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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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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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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757 Responses to “Going Greek?”

  1. marcoesq Says:

    Love this snippet from Nassau! Did those 2 plus Albany x2….great shows!

  2. neemor Says:

    “These intimate settings continue one of the best trends of Phish 3.0, the “we’ll play wherever the fuck we want” factor.”

    ^My favorite trend of 3.0…

    2010 is going to be read Icculus, with venues large and small welcoming our favorite band and we fans with open arms and a refreshed musical sound that begs to be heard…

    Glad to hear you had fun, SheDivides…

    Watched some ‘Lost’ last night, including one version with helpful subtitles…
    Pretty cool, but still Lost…

  3. Hoedown Says:

    Good morning everybody! Another great day here on the East Coast. Loving all this summer tour talk. Seems like choosing what shows to hit this summer might be a real dilemma.

  4. Halden Says:

    So I am wrapping up my Project 2009 and I am listening to 12/28. Is there anything better in 09 than the consistency of Light during the Fall Tour/NYE Run?

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    The Greek rumor sounds pretty damn good. I’d love to go to a nice small show like that. On another note, I listened to Gordo’s show from Troy last night and it was pretty awesome.

  6. neemor Says:

    For 2010, I would like to see a monster Halley’s Comet develop from the murk.
    Perhaps from a spacey Disease or Piper…
    That is all.

  7. Halden Says:

    How is the quality of the Gordo pull?

  8. fat bastard Says:

    off topic and maybe unwanted but if you want a small break from phish take a night and listen to some ’97 WSP, specifically find a “driving song.” no downloads necessary, its all there on panicstream
    That is all.

  9. Lycanthropist Says:


    its pretty futile to try and jump in at the last minute with LOST

  10. BTB Says:

    All I have to say after reading that is “AMEN & HALLELUJAH”

  11. KWL Says:

    what up y’all… haven’t been around much lately. sorry i missed out on the convo last night, here’s a couple tangents to that.

    @silly & others. my approach to philosophy/social thought is to treat different thinkers and ideas as tools: what can they help me *do*. thinking is all about doing, about producing effects and affects. what does a new thought make possible? to feel? to