Grateful Dead

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - December 31, 1986

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center

December 31, 1986

Oakland, CA US

Average: 4.8 (6 votes)


Bill Graham flies in dressed as an eagle - FM broadcast KFOG-San Francisco - David Crosby, then The Neville Brothers opened

Set List:

Jack Straw
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Desolation Row
U.S. Blues

Touch of Grey
Let it Grow
Black Muddy River
Samson and Delilah
Terrapin Station
Wharf Rat
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Turn on Your Love Light

Gimme Some Lovin'
When Push Comes to Shove
Box of Rain
Midnight Hour
Brokedown Palace

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Attendees of this show

dahainer, bosbruin4, Ronel, sanka4u, julex, scoobiedew, deharpport, ccklone, nitecat, Jules N Binokulas, lafingh2o, Dealin' Dave, payingdues, rymo, peetstr50, healingbear, hockey_john, jonney, cbNEAL, dhamrenjr, docjbf, stuart walker, jojomosgo, NJDEAD40, snafu, Phinnegan, Calif Bill, Sugarmagkauai, shrinkrap50, blake wood, AlpineValley81, Llollo, caseman0007, shannonsapitbull, revelation bus, seltz, bubu13, Sustainabill, flyinghen, grateful hawaiian, 123IBT, smarcus, Peisenberg, lotsofgreensmiles, Sela, jz, aSid, CherylB, greeksam78, rustyherb, Doctorpat, picc, eltortugatranquilo, zeekbythecreek12345, chicosez, rodiebluez1, eep-hour, sweetangel91369, redcoatblues, AlaskaDeadHead1, midiman007, foreverahead, Flickster, earthballeric, alovours13, 10.000Mic_Johnson, 4everagratefuldeadhead, CrazyJane, weatherbill7, digitunes, Heynow from The Well, ChantalAndGeorge, pat L, hbajams, kimdance, Iggy, whipple, ShivaHo, Jerry Mountain, sdiggs40, mcrosno, Chiefchip, BurntDawg, pairdoc, cool colo. rain, neilwine, abbilu, MagicPEZ, LadyoftheIsland, ladnarc, jsomoza, spaceyoface, smithmm, chloecat, Susie Q, Mick Flaire, guitarman93061, tomsned66, mary meet, hoffmnj, guitarmanbilly, Missi Lynn, subhunter7, Uncle Mikey, jolanjolie, MissReddin, BarefeetBob, DinoBam, ffej55, wsp420, skunjelefeti, lamarred664, refsta, Tom Mittemeyer, rami, beandog22, cub, Jimmy C., gammalyte, hippiedino, Rainbowjohn, poghmahone, WaywardBill, Brother Esau, Upstate NY, scarletfire16, whitebird, Bettylou, Paul from North Dakota, Brophy, BabylonDon, scarletb, tahoedead, CameronB, thndrbill, BertRei, SF_328, osborne fitzgerald mcclintic, padrig, ginsu710, BigDog, NickPannozzo, saint michael, GratefulGary420, ketch22, dedhedesq, pchasmar, Tydyed, 9785, hamal, hehehekramar, goldgreek, picnic, Skjellyfetti, jz323, Tuna, FrankB777, GreensAndNettles, Violaleeblue, eddpao, jolie, caffmcjimmrey, Rum Jungle, jackstrw, frankh1959, tommygutt, DFBWM, weird72, Valerie Stevenson, treesdream, BlondeJim, Michael Sofris, bsea41, Josef, mary-sunshine, craig maceachern 2 dustyrose, badtpyist, mcow1, bdpalace, misngfingr, spacecowboy, bilee, King Bee, jblotter, Walstib, Kima, beeesr, JohnDillinger, Harpersedg, wharfrat8199, Strider 88, Ouizzzl, LaffsAho, rlrs, drkstrcrashes, legionmary, granfallooon, robcork, kenco, That Treb Guy, Terrapin_Tommy, dead4days, papajohnny, evbaby, Fillmore Midwest, Wino, Trader X, buscameby, bshawlang, cutter, juicediva, kentmitchell1961, wolff, garrynet, wjbthe3, levitonjl, misujry, deadheadead, steveaes, Tom Thumb, Staggerlee, cthone, aaron, Tony_S, gratefulygroovin, NorthwestMichael, JayLif, direwolf23, riggamortis, drchampagne, Columbia, paisley, Chief, colin parsons, kezardead, NYsteve, rleeb727, TomCat, Far-L, fenario, UncleWaldo, Hlpslpfrnk, dannyclark1966, DrkStr, garyfish, Jackaroses, crazyfingers, cpousen, Zippatron, Ski_Nose, Greg MQ, spam, fogzone, Teedawg, bradleyg, the chef, mandala, Gravy, Post N. Steiner, dreamtime, 2pigpen, stevetall, tn2nadoes, marye


