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The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm — was withdrawing from live performance. And for their concluding concert, the group had arranged with Bill Graham to do it up right. It seemed only fitting that they chose San Francisco. After all, it was here that the Band debuted in 1969 after Music From Big Pink. Now the Band would end where they began. It would be Thanksgiving.

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