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 »
The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own ... See full summary »
John Perry Barlow,
This was not the last great Grateful Dead show, but was the pinnacle of the last great Grateful Dead Tour. Not long after this show was filmed, Brent Mydland died and was replaced by the way-overmatched-by-the-moment-and-the-material Vince Welnick and, well, it was all downhill from there.
Still, this was an amazing concert awesomely performed. Its only drawback, which is true of most of the Dead's concert films is that it is unlikely to appeal to anyone who is not a Deadhead or at least a serious music aficionado. The tunes are very long and very jammed out. People whose only concept of music is a three minute pop song are just not going to get it.
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