Grateful Dead

San Francisco Civic Auditorium - December 31, 1983

San Francisco Civic Auditorium

December 31, 1983

San Francisco, CA US

Average: 4.4 (11 votes)


Third set with Rick Danko & Maria Muldaur - also: The Band; Mike Henderson - FM broadcast KFOG-San Francisco - national radio broadcast - Bill Graham appears out of a globe - last "Big Boss Man": 12-31-81 [127] - only "Goodnight Irene" - last "Midnight Hour": 12-31-82 [66]

Set List:

Jack Straw
New Minglewood Blues
My Brother Esau
Tennessee Jed
Hell in a Bucket
Don't Ease Me In

Sugar Magnolia
Touch of Grey
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away

Brokedown Palace

Big Boss Man
Iko Iko
Midnight Hour
Goodnight Irene

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, seastones79, JerryK,, dahainer, Tennjed777, papainferno, brezit, jamessoai, missesJerry, julex, B O, pukegrub, Ruff Barker, Felice Alecca, bodegahwy, nitecat, Jules N Binokulas, Dealin' Dave, kennethstaber, jra-sm, pshep, MDB52, Willie B. A. Goodefellow, kayman714, cheifbroom, Heywood Jablome, aikomule, hockey_john, cosmicsushi714, katluvsblues, Quazi, andychatfield, snafu, Calif Bill, Sugarmagkauai, shrinkrap50, diatom, intrepid, blake wood, ChinaRider77, thelopsidedboy, seltz, lsdst, bubu13, Sustainabill, grateful hawaiian, smarcus, aSid, Terrapin Bus Mom, Ljouwert, greeksam78, dpw1982, rustyherb, Dancin Dave, DavAlan, Doctorpat, HowlinHippie, Pamie, twazwylde, a_Wolf_in_Paradise, Clicker, zeekbythecreek12345, sweetangel91369, Big_river, mdorf, AlaskaDeadHead1, mrhomeless2002, Flickster, gascap13, Boulderhippy, misterglen, digitunes, Heynow from The Well, gjs56, Lex Luthers Mom, pat L, hbajams, kimdance, tcrider, whipple, ratterd, rjus, maschae, mcrosno, oldeadhead, mrbritton, drago, BurntDawg, pairdoc, cool colo. rain, Android, neilwine, abbilu, LadyoftheIsland, ladnarc, Dugga, tripsy, stilljammin, smithmm, Basilicone, Susie Q, Mick Flaire, bucks yellow-van, imwillow, deserthippie, Missi Lynn, britty, dbean, Indicator, MissReddin, DinoBam, Brooklyn Peach, ffej55, wsp420, Jazzmaze88, TheNightEagle, grantros, lamarred664, Sylvers, BornXeyed64, shithead, stellablew, Sleepingdragon777, gammalyte, Rainbowjohn, aliceDmillionair, samba, poghmahone, kgetta, WaywardBill, Upstate NY, sfmichael, dave h, alatcamp, whitebird, foxtail, uncjhn, nextshow, jacksondownunda, jgminerals, scarletb, AlanSheckter, thndrbill, rlkaminsky, Johnny_A, SF_328, padrig, Z1Stonyjoe, adksmadman, NickPannozzo, SCNDirector, johnnybgoode, saint michael, ketch22, Felix, theleven, westking101, jstange, pchasmar, egeff, Gypsy Cowgirl, picnic, GR8FLPT, Darkstar65, grapefuldave, Skjellyfetti, hippomon, West.August, gratefulgreg1, dgsegal, May 1977, eddpao, sequoiadean, jolie, gdhead77, tommygutt, Valerie Stevenson, deadheaddave1982, BlondeJim, JurassicBlueberries, slidebrain, craig maceachern 2 dustyrose, fishnow, King Bee, jblotter, Walstib, Llabmiko, threesaints2003, mustawas, beeesr, JohnDillinger, OBY-BEN-WAH-KENOBY, Terry Tolkin, lafingh2o, kelly Bowie, johnieappel, Ouizzzl, hedarobi5, LaffsAho, rlrs, texasdragonfly, micgram1999, kenco, liamrutan, gratefuldoc, Stellas girl, Straw, papajohnny, evbaby, Trader X, cutter, warnold420, Cosmic Chas, wolff, levitonjl, misujry, Tom Thumb, scamperoni, grplasa, cthone, aaron, Bobby33914, Tony_S, creeping_socialist, Gr8ful, drchampagne, paisley, psychedelia, cryptical1, Wendy, Chief, jay_harrs, NYsteve, alta, poorboy, rleeb727, themusicarchive, Far-L, Radon Denada, UncleWaldo, Flip, woodyinthebasement, DrkStr, sklnrzs, marlo, garyfish, radar, Jackaroses, Clearlight, gnevens, Duggles, Greg MQ, spam, rosebody, mandala, dreamtime, Eric Ellisen, imcndbl, pantagruel,, marye


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Duggles's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Goodnight Irene.

