Synopsis by Mark Deming
On January 14, 1978, the Sex Pistols, then at the height of their infamy as the leaders of the British punk rock movement, played what was then the biggest concert of their careers when, at the close of their first American tour, they rolled into San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom for a sold-out show before an audience of 5,000. It also turned out to be their final show with Sid Vicious, and their last for close to 20 years -- shortly after the concert, Johnny Rotten quit the band, and the Sex Pistols broke up soon afterward. A camera crew was on hand to videotape the concert, and The Sex Pistols: The Last Winterland Concert preserves the chaotic evening for posterity. The set list includes "Anarchy in the U.K.," "God Save the Queen," "Holidays in the Sun," "Belsen Was a Gas," "Pretty Vacant," "No Fun," and eight others.