Playing to over 5,000 people, the sick-of-playing, sick-of-each-other Sex Pistols took the stage and pounded the audience. A wigged-out Sid Vicious played variously off-key and not at all, Steve Jones and Paul Cook played through equipment cut offs, and Johnny Rotten delivered his now famous bon mot: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" This Winterland concert was the last for the original Sex Pistols. Johnny Rotten walked off the stage and out of the band that night, and a year later Sid Vicious overdosed while awaiting his trial for the knifing murder of his girlfriend. Some say that this concert marked the beginning of the long demise of punk rock itself. Anyone who was there knew they'd seen something extraordinary.
This item was part of Bill Graham's personal collection and shows some damage from the May 7, 1985 firebombing of his San Francisco office. The attack stemmed from Graham's open and honest criticism of President Reagan's visit to Bitburg Cemetery published in the San Francisco Chronicle.