My only New Years Show. What an event. Though I know that there were other New Years that smoked this one, it is mine. We had a blast. I loved the shows being in the city. The Goodnight Irene still stands the test of time. I loved the version. Big Boss Man is also one of my favorites.


creeping_socialist's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
My 15th Show...I'll Meet You in the Bar

My friend Al and I really had a blast (and I chose that term before I read Dougle's comments; he's right, it was so much fun, I don't think I've ever had a better time.) The Civic had a bar, too, which, while I normally wouldn't care, a New Year's show should always have, in my humble opinion.

Sunshine-daydream1951's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Now Playing

Another of Charlie Miller's offerings, lovely sound

Looking forward to the encores with Maria and Rick

Bob W

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Spanish Jam

Joined: Nov 18 2007
my first new years

my first new years show.myself and three friends mail ordered,they all recieved ticket denial notices,what a surprise it was when i recieved all 4 tics requested.took the 3 to the shows.bill G. gave everyone sack breakfasts after show.

Joined: Nov 12 2007
goodnight irene

I use the term "attended" here liberally...
I'd dropped a monster V8 into the camper pickup and decided to road test it with 3 pals and a Dead run. Guzzled half my pocket money on fuel alone on the trip up.
We got up there from LA on the 29th and overnighted for the 30th show. Saw Bill Graham buzzing around out front. Pals Joe and Ralph found tickets and enjoyed the great 30th show while Mike and I heard the rumbles and rattles of the hall from my truck.
I'd secured one of the last hotel rooms in the "Bay Area", which turned out to be Concorde with no Dead New Year's broadcast reception, so we went back to SF and the venue with a ghetto blaster tape recorder/receiver to get a broadcast tape.
Before showtime, Mike and I were the only ones walking behind the hall a fair distance apart when a guy walked out the back door and holds up a plain white paper label with absolutely nothing on it and asks if I want one "backstage pass" for $30 bucks. Sounded unbelievable, but he DID walk out the back door. I felt kinda bad that I'd dragged Mike up here with no tix (and I'd spent most of my $ anyway), so called Mike over, he pays the dough, the guy simply walks off into the night and local neighborhood, and Mike cautiously walks up to the back door and disappears inside for hours.
We could hear the rumble of the gig starting from out front, but the broadcast didn't commence until 3rd song Minglewood. The three of us stood around the blaster with other Heads. We were also joined by some noticably loopy locals including a big bearded guy who was very amazed the concert in the hall was coming out of the blaster, and some very nutty black cat who would keep rolling his eyes toward heaven and holding a sililoquy with a repeating yowl and falsetto of "Ooowwwwww! Mutha!".
Finally, Maria Muldaur joined the band for Goodnight Irene, we've bagged a tape of the new songs Esau and Ashes To Ashes (Mickey sounded very gushy when interviewed moments later), and Mike comes out after "breakfast" with backstage tales of folks in various states of doo-dah, dispatch, and disrepair!

Joined: Jan 17 2008
New Years , the Band, Breakfast- Goodnight Irene!

I made a major move by myself as none of my friends could figure out how to get to SF. So I snagged a ride with my brother who was going to Phoenix and then I flew to SF from there in time for the 31st without a ticket. I scored one for face of all places on the Wharf who had gotten in an argument with his girlfriend the night before and was selling her ticket. Super luck. Went to the show and though I was without immediate friends, I immediately had several new ones. This was my first New Years and it was a great time. I laughed at the fact that I had pulled it off and just got off on everything about that night. The third set was fun and breakfast was cool too. I remember walking out of there and it was really late(or early depending on how you look at it), I was still high and still smiling!

Joined: Apr 18 2008
Jerry boogying to The Band

To my recollection, this was an awesome New Years Eve show. There were two things that made a big impression on me. First, The Band was playing a set before the Dead came on and during the last song or two, Jerry was off stage right boogying llike crazy. I'd never seen him dance before - obviously he was very much into The Band. Second, Goodnight Irene was incredible. This was the first time I'd heard it since listenting to a Frank Sinatra recording of it that my Mom had when I was a kid. Way cool!

oldeadhead's picture
Joined: Jan 9 2009
Bill G in a diaper, as the New years Baby

Bill pops out of this globe ( huge mirrored ball) with a diaper on !!! .. Maria M. was sounding great and since my middle name is Irene ..I knew they were singing to me alone ha !SEMPER FI on the poster outside with skull and roses !

Please do random acts of kindness !

Unclejoe1988's picture
Joined: Feb 13 2009
looking for a tape of this concert

I taped this concert while listening to it where I was living on Long has my favorite "Eyes". Can anyone point me to a copy of the show

Joined: Jun 8 2007
Great time!

My only New Years as well. Had such a blast. Here is the full video of The Band's performance that night . Is there any video from the Dead that night? Sushi cookies!!


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San Francisco Civic Auditorium - December 31, 1983