Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Hey did this place used to be called the Oakland Auditorium?
In case this did not get clarified, the photo above is formerly known as San Francisco Civic Aud., renamed
Bill Graham Civic Aud. when in Oct. of 1992 the San Francisco city board of supervisors decided to change the name
in honor of Bill, who had died a year prior.
The only place I ever walked to a Dead show, from my front door to the front door of the venue. After all those miles that was a nice change.
The photo below is of what was formerly known as the Oakland Aud., which later became known as Henry J. Kaiser convention center.
below is a picture from last year when the Occupy Oakland movement tried to take the building, which was vacant at the time, and I believe still is.
It's a shame this venue is no longer being used, as it had a good vibe for Dead shows. The Dead played 2-3 runs a year there in the mid 80's, and was referred to as the new Winterland because of it's size and the Dead's frequent use of it. They played there for approx. 10 years before the neighborhood petitioned for no more Dead shows.