A WAREHOUSE ON TCHOUPITOULAS
In the late 1960s, New Orleans native, the late Bill Johnston followed a band now known as Chicago to New York City’s Fillmore East. Inspired by the band’s performance at the popular venue and the lack of anything like it in New Orleans, Johnston convinced his roommates and potential business partners to move to New Orleans to replicate that concert experience.
Despite its dilapidated condition and issues with permits – the doors of the Warehouse, located at 1820 Tchoupitoulas Street, opened on January 30, 1970 where thousands of fans came to see The Flock, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead perform.
A WAREHOUSE ON TCHOUPITOULAS explores the 1970s musical landmark and the impact it had on the fans who flocked there to see some of the biggest musicians of its time. The hour-long documentary premieres on WYES-TV Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Those who experienced the Warehouse will appreciate the many “Warehouse fan” stories and a look back at memorable photographs and memorabilia such as the promotional magazine In Your Ear! – the first of its kind featuring book reviews, games and even coloring contests.
Stories that vividly bring the New Orleans ‘70s music scene back to life include the tales of Jim Morrison’s last performance before his death in Paris, the band the Police getting mistaken for the actual New Orleans Police Department, concert goers literally coming through the ceiling the night Bob Marley and the Whalers performed, Iggy Pop’s hot wax performance, the memorable night the Allman Brothers were busted and many more.
“It really did affect people a lot, more people than I could have even imagined; and that’s exciting to hear that. If you have a dream you really have to take it all the way to the end, you can’t quit on it,” notes Warehouse founder Bill Johnston in one of his final interviews.
Johnston, who died in New Orleans earlier this year, is joined by his partners Brian Glynn and John Simmons, The Allman Brothers’ Roadie Red Dog, photographer Sidney Smith, local musician Deacon John Moore, chef Susan Spicer and many others as they recall their Warehouse memories.
In the ensuing twelve years some of the best musicians in the world would grace the stage of the Warehouse including The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, The Who, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Elton John, Foghat, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, The Clash, Talking Heads, Rush, Dr. John and many many more.
By the early 1980s the typical Warehouse concert goer had evolved and the disco era was kicking off. The last show was held on September 10, 1982 where the Talking Heads performed. The building was eventually torn down, forever putting to rest the beloved musical landmark.
A WAREHOUSE ON TCHOUPITOULAS is directed and produced by Jessy Williamson and produced by David Jones.
A WAREHOUSE ON TCHOUPITOULAS repeats Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 28 at 9:00 p.m.