New Year's Eve

Cow Palace, City and County of San Francisco, State of California 94134

Friday December 31, 1976

About the Show

Music

Photos

About the Show

The Venue

Santana Dates: Summer 1965 - Dec 26, 1968 - Dec 31, 1975 - Dec 31, 1976 - Dec 31, 1977 - Nov 26, 1989

Review by Takethatrideagain. www.dead.net 2014

This was my first Dead show. There were so many people hanging out, and the atmosphere outside was palpably Grateful Dead... Then, going into the arena... like a herd of cows going through the turnstiles (I don't remember the turnstiles... I do remember the girls with the roses in their hair wistfully dancing to the tunes in their head and the lines for the women's toilet winding around and trying to press through all the people to get to a spot where there were no tall boys in front of us). Then the lights came up on Carlos, bright white scorching the stage as he, dressed all in white, with these bell bottoms and stacked shoes... That made the trucking dude's look positively anemic, placing his right foot up on the wah-wah pedal... and his guitar screaming through the arena as only he can play. But, throughout his set, the music was barely comprehensible because the acoustics were soooo bad in the arena. You almost wanted to go and hang out in the outer halls to listen to the piped in music from there with the roar of the noise from the arena vibrating off the metal doors in the background. Then I found that the best acoustic location in the place was toward the center of the arena 2/3s the way back from the stage... It was like a octophonic acoustic vortex there... (how many percussionists were on stage? Congas, bongos...the drum set, all kinds of stuff going on....). Carlos served his purpose that night... It was enjoyable, but with the sound situation, it was as if half the room was spent before the Dead appeared on stage...

Poster/Pass

Poster © Randy Tuten
Pass

Music

The Band: Santana #24

Carlos Santana (guitar/percussion/vocals), Pablo Tellez (bass/vocals), Graham Lear (drums), Jose “Chepito” Areas (percussion), Raul Rekow (percussion/vocals), Tom Coster (keyboard/vocals), Luther Rabb (vocals)

Guest

Joel Badie

Length

75 minutes

Exact Set List

Carnaval/Let The Children Play/Jugando - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana) - Revelations - Oye Como Va - Maria Caracoles - Savor/Toussaint L'Overture - Let Me - Europa - Band Introduction/Soul Sacrifice - Let The Music Set You Free

Note

Complete show broadcast live on American radio KSAN.

Photos

Photos by Ed Perlstein

Ed Perlstein began his photography career in the mid-seventies, working closely with the Grateful Dead and other San Francisco bands. Ed also worked closely with promoter Bill Graham, photographing many of rocks celebrated musicians. Bill hired Ed to photograph the final night at Winterland on December 31, 1978.

After eight years of photographing rock, blues, punk, folk and jazz musicians, Ed stopped to pursue other interests, including raising a family. Today, Ed is hosting the "Live Archive Show" on KPCA (Petaluma's community radio station).

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