Grateful Dead Performs ‘St. Stephen’ On New Year’s Eve 1978: Pro-Shot Video
The Grateful Dead uploaded pro-shot video featuring their performance of “St. Stephen” from December 31, 1978 to YouTube as this week’s All The Years Live installment. Filmed during the final show held at San Francisco’s Winterland, an official recording and video of the entire concert was issued by the band in 2003 as The Closing Of The Winterland.
“In and out of the repertoire it goes…’St. Stephen’ was around for a long time, but not always around,” wrote GD archivist David Lemieux in a note accompanying the video. “It was played consistently 1968-1971, then gone until its return in 1976, when it was played quite a bit through 1976 and 1977, into early 1978. It then returned for three versions twice, 12/30/78 to 1/10/79, and from 10/11/83 to 10/31/83, after which it was never heard live again.”
Watch the Dead’s “St. Stephen” from The Closing Of The Winterland below: