Grateful Dead

Winterland Arena - October 17, 1978

Winterland Arena

October 17, 1978

San Francisco, CA US

Average: 4.5 (4 votes)


"From Egypt With Love"

Set List:

Promised Land
Friend of the Devil
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
I Need a Miracle
Stagger Lee
Jack Straw

Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
If I Had the World to Give
Around and Around

U.S. Blues

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Joined: Aug 16 2007
banjo lessons

Winterland must have been a cozy venue indeed.
On the SBD of this performance, during the 'Space' segment, a woman can be heard saying off-mike: 'I'd like to take banjo lessons.' One doesn't think much of it until a voice very clearly Jerry's says, 'I don't teach anymore.' She must not have heard him well as she repeats the request. Jerry repeats as well, 'I don't teach anymore.'
Check it out. Weird.

Joined: Feb 5 2008
1st Show

Great show to start off my career. We got there hours before the doors opened and got as close to the stage as we could. When the house lights went down, and we stood up and inched our way toward the stage, we discovered that we left our fragile smoking device behind. Of course by then it was too late. A few hours later, as we were leaving, there it was, untouched. That was the moment I became a true deadhead.

Years later I heard an interview on the radio with Bobby about a show at Winterland where the crowd was clapping in time to Estimated Prophet. 7/14 time is hard to keep going.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
To be young again :)

this was my 18th birthday :)
I wasn't at the show but I was having fun!!

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Joined: Sep 30 2007
Banjo Lessons?

chris barnes

I heard the sondboard of this show tonight on Sirius and clearly heard the banjo lesson comment in question, very strange indeed. After that I heard an unidentifiable man's voice saying, "You are under arrest." and strange noises that sound like someone inhaling deeply. I wonder if this wasn't a case of people being picked up on mic but instead the Dead being extra trippy by adding some pre-recorded, random speaking blurbs to the space segment. This could be a case of the boys being well ahead of their time. Possible sampling pioneers? Run Dmc and Public Enemy may have been following in the Dead's footsteps. Maybe a stretch, but who knows?

Joined: Dec 16 2008
at the end of a cross-country trip

I came off the road into San Francisco to find the Dead playing Winterland, with a slide show from Egypt. I'm not sure which night I was there but they introduced Francis Coppola because the Rhythm Devils were working on Apocalypse Now.

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Joined: Jul 25 2008
clap rhythums with Hamza El Din!

Emerging from Demureville; I totally enjoyed whichever night it was that we were taught by Hamza to do the traditional clapping. Also waltzed away from my man for the first admittable time (honey, I'm goin' to dance!) Bye, now.

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

Joined: Oct 5 2007
welcome home shows...

great run of shows on the bands return "home' from Egypt.. there was a lot of unique playing at these shows,, of note from the 17th,, is the long rockin jam out of Miracle, in the first set no less. A very bluezy vocal out> sweet jam from estimated..and as mentioned before, the banjo lesson chat with Garcia and someone else.. during space.. the slide shows,, sound effects.. that whole persian vibe you could almost taste it.. indeed..


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Winterland Arena - October 17, 1978