Grateful Dead

San Francisco Civic Auditorium - December 31, 1984

San Francisco Civic Auditorium

December 31, 1984

San Francisco, CA US

Average: 4.3 (7 votes)


Bill Graham rides in on a lightning bolt - FM broadcast KFOG-San Francisco - national radio broadcast - also: The Bobs; The Brass Band

Set List:

Shakedown Street
New Minglewood Blues
Jack Straw
Bird Song
Hell in a Bucket
Don't Ease Me In

Sugar Magnolia
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Spanish Jam
The Wheel
Throwin' Stones
Turn on Your Love Light

Gimme Some Lovin'
Uncle John's Band
Around and Around
Baby Blue

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Attendees of this show

dubai-escorts-bunnies, Amy from New York, LonoTheOno, papainferno, jamessoai, subdog, sanka4u, kmcmullen2264, missesJerry, FunkyFarm, deharpport, brezit, ascialabba, Seansong64, Felice Alecca, Mountaingirl02, nitecat, Jules N Binokulas, lafingh2o, Dealin' Dave, 101874winterland, MikeOMikeO, eelbones, hockey_john, Paul Dirks, Quazi, andychatfield, snafu, DANNG, Calif Bill, Sugarmagkauai, huggiebear, shrinkrap50, minutemouse, blacksharpie, diatom, intrepid, blake wood, AlpineValley81, gmjbeachside, grammack57, ChinaRider77, lsdst, bubu13, Sustainabill, Dpwilljr, grateful hawaiian, 123IBT, smarcus, aSid, chuckbob, greeksam78, rustyherb, Doctorpat, HowlinHippie, Pamie, bill.mayer, a_Wolf_in_Paradise, Clicker, HowldaMoon, zeekbythecreek12345, sweetangel91369, AlaskaDeadHead1, mrhomeless2002, foreverahead, egolddust, earthballeric, gdeadicated, gascap13, misterglen, digitunes, Heynow from The Well, Lex Luthers Mom, pat L, hbajams, kimdance, tcrider, whipple, ShivaHo, mcrosno, oldeadhead, DIreCoyote, BurntDawg, pairdoc, cool colo. rain, neilwine, abbilu, LadyoftheIsland, spaceyoface, stilljammin, smithmm, paulsig, Mick Flaire, gr8flwlf, mary meet, tardis, hoffmnj, guitarmanbilly, britty, bonesguitar, jolanjolie, MissReddin, bobby, Saisabok, DinoBam, ffej55, wiggy, KarmicEQ, DeadPhotog, Sylvers, shithead, Sleepingdragon777, cub, hippiedino, Rainbowjohn, poghmahone, bucks-yellow van, WaywardBill, forcestream, alatcamp, whitebird, foxtail, uncjhn, scarletb, CameronB, Bluebird3434, thndrbill, rlkaminsky, Johnny_A, BertRei, osborne fitzgerald mcclintic, padrig, ginsu710, BigDog, Z1Stonyjoe, NickPannozzo, Taco Joe, johnnybgoode, saint michael, ketch22, jdascout, theleven, jstange, pchasmar, Tydyed, egeff, Timberline Rose, roadsterspl311, picnic, GR8FLPT, AndieIsAlthea, toneye, Skjellyfetti, dgsegal, GreensAndNettles, klaussmith, sequoiadean, bugdocky, UncleBruce1971, jolie, tommygutt, Valerie Stevenson, BlondeJim, spinyn, mary-sunshine, craig maceachern 2 dustyrose, mcow1, vanderwoude, misngfingr, jblotter, Walstib, therobthompson, mustawas, beeesr, JohnDillinger, Terry Tolkin, kelly Bowie, Strider 88, johnieappel, Ouizzzl, ericlind, rlrs, probable cosby, lucia dillon, ibewbro, Symmetry, kenco, That Treb Guy, Terrapin_Tommy, gratefuldoc, dead4days, Straw, papajohnny, evbaby, Fillmore Midwest, blewin, Trader X, cutter, warnold420, wolff, DantheMan, matilda, deadhd95829, levitonjl, misujry, Tom Thumb, scamperoni, Staggerlee, cthone, aaron, augwest386, Bobby33914, mabbe, Gr8ful, johnboy, drchampagne, paisley, psychedelia, risingtide, Chief, jay_harrs, kezardead, NYsteve, Hank Stamper, poorboy, themusicarchive, Far-L, bigdavetx, tcrawford, Hlpslpfrnk, woodyinthebasement, DrkStr, sklnrzs, garyfish, DarkStar-TheOtherOne, radar, gnevens, spam, mandala, Post N. Steiner, dreamtime, augustwest, pantagruel,, marye


