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Friday, December 8, 2017

We're an American Band: Grateful Dead play 96% of their Concerts to US Audiences

Wave that flag because we truly are an American Band.  Only the Allman Bros and Phish are as uniquely American as the Dead.  Prior to his Dead-ness, John Mayer played about 80% of his shoes in the US, while many bands originally from European like The Rolling Stones and the U2 typically play only between 30% and 40% of their shows here.  As an aside, The Beatles only played 4.5% of their concerts in the US.

The post-Jerry versions have stayed here in the States with a few concerts South or North of the Border.  Bob Dylan has been a wanderer with nearly 1,000 shows or almost 33% of his performances outside of the US and Great Britain.

Hope you like this little slice of life.


Band Debut Shows US    % US Intl % Intl
Grateful Dead
1965
  2,325   2,234
96.1%
     91
  3.9%
Allman Bros
1969
  1,952   1,884
96.5%
     68
3.5%
Bob Dylan
1957
  3,595   2,259
62.8%
  1,336
37.2%
The Beatles
1960
  1,435      65
4.5%
  1,370
95.5%
Rolling Stones
1962
  1,974     658
33.3%
  1,316
66.7%
U2
1976
  1,685     700
41.5%
    985
58.5%
Phish
1983
  1,782   1,684
94.5%
     98
5.5%
Muse
1994
  1,467     333
22.7%
  1,134
77.3%
John Mayer
1999
    936     762
81.4%
    174
18.6%
The Other Ones
1997
     33      33
100.0%
    -  
0.0%
The Dead
2003
    101     101
100.0%
    -  
0.0%
Furthur
2009
    242     237
97.9%
      5
2.1%
Dead & Co
2015
     84      84
100.0%
    -  
0.0%
Total Dead Spin-Offs     460     455
98.9%
      5
1.1%


A modern band like Muse covers the four corners of the world with an equal number of shows in North America. Great Britain, Europe and Asia/South America.  The Rolling Stones followed a similar pattern but doubled-down on shows in the US ans Great Britain.

USA Can/Mex Britain Europe Asia/Other
Band
Grateful Dead       2,234        25    24    38       4
Allman Bros       1,884        28     6    16      18
Bob Dylan       2,259       180   228   503     425
The Beatles          65         9   970   347      44
Rolling Stones         658        79   655   321     261
  -       -  
U2         700        85   443   243     214
Phish       1,684        25     7    55      11
Muse         333        41   390   357     346
John Mayer         762        44    30    40      60
  -       -  
The Other Ones          33       -     -     -       -  
The Dead         101       -     -     -       -  
Futhur         237         5   -     -       -  
Dead & Co          84       -     -     -       -  
Total Dead Spin-Offs         455 5   -     -         5

Data from setlists.fm