This is a subject that has annoyed for the best part of a decade now, when fans bash on other fans for getting in to a band as they become bigger rather than being fans from their first ever demo when they had 5 fans etc.
If bands didn’t gain more and more fans as they grew and developed, they wouldn’t go very far. For example, I’ve seen a lot of people complain about The Wonder Years playing bigger venues recently, claiming that people are jumping on the bandwagon - when really, it’s probably to do with the fact that the band just released their best album to date in 2013 and a lot of people have probably bought it and loved it, which led these fans to discovering their back catalog, which then resulted in more people spreading the word and then, not surprisingly, the band filling bigger venues.
I can relate to people who discover a band as they are starting out and follow their career and watch them gain success, it’s a great experience. I’ve grown up with the careers of the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Yellowcard, Fall Out boy etc. - most of which I’ve loved since their early days and I’ve never once begrudged a new fan of these bands, it just doesn’t make sense to me.
when you started listening to a band does not determine your level of dedication or love for the band, going to their gigs, picking up their CD’s and/or merch does (Actually supporting them).