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Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland (1978)

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... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Garcia ... Himself - Grateful Dead
Donna Godchaux ... Herself - Grateful Dead (as Donna Jean Godchaux)
Keith Godchaux Keith Godchaux ... Himself - Grateful Dead
Mickey Hart ... Himself - Grateful Dead
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself - Grateful Dead
Phil Lesh Phil Lesh ... Himself - Grateful Dead
Bob Weir ... Himself - Grateful Dead
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Dan Aykroyd ... Elwood Blues / Himself - Midnight Countdown
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Steve Cropper ... Himself - The Blues Brothers Band
Donald Dunn ... Himself - The Blues Brothers Band
Steve Jordan ... Himself - The Blues Brothers Band
Tom Malone Tom Malone ... Himself - The Blues Brothers Band
Lou Marini Lou Marini ... Himself - The Blues Brothers Band
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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 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.

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A Lot Of Music In This Concert DVD
11 January 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

You certainly get a lot of bang for your buck in this nostalgic concert DVD. It's nostalgic now because the footage took place just over 30 years ago on the last concert night on the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

You gets hours and hours of songs from two full discs worth of mostly-mellow Grateful Dead material. You get to see a dark-haired and slimmer Jerry Garcia perform his guitar magic.

You also get to see what a lot of Dead fans probably never saw: a female singer doing a bunch of the songs along with the guys That was Donna Godchaux, who did both lead and backup vocals. She and her husband Keith sang with the famous rock group throughout the 1970s. Keith died at the age of 32 after an auto accident in 1980.

In addition to the tons of music, there are a lot of extras, from features on the Winterland Ballroom, to the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, bonus songs, on and on. If you enjoy the Dead, this is the DVD to buy.


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