This was probably one of Amazon’s better days in its 20-year history.
Earlier Thursday, the company blew past Wall Street’s expectations for its second quarter earnings and posted a surprising $92 million in profit off $23.18 billion in revenue. As a result, Amazon’s stock went soaring in after-hours trading, rising 17 percent to an all-time high of $567 per share, while pushing Amazon’s market capitalization past Walmart to $250 billion.
As if that wasn’t enough, thousands of Amazon employees headed down to CenturyLink Field on Thursday evening to watch two of Seattle’s most well-known bands perform at a private concert. Those who saw Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Head and the Heart play on Thursday night said the concert was “fantastic,” and “awesome” — a quick look on social media shows the same.
— Hawks Nation, Yes (@HawksNationYes) July 24, 2015
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— Jinesh Varia (@jinman) July 24, 2015
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— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) July 24, 2015
Amazon has hosted concerts for employees in the past, including a Vampire Weekend performance last year. It also organized a Bob Dylan and Norah Jones concert in 2005 for its workers.
Amazon also wasn’t the only tech company in Seattle hosting a concert on Thursday, as mobile analytics startup Tune brought in Seattle-based band Odezsa at the EMP as part of its Postback conference after party.
— TUNE (@tune) July 24, 2015
Earlier this month, Microsoft brought in Maroon 5 to perform at a private concert for interns at Seattle’s Gasworks Park.