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The Grateful Dead Calls It a Career

Jul 6, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The legendary band the Grateful Dead has played its last concert. In the group’s final performance on the Fare Thee Well Tour, at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the Dead reportedly broke its own record for ticket sales for the venue.

Soldier Field announced that sales for Sunday’s final performance hit 71,000, marking the most tickets ever sold for an event at the stadium.

The turnout tops records set on both of the previous days, with sales of 70,764 for Friday’s Grateful Dead show and 70,844 for Saturday’s concert.

The previous record for Soldier Field was 67,936 for a U2 performance in 2009, according to the venue.

The wrapup of the Dead’s touring career hasn’t been a total love fest. The New York Times reports that some fans have been grumbling about the band’s handling of its farewell tour.

The Times quotes Alan Mande, described as a longtime fan of the band, saying: “It’s just a huge, pathetic money grab.”

The Times also notes that the tour has been doing well in online streaming. Citing a press officer, the report notes that 150,000 individual concert streams had been purchased by showtime Saturday.

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