Also in attendance for Fare Thee Well Chicago's first night was Jay Marciano, COO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and chairman of its live music division AEG Live, which bankrolled Fare Thee Well and co-produces the shows through AEG wholly-owned subsidiary Madison House in a 50/50 partnership with Shapiro.
Marciano, a live music industry veteran who was formerly CEO of Madison Square Garden, among other high-profile music biz posts, was also impressed by the positive energy at Soldier Field.
"That vibe amongst music fans has been missing since [the Grateful Dead] quit [following Jerry Garcia's death 20 years ago]," he
"I've never seen a happier group of 70,000 people in all the years I've been dong this.
We're all kind of feeling it.