MILES DAVIS Fillmore East – March 6, 1970

Fillmore East – March 6, 1970
Unreleased, Opening For Neil Young

You’re at the Fillmore East to see Neil Young & Crazy Horse and
The Steve Miller Blues Band when out walks Miles Davis (with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and Airto Moreira). It’s your first experience in front of the coolest SOB on planet Earth. How do you respond? These historic March 6th, 1970 shows were also the first time for Miles in front of a rock and roll audience. It’s enough to make you invest in a Wayback Machine. This was MDQ, circa Tribute To Jack Johnson, Live-Evil and the essential Cellar Door dates, though… Davis’ band line-ups were in a constant state of flux during this period (Shorter would leave the band within a week of these shows). The following night’s performances were released in 2001 by Columbia as It’s About That Time (HERE). These tapes, however, have yet to be officially released. The sound is good, and the breathless interplay between Corea and DeJohnette is just too good to be true. The Quintet/Plus smokes with the intensity of a band that sounds like they were playing at The Fillmore to prove something to somebody… and did.

Directions (8:29)
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (13:08)
I Fall in Love Too Easily/Sanctuary (5:55)
It’s About That Time/The Theme (14:41)

Directions (9:58)
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (10:16)
I Fall In Love To Easily/Sanctuary (4:43)
It’s About That Time/The Theme (16:18)


  • thebeathunters
    April 3, 2007 - 09:57 | Permalink

    waow! thanks for these stunning concerts from my favorite miles' electric period! very eclectic picks otherwise, keep'em comin'!

  • alanr
    January 10, 2008 - 03:21 | Permalink

    Hi Willard, Thanks for upping these Miles Davis tracks. As you mentioned in your notes Columbia released the next nights concert in 2001. What amazes me is the fact that the March 6th Concerts are superior quality to the released concerts. Why would Columbia release the inferior concert, surely they would have tapes of the March 6th concert in their vaults? I guess we will never know the answer to that question. Do you have any lossless versions of these concerts?

  • Capt. Willard
    January 10, 2008 - 04:30 | Permalink

    No clue Alan… no clue at all.
    Sorry though… I don't have any other quality versions. Thanks for commenting.

  • yotte
    February 4, 2009 - 04:13 | Permalink

    Hey Willard,
    What A GREAT SITE! Such a diverse mix and unusual offerings. I'll be back, you can bet on it.


  • Anonymous
    February 27, 2009 - 17:39 | Permalink

    Excellent and thanks again! This reminds me of a few passages in Miles' autobiography where, in between the "motherfucker" this and "bullshit" that, he takes time to mention the first time he "had" to open for The Steve Miller Band. From what I remember, to say Miles was unimpressed with the SMB and insulted would be the understatement of the year.

  • Capt. Willard
    February 27, 2009 - 17:47 | Permalink

    HA! No surprise there.

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2009 - 03:37 | Permalink

    Thank you again Mr W………
    Don't you just love Miles –
    when he plays that first note!!

  • Anonymous
    April 24, 2009 - 13:25 | Permalink

    you kept me up late…just one more download…great stuff great variety..maybe a little more jazz

  • Capt. Willard
    November 10, 2009 - 15:54 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • torchlitcat
    December 30, 2010 - 22:39 | Permalink

    Thanks very much for the Miles.

  • November 27, 2011 - 16:10 | Permalink

    In his Auto-bio, Miles says that Steve Miller was the worst thing he had ever heard, and it was an intense dis-like even for Miles, He said “…I was opening up for this sorry-ass cat named Steve Miller…Steve Miller didn’t have shit going for him, so I’m pissed because I got to open for this non-playing motherfucker just because he got one or two sorry-ass records out…”
    Ha Ha. Way to go Miles! On another note (sic) My Piano teacher, Gordon Lee said this was the concert that changed his life and made him want to play jazz. And as one of his students, I will always be grateful for that!

    • Willard
      November 27, 2011 - 17:21 | Permalink

      Miles. You gotta love that guy.

      And… I would have imagined that this concert woke a few people up. Cool to be able to pinpoint it. Lucky, too. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a good boot of a concert I’ve been to.

    • madmonkey
      March 3, 2012 - 04:36 | Permalink

      Miles was a talented guy and huge influence. He was also a bitter, mean spirited heroin addict, who was jealous that he had to open for this young upstart, Miller. Well, I saw Miller & co back in the day and many times since. He was great then, and still is to this day. I saw him last year; 68, and still going strong. And Miles? Well, he’s still dead, and still an ass.

      • Willard
        March 3, 2012 - 05:05 | Permalink

        Jealous? Wrong word.
        Insulted, maybe.

  • Winking Tiger
    April 1, 2012 - 02:02 | Permalink

    I like Steve Miller, I like Miles… I don’t like the idea of one opening for the other. ‘Nuff said.

  • Colonel Panic
    April 5, 2012 - 14:40 | Permalink

    Personally I can’t see them on the same bill either but what a nice shock that would have been.
    Unfortunately I never got to see Miles but sure enjoyed the Miller shows I’ve seen – way back when he was good. OK – He’s still good but I still love his early period best – the, Sailor, Children of the Future, Brave New World, Your Saving Grace, Living in the USA period.

  • Anonymous
    November 16, 2013 - 19:20 | Permalink

    Surprised Sony keeps releasing and re-releasing the same old stuff when they have perfectly excellent material like this they could be putting out. Well, maybe not so surprising actually but…somewhat disappointing? I was pleased to see those two so-called “Bootleg” box sets recently with 1967 and 1969 material both of which I thought were very well done. Perhaps they’ll do something like that with these Fillmore recordings at some point. Anyway, in the meantime, at least we have these unofficial versions to enjoy. You can’t really have enough Miles as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for posting, much appreciated.

  • ricardo
    May 11, 2014 - 20:51 | Permalink

    Links not working for me either after several tries… However, I’m probably just being greedy, as I’ve got a ton of incredible stuff from your blog. Thanks so much for sharing all this amazing music! Nice to see other people with broad adventurous tastes.

    • Willard
      May 12, 2014 - 08:20 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

  • I-)
    May 21, 2015 - 13:53 | Permalink

    thanks, cap’n, for this miles!


  • RoBurque
    May 21, 2015 - 17:35 | Permalink

    Lost this one in a hard drive crash. Thanks for the new links, Cap’n!

  • anonnon
    January 24, 2016 - 11:07 | Permalink

    my buddy is sure he was at this show and i’m pretty sure i was..seen miles just about every time he played fillmore back then..thanks

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