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Friday, December 7, 2018

The Golden Road: The Economics of 1987-1989's Grateful Dead Join the Stadium Set



It took the Grateful Dead 21 years from 1965 to Jerry Garcia's health related hiatus in 1986
to sell $80 million worth of tickets. Then it took them 36 months to match that.

This is the second of six posts I am doing regarding The Golden Road, the economics of the Dead.
I will follow with 1980-1986, 1975-1979, 1970-1974 and 1965-1969 (good luck on that Dave!).

Thanks to the GD organization, Deadbase, Billboard and various others sources and some
good guessing.

Concerts
Years  #   Tickets       Price    Revenues Per Show Fill

1987  86 1,504,585 $18.18 27,348,064 17,495 92.2%
1988 82 1,273,489 $20.09 25,583,967 15,530 87.8%
1989 74 1,463,920 $19.67 28,791,589 19,783 89.5%
242  4,241,994 $19.27 81,723,619 17,529 89.9%

Average Ticket Sales per Show

1987  $318,000
1988  $312,000
1989  $389,076

"The Eleven" Shows with Highest Ticket Sales
John F. Kennedy Stadium - July 7, 1989 75,000
Giants Stadium - July 12, 1987 71,598
John F. Kennedy Stadium - July 10, 1987 71,097
Sullivan Stadium - July 4, 1987 61,000
Sullivan Stadium - July 2, 1989 61,000
Giants Stadium - July 9, 1989 57,872
Giants Stadium - July 10, 1989 57,872
Oakland Coliseum Stadium - July 24, 1987 52,354
Anaheim Stadium - July 26, 1987 47,449
Rich Stadium - July 4, 1989 46,597
Autzen Stadium - July 19, 1987 40,470



















































