Proof That Phish Has the World's Most Dedicated Fans

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Eric Gruneisen
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.

See also: Why Phish Shows Are Perfect for Recovering Addicts

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Eric Gruneisen
2. Poster Prices

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.


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Dick's Sporting Goods Park

6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO

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21 comments
Kenny Hanson
Kenny Hanson

All you people bashing a band because you enjoying stereotyping people should do something better with your time. Everyone who went to see The Phish probably had a great time. Esteban I have a job

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

Fact: only phish fans like phish.

wildjames
wildjames

It's funny how this band gets dismissed as a simple jam band by people who know nothing about how music works. Most of their songs are composed in a symphonic manner and are extremely complex. They use complicated time signatures and polyrhythms all the time and although their vocals are lacking, they are fucking jedis when it comes to instrumentation.

jeff.lordan
jeff.lordan

I'd say that's proof of a dedicated fan base, but definitely not proof of the most dedicated fans in the world.  Obviously the author has never been to The Gathering of the Juggalos.  I've only seen videos, but damn, they're deep in it.  What about other countries or regions where the author isn't an authority.  That said, the Dick's shows were amazing, and I'm a huge fan, but wording is a precarious thing as an author I guess.

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

At one point in history, Jim Jones had the most dedicated fans.

Che Weller
Che Weller

Shake down is any alleyway of tents where vendors sell regulated products and not so regulated products. Its not a phish thing. Its a festival thing. And festivals are gay

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

Metal fans live it just as hard except we still shower and go to work.

Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson

Shakedown is the commerce streetname at every festival or jam band concert for decades. Not just phish.

David Heck
David Heck

Lol Jeremy then you should know shakedown street is a grateful dead album and song from 1978

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Jeremy...shakedown is the lot slang for where everyone sells their wares regardless of the show/festival. Been called that since I can remember and I did tour in late 80's 90's. And shakedown is still a dead band...haha seen them quite a few times on both the east and west coast. Good times

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Shakedown Street is where the Phish fans sell a bunch of stuff. They also started as a Dead cover band. The more you know *

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Funny how a Grateful Dead song title is shown in an article about Phish

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