Keep On Truckin': A Final Grateful Dead Roundup From 'Fare Thee Well' Weekend
By Jim Bochnowski in News on Jul 6, 2015 8:05PM
Thousands of Grateful Dead fans filed into Chicago this weekend for one last chance at seeing their favorite band with its original surviving lineup, notably minus frontman Jerry Garcia.
So, it comes as no particular surprise to find out that the concert set a Soldier Field record for most tickets sold, with the 71,000 tickets purchased for Sunday night's big finale—far surpassing the 67,936 sold for a U2 concert in 2009, according to the Associated Press. And because it's Chicago, even Bill Murray was there:
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The bevy of fans traveled into the city by any means possible, even by Divvy bike, as one Redditor captured:
But some concertgoers left disappointed, with Soldier Field collecting 220 counterfeit tickets for the show, according to the Chicago Tribune. There was a happy ending for a few lucky Deadheads, with the Tribune sharing the story of a security guard who took pity on three attendees and let them in even with counterfeit tickets.
Sadly the weekend wasn't without injury for one concertgoer, as one fan suffered critical injuries after falling in Soldier Field. A police spokesman told the Tribune that a 41-year-old man sitting on a railing in the stadium fell at least 20 feet. Luckily, as of Monday, his condition has stabilized.
And with that, the city can finally bid the Grateful Dead one final adieu. Keep on truckin' Deadheads.