Mark Farner Shares Story Of How They Sold Out Shea Stadium In 72 Hours

Mark Farner Shares Story Of How They Sold Out Shea Stadium In 72 Hours | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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In the 70s when music truly flourished and stood on its own, bands took benefit from the emerging new sound and phantasmagoria. Grand Funk Railroad is among the bands that became famous for their “crowd-pleasing” personality, something that arena-rock bands often have in common. (Phentermine)

Albeit the GFR never truly arose as a critically acclaimed band, they were still on top of their game during the decade. They were often awarded gold records on their albums, have a huge fanbase, and almost always sells out tickets in their concerts. One of the latter’s examples was the unforgettable Shea Stadium concert in 1971.

Mark Farner, the original guitarist of the band, shared his experience on the phenomenal 1971 concert of Grand Funk Railroad inside the video given below. What happened is truly unequaled by many, and will never be overlooked by many.

The Beatles’ Shea Stadium remained iconic as they were the first-ever band to sell out tickets for a one-day concert. But what the Beatles and Grand Funk Railroad have in common is this same sentiment; GFR is the next band to have been awarded this title, only this time, they’ve sold out their tickets for only 72 hours, while the Beatles took weeks.

“A lot of those people who were singing out loud were veterans,” Farner said about the audience. “And ‘I’m Your Captain’ was for the Vietnam Veterans. It was their song.”

Although tensions filled the entire band and led to their disbandment, with Farner pursuing a career as a solo artist. But Grand Funk Railroad made one thing for sure: you can never talk about the 70s without acknowledging how big and great of a band GFR was.

You can watch the video below.