Grateful Dead

Winterland Arena - December 31, 1978

Winterland Arena

December 31, 1978

San Francisco, CA US

Average: 5 (23 votes)


FM broadcast KSAN-San Francisco - TV broadcast KQED-San Francisco - Bill Graham flies in on a joint - Blues Brothers, then NRPS opened - "Breakfast served at dawn" - last "Sunshine Daydream": 07-13-76 [160] - "Other One" is first verse only - "Dark Star" is first verse only - last "Dark Star": 10-18-74 [187] - last "We Bid You Goodnight": 12-31-76 [140]

Set List:

Sugar Magnolia
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Friend of the Devil
It's All Over Now
Stagger Lee
From the Heart of Me
Sunshine Daydream

Samson and Delilah
Ramble on Rose
I Need a Miracle
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Not Fade Away
Around and Around

Dark Star
The Other One
Dark Star
Wharf Rat
St. Stephen
Good Lovin'

Casey Jones
Johnny B. Goode

We Bid You Goodnight

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, Cousins Of The Pioneers, JerryK, chocolope023, aikomark, gratefulseedsaver, cassidy111, papainferno, martyroosf, jamessoai, purplekush023, Bklyn2SF4Dead, graykitty1, dtfritz22, WALSTI BROOKLYN, deschamp52, ccklone, Devans, nitecat, sskatz21, MDB52, winterlander, halldancer, ccsunshine, Don_Draper, v32, genesee, chrisr777, stepineden72, Sugarmagkauai, diatom, blake wood, frisbee_lover, stevenmorley, pj1621, zombydawg, smarcus, JimmieJi, j.j madden, t140v77, aSid, Leggs4, Doctorpat, bncasey744, Clicker, winterland12, Rosinbagger, hb672, downtownbear, stu magoo, AlaskaDeadHead1, Phil.Abrahamson, earthballeric, johnburton, deadheadned, gjs56, kimdance, mcrosno, oldeadhead, BearVandal, okeedeaddave, jonod, DireWolfStudios, smithmm, laughing jap, skibumbo, Mick Flaire, moses, danielcsmc, ammo, Allen4dead, Uptown Tommy D, Missi Lynn, Grateful Don, MissReddin, Smac, kym, Chef Free, Rainbowjohn, SuperCorona, hmdavis, kgetta, geraldmmcclain, tor, Bikerfred79, sfmichael, foxtail, corrycorry2005, jdubbs, tilesteve, rio de la mar, Leggs2, thought_jewels, Johnny_A, padrig, friskotatt2, MDB, TomClark, DennisTheMenace, drkeith, musickatman, westking101, hfntuna, pchasmar, spaceck, Gypsy Cowgirl, Timberline Rose, GR8FLPT, Skjellyfetti, tomempey, Scarf-Juggler, bchar, caffmcjimmrey, tdub, carlaplattwatercolors, east_coast1, delta, driddels, bsea41, King Bee, crypticalenvelopmint, boffo the chimp, Walstib, lweingart, Llabmiko, mustawas, hanserdog, Ouizzzl, churninern, gratefuldeadinmyhead, kenco, evbaby, Wino, Trader X, cutter, CosmicDinsdale, ronzoid, Queer Deadhead, dogfish30, dupreediamond, wavesonsand, Gr8ful, bigsky, drchampagne, Zomby D Wulf, paisley, cryptical1, Old Nughuffer, hiker, poorboy, rleeb727, insect_fear, Radon Denada, ddodd, tcrawford, DrkStr, atomicknot, BlackandWhite.Peter, DarkStar-TheOtherOne, Jackaroses, Jack O. Hartz, Thom, mandala, Post N. Steiner, almanac, freeform, aud, jewel


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Joined: Sep 15 2008
3 CD set from Italy?

greetings - too late to have made this show, but about 15 years ago I came across a 3 cd set in a record store in kenmore square in Boston of this show. sadly, I can't find anything about it on line. does anyone know more? back says "Limited Edition" No 2450. not looking to sell, only get info about this set.

Cover: (in a circle surrounding white rose):
Winterland San Francisco, New Year's Eve 1978-79
(stealyourface in gold foil) Grateful Dead with Thank You Uncle Bobo written for teeth....

I can email/post a scan of it if anyone wants to see...


Joined: Nov 12 2007
The DVD bonus material is

The DVD bonus material is quite interesting, all those vintage clips and interviews.

There is that one tv reporter/interviewer who knows only how to say one thing: "you are a Deadhead??!!" He says this over and over in every interview (including to Dick Latvala), and is totally annoying.

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Joined: Jan 9 2009
One of my all time favorites !

