Grand Funk Railroad celebrates 40 years of funk

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Dig it: 11 platinum records, three No. 1 hits, the fastest sell out of Madison Square Garden by a rock group ever, and packed houses in Fillmore East and West, Winterland and Shea Stadium.
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Jun 2, 2009
 
Thanks for the review. However, Grand Funk never played the Fillmore West. Also Bob's last name is spelled Seger. What is "Some Kinda Lovin'?" Do you mean "Some Kind of Wonderful?"
Vern

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Jun 2, 2009
 
It wasnt Grand Funk.
Just the drummer?
What a bunch of funk
steve2020

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Aug 9, 2011
 
fwiw, Grand Funk Railroad did play the Fillmore West- second billed to Santana in Dec 1969. The posters say Winterland for this bill and maybe a couple of the 4 nights were in that bigger hall, but I saw this show at the Fillmore West.

No mistaking this one. The Fillmore had the best sound of any venue at the time. Winterland had some amazing shows and I heard bands sound very good in there- but it was an ice rink with funky acoustics. Every show I saw and heard at the smaller Fillmore had great sound.

Bill Graham typically did Thurs-through-Sunday runs on his bills during the Fillmore years. A few times- if the headliner was a draw, and especially during the 1969-71 Fillmor WEST years (the former Carousel Ballroom)- he'd do a couple nights at the Fillmore and a couple nights at the bigger Winterland.

Sometimes Bill would present 3 (possibly 4) nights solely at Winterland -as he did with the first rock concert I ever saw, Led Zeppelin at Winterland, Nov 1969. He might have had Zep do a fourth night on that second visit for them to the Bay Area, but the more popular (at the time) Rolling Stones headlined the Oakland Coliseum arena (15,000+ seats) on that Sunday.

Grand Funk kicked ass at the Fillmore show, btw...even though their volume was a bit limited. They were plenty loud but not as loud as they'd be when they were headliners.

Santana still held their own as the headliner that night. Their big band/sound with all the Latin percussion playing their first hit album to a hometown crowd. It was very good even if Carlos played note for note solos off the record.

I wasn't a huge GFR fan when I walked in, but I was when I left:) seemed like just a bit later they were headlining Shea stadium but it was probably a year or two..
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Aug 14, 2011
 
I saw them in the early 70's
Progun

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Aug 14, 2011
 
Who are they and what do they sing? They must be pretty good?
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Aug 14, 2011
 
Progun wrote:
Who are they and what do they sing? They must be pretty good?
They were a band of three back in the late 60's to mid 70's
Look them up on www.youtube.com
Check out Foot Stompin Music
AbortAngry

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Aug 14, 2011
 
Angry American wrote:
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They were a band of three back in the late 60's to mid 70's
Look them up on www.youtube.com
Check out Foot Stompin Music
shut the f up you racist fool.They were not playing for jerks like you two

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