May 15, 2007

The Kinks at San Francisco’s Winterland – 1977

Winterland in San Francisco was a legendary live music venue in San Francisco in the ’70s, converted into a concert hall from an old ice-skating rink at Post & Steiner Streets. Along with nearby sister-venue The Fillmore, Winterland welcomed some of the most amazing musicians of the day.

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, Tom Petty, Springsteen, and The Band (their Last Waltz tour movie was shot there by Scorsese) all played here. The Sex Pistols rocked their last show ever at Winterland in 1978.

And on February 19, 1977 (my parents’ 5th wedding anniversary, incidentally. I doubt they were in attendance, although they did see Bob Dylan once), The Kinks took the stage for this awesome two hour show. It’s filled with some fantastic renditions of their best songs — and great audience participation (“Lola” becomes the singalong it always wanted to be). This show was broadcast on the beloved KSAN progressive-rock station (before they became “107.7 The Bone”) and as such is a widely-cherished boot from the Kinks.

Enjoy the show –

Winterland, San Francisco, CA, 02-19-77

You Really Got Me (intro)
One of the Survivors
Rush Hour Blues
You Make it All Worthwhile -> Ordinary People -> Everybody’s a Star
Lola (snippet) -> Banana Boat Song
Well Respected Man
Sunny Afternoon
Waterloo Sunset
Celluloid Heroes
Hard Way
Stormy Sky
Life Goes On
Full Moon
You Really Got Me
All Day and All of the Night
Life on the Road


God save the Kinks indeed.

[Winterland img credit]
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  • Good post, but I’m sorry I have to mention one other band that played Winterland. Actually, its the band that, figuratively, owned it – Grateful Dead.

    Larry Bird — May 15, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  • Though maybe the picture said that for you. Also, feel free to pencil in the apostrophe missing in ‘its.’ After the other day, you have me scared.

    Mr. Bird — May 15, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

  • Its all good ;)

    heather — May 15, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

  • Unbelievable setlist…

    Archimidis P. — May 16, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

  • Larry is correct. But I’ll forgive your omission, considering the tasty and much appreciated boot share!

    Magic Johnson — May 16, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

  • awesome show! thank you a zillion!!! wd (from little old Belgium)
    PS: got the show balsting through the speakers as i write this thank you note and my baby boy (he’s gonna be 3 in a few weeks) is rocking out to it =)

    Anonymous — May 17, 2007 @ 4:05 am

  • this is awesome. thanks!!

    maryk — May 18, 2007 @ 11:11 am

  • I was at this show… and I worked at ksan… hehehe

    Dan Hicks opened.

    guy stevens — July 8, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

  • Could you repost/relink? This is only blog that has the last 2 songs. Thanks.

    Anonymous — July 31, 2008 @ 7:51 am

  • Wasn’t there another act between The Hot Licks and the Kinks. I was at the show (but who can remember “every” little detail), up in the mezzanine to the left of the stage. Dan continually repeated they didn’t play “that (effin’) rock and roll” and we had to wait for that till later in the show, obviously referring to the Kinks.

    RJT — June 9, 2010 @ 8:45 am

  • please forgive the ignorance of a novice …but all i want on this sunday is to hear the road by the kinks looks to my untrained r cool ..dont dissappoint..peace

    kurt — October 24, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  • i aint writin this sh-t again

    kurt — October 24, 2010 @ 11:12 am

  • I was there too.

    I didn’t know it was the Kinks last gig.

    I’ve forgotten who the other band was besides Dan Hicks too.

    I’d claim forgetting was from getting old, but it might be from going to places like Winterland when I was a sprout. :^)

    Claude — March 13, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

  • I was there. It was certainly not the Kinks’ last show. The other band on the bill was called Mason Proffit, I believe.

    zeke — January 28, 2016 @ 9:56 pm

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