Concert Tickets Price Sales 
San Francisco Civic Auditorium - January 28, 1987 8,500 $16.50 $140,250 
San Francisco Civic Auditorium - January 29, 1987 8,500 $16.50 $140,250 
San Francisco Civic Auditorium - January 30, 1987 8,500 $16.50 $140,250 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - March 1, 1987 7,536 $16.50 $124,339 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - March 2, 1987 7,536 $16.50 $124,339 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - March 3, 1987 7,536 $16.50 $124,339 
Hampton Coliseum - March 22, 1987 13,800 $14.49 $199,945 
Hampton Coliseum - March 23, 1987 13,800 $14.49 $199,945 
Hampton Coliseum - March 24, 1987 13,800 $14.49 $199,945 
Hartford Civic Center - March 26, 1987 16,073 $15.14 $243,362 
Hartford Civic Center - March 27, 1987 16,073 $15.14 $243,362 
The Spectrum - March 29, 1987 18,253 $16.09 $293,754 
The Spectrum - March 30, 1987 18,253 $16.09 $293,754 
The Spectrum - March 31, 1987 18,253 $16.09 $293,754 
The Centrum - April 2, 1987 12,564 $16.20 $203,577 
The Centrum - April 3, 1987 12,564 $16.20 $203,577 
The Centrum - April 4, 1987 12,564 $16.20 $203,577 
Meadowlands Arena - April 6, 1987 20,610 $16.14 $332,690 
Meadowlands Arena - April 7, 1987 20,610 $16.14 $332,690 
UIC Pavilion - April 9, 1987 9,627 $17.34 $166,959 
UIC Pavilion - April 10, 1987 9,627 $17.34 $166,959 
UIC Pavilion - April 11, 1987 9,627 $17.34 $166,959 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 17, 1987 15,000 $15.48 $232,251 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 18, 1987 15,000 $15.48 $232,251 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 19, 1987 15,000 $15.48 $232,251 
Frost Amphitheatre - May 2, 1987 6,210 $17.90 $111,159 
Frost Amphitheatre - May 3, 1987 6,210 $17.90 $111,159 
Laguna Seca Recreation Area - May 9, 1987 18,000 $17.90 $322,200 
Laguna Seca Recreation Area - May 10, 1987 18,000 $17.90 $322,200 
County Fairgrounds - June 12, 1987 15,562 $16.17 $251,619 
County Fairgrounds - June 13, 1987 15,562 $16.17 $251,619 
County Fairgrounds - June 14, 1987 15,562 $16.17 $251,619 
Greek Theatre - June 19, 1987 8,500 $17.50 $148,750 
Greek Theatre - June 20, 1987 8,500 $17.50 $148,750 
Greek Theatre - June 21, 1987 8,500 $17.50 $148,750 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 26, 1987 33,300 $17.90 $596,070 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 27, 1987 33,300 $17.90 $596,070 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 28, 1987 33,300 $17.90 $596,070 
Kingswood Music Theatre - June 30, 1987 6,838 $17.90 $122,404 
Silver Stadium - July 2, 1987 30,000 $17.09 $512,610 
Sullivan Stadium - July 4, 1987 61,000 $20.76 $1,266,111 
Pittsburgh Civic Arena - July 6, 1987 15,463 $17.90 $276,786 
Roanoke Civic Center - July 7, 1987 9,540 $17.90 $170,766 
Roanoke Civic Center - July 8, 1987 9,540 $17.90 $170,766 
John F. Kennedy Stadium - July 10, 1987 71,097 $21.00 $1,493,037 
Giants Stadium - July 12, 1987 71,598 $20.65 $1,478,350 
Autzen Stadium - July 19, 1987 40,470 $20.00 $809,400 
Oakland Coliseum Stadium - July 24, 1987 52,354 $20.38 $1,067,000 
Anaheim Stadium - July 26, 1987 47,449 $20.00 $948,980 
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 11, 1987 8,573 $18.15 $155,578 
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 12, 1987 8,573 $18.15 $155,578 
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - August 13, 1987 8,573 $18.15 $155,578 
Town Park - August 15, 1987 10,800 $17.90 $193,320 
Town Park - August 16, 1987 10,800 $17.90 $193,320 
Compton Terrace Amphitheatre - August 18, 1987 19,800 $17.90 $354,420 
Park West Ski Resort - August 20, 1987 15,000 $17.90 $268,500 
Calaveras County Fairgrounds - August 22, 1987 20,000 $21.00 $420,000 
Calaveras County Fairgrounds - August 23, 1987 20,000 $21.00 $420,000 
Providence Civic Center - September 7, 1987 13,320 $16.50 $219,775 
Providence Civic Center - September 8, 1987 13,320 $16.50 $219,775 
Providence Civic Center - September 9, 1987 13,320 $16.50 $219,775 
Capital Centre - September 11, 1987 17,532 $17.50 $306,810 
Capital Centre - September 12, 1987 17,532 $17.50 $306,810 
Capital Centre - September 13, 1987 17,532 $17.50 $306,810 
Madison Square Garden - September 15, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 19, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1987 18,582 $18.27 $339,518 
The Spectrum - September 22, 1987 17,953 $17.27 $309,978 
The Spectrum - September 23, 1987 17,953 $17.27 $309,978 
The Spectrum - September 24, 1987 17,953 $17.27 $309,978 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - October 2, 1987 20,250 $17.90 $362,475 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - October 3, 1987 20,250 $17.90 $362,475 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - October 4, 1987 20,250 $17.90 $362,475 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - November 6, 1987 7,900 $20.00 $158,000 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - November 7, 1987 7,900 $20.00 $158,000 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - November 8, 1987 7,900 $20.00 $158,000 
Long Beach Arena - November 13, 1987 11,333 $19.99 $226,529 
Long Beach Arena - November 14, 1987 11,333 $19.99 $226,529 
