12-31-1978 – Complete Show

The Closing of Winterland is a four-CD live album by the Grateful Dead. It contains the complete concert performed on December 31, 1978. The concert was also released as a two-disc DVD. The title derives from the fact that it was the last concert in San Francisco’s Winterland Arena, which was shut down shortly thereafter. The Dead celebrated the closing as an approximately five-hour-long party (complete with breakfast with the audience at dawn) and invited some guests including guitarist John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Ken Kesey as well as actor Dan Aykroyd who provided the midnight countdown. It was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA on December 15, 2003 under the category of longform video, selling 200,000 units. The New Riders of the Purple Sage and Blues Brothers opened the show..

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Grateful Dead are proud to support the PBS Foundation in recognition of the vital educational programming they have produced for over 50 years, which has become even more important now that kids across America are learning from home. We also want to give a huge shout out to all the Grateful Moms & Dads pulling triple duty working, parenting, and home-schooling right now – you are our heroes!

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