March 11, 2009 |
Tourism officials in Virginia say Phish heads brought their appetites and wallets -- not just dope -- to the jamband's reunion last weekend. The Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau reported Tuesday that the estimated 75,000 fans who flocked to the coastal city generated $5 million in hotel, restaurant and retail sales. A manager at Hooters said the restaurant sold a week's worth of wings and beer over three days. Monday, police said they seized $1.2 million worth of drugs during the encampment of Phish fans.
October 7, 2000 |
A cult band is by definition one that is fervently admired by a few and virtually ignored by everyone else. The Vermont quartet Phish is a strange anomaly: a cult band that's beloved by millions--America's biggest cult band, according to a recent Entertainment Weekly cover story.
December 31, 1997 |
Heard the one about the Vermont bar band that became one of the country's top touring acts? The first gig by Phish, at Nectar's in Burlington, Vt., drew exactly one person. Last year, Phish grossed $16.5 million in 50 shows, including the largest single concert date in North America, drawing 135,000 at the Clifford Ball in upstate New York--all for a band that's never had a Top 40 hit.
August 7, 2004 |
Hoping to avoid a Woodstock-like overflow crush of fans, promoters of Phish's farewell festival in rustic Coventry, Vt., are renting a local radio station to broadcast the music so ticketless fans can groove without overcrowding the premises. The iconic jam band's Aug. 14-15 shows are sold out, and fans will be turned back if they don't have tickets, state police have warned. Fewer than 70,000 tickets were sold, but 80,000 people are expected to show up.
July 8, 2004 |
Tickets to what Vermont-based jam band Phish says will be its last shows are sold out, and scalpers are getting as much as $915 for tickets to the festival next month. Some 70,000 tickets have been sold to the Coventry festival at Newport State Airport and surrounding fields in Coventry, Vt., on Aug. 14-15. Phish will perform both days. Tickets were originally priced $150. Veronica Lusk, sales representative for Internet broker eSeats.
May 26, 2004 |
Phish, the Vermont-based jam band whose legions of dedicated fans made it one of the nation's top touring acts, announced Tuesday that the group will break up at the end of its summer tour in August. The surprise announcement came as the band prepared to release a new album, "Undermind," on June 15 and embark on the tour, which will kick off June 17 at Coney Island in Brooklyn.