Long Beach Arena - November 15, 1987 11,333 $19.99 $226,529 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 27, 1987 14,000 $17.50 $245,000 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 28, 1987 14,000 $17.50 $245,000 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 30, 1987 14,000 $17.50 $245,000 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 31, 1987 17,636 $25.00 $440,910 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 13, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 14, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 16, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 17, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - March 16, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - March 17, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - March 18, 1988 7,536 $18.41 $138,750 
The Omni - March 24, 1988 16,201 $16.51 $267,430 
Hampton Coliseum - March 26, 1988 12,393 $18.33 $227,200 
Hampton Coliseum - March 27, 1988 12,393 $18.33 $227,200 
Hampton Coliseum - March 28, 1988 12,393 $18.33 $227,200 
Meadowlands Arena - March 30, 1988 18,499 $19.30 $357,049 
Meadowlands Arena - March 31, 1988 18,499 $19.30 $357,049 
Meadowlands Arena - April 1, 1988 18,499 $19.30 $357,049 
Hartford Civic Center - April 3, 1988 14,186 $19.44 $275,847 
Hartford Civic Center - April 4, 1988 14,186 $19.44 $275,847 
Hartford Civic Center - April 5, 1988 14,186 $19.44 $275,847 
The Centrum - April 7, 1988 11,261 $19.07 $214,748 
The Centrum - April 8, 1988 11,261 $19.07 $214,748 
The Centrum - April 9, 1988 11,261 $19.07 $214,748 
Joe Louis Arena - April 11, 1988 17,473 $17.22 $300,860 
Rosemont Horizon - April 13, 1988 17,410 $18.10 $315,092 
Rosemont Horizon - April 14, 1988 17,410 $18.10 $315,092 
Rosemont Horizon - April 15, 1988 17,410 $18.10 $315,092 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 22, 1988 14,945 $16.95 $253,329 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 23, 1988 14,945 $16.95 $253,329 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 24, 1988 14,945 $16.95 $253,329 
Frost Amphitheatre - April 30, 1988 9,500 $18.25 $173,350 
Frost Amphitheatre - May 1, 1988 9,500 $18.25 $173,350 
Metropolitan Sports Center - June 17, 1988 14,869 $17.40 $258,786 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 19, 1988 24,000 $16.68 $400,344 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 20, 1988 24,000 $16.68 $400,344 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 22, 1988 24,000 $16.68 $400,344 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - June 23, 1988 24,000 $16.68 $400,344 
Buckeye Lake Music Center - June 25, 1988 28,000 $23.64 $661,871 
Pittsburgh Civic Arena - June 26, 1988 17,572 $14.87 $261,357 
Saratoga Performing Arts Center - June 28, 1988 30,000 $19.00 $570,000 
Silver Stadium - June 30, 1988 30,904 $18.12 $560,032 
Oxford Plains Speedway - July 2, 1988 33,000 $22.31 $736,319 
Oxford Plains Speedway - July 3, 1988 33,000 $22.31 $736,319 
Greek Theatre - July 15, 1988 8,500 $30.00 $255,000 
Greek Theatre - July 16, 1988 8,500 $30.00 $255,000 
Greek Theatre - July 17, 1988 8,500 $30.00 $255,000 
Laguna Seca Recreation Area - July 29, 1988 15,000 $25.94 $389,083 
Laguna Seca Recreation Area - July 30, 1988 15,000 $25.94 $389,083 
Laguna Seca Recreation Area - July 31, 1988 15,000 $25.94 $389,083 
Tacoma Dome - August 26, 1988 20,000 $25.35 $507,000 
Autzen Stadium - August 28, 1988 28,000 $24.06 $673,552 
Capital Centre - September 2, 1988 16,000 $21.45 $343,233 
Capital Centre - September 3, 1988 16,000 $21.45 $343,233 
Capital Centre - September 5, 1988 16,000 $21.45 $343,233 
Capital Centre - September 6, 1988 16,000 $21.45 $343,233 
The Spectrum - September 8, 1988 18,454 $18.89 $348,583 
The Spectrum - September 9, 1988 18,454 $18.89 $348,583 
The Spectrum - September 11, 1988 18,454 $18.89 $348,583 
The Spectrum - September 12, 1988 18,454 $18.89 $348,583 
Madison Square Garden - September 14, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 15, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 16, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 18, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 19, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 20, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 22, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 23, 1988 18,854 $19.20 $362,046 
Madison Square Garden - September 24, 1988 17,617 $49.49 $871,875 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - September 30, 1988 16,894 $17.48 $295,384 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - October 1, 1988 16,894 $17.48 $295,384 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - October 2, 1988 16,894 $17.48 $295,384 
Miami Arena - October 14, 1988 12,000 $21.59 $259,101 
Bayfront Center Arena - October 15, 1988 6,500 $19.88 $129,252 
Bayfront Center Arena - October 16, 1988 6,500 $19.88 $129,252 
Keifer Lakefront Arena - October 18, 1988 8,000 $20.00 $159,963 
The Summit - October 20, 1988 9,000 $20.67 $186,043 
Reunion Arena - October 21, 1988 14,438 $16.97 $244,965 
Long Beach Arena - December 9, 1988 14,075 $17.66 $248,523 
Long Beach Arena - December 10, 1988 14,075 $17.66 $248,523 