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Joined: Jun 10 2007
My very first New Year's Eve

My very first New Year's Eve show. My very first California show. My very first...and only...time being dosed at a show without my knowledge at the time. Zip-Bang!!!!

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Joined: Jun 23 2007
My 1st new year's also!

The Brass Band did Ravel's Bolero. Mindblowing.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Best New Year for Me

My first show in Cali, as well. WOW the San Fran Civic. Maybe it was just because it was California (doubt it), but I thought it was AWESOME !
Bill on his lightening bolt, the balloons, and the Nevilles. Got to see more
New year's shows, but NOT there. Fairly small venue & we stuck it out on floor for the whole show - seriously we NEVER left our "area", not even to go pee (didn't drink much-did NOT need to-we were not touching the ground as it was. Didn't matter, too much fun on the floor then. I had just realized they REALLY never play any two shows the same. That is a challenge unless "the music plays the band". Favorite thing - my first Scarlet - Fire......still lovin' it.

Joined: Jan 17 2008
shut out

Only New Years I went to of the 8 New Years runs I saw that I got shut out of . Saw first two night but couldn't pull the New Years ticket. Bummed. Made the best of it listening with like minded freaks off of KFOG.

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Joined: Jul 11 2007

This Shakedown Street just rocks.

It's available on the So Many Roads CD.

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Joined: May 1 2008

What an awesome show. It was my only New Year's Show. A friend gifted me the ticket, I hitched out from Boulder and sought relief from a life not being so kind. Played volleyball with Bill Graham and family on the main floor before the show, won a ticket to a show at Berkeley. Shakedown, Scarlet Fire, The Wheel, Baby Blue - Amazing...
Louder isn't necessarily better, it is just louder.

Joined: May 31 2010
First New Year's Show

I had a blast at this show. Paid $100 for ticket and it was well worth it. Met some really cool people. Shakedown was the hilite.

Joined: Jan 28 2011
Conflicted memories of conflicted run

My only NY show, and there's a lot of good to remember-- Bill G. flying in on the lightning bolt, the friends, the music. But I was underwhelmed with the openers, and it was a bit disappointing to be able to see John Cippolina and Merle Saunders backstage but not have either come out to jam. And there was undercurrent of sorrow-- underscored by the funeral wreaths on the sides of the stage-- due to the death of Steve Parish's wife and daughter in an accident a couple nights earlier.

Joined: Feb 4 2011
what a awesome year

i saw 44 shows up to this date i had miss dark star a the greek or berkley cant remember witch but finaly made it all the way west for theese new years shows my only ones continued to tour pretty heavily until about nov 1987 what a fantastic roller coaster ride thank you mark krammer for all that you did wouda never met the band without you if anyone knows mark (aka. frogger) tell him robert says hello

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Joined: Aug 25 2012

You are so correct there was a feeling of sadness at these shows.I remember thinking it must be very tough to go threw something like that.Having lost your loved ones.And Here I sit some 25 to 30 years later going threw the same feelings. Having lost my girl to an auto accident.Life happens folks always enjoy every minute you can. Here one minute gone to heaven the next.I have no regrets,I would go threw it again and again because she was the most wonderful girl I have ever met. Always miss Gina and everyday is closer to seing her again.
These shows were alot of fun even with the sad under tones.

Funny to hear froggers name after all the years,there was a time we spent alot of time together at shows over the years.


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San Francisco Civic Auditorium - December 31, 1984