Grateful Dead Closing of Winterland December 31 1978

Closing of Winterland: December 31 1978 is a live album by the Grateful Dead. This was the last rock concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena and was released in 2003.

The venue had been the band’s spiritual home after the closure of the smaller Fillmore West and it was fitting that the Dead were the last band to play at the venue which was home to The Last Waltz.

The gig went on for so long that breakfast was served to the crowd at dawn.

Grateful Dead Closing of Winterland December 31 1978

Grateful Dead Closing of Winterland: December 31 1978

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Set List

Sugar Magnolia – 7:15 (originally on the studio album American Beauty)
Scarlet Begonias – 11:56 (From the Mars Hotel)
Fire On The Mountain – 13:17
Me And My Uncle – 3:09 (cover of the John Phillips song)
Big River – 7:09 (cover of a Johnny Cash song)
Friend Of The Devil – 10:44 (American Beauty)
It’s All Over Now – 8:23 (cover of the Bobby Womack song taken to #1 by The Rolling Stones)
Stagger Lee – 7:59 (Shakedown Street)
From The Heart Of Me – 3:46 (Shakedown Street)
Sunshine Daydream – 3:11
Samson And Delilah – 9:15 (traditional cover from Terrapin Station)
Ramble On Rose – 9:30
I Need A Miracle – 11:17 (Shakedown Street)
Terrapin Station – 12:27 (Terrapin Station)
Playing In The Band – 13:12 (Bob Weir’s album Ace)
Rhythm Devils – 19:29
Not Fade Away – 19:35 (Buddy Holly cover)
Around And Around – 9:14 (Chuck Berry cover)
Dark Star – 11:53
The Other One – 4:55
Dark Star – 1:09
Wharf Rat – 11:08
St. Stephen – 7:51 (Aoxomoxoa)
Good Lovin’ – 11:01 (cover of the Young Rascals song)
Casey Jones – 5:17 (Workingman’s Dead)
Johnny B. Goode – 7:07 (Chuck Berry cover)
We Bid You Goodnight – 4:13 (traditional folk song)

The band were in fine form the previous year (1977) with many superb concerts but this performance splits opinions. It is very long but the band lack the consistency they had a year earlier.

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