The final Fillmore East show has been called the Last Dance, but it was more dramatic than that; it was a bitter pill to swallow for rock fans everywhere. Pre-dating the Fillmore West's closing by a week, the finale capped a month-long series of outstanding performances by old friends and relative newcomers, many of whom had careers launched from the Fillmore's stage. Billed as a celebration featuring "Food, Drink and Joy," the last audience entered the auditorium to find a single red rose speared to the back of each seat and settled in to hear the Allman Brothers, J. Geils, Albert King, the Beach Boys and others deliver the venue's swan song. At the very end, Bill Graham and his staff gathered onstage for final farewells. It was dawn and it was over.
This item was part of Bill Graham's personal collection and shows some damage from the May 7, 1985 firebombing of his San Francisco office. The attack stemmed from Graham's open and honest criticism of President Reagan's visit to Bitburg Cemetery published in the San Francisco Chronicle.