The End Of An Era: "The Closing Of Winterland"
Posted by Mary J. Peterson on Jan 1, 2004 - 10:30:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO—"Grateful Dead: The
Closing of Winterland" is a 2 DVD set released in November, which captures
the Grateful Dead and the San Francisco music scene in the late 1970's with
accuracy and fondness.
Photo courtesy of www.dead.net
It was New Year's Eve in 1978 when the
final show was held at the legendary Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The
famous Bay area ballroom was in disrepair and rock and roll promoter Bill
Graham decided not to renew his lease on the historic structure. Graham chose
his favorite band The Grateful Dead to commemorate the final bash at
Past shows at the venue included The Band's
all-star "Last Waltz" on Thanksgiving night in 1976 and the Sex
Pistols’ "Flameout" in January of 1978. The DVD "The Closing of
Winterland" is the actual broadcast of the final show at the Ballroom,
which was simulcast locally on public TV.
Joining the show were The New Riders of
the Purple Sage and The Blues Brothers. Extras also included in the set are a collector's
booklet with color photos, exclusive interviews and a Winterland documentary
film. This set is an essential for any rock fan wishing to relive the San
Francisco music scene during this era.
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