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
My first New Year's Eve, and

My first New Year's Eve, and still one of the most memorable, most hilarious time I ever had. Bill Graham looked as surprized as everybody else when they started hauling him across the ceiling to the stage. Jesus, that acid was amazing, though I was a tad freaked out by the end of the first set. Recovered during intermission, then laughed the rest of the night. Whew! Still gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up!

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Joined: May 26 2007

Listening now, courtesy of and the Dead channel, and this Sugaree rocks. Lots of Brent!! Is the rest of the show this good?

Joined: Oct 11 2007
Lots of emotion

The joy that started on Dec. 15 continued through the end of the year. If you were there, or if you've heard the tape, you'll recall how fun it was to hear "U.S. Blues" at the end of set I. We were very close, 3rd or 4th row...I vividly remember Jerry's voice trembling with so much emotion when he sang the line "Give me five, I'm still alive."

Joined: Jun 21 2007
David Crosby

I attended this whole run- 4 shows in all, and my only west coast shows. It's all now a blur, and I only have two sets (1st night's first set which is great, and the following night's second set w/the Scarlet-Fire). I remember thinking," I had no idea San Francisco was this friggin' cold." It was cold and damp every day...Finally, I distinctly recall a point in the David Crosby solo acoustic set when, in between songs, Crosby went on this long anti-drug rant...Seriously...he went on and on...I think this sort of 'community service' was tied to his probation from getting busted the upteenth time for coke...This whole run is lively, but I still think that 12/15/86 is the show to listen to from this period (that Touch and Candyman are mindblowing). Phil started this whole run off by saying," Oh, so you want to polka." and then they went into a sweet Playin'- jam- Bertha...

Joined: Jun 7 2007
camping at the kaiser

remember how they tried to stop it but gave up, what a trippy tent city

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Joined: Dec 11 2010
new year 86 at henry j.kaiser

Thanks for your memory, i now remember Phil saying That... And David , and the Neville Brothers! Wow. this was my first of two years with the balloon crew, a most fun job working for this Family.

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Joined: Dec 11 2010
Love For ALL

I LOVE You So Very Much, all these memories of feelings and the Love and Music and You Are The Very Best and I got to be here too, Can't wait for the next Family Picnic, FURTHUR... I have a bunch of hugs to share, for i need hugged by someone really strong too, that knows what their doing... ALL YOU!!! ALL LOVE

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Joined: Dec 11 2010
camping at the kaiser...

We would be there for a week, the Dead played so many shows there... it was Heaven!

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Joined: Aug 25 2012
This was a fun night 32 years ago

Happy new year people.
The things we remember 32 years later. While looking for a 2nd ticket for my girlfriend and I some guy offered his Buick Sky lark. I recall think are you kidding me? We had 1 ticket actually she did, she went threw the mail order.We had decided to give up our one and only ticket to some guy begging her to sell it to him.
Long story short she and I had been together a few years and had decided to see others because she was on the east coast myself mostly on west coast. We had parted ways in the fall due to the distance between us. So when I ran into her before the show on the 27th we got back together and had A GREAT week together staying at the Apple inn in Oakland.
Back to this night we told the guy we would sell it to him because the shows was going to start soon, The Crosby portion . After selling it we decided to head back to the Apple Inn when Dread John " who I have heard has passed away" found us walking towards the Bart station asked if we had tickets of course we did not at this point. He told us to stay rite where we were he would be rite back. Waiting for 15 minutes or so he comes out throws 2 back stage all access passes on us and In we went.
Having been to most every show for last few years to this point and having many back stage passes we never went back stage , we wanted to be with our peers in the crowd and in the halls like we always did. Looking back threw my dead diary I have 3 other back stage passes never went back there.
Little bit on Dread John he for sure was same as all of us lived hard life on the road and spent many a day dependent on things like so many of us. I heard few years back he couldn't take it any longer and now is with our creator the one and only big man in the sky. Love to all and a good year to come. Sorry for rambling .


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Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - December 31, 1986