This Blog Should Be Played Loud!


Photo: Chris Horn

Some Joie de Vivre trivia: The Miyako Hotel in Japantown played host to many of the legendary musical acts in town to perform at the famed Winterland Ballroom formerly located just a few blocks down Post Street. One legendary concert, the farewell show of touring giants, The Band, was immortalized by filmmaker Martin Scorsese in his celebrated concert film “The Last Waltz.” On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, 5,000 concertgoers were treated to a turkey dinner, and then around 9pm the show began. Over the course of the five-hour plus show, the Band was joined on stage by music titans like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and a host of others. After the show, many “Last Waltz” participants and film crew convened in the Garden Bar of the Miyako, where Bob Dylan jammed with Dr. John on the piano while Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond and others looked on. Unfortunately, Winterland Ballroom was felled by the wrecking ball in 1985, but the Miyako Hotel lives on as Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Kabuki, one of two JdV hotels located in San Francisco’s Japantown. Not long after “The Last Waltz”, the Hotel Kabuki played host to another rock-n-roll milestone event when The Sex Pistols broke up during a feud with manager Malcolm McClaren in his guestroom, after playing their last gig together at the Winterland in January, 1978.

If you’re interested in learning more about Winterland, check out rock aficionado Chris Horn’s site with Winterland history and photos. Chris graciously let us use his circa 1985 photo of Winterland for this post. Anyone interested in Bay Area music trivia might also pick up a copy of  “San Francisco: The Musical History Tour” by journalist Joel Selvin. It’s chock full of musically significant locations around the Bay Area.)


One Response to “This Blog Should Be Played Loud!”

  1. Neil Young Country « joie of life Says:

    […] Bay Area resident and rock legend Neil Young for nearly 35 years. We met Chris when we were doing a blog post on our Hotel Kabuki’s cameo the night of The Band’s last performance at the no…. Chris was gracious enough to let us use a wonderful photo he had taken of Winterland before its […]

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