Fillmore’s Web Site Belongs to Someone Else

I thought it was some strange fluke a couple weeks ago, but it’s not. When you go to www.thefillmore.com, home of the Fillmore’s web site, it now redirects to a Live Nation URL with the world famous Fillmore reduced to a venue ID number: http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/1259. (Live Nation is the now-independent Clear Channel spin-off that took over Clear Channel’s concert division [Boston Globe article].)

For some reason this makes me really, really sad. I know, it’s just a web site, but still…

7 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    Yeah, a friend of mine does some work for them and has been groaning about the influx of clearchannel nastiness. The rich history of the fillmore is in that small window on the site, in tiny print. lame.


  2. daniel (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    yeah it is kinda lame and generic, but now u do get a consistent interface (live nation also operates warfield), one big plus for me: rss feed for the venue


  3. Koshi (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    The faceless advantage of mass consistency is just another side-effect of designers and product people who lack the imagination and creativity to do the web medium any justice. RSS is nice, but character, history and brand have been sacrificed for the sterility of LiveNation’s own brand of shiny red vanillaness. Why not just put the feed on the old page?


  4. DavidK (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    The Fillmore’s website used to be really nice before the ClearChannel/LiveNation assimilation was complete. I used to do web design for a LiveNation competitor who was swallowed by them earlier this year. My hope is that part of the reason for the acquisition was for the better web presence and ticketing interface we built, but it could just as easily go the way of the Fillmore: generic corporate design, corner-cutting, least-common-denominator appeal..


  5. SEAN (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

    Yeah, this happened a couple of months ago. I was equally appalled. Practically every band I’ve seen there stops at one point and gives a moment of gushing reverence for standing on the stage of such a sacred music site. Its online presence deserves something much more worthy than a strip mall storefront.


  6. ML (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    I’m not even sure that I would call their new calendar listing a web site. Kind of a shame, because the old purple and crimson site was really nice.

    Of course, the increasingly corporate vibe at the Fillmore over the years seems to be implemented with considerable zeal from the staff. Try to approach the front entrance and not get screamed at by the door staff. The whole experience is going a corporate route – weekend shows over by 11:30, no ins and outs, constantly being berated to not stand in the aisles.

    So it sucks that the website is now just a single listing on Clear Channels’ site, but the local crowd that runs the Fillmore seem more than willing to embrace the corporate design.


  7. ML (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    I’m not even sure that I would call their new calendar listing a web site. Kind of a shame, because the old purple and crimson site was really nice.

    Of course, the increasingly corporate vibe at the Fillmore over the years seems to be implemented with considerable zeal from the staff. Try to approach the front entrance and not get screamed at by the door staff. The whole experience is going a corporate route – weekend shows over by 11:30, no ins and outs, constantly being berated to not stand in the aisles.

    So it sucks that the website is now just a single listing on Clear Channels’ site, but the local crowd that runs the Fillmore seem more than willing to embrace the corporate mold.



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