Dead & Co. Set Wrigley Field Record

Dead & Company wrapped their tour setting ticketing record

  • by VT Staff
  • Published: July 7, 2017

Dead & Company played to more than 60,000 attendees over two days, June 17-18, at Fenway Park, Boston. Pictured in the back row are: Jeff Chimenti; Howard Cohen, Mickey Hart’s manager; Larry Cancro, Red Sox; Matt Busch, DCO tour manager; Tom Worcester, CAA; John Mayer; Don Law, Live Nation; Bernie Cahill, ROAR; Amir Bar-Lev, director, Long Strange Trip; and Liz Norris, ROAR. Middle Row: Brendan Albertson, Red Sox; Mickey Hart; Bill Kreutzmann; Bob Weir; and O’Teil Burbridge. Front Row: Beth Krudys, Red Sox; Morgan Kuehnl, Red Sox; and Red Tanner, ROAR. (Photo Credit: Brande Jackson)

Dead & Company wrapped its 2017 summer tour with two sold-out concerts at Wrigley Field, Chicago, June 30 and July 1, setting the all-time record for most paid tickets for a single concert at the ballpark and drawing more than 80,000 fans across both shows.

The 2017 tour, May 27 through July 1, drew nearly 500,000 fans and consisted of 20 concerts, 10 of which were sold out shows, in 15 cities, including two-night stands at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles; Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco; Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.; Fenway Park, Boston; and Wrigley Field.  

Additionally, the Participation Row social action village, which joined the band at every stop on the tour, featured a rotating cast of 14 different nonprofit organizations with direct ties to Dead & Company.

$176,930 was raised on behalf of these organizations, via auctions for signed D'Angelico guitars commemorating the tour.

More than 20,000 different positive actions were taken by fans on Participation Row throughout the tour. Each fan who took three or more actions was given a limited-edition Dead & Company pin, from Clean Energy Advisors, sponsor of Participation Row.

Some of the actions included:

- 4,705 Dead & Company fans registered to vote or signed up for local election alerts with HeadCount, co-organizer of Participation Row.
- Over 500 fans sent postcards to members of Congress calling for protection of National Parks, with the National Parks Conservation Association.
- 2,430 gallons of waste were diverted from landfills through a backstage recycling program managed by Reverb, also a co-organizer of the show.
- 2,800 fans made a donation to Reverb for a Nalgene water bottle, reducing single-use plastic.

  • by VT Staff
  • Published: July 7, 2017