Derek and the Dominos: Fillmore East Photo Misconceptions

Ever since the In Concert live album was released in 1973, people have always associated the photos that featured on the back cover of the record as photos taken at the Fillmore East. However this is not the case at all. Those photos were actually taken towards the end of the US tour at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, on the 4th December 1970. The Fillmore East shows on the 23rd and 24th October 1970 took place roughly a week after the start of the Dominos’ US tour and at that time, Eric didn’t have a beard. The photos that have been associated with the Fillmore East album show Eric with a full beard and this is wrong.

The band played two days at Fillmore East in October with two shows on each day. They did the same at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and as a result, multiple photos exist from each of the shows. The ones I have posted below are considered the most famous and well known shots.

Fillmore East, New York:

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As you can see in this photo taken by Amalie Rothschild, Eric is clean shaven. This is from the Fillmore East 23rd October early show. The photo below was taken at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and shows Eric with a full beard and him wearing the famous striped jumped, which he borrowed from Bobby Whitlock. This is from the 4th December early show.

Capitol Theatre, Port Chester:

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This is something that needs to be passed along and realised by everyone. I always want to make sure photos of the band are from the correct live show, mainly because I am writing what will be the go to book on Derek and the Dominos and small details like this are very important to get correct. As time goes on it’s not uncommon for information to get lost and in some cases I have come across photos of the band with absolutely no information on them at all.

With shows as legendary as these, it’s important to get the facts right. The photos associated with the Fillmore East live album weren’t taken at the Fillmore East. They were taken at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

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