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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rare Photos Discovered From “The Last Waltz” Concert

Paul Butterfield, Neil Young and Stephen Stills: The Last Waltz
Photo: Gary Fong, The Chronicle
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From "Long-lost photos from legendary S.F. concert discovered amid dust" | The Chronicle by Bill Van Niekerken:
For decades, The Chronicle’s photos from “The Last Waltz,” one of San Francisco’s greatest rock music events, were lost, thought never to be seen again.

The concert at Winterland in 1976 was to be the final concert that The Band performed on the road, and filmmaker Martin Scorsese was on hand to shoot it and produce a feature-length movie.

The evening started with a Thanksgiving dinner for the 5,000 concertgoers, with the diners entertained by Berkeley Promenade Orchestra, a 40-piece string group. Bill Graham borrowed set decorations from San Francisco Opera’s production of “La Traviata,” and he added chandeliers and a fountain in the lobby. After dinner, The Band took the stage, and as the night went on the musicians were joined by several famous friends: Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood and Ringo Starr.

It was a San Francisco concert filled with rock royalty in a starry setting, but the images disappeared among the dust of The Chronicle’s vast archive.

Then, 40 years later, fortune smiled on fans on The Band.
Full article and photos at "Long-lost photos from legendary S.F. concert discovered amid dust" | The Chronicle by Bill Van Niekerken.

Also, see Winterland Stories: Dedicated To The History Of This Beloved Venue by Chris Horn.

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Dreamland - July 14 1928 & Winterland - 1985, San Francisco, California


At 1/28/2016 10:51:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

I didn't know Stills was there?

At 1/28/2016 11:01:00 AM, Blogger anon said...

Just for the jam at the end....

At 1/28/2016 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Old Black said...

...and Neil has Old Black, which didn't appear (obviously) during Helpless or in the finale (on the film).

At 1/28/2016 11:04:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

"Doesn't the sky look green today?" RIP Paul Kantner

I loved all of the Bay Area bands, but there will always be a special place in my heart for The Airplane...Go Ride The Music.

At 1/30/2016 09:24:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Stills came on for the encore which ended late into the morning.

At 1/30/2016 09:27:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Hello Mr. Henry. Nice touch.


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