We all know the huge fan-base that the The Grateful Dead has, but even the team here at Rock My World is astounded by the numbers that tuned in to watch The Grateful Dead’s series of farewell concerts. The band broke pay-per-view records with a massive 400,000 subscriptions, proving that Deadheads are never to be underestimated or forgotten.
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The band’s five-night presentation of “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” has gone on to gross an unbelievable $52.2 million in ticket sales. The PPV package also included footage from the band’s Levi Stadium shows in June. These shows were attended by a total of 151,650 fans and the Soldier Field shows in July were seen by another staggering 210,283 fans. [image type=”rounded” float=”left” src=”https:rockmyworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/grateful_dead_greek_81-1.jpg” alt=”Grateful Dead”]
The Dead’s collection of live broadcasts now holds the record for the largest syndication of a live music event ever, according to broadcast producer Live Alliance.
It doesn’t end there, the record will continue growing in strength and numbers, as the PPV special remains available on VOD until August 2. Participating broadcasters included DirecTV and Dish Network, along with YouTube, marking the service’s first ever, paid live music streaming event.
The last PPV event that even came close was in 1999, when the Backstreet Boys’ PPV event drew 160,000 subscriptions.
Even without talisman Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead hold that special something that hundreds of thousand’s of fans just can’t get enough of.