TV and film star Ron Silver has signed on to portray legendary concert promoter Bill Graham in a one-man play, "Bill Graham Presents," scheduled to premiere at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills on April 30.Graham was an instrumental figure on the San Francisco music scene during the '60s, promoting concerts for such artists and musicians as The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Doors, and The Allman Brothers, among others. During the late '60s and early '70s, Graham owned and operated the Fillmore West in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York City, and also had a small role in the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now." In 1985, Graham produced the Live Aid concert held at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, and later worked with Amnesty International in organizing the "Conspiracy Of Hope" tour featuring U2, Sting, and Peter Gabriel. Graham was killed in a helicopter accident on October 25, 1991 with two other members of his Bill Graham Presents production staff.
Santana, Aaron Neville, Robin Williams, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at a free concert honoring Graham.Silver, who recently bowed out of the NBC series "Veronica's Closet," gained some of his greatest acclaim by playing another real-life character, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, in the 1990 flick "Reversal Of Fortune." After a month-long stint in Beverly Hills, plans are for "Bill Graham Presents" to head to Broadway for another run later this year.