About a dozen people were camped outside the Asheville Civic Center Wednesday evening waiting for Phish tickets to go on sale Friday morning. Though the temperature hovered around 38 and threatened to go below freezing overnight, their moods were chipper as they huddled beneath their blankets.
“We’re operating on faith,” said Bhakta, No. 8 in the line. The tickets go on sale nationwide, meaning they could sell out in minutes for the band’s much anticipated reunion tour. The jam-rockers haven’t played together since 2004 and have announced fewer than a dozen dates. The band will play the Civic Center on June 9.
Julian Taylor, 27, and Mike Bennici, 28, both asked off work from their jobs at Mellow Mushroom pizza bakers so they could wait for the tickets. They showed up around noon on Wednesday and earned the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. They were joined soon after by Sarah Cole, 30, who works at Salsa’s.
“We’ve got board games,” said Cole, who’s been to more than 100 Phish shows since her first in 1991. The group would be playing Simpson’s trivia soon, she said.
Asked about the chilly temperatures and potential boredom, Bhakta (who wore flip-flops) said the crew would keep each other positive.
Besides, he said, in Asheville, “anything’s fun.”