This blurry but worthy slice of music of history is of The Blues Brothers Band (Closing of Winterland NYE ’78-’79), from house right seats. This was the original ensemble [from top center down: Paul Shaffer, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Steve Cropper, Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy, Jake Blues (Elwood bending over downstage of Paul), the Tom Scott Horns (Tom Scott, Alan Rubin, Lou Marini, ?unknown?), drummer believed to be Steve Jordan.] which was disbanded not many gigs after this one.
Confetti covers the early morning stage of 1979 with the Grateful Dead fully in control. [From left to right: Lee Oskar, Jerry Garcia, Greg Errico, Phil Lesh & John Cipollina (both back to). Keith & Donna Godchaux, Mickey Hart out of frame.]
See Winterland history roster: HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED.
howdy, and just a blurb here to let listeners of Gratuitous Echo know that the engineer of the show is still quite a ways away from the GE recording studio. it turns out that the blue skies of Utah are pretty doggone seductive.
so bear with me and i do expect new episodes of GE will appear sometime in the next two to three weeks. in the meantime, please enjoy the earlier GEs that we are now running. hope we run one or two that you missed the first time around!
~Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ Winterland Arena-San Francisco, CA December 30, 1978~
There’s just not enough places in the world where the owner of the joint flies over the crowd…IN A GIANT DOOBIE! … dressed as Father Time and sprinkles them with fairy dust and actual doobies, hitting the stage at the stroke of the New Year (1978-79) in a cloud of smoke, confetti, & balloons as the Grateful Dead strikes up “Sugar Magnolia”, then plays for five and a half hours with breakfast served at dawn for 5500. Winterland’s Bill Graham made a habit of it every New Years Eve, sometimes delaying New Years an hour so he could do it cross town at another venue. Now THAT’S dedication to theater. Not enough places like that.
If you missed San Francisco’s Winterland Arena, HERE’S WHAT YOU MISSED.
[In the bottom pic, Bill/Father Time crashes into stage while Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir look on and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) exits stage right (in top of pic).]