“Phish Heads” Descend on Worcester
Friday, June 08, 2012
Thousands of "Phish Heads" packed into parking lots across downtown to prepare for the show. For Billy Sandose, who came to Worcester all the way from Madison, Wisconsin, it is not just about seeing one of his favorite bands.
"Coming to these shows keeps things interesting," Sandose said. "It's not your run of the mill going to work down highway five again. Every day is a new scene and every day is a fresh breath, so that's what we all get out of this."
Phish is perhaps as famous for its loyal fans that follow it across the country as it is for its music. The band's two night set in Worcester is its only stop in New England on its summer tour, and Phish will soon depart for Tennessee to headline the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this weekend.
The fact that Worcester is Phish's only New England stop is certainly good news for local hotels. You might expect "Phish Heads" to fill downtown lodging establishments, but Beechwood Hotel General Manager Mark Waxler says his hotel is sold out as well.
Emily Derra, a Palmdale, California native, has traveled a long way for her first Phish experience. But, she has certainly heard a great deal about the shows, and pre-parties, from her friends.
"This is my first Phish show," Derra said. "I am expecting an amazing time. I've heard a lot about it, and I've heard that it's just an awesome experience."
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