The Winterland Ballroom - The Last Waltz

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The Winterland Ballroom was an old ice skating rink in San Francisco, it was located at the corner of Post Street and Steiner Street, it later was taken over by rock promoter Bill Graham, and became legendary for the shows that happened there.

Bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, The Jefferson Airplane, and Elvis Costello played there, the latter in support of his Armed Forces album. A great number of the best-known rock acts from the 1960s and 1970s played Winterland or played two blocks away across Geary Boulevard at the original Fillmore Auditorium. The building had a capacity of 5,400 people.

The Grateful Dead made Winterland their home base, also, the Sex Pistols played their last show there on January 14, 1978. The Band played their famous and incredible last show "The Last Waltz" with numerous guest performers, including Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and many others.

Winterland closed on New Years 1978/79 with a concert by the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Blues Brothers. It was torn down a few years later, and was replaced by apartment condominiums and a Burger King.

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ice follies
looking again at this site, i now also remember my father'd take us here to see ice follies.i am typing this, again taking my now 12 year old home from school, from inside of a lovely cafe on the site of the original winterland building.

OMG - hallowed ground!
Bill Graham was my hero - he brought absolutely everyone there. I probably spent more time there than I did in school! If I remember correctly, at the beginning (now this is going WAY back) the shows were THURS thru SUN. The FRI & Sat night shows ended up being at Winterland and THURS & SUN were at the Fillmore.
It was the best time to be young and into the music scene...

i was walking my 11 year old back from school when it occurred to me we were in fact on the winterland site, where i'd seen the tubes and sha na na in high school

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