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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    The Return of the Deadheads
    The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts are resurrecting hordes of aging fans
    By JOHN JURGENSEN
    May 6, 2015
    The Return of the Deadheads - WSJ
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    The last of the 121 times Michael Sheridan saw the Grateful Dead was in 1995...
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    A 50-year-old band missing its most essential member is responsible for one of the biggest clusters of live shows ever, and Deadheads from every sector of society are mobilizing. In addition to the holders of 210,000 tickets to the three sold-out concerts at Soldier Field, an untold horde of additional fans will descend on Chicago just to soak up the scene, which will include dozens of smaller concerts around the city by like-minded rock, folk and bluegrass bands.

    The sprawling jubilee in Chicago will be preceded by two Grateful Dead concerts June 27-28 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., near the band’s Bay Area home base. Concert promoters hastily added the June dates to quell a backlash from fans who howled about getting shut out of the Chicago ticket sale, which yielded more than 500,000 online requests, a Ticketmaster record. Their list of grievances ranged from the price-gouging by scalpers to the decision to add Phish guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio to the Dead’s lineup.

    A heady mix of nostalgia and opportunism is turning summer 2015 into the season of the Dead, proving that the band’s music and influence hasn’t faded.

    Promoters are trying to turn the concerts into a national happening, with live Simulcasts in movie theaters and Pay-per-view feeds over cable, satellite and the Internet. Separately, there’s a flood of releases timed to the 50th anniversary.
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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    Never understood a Dead Head.
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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Never understood a Dead Head.
    really? Garcia used to say play the music, and the music will take you to the place you need to be.

    I saw them -i'm not a dead head - and their long jams are oookk..but sometimes you just want them to tighten it up and kick it out.

    I'll stick with wasting my money on Fleetwood Mac reunion tours, and the annual Tom Petty & Heartbreakers new release tour


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    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    really? Garcia used to say play the music, and the music will take you to the place you need to be.

    I saw them -i'm not a dead head - and their long jams are oookk..but sometimes you just want them to tighten it up and kick it out.

    I'll stick with wasting my money on Fleetwood Mac reunion tours, and the annual Tom Petty & Heartbreakers new release tour

    Heck yeah, fleetwood mac! I've nothing against the Dead, I just only liked A Touch of Grey, which most Dead Heads apparently didn't. And fleetwood mac just doesn't sound good any more.
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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

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    Garcia Gone but...

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    Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar
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    Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar - Speakeasy - WSJ
    I'm very glad I saw them in the old days. I used to do business with the print shop that did all their stuff, so I'm set.
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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Proving that hippies can be productive

    And if you need more evidence, look at the members of the Grateful Dead. They're hippies and they've made millions doing 200+ shows a year for decades. Sounds like a pretty hard working bunch of hippies to me.
    Hell, many of their roadies are wealthy men as well. Bob, Phil, Bill and Jerry made lots of money but that wasn't what motivated them. They just loved playing to fans. A guy I went to law school with was a bartender out in the bay area before he came east to go to Ivy law. Garcia would come into his bar and play several times a year and all he'd take in pay was a free lunch. People would still throw bucks (often LOTS OF THEM) into his guitar case which Jerry would then give to the staff. I never met anyone who knew the man who didn't like him. Even a conservative Cincinnati Lawyer who knew his widow, said he wished he'd had more time to spend with Jerry



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    Back in the 70s I knew dead heads that lived on panhandling and selling qualudes that managed to see the dead in Egypt. So it's true that you shouldn't misunderestimate dead heads.

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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    i think it's cool that they're doing it. kind of wish i had seen them when i was in college.

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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Heck yeah, fleetwood mac! I've nothing against the Dead, I just only liked A Touch of Grey, which most Dead Heads apparently didn't. And fleetwood mac just doesn't sound good any more.
    I saw Fleetwood 2x this winter.they sound great.
    They are in the mid 60'sand 70's now..But Mick stillkills the drums,and Stevie twirls around ( her voice was outstanding),and Lindsey is still
    a fantastic guitarist.
    They rock, they are older but in some ways they are more cohesive.. I mean I just turned 60. I wish I had the enrgy for a 2 hour
    set and no intermission!


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    Re: Grateful Dead Reunion Shows Sell Out Immediately, Resale Prices Soar

    tomorrow, we are going to surprise my mom with James Taylor tickets for Mother's Day. the GF and i are going to take her to see him in June.

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