Tales of superfandom: One Radiohead fan's suite $2,500 gesture
Your favorite band can inspire you to do some pretty crazy things.
For example: When Radiohead announced a gig at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Pam Sprecher decided to drop $2,500 on a luxury suite. Then she gave away tickets to her friends on Facebook. For free.
“It was more than worth it for me to pay for it,” said Spercher, 29, who has never seen the band in concert. “They’re pretty much the band that you either love or hate, and I knew the people that would want to come were diehard fans. I knew this would be really awesome.”
Sprecher is vice president of operations at GSA Applications, a business she owns with her father that helps companies do business with the federal government. They own Lighting season tickets, and occasionally book suites for concerts at the Forum to entertain clients. Sprecher thought about doing that for this show, too, “but I slowly realized that nobody I work with even likes Radiohead,” she laughed. “All the better for me, because I’d rather go with my friends anyway.”
The result: A private suite for 18, including parking passes, a private restroom and a personal attendant. All she asked of her friends was that they cover their own food and drink.
Sprecher, who’s been a big fan since college, has high hopes for the show. On her dream setlist: Paranoid Android, Knives Out, Lotus Flower, 2+2=5 and Morningbell (the Kid A version). Come on, Thom, can you throw a couple of hits her way?
— Jay Cridlin, tbt*