Magazine article Tablet Magazine

What Kind of Person Pays to See the Band Phish 150 Times?

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

What Kind of Person Pays to See the Band Phish 150 Times?

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The man from whom I bought my ticket had seen Phish over 150 times. Encouragingly enough, he was in excellent physical shape and had a business and a wife and multiple kids who were spending the rainy closing hours of 2018 a safe and conspicuous distance from Madison Square Garden.

It is possible to thrive even with a Phish addiction, and in some cases impossible to thrive without itWe should all hope for obsessions and enablers as healthy as my scalper's, although "scalper" cheapens the relationship somewhat. In the Phish world, I had just experienced what's known as a "miracle." Of course on any major holiday one man's miracle is another's night at the office and I soon found myself schmoozing a few of the Garden's production men, who seemed amused at my long-burning curiosity about what the arena's attic is like (apparently it's a cluttered labyrinth of submarine-like industrial passageways and during the Phish run it gets incredibly loud because of its proximity to the amplifiers that the band hangs from the room's gently sloping ceiling and also becomes pretty stuffy because of the smoke rising from the crowd not far below). …

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