Grateful Dead fans flocked to Ticketmaster.com over the weekend in hopes of snagging seats for the band’s 50th anniversary concerts this summer. On Saturday morning, half a million people hit the site seeking tickets to what the band calls its “Fare Thee Well” celebration.
The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined at the “Fare Thee Well” concerts by Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby. Online tickets to all three shows, slated for the July 4 weekend, sold out swiftly. The shows will take place at Chicago’s Soldier Field
, which has a capacity of 61,500.
Although members of the Dead have performed with personal projects over the past two decades, the July concerts mark the first reunion of the band’s “core four” members since 1995.
The Dead has made clear they won’t be reprising the “Fare Thee Well” shows ever again.
After sales began Saturday on Ticketmaster, seats popped up on secondary markets such as StubHub, with some sellers asking more than $100,000 a ticket. On StubHub, the lowest price for an “obstructed/no view” seat was $587.50 for the July 3 show; a three-day pass for one person was being offered for $1,281.25; a General Admission three-day pass with one field-level ticket is available for $116,004.09 ...