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Grateful Dead Sold Out 'Fare Thee Well' Concerts in Minutes

By    |   Monday, 02 Mar 2015 10:07 AM

The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field in July were sold out before hardly anyone knew they were on sale, with all the general public sale tickets snatched up through Ticketmaster within minutes on Saturday.

The public tickets, along with demand for mail order requests and VIP seating, left the Grateful Dead "Fare thee Well" July 3-5 gigs sold out in a flash – 210,000 tickets in all, according to Billboard.

"We knew on Jan. 20 that we had a massive response, with the press covering post offices being overrun by Deadheads," producer by Peter Shapiro told Billboard. He is pulling together the shows with AEG-owned Madison House Presents and said that mail order ticket requests alone topped 500,000.

"It would have sold out in an instant, the only thing that took a little time was the computers and stuff," Shapiro added. "Ticketmaster did not go down. … We've definitely tapped into something. It's cultural phenomenon time."

The Grateful Dead's website posted a message last week about the ticket crunch as the public tickets were prepared to be sold.

"There were many, many times more order requests than anyone imagined, thousands and thousands with beautiful art," noted the website.

With the sellout, reports came quickly about "Fare Thee Well" tickets on secondary markets jumping to as much as $2,000 per ticket over the original prices of $59.50 to $199.50, reported Forbes. Admission on TiqIQ was posted at $2,083.71 per ticket, with the average three-day pass going for $4,493.63.

"Being promoted as the last time the four original members will perform live together, the reunion will also feature an all-star supporting cast in Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and keyboardists Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby," wrote Forbes' Jesse Lawrence.

"The Dead's swan song performances this summer boast a jam-packed bill, but fans will have to pony up big to get past the turnstile," Lawrence continued.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that some fans were upset about resorting to the secondary market for tickets.

"I don't think it keeps with the spirit of the band, the spirit of the music and the spirit of the vibe," Aaron Darnell, 31, of St. Louis, told the Sun-Times.

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