‘Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore’: Humble Pie Rock The Lower East Side

By the early 1970s, Humble Pie were undeniably bigger in the US than the UK, but they nudged back into the British charts with a notable live double album.

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Humble Pie artwork: UMG
Humble Pie artwork: UMG

Humble Pie were introduced to the UK audience as a supergroup with a big hit single, but further down the line they would become album rock and concert favourites in America. “Natural Born Bugie,” a No.4 hit in their own country in the summer of 1969, proved to be their only success there, and by the early 1970s they were undeniably bigger across the Atlantic. But on January 22, 1972, they nudged back into the British charts with a very notable live double album that brought them a gold record in the States on February 23, Performance – Rockin’ The Fillmore.

“I’ve got a new axe, it’s too much! It’s going to make me rock on, man!” were the words of Steve Marriott as the band took the stage. The record captures the classic Humble Pie line-up of Marriott, Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley, and Jerry Shirley in a vintage rock’n’roll setting, and just in the nick of time, too: by the time it was released, Frampton had left to start his solo career.

The band’s shows on May 28 and 29, 1971 were taped for the album at the venue in New York’s Lower East Side neighbourhood, now the East Village, only a month before the Fillmore East closed its doors. The gigs followed their US chart debut that very month with Rock On, which only reached No.118, but enjoyed a 23-week stay on the album chart, demonstrating the popularity they were earning with American fans.

The Fillmore disc featured only seven tracks across its four sides, including epic versions of Dr. John’s “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” (23 minutes) and the Muddy Waters song that had named a certain fellow English band, “Rollin’ Stone” (16 minutes). The latter had been on the Rock On album in a relatively modest six-minute version, and the band also included their own “Stone Cold Fever” from that LP in the Fillmore set.

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The live LP also included such covers as Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and the Ashford & Simpson soul song “I Don’t Need No Doctor,” which managed an eight-week run on the Hot 100, reaching No.73. When Rockin’ The Fillmore made its UK chart debut in early 1972, it entered at what turned out to be its No.32 peak. George Harrison’s Concert For Bangla Desh hit the chart the same week, as T. Rex fever continued, with Electric Warrior at No. 1.

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“I heard this album for the first time listening to Radio Luxembourg on my transistor radio under the bed covers as a 14 year old,” writes uDiscover Music reader Martyn Smith. “Listening to ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor” was literally a life changing moment and the catalyst for my life in music, [45] years later I’m still lovin’ every minute of it! Thanks Humble Pie and thanks Stevie [Marriott], the epitome of rock & roll.”

Buy or stream Humble Pie’s The A&M Vinyl Box Set 1979-1975.




  1. Raquel

    January 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    best live performance ever!
    Remembering Stevie! ❤️

  2. Martyn Smith

    January 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I heard this album for the first time listening to Radio Luxemburg on my transister radio under the bed covers as a 14 year old. Listening to “I Don’t Need No Doctor” was literally a life changing moment and the catalyst for my life in music, 44 years later I’m still lovin’ every minute of it! Thanks Humble Pie and thanks Stevie, the epitome of Rock & Roll.

    • cris longfield

      February 24, 2016 at 3:18 am

      Right on Martyn i loved the Smoking——– Album and we did Smoke

  3. Jan laPorte

    January 27, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Happy enough I got the LP Humble Pie Rockin the Fillmore in 73 Right now also got the
    4 set CD Box Together with The Who live at Leeds I regard Rockin the Fillmoet as one of the ever best Live Albums certainly to be ranked in the top 10 Best Live Performances ever ACDC is not bad are n’t they? Peter, Steve Greg and Jerry really have put a amazing effort back in 1971/72. Steve died so tragically in the beginning of the Ninethies when his House burnt down.
    Happily Peter Frampton is doing so well and he appears to be so happy In 2011 i was Lucky to attend Peter and his band when they performed the FCAlive Set
    Do You Feel like I Do marvellous rock number The outro the climax is a bit lijke Pie did
    with I Don’t Need no Doctor at Fillmore Magnificent
    Thank you all
    regards Jan Bussum Holland

  4. Tim Coosgriff

    February 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I was there May 28, 1971 for the early show. It changed my life. Best live album ever recorded.

  5. Steve Saenz

    February 14, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Got to see Humble Pie (post Frampton) in Hollywood, FL. One of the best shows I have ever seen and this album is easily my favorite live album. Brilliant from end to end. One of the best albums period.

  6. Guitar Jonny

    February 23, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    One of the greatest live albums ever , showcases what a legend like Steve Marriott was like in his day. Marriott & Frampton could of done so mush more to hear Marriotts Dwight Guitar sound so dirty and sweet with Framtons melodic leads, don’t get better then this.

  7. RYNO21A

    September 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I love this album.

  8. Russ Griesemer

    January 23, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Still remember the day I bought this album at Spec’s Music in Hialeah, Florida. The clerk that was ringing me up said “Oh, youj’re gonna like this one!!”, and I sure did. The guitar call and response between Frampton and Marriott still sends shivers down my spine. One of the best live albums ever recorded.

  9. Bruce Chorlton

    February 24, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Never got the recognition they deserved… even now. They were fantastic !

  10. Yes del guercio

    February 27, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Steve narriot best lead singer EVER!!!

  11. Guitar army

    November 2, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Simply one of the purest greatest live albums ever recorded. This band at its peak destroyed stages nothing better.Marroitt and Frampton were magic.

  12. Evan Davis

    February 25, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Saw them live in Cleveland in ’72. ‘Rockin’ the Fillmore’ had already been released and they were promoting the album. Five Man Electrical Band and Alexis Korner were also on the bill. My first rock concert! I believe Frampton had left the band but they were still mighty! This album is still in regular rotation on my turntable. Along with Allman Bros. at the Fillmore, it’s a best live recording in my HUMBLE opinion.

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