November 6, 2022
When many people like myself think of the Fillmore, they probably think of the legendary promoter Bill Graham and his iconic venues, The Fillmore East and The Fillmore West. While neither of those venues is sadly no longer around, we do have The Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which purposely exudes a unique old-school vibe paying tribute to the original Fillmores, and it is one very cool rock hall. Darryl Hall and John Oates christened the place in 2015. For me, performing here was an honor and a thrill.
You first notice two scale-size replicas of Star Wars Fighting ships hanging from the ceiling when you walk into the spacious backstage area. Very cool. The dressing rooms were plush and close to the stage, which was also a bonus.
I was looking forward to today because my good friend Michael Kent, his girlfriend Cindy, and his good friend Ed were coming to see yet another MANIA show and spend the afternoon with me. They are such great people and are very kind to me. They had a surprise for me today, which was a real treat. Lo and behold, the Swedish-American history museum is located in Philly, and they were like enough to arrange a visit. It was exciting, and I learned a lot about Swedish-American history that I did not know.
While the show, later on, was not a sell-out, the audience was great, and we gave a good performance. Afterward, we went to the only open place to chill for a little bit before I had to hit the road, which was the local casino.
There is so much in Philly I would like to see and do, and I certainly hope I have the opportunity on a future tour. Oh, and I would love to play The Fillmore again! Gonna fly now!