Proof That Phish Has the World's Most Dedicated Fans
1. They Come From Everywhere
Phish's following will literally follow the band anywhere. Many in attendance over the weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park flew in from all over the country. Some fans drove from Massachusetts and Vermont, in some cases without tickets, hoping to score some in the parking lot. Many fans used to follow Phish in the nineties and camp out, and now they are flying in and staying at hotels. We met people from all over the country. There seemed to be more non-locals than locals, especially in the Shakedown Street market/tailgating area outside the venue.
We spoke to a trio of people who had flown in from different parts of the country to meet up with each other and see the show. One was staying at a hotel, the other two in a tent. They had become great friends through a site, Cash or Trade, that trades Phish tickets and through Phish shows.
Forty-six year old Jim Kelley, who has been to over 200 shows, was wearing a baseball hat full of various Phish pins. Back in the year 2000, he says, he was talking to a guy who was collecting Phish posters and was only missing two. Jim had one of them, a poster from a 1998 Chicago show. The man offered Jim $5,000 dollars for it, saying he saw the poster sell on Ebay for that price.
"I didn't feel comfortable getting $5,000 for a piece of paper," he says. Jim told the guy he paid $35 for it, so the guy offered him $3500. "He told me that I would get a visit the next day." The next day a man drove across several states to Jim's Knoxville, Tennessee door with a money order and a box with padding.