We just came across this historic interview with legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, standing outside what is currently, and was originally, the Fillmore auditorium on Geary Street. This interview was likely shot sometime in early 80s, and even then nostalgia for the 60s was thick. As the interviewer says, sadly, "I pretty much missed most of it... I didn't get here until '69." At the point at which they're standing outside the Fillmore, Graham was operating the Fillmore West at 10 South Van Ness -- the venue had left the Geary Street location in 1968, some say due to rising racial tensions in the neighborhood. The Geary space was known as The Elite Club into the 80s. (Sidenote: Right next door, where the post office now stands, was the location of Jim Jones' Peoples' Temple throughout the 70s.)

Graham later returned to operate the original Fillmore in the mid-80s, only to close it again after Loma Prieta in 1989. After his death in a helicopter crash in 1991, friends help to carry out his wishes to have the building retrofitted and reopened. On April 27, 1994, Smashing Pumpkins playing an unannounced surprise show to re-christen the place, and Primus played the first official reopening show the following night, on April 28.