Going Greek?

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

On the heels of the Telluride Town Council’s approval for the Phish shows for August 9-10, another gorgeous rumor rolled into the community – a four-night stand a Berkeley, California’s Greek Theatre.  Phish hasn’t visited this west coast, live music icon since their blistering tour closer in the summer of ’93. The rumored dates for this next dream-like scenario fall within the first week of August, just before Telluride.

The dates I initially heard, August 5-8, wouldn’t seem to make sense due to the necessary overnight commute to Telluride. Or perhaps these dates are real, and they are an attempt to keep excess fans out of Telluride. But the last time the band played a six-night run was some time in the early-’90s, and that just doesn’t seem feasible – at all. Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

Once again, the immediate mission becomes tickets. If you thought Telluride’s 9000 person limit was small, slice off another 500, and you’ve got the Greek Theatre’s 8,500 capacity. (But considering that 1,500 tickets per night will be set aside for “locals” in Telluride, it seems that Colorado would be the harder ticket.) An aesthetically gorgeous, general admission, locale atop a hill on the campus of University of California, The Greek Theatre is designed after an actual Greek amphitheatre; rounded and made of stone. There are no seats, just stone bleachers and lawn seating somewhere up in the stratosphere, though the lawn is coupled with a stunning vista of San Francisco Bay.

Shoreline '98

It’s about time the band made a stop in the Bay Area, proper. Not since 1996’s visit to Daly City’s Cow Palace, has Phish played anywhere besides Shoreline, (aside from one special night at The Fillmore). But a multi-night return to The Greek would make up for all those empty years in droves. This run should remain “in theory” for a while, because once Mike wraps up his solo tour, Phish will drop their June dates, leaving us guessing about August for quite a while. But as long as we are guessing, How about two or three nights at The Gorge to open the west coast swing? Then head down for four in Berkeley and then out to Telluride. What year is this again?

These intimate settings continue one of the best trends of Phish 3.0, the “we’ll play wherever the fuck we want” factor. From the Fox Theatre to Fenway, and from Asheville to Indio, and from the band’s current focus is clearly on quality of experience, rather than maximizing financial gain. With four nights at The Greek, the band would sell 34,000 tickets; with two nights at Shoreline they would swarf that with 44,000. The bottom line is that Phish doesn’t care about getting bigger anymore. Their fanbase is here to stay for as long as they will playing music, so they might as well make their concert environs ideal as possible for everyone  involved. So far, so good, and with a potential return to The Greek, it’s getting better all the time.


Jam of the Day:

Halley’s > Tweezer > Bug” 10.8.99 II

The beginning of the Nassau’s fourth set in Fall of ’99.

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3.13.93 Balch Fieldhouse – UC, Boulder,CO < Torrent

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This one goes out to Justino!

I: The Landlady, Funky Bitch, Bouncing Around the Room, Maze, Fee, All Things Reconsidered, Split Open and Melt, Contact, Llama, Wilson, Run Like an Antelope

II: Suzy Greenberg, Tweezer, The Lizards, It’s Ice, Glide, Uncle Pen, Big Ball Jam, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Fast Enough for You, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Tweezer Reprise

E: My Sweet One, Amazing Grace, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Note: Fishman wore a suit and tie for this show

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  1. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i wish either the reek or teluride shows affected me but bottom line is.. i cant afford to travel out to either 🙁

  2. myers2112 Says:

    this is shaping up to be a great summer !

  3. garretc Says:

    Hooray for more west coast Phish!

  4. butter Says:

    My head is swirling with the possibility of the Greek Theatre

  5. She Divides Says:

    Wooooo! On my way ho$e after the Mike show! We had a great time! Will plan on posting a composite review from me, my husband, and my brother tomorrow!

    Have a great night everyone!

