Over two days of trying (first day: VIP and Travel packages, second day: Ticketmaster), I failed to score any tickets for the Grateful Dead’s farewell shows in Chicago. There were well over 300,000 mail order application, over 500,000 trying via Ticketmaster, apparently, so I’m not really surprised, and it was obviously going to get even more expensive with flights and hotels. I’m still disappointed.
Of course, a lot of the tickets are now on the secondary market, via StubHub, for example. My favourite offer is the one for seats behind the stage, with no view whatsoever. The cost to you, for three consecutive nights of looking at a giant screen from Row 9 of Section “Middle 249, No View”: $1,160,004.99. Makes the GA Pit tickets (right in front of the stage) at $1,160,004.09 look reasonable by comparison. Of course, there are better value offers out there: GA Pit tickets start at $15,000… the lowest price out of the 750 3 day passes on offer is $1,339.25, the lowest with a view(!) are $1,899.99 each.
Somehow I’m glad I’m not going to be part of this disgusting circus. A sad way for a band to end their career.