Winterland Arena - October 20, 1974
October 20, 1974
"Farewell" show: "The Last One" - last Wall Of Sound show - last "Good Lovin": 05-25-72  - final "Phil & Ned" - "Other One" tease after "NFA" - "Slipknot" intro between "Eyes" and "Stella Blue" - "Cold Rain", "Around", "Roses", "Promised" and "Stella Blue" appear on "Steal Your Face"
Set List:Cold Rain and Snow
Beat it on Down the Line
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Around and Around
Playin' in the Band
Not Fade Away
The Other One
Playin' in the Band
It Must Have Been the Roses
Eyes of the World
Johnny B. Goode
We Bid You Goodnight
Attendees of this show
impossible ronnie, mobay2001, ziphler, andychatfield, my chips cashed in, Sugarmagkauai, foolio, stevenmorley, remert, jerryskid1974, JimmieJi, Doctorpat, meme1, garyd54, winterland12, berthabetrue, johnburton, Curticus, digitunes, Katimae, rpdugoni, mcrosno, LadyoftheIsland, jonod, labozo, hoffmnj, Uptown Tommy D, dfong74, goldie1, Rainbowjohn, hmdavis, jacksondownunda, SunRayHawk, fenerio, ndw, the phone guy, jimbirish, MDB, JRL, westking101, spaceck, Gypsy Cowgirl, Timberline Rose, kluk, Scarf-Juggler, geoffgould, Grateful Bill, carlaplattwatercolors, delta, spinyn, mythical_ethical_icicle_tricycle, mblackburn, lweingart, Llabmiko, mustawas, Strider 88, docks of the city, granfallooon, Wino, cutter, wolff, misujry, tahoejimbo420, DMG, ItsADryHeat, dupreediamond, Kurt_van, Gr8ful, JayLif, drchampagne, Zomby D Wulf, tonstar, stlhog, zygster, rleeb727, Radon Denada, DarkStar-TheOtherOne, bear7140, mandala, sixstringsmoreorLesh, Bruce Rogers, almanac
Dosed beyond belief. Yet I still remember so much of this show, particularly when Mickey Hart's drums appeared on stage and the buzz of "Mickey Hart" spread throughout hot, dirty, sweaty, perfect Winterland. What a gift to have been there through so much of those days.
Great Show. I still have my ticket with "The Last One" stamped on it. They handed them out as we left Winterland after the show.
My seventh Dead show. This was my fourth show of the five in this run. I said there were 6 shows in my reviews of 10-16,17,18 but that's wrong. Sorry. This show was going to be the "last one" so I had to attend. I was working in SF at an Engineering firm. I had a key to office and coke machine. I borrowed $26 in change from it and headed over to Winterland. Found a ticket for the $26 after I converted the change into paper near the venue. Not my favorite show I was pretty worn out after a week of partying. The weirdest night of the run was Saturday's show when there were so many people outside who didn't get in. We all partied all night outside. Then I scrounged up $26 by Monday morning to put back the change I'd taken from office machine.
was this not the return of mickey hart? did not the 'rowan bros.' open?
I've already written a fairly extensive description of the sights and sounds of this run in my 18 Oct entry, but here's a just little bit more.
Once again, a relatively short wait in line for tickets-at-the-door (can you imagine?), then the wait in the other line to go inside with a lot of the same faces, then the cartoons, then the show.
Not as "high" as the 18th, but still a gathering of kindred strangers and friends to catch one more show.
Mickey dropped by for the later set. Two things stood out for me from this show. First, was Bobby doing Good Lovin', a fitting and poignant last night tribute. However it was Mississippi 1/2 Step that I thought was such a classy farewell tune, and then they bid us Good Night. There were mobs of folks outside. I heard later they'd passed "The Last One" tickets out but I must've walked right by them. I've never lost the memories, though.
As I previously explained, the week had been flavored by a news item about a crashed UFO. As I drove back to LA the next day, I was thinking about the great gigs and about how the world was gonna be a different place when Newsweek ran their cover story about the aliens. Of course, it didn't happen, but it was a week of high thoughts and "what if?". Months to come were to include intimate gigs with Legion Of Mary, Kingfish and Keith & Donna, catching up on the Dead's official back catalog as well as all those hi-fi and lo-fi bootlegs, and meeting other Heads during the hiatus in anticipation of The Return Of The Grateful Dead!
Just one more thing...
During the years up to these gigs, and at solo gigs up and down the West Coast during the hiatus, I used to see an old Highway Patrol car, probably a Dodge Polara, black with white doors, spotlights, but instead of the big Highway Patrol emblem on the doors, it had the Grateful Dead Skull & Roses, like on the old Monster T-Shirts. Needless to say, it was real "in your face" funny and always cracked me up. Can anyone shed light? Was it a fan's car or part of the GD organization?
In the year/months leading up to these shows I was able to see Old and In the Way at the Boarding House. Garcia Band at the Keystone, etc. And just after these gigs Kingfish and also Garcia/Saunders at various places around SF.
We owe a huge debt to Bill Graham for bring so many great artists to SF. I was able to see so many great shows...
Edgar Winter/White Trash
Lights: SF Light Works
Notes: Sheriff's Benefit. Also: Earth Rise.
Sha Na Na
Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Tower Of Power
Sons Of Champlin
Allman Brothers Band
Marshall Tucker Band
New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Jerry Garcia & Merle Saunders
Notes: Legal Aid Benefit--also: Hot Tuna
Dalton & Dubarri
Jerry Garcia & Friends
Keith & Donna
Notes: "Bob Fried Memorial Boogie" Also: Mirrors
Sons Of Champlin
Keith & Donna
Jerry Garcia Band
Keith & Donna
and more !
Thank you Bill! Winterland is long gone, but The Fillmore lives on.
Woke up early morning in South Lake Tahoe and decided I hadda go to the show!
No money, No dope.
But I hitched a ride all the way to the show and traded an old Sierra Designs "down-sweater" for a ticket. The hippie scalper (some sleaze from LA) looked at me like I was crazy, but his friend convinced him it was a good trade. Once I got in, I traded some Chicano kids a couple of sparklers for a "pinner" and at least had something to smoke.
I remember overhearing a couple of the video crew talkin' shit about how ". . . this ain't no riff-raff, it's the Grateful Dead." And, ". . . why don't we go out on the road with a sheet of acid, a case of booze, and write a book!?"
Everybody wanted to be Hunter S. Thomson and Dr. Gonzo!
But when Mickey Hart came back that night, now THAT was cool!
I think he may have been playing with them at my first show in the Fillmore many years before but this was my true introduction to Mickey. I was already a dyed in the wool head by this point in history but when Mickey joined the fray I was completely mesmerized. He WAS the devil and I'd never felt such power. It was one of the most transcendent moments of my life.