The Fillmore East was in count-down mode; barely three weeks remained until what Bill Graham had announced in April, 1971 would be his hallowed hall's final rock concert. Frank Zappa was lined up for June 5/6 and set-up with an equipment truck to record Fillmore East: June 1971. The day before the concert, John Lennon and Yoko Ono showed up at Zappa's hotel room and, after pleasantries and gentle put-downs were exchanged, took up Zappa's invitation to "come down and jam" with the band. Lennon and Yoko made a surprise, on-stage appearance with Zappa for the encore of the June 5th concert, too, creating a died-and-gone-to-heaven sensation in awe-struck fans privy to the three's scream-edition of "Scumbag."
Photographer, Joe Sia, captured moments by focusing on the faces of the performers, the crowd, and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.
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