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THE EARLY BIRDS CATCH THE PHISH FRONTMAN


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8:32 am, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

In line for Trey Anastasio tickets outside The Grand Opera House

(One hour, 28 minutes before tickets go on sale)

Trey Anastasio, frontman for the jam-band behemoth that is Phish, will play a solo show at The Grand Opera House in 2018. Tickets were announced on a Monday. The first round of pre-sale tickets sold out through Trey’s website within three minutes on a Tuesday. A second round of donor pre-sales at The Grand nearly crashed the phone lines on a Thursday. Now it is Friday, and we join those in line for the last few remaining tickets…

No. 1 In Line (Josh Lefkowitz): “I got here at 2:30 in the morning, from Philly. It was really quiet for the first hour we got here. Some people would come up and ask "What are you guys doing?" You try to explain. At that time of the night, it's kind of hard to get people on the same page.”

No. 7 In Line (Wyatt Cresswell): "We had some dude ask 'Who are you here to see?’ ‘Trey.’ ‘Who's she? Is she hot?’ I dunno. Maybe?"

No. 1 In Line: "At a traditional Phish show… well, obviously there's four of them, and it’s a way different atmosphere. Somewhere like here, you'll hear Trey talk and tell stories. It’s a small venue that Phish would never play now. I haven't seen a show here before, but I looked at some pictures. It's beautiful. Trey hand-picks each of these venues for a reason."

No. 7 In Line: "I'm from Delaware and I got here at 5:30. I know the room. I love the room. I've seen a bunch of shows here. The pre-sales were yesterday, so I drove by before I went to work at 9, and I saw six people out here. I thought I'd probably be safe getting here at 6 o'clock in the morning. Then, last night I was like… I should probably make it 5 o’clock. I don't want to miss this. I love the band, but I don't get to see them nearly as much as these other guys in line do. I've got kids and financial commitments and I just can't make it happen. So if he's this close to my house, I'm not missing it."

No. 9 in Line (Dave Caudill): "I'm from Baltimore. I got here around 6. I've been to this venue for a few shows, for David Bromberg. It's a great room. Trey is my favorite, so it's a no brainer."

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