  6. Joshuachef88 Says:

    didn’t the boys play the greek on 10/29/98 ?

    great reba>walk away!!! anyhoo, I feel the love for the Greek, hope that the gorge will still be a stop though (hometown shows)

  7. She Divides Says:

    Whoops…meant on my way home…

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    @Josh. 10/28/98 Greek Theatre in LA

  9. elbowleg Says:

    so many amazing venues in the world, hell just in america alone we have so many marvelous places designated for music….

    i live in cincinnati ohio and we have so many venues but only a handful are actually structural works of art…

    Riverbend is pretty sweet, US Bank Arena Sucks…

    Taft Theater is pretty sweet but I’d much rather see a show at Music Hall which has housed phish once in 1994.. but they are reserved nowadays for orchestra’s and musicals/plays

    Bogarts is a 1500-person club which is a shithole… i just finished loading Flogging Molly’s stuff into a truck at 12:45 tonight… tomorrow I work for Rodrigo y Gabriela at the Madison Theater (a much nicer club) in Covington Kentucky just across the Bridge from cincy, I cant wait, that show will be sick.

    The Southgate House also across the river from cincy is sweet to see shows but it’s not a beautiful venue by any means…

    this rumor of phish at the greek just has me jonesing for a trip out west, my son is only gonna be 2 and a half in august… i wonder if my wife would be down for a trip?

    i havent been out west since vegoose 2006 and a few primus shows in oregon and seattle november 2006….

    okay i just asked my wife if next time phish plays seattle can we go? she said “no” faster than i could finish the damn sentence….

    scratch my west coast dreams for now…

    anyway, cheers to being alive… and a great day for all. take care of business, then party. in that order.

  10. mac Says:

    Weird. About an hour ago I got this email:

    “Just heard from a well connected friend in SF… Phish at the Greek Theater in Berkeley for 4 nights the 1st week of August, then they are off to telluride if Telluride happens”

  11. garretc Says:

    Off topic:

    Any theories on why there’s no Cactus pulls coming out?

    We’re what, 1/4 now on recordings? That seems silly!

  12. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Awesome news/rumors Miner.

    I can’t wait for summer tour.

    Cheers all

  13. Willowed Says:

    Morning All.

  14. sal good Says:

    I’ve also heard its been confirmed two nights in Hartford. I heard that from a local radio station personality.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning, all!

    hope everyone’s doing well.

    really got my head spun last night with the beautiful insights by people on the board!

    woke up this morning still working through everything. this is a great place!

  16. Foul_Domain Says:

    Morning folks. Another beautiful day in the north. The only thing that would make this day better is some damn tour dates already!!!

  17. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Telluride is my birthday, but I doubt I will get to go. Does anyone think that if one were to get tickets there would be someplace to stay? Can we just get some damn tour dates already? I am on hold planning my whole summer, which makes me feel a bit lame.

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    Yeh @ Silly

    that was some great stuff.

    If anyone wants to send themselves into a head spin, check out the last 5-10 pages of yesterday’s post.

    Some pretty deep stuff there.

  19. pabalive Says:

    I hope that these “smaller” venues are a sign of things to come. Perhaps the band realizes that after a fall tour that saw tickets literally being handed out for free outside of such popular old haunts as Albany(heart of their fanbase), they will seize the opportunity to downsize the venues. I really hope so.

  20. Kenny Powers Says:

    i guess i’m a little behind the ball but now that Telluride is pretty much on and now the Greek rumors, looks like a tour in August…and then the rumors about SPAC and DC…so is it safe to say we’re lookin at another June and August twofer like last year?

    I actually like that scenario…rage for a couple weeks, then take a mid-summer breather, then rage again. i can def appreciate pacing myself these days!

  21. halcyon Says:

    Morning everybody….for some reason my posts are not showing up from my personal computer….the thought of telluride has me fired up for summer….Hope all is well with the blackboard

  22. SillyWilly Says:


    I like the breather, too, because it gives bosses a chance to forget what my last story for missing work was, and me time to craft another yarn.

    some downtime to save face as an honest hardworking employee.

  23. Halden Says:

    Morning guys.

  24. fat bastard Says:

    june=east coast
    august=west coast

    like biggy and tupac

  25. halcyon Says:

    I know my posting worked today but does anyone know why comments might work from one computer and not another?

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