We traveled out from Chicago... I still have the shirt I bought there ( to small now) They hung banners over the balcony rails with Jimi, Janis and Jim Morrison photos on them .. Bill Walton on drums during the interlude , Uncle Bo bo w/flying Giant Joints ..
Amazed that Bulushi could really do those back flips and NRPS were FAB... The movie Animal House just got the evening started and Breakfast served on Silver Trays was the all time clincher for and end to a Memorable evening !
We hung out in line for 2 days taking turns with Jim Ortman, Rich Lynn ( my ex ) and I ... I sat for hours, walked around for hours and danced for hours ...Ever have too much fun ??
This was one of those times !

Please do random acts of kindness !

Joined: Oct 14 2008
lottery a bust

went to great lengths to get tickets, but lost out on the lottery.
Me and four friends tripped to the KQED TV broadcast.Recorded the KSAN FM broadcast that became my
first master tape.I wore that tape out.Now Im diggin the DVD. One of the greats.I still cant believe that my parents didnt come into my room that night to se what we were doing.(I was only 17).They must have been glad that I was home on new years eve.One of the most memorable shows I didnt go to

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Joined: Jan 9 2009
Ever have too much fun ??

Another comment to add... I traveled around inside Winterland ( during the showing of Animal House Movie) as I had never been there before and they were getting ready to "tear this old building down" !
I had such FUN seeing all these great faces.. ( some melting :o), costumes and Smiles, Smiles, Smiles and a JOY of Being ! The band seemed to be having a great time too... Breakfast was catered in by Nasari's (sp) .. Thanks to Uncle Bo Bo
This was my personal favorite New Years Eve Show !
Having flown out to SF from Chicago, It was an excellent week.. went up to Marin and Stinson Beach etc a few days before the show... All together It was ONE Excellent Trip !

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Joined: Jul 25 2008
on the floor for the last third of the show-yah hoo!

keep your character, enjoy living, share your fortune,
OXOX Merple Reddin

Joined: Jun 2 2010
Thumbed up from San Jose

I don't remember how I got my ticket. I hitchhiked up on Thursday night and hung out on the streets until they let us in.
I felt like I had traveled back in time to the early days. It seemed like they were so long ago back then. When the show got out in the morning, I had to hitch back to San Jose (on New Year's Day!).

My first Dead show was just earlier that year on 5-6-78.

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Post & Steiner

It was amazing to even be able to get a ticket. In Sacramento a lot of the lotteries where being rigged by the record store employees so their friends could win. The one I was at kept trying to delay the drawing. I encouraged the crowd to remember what happened at Sears when the Rolling Stones tickets sold out years before resulting in the store getting trashed. The manager relented and posted the winners. Damn! Missed it by one digit. When I threw my tickets down, one that was folded over popped out-the winner.
Watching Animal House with a packed Winterland was the perfect start. I'll never forget how the place rocked when Neidermeyer's fate rolled across the screen.
Deadheads, the New Riders, flying chainsaws and juggling freaks, Belushi and Akroyd at their peak, and then the Dead...God to be stuck there on Groundhogs Day...

Joined: Jul 29 2013
First Show?

3/18/1977 was your first show? My first one was the nest night. You had the best Peggy-O EVER. I got hooked on "Roll away.... With You"!

Loved that band ever since.

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Joined: Oct 7 2008
Winterland : The Begining of the end of the Begining

This was "The" Commencement for attendees of the Grateful Dead College. Everyone graduated from the School of Higher Learning that night. Like everyone else, I do remember being there , or not there, but that's it. Over the years, it keep's coming back to me, like light from above. Chipollina's guitar being cut off for upsataging Jerry, (i was right up front). Weir appearing in rare form, voice better then ever, hair perfect of course. I saw Indian's in tribal dresses, kid's with their parent's, having their faces's painted ( by me, a deal i had with BoBo for show ticket's). I remember giving away a ticket i won from the lottery, to someone in front who had a big paper bag over his head, (everyone had there own strategy to get a ticket) i thought it was brilliant, simple but real; The Unknown Comic!, obviously in shock as i handed him the ticket, he took off the bag and in amazement it was a friend of mine! The show went on what seemed like forever, in fact i think it is still going on, in fact i "know" it is. I lived in Mill Valley , ( Bobby was my neighbor), and had heard they actually left during the break and went home and came back, they were gone, what seemed like for hour's. Belushi climbing up over the stage, Garcia with a huge smille on his face as he played his heart out. For now that is all i remember, ask me what song's they played, Dark Star?, that is where i leave off. I talked with BoBo when it was all over, we walked around as people were eating breakfast, and both new this was the "End Of The Era". no more Winterland (the City decided to tear it down, brilliant idea) no more Filmore, no more 60's, only memories now, i saw the best show's of my life there. We both wanted to cry, i never saw him again, I returned to normal life, but i will alway's be a Dead Head, i am an Honor Student from Grateful Dead University, i earned my wing's and and i now "know" how to fly, you taught me well. God Bless You All! God Bless You Jerry, God Bless You BoBo, hope we meet again.


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Winterland Arena - December 31, 1978