Billboard’s Top Concert of the Year Was Held in Chicago

The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well tour in July 2015 raked in over $30 million, claiming the top spot for concerts in 2015

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The most successful concert of 2015 happened right here in Chicago. 

The Grateful Dead's three days of shows at Soldier Field brought in more than $30.6 million, and according to Billboard, that catapults it to the top of the Billboard charts for the year. 

With ticket prices ranging from $59.50 to $739 at face value, the three shows on July 3-5 drew in 210,283 people from across the country. 

Deadheads also broke a Soldier Field record with the concert, with 70,764 tickets sold to the first show, breaking U2's record of 67,936 tickets sold for the 360 tour in 2009. 

The 50th anniversary concerts were the "biggest show in a big year for the touring industry," said Billboard, which ranked the top 25 concerts of the year by gross income. 

Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden took the second spot, with 12 shows grossing $26.3 million, and Taylor Swift's 1989 tour took 7 of the top 25 spots. Her Chicago shows on July 18 and 19 were the fifth largest shows of the tour, and came in the list at number 18. 

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