall people with me in the center. I was able to get some pretty awesome photos from this view.
I had a blast! It was cool hearing stories exchanged between the band members about their youth. If you listen to Tom Petty, I highly recommend checking out his music with Mudcrutch. “Scare Easy” is my favorite song from the first album. “Hope” and “Dreams of Flying” are my favorites from the second album. If Tom Petty comes back and plays at the Fillmore again soon, you bet I will be there because this was by far my favorite concert/performance I have ever been too. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about the Fillmore and my experience, I would love to know your favorite concert experience stories. Let me know in the comments!