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The 50 Best Concert Venues in America

3. The Fillmore

City: San Francisco
Address: 1805 Geary Blvd.
Capacity: 1,150
Coolest Feature: The many concert posters that plaster the walls

Dating all the way back to the '60s, The Fillmore has been instrumental in launching careers, including legends like Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream. Following a 4th of July show in 1971, The Fillmore closed, becoming just another local club for over a decade.

But after Graham's 1991 death, it reopened for good in 1994, when 4 Non Blondes shocked everyone in attendance, opening the concert with a rendition of Zepplin's "Whole Lotta Love," before turning the stage over to Smashing Pumpkins and others. Nearly twenty years after it was brought back to life, The Fillmore West remains one of the country's most storied music venues.

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