You'll Never Guess How Much the Grateful Dead Earned During Their Fare Thee Well Shows

Jay Blakesberg
Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzman, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby of The Grateful Dead perform during the 'Fare Thee Well, A Tribute To The Grateful Dead' on July 5, 2015 in Chicago.

When it comes to hot shows, the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well to fans, capping a remarkable 50-year touring career in Santa Clara, Calif., and Chicago, tops them all. Produced by Peter Shapiro in partnership with AEG subsidiary Madison House, Fare Thee Well featured the “core four” of surviving Dead Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio standing in for the late Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals.

The Dead performed two shows at Levi's Stadium June 27-28, and Soldier Field, July 3-5, all sellouts, viewed by thousands more worldwide on pay-per-view at clubs, theaters, and homes as the biggest ppv music event in history. Final numbers have not been reported yet, but below are some (conservative) Billboard estimates that demonstrate the overwhelming success of one of the biggest runs of shows in history.