Long Beach Arena - December 11, 1988 14,075 $17.66 $248,523 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 28, 1988 14,892 $18.50 $275,502 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 29, 1988 14,892 $18.50 $275,502 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 31, 1988 14,742 $30.00 $442,260 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 5, 1989 7,500 $18.50 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 6, 1989 7,500 $18.50 $138,750 
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - February 7, 1989 7,500 $18.50 $138,750 
Great Western Forum - February 10, 1989 17,555 $19.50 $342,329 
Great Western Forum - February 11, 1989 17,555 $19.50 $342,329 
Great Western Forum - February 12, 1989 17,555 $19.50 $342,329 
The Omni - March 27, 1989 16,309 $17.18 $280,169 
The Omni - March 28, 1989 16,309 $17.18 $280,169 
Greensboro Coliseum - March 30, 1989 15,588 $17.76 $276,860 
Greensboro Coliseum - March 31, 1989 15,588 $17.76 $276,860 
Pittsburgh Civic Arena - April 2, 1989 16,875 $16.59 $279,941 
Pittsburgh Civic Arena - April 3, 1989 16,875 $16.59 $279,941 
Crisler Arena - April 5, 1989 12,391 $18.28 $226,458 
Crisler Arena - April 6, 1989 12,391 $18.28 $226,458 
Riverfront Arena - April 8, 1989 16,229 $18.39 $298,501 
Freedom Hall - April 9, 1989 18,234 $16.25 $296,295 
Rosemont Horizon - April 11, 1989 16,398 $19.21 $314,932 
Rosemont Horizon - April 12, 1989 16,398 $19.21 $314,932 
Rosemont Horizon - April 13, 1989 16,398 $19.21 $314,932 
The Mecca - April 15, 1989 11,152 $18.18 $202,723 
The Mecca - April 16, 1989 11,152 $18.18 $202,723 
Metropolitan Sports Center - April 17, 1989 15,482 $17.91 $277,315 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 28, 1989 15,000 $17.78 $266,726 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 29, 1989 15,000 $17.78 $266,726 
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre - April 30, 1989 15,000 $17.78 $266,726 
Frost Amphitheatre - May 6, 1989 9,000 $29.36 $264,275 
Frost Amphitheatre - May 7, 1989 9,000 $29.36 $264,275 
Oakland Coliseum Stadium - May 27, 1989 32,000 $25.59 $818,750 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - June 18, 1989 17,333 $17.28 $299,445 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - June 19, 1989 17,333 $17.28 $299,445 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - June 21, 1989 17,333 $17.28 $299,445 
Sullivan Stadium - July 2, 1989 61,000 $21.00 $1,281,000 
Rich Stadium - July 4, 1989 46,597 $20.59 $959,532 
John F. Kennedy Stadium - July 7, 1989 75,000 $21.00 $1,575,000 
Giants Stadium - July 9, 1989 57,872 $20.86 $1,207,280 
Giants Stadium - July 10, 1989 57,872 $20.86 $1,207,280 
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - July 12, 1989 36,106 $20.46 $738,759 
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium - July 13, 1989 36,106 $20.46 $738,759 
Deer Creek Music Center - July 15, 1989 18,515 $15.98 $295,947 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - July 17, 1989 35,224 $18.02 $634,690 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - July 18, 1989 35,224 $18.02 $634,690 
Alpine Valley Music Theatre - July 19, 1989 35,224 $18.02 $634,690 
Cal Expo Amphitheatre - August 4, 1989 14,000 $20.10 $281,357 
Cal Expo Amphitheatre - August 5, 1989 14,000 $20.10 $281,357 
Cal Expo Amphitheatre - August 6, 1989 14,000 $20.10 $281,357 
Greek Theatre - August 17, 1989 8,500 $30.00 $255,000 
Greek Theatre - August 18, 1989 8,500 $30.00 $255,000 
Greek Theatre - August 19, 1989 8,500 $30.00 $255,000 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - September 29, 1989 17,218 $19.57 $336,898 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - September 30, 1989 17,218 $19.57 $336,898 
Shoreline Amphitheatre - October 1, 1989 17,218 $19.57 $336,898 
Hampton Coliseum - October 8, 1989 13,800 $18.43 $254,394 
Hampton Coliseum - October 9, 1989 13,800 $18.43 $254,394 
Meadowlands Arena - October 11, 1989 20,782 $18.33 $380,839 
Meadowlands Arena - October 12, 1989 20,782 $18.33 $380,839 
Meadowlands Arena - October 14, 1989 20,782 $18.33 $380,839 
Meadowlands Arena - October 15, 1989 20,782 $18.33 $380,839 
Meadowlands Arena - October 16, 1989 20,782 $18.33 $380,839 
The Spectrum - October 18, 1989 17,806 $19.41 $345,585 
The Spectrum - October 19, 1989 17,806 $19.41 $345,585 
The Spectrum - October 20, 1989 17,806 $19.41 $345,585 
Charlotte Coliseum - October 22, 1989 22,738 $18.04 $410,085 
Charlotte Coliseum - October 23, 1989 22,738 $18.04 $410,085 
Miami Arena - October 25, 1989 12,761 $18.50 $236,070 
Miami Arena - October 26, 1989 12,761 $18.50 $236,070 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 6, 1989 15,515 $20.00 $310,280 
Great Western Forum - December 8, 1989 17,759 $19.50 $346,294 
Great Western Forum - December 9, 1989 17,759 $19.50 $346,294 
Great Western Forum - December 10, 1989 17,759 $19.50 $346,294 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 27, 1989 14,846 $19.97 $296,452 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 28, 1989 14,846 $19.97 $296,452 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 30, 1989 14,846 $19.97 $296,452 
Oakland Coliseum Arena - December 31, 1989 14,846 $30.00 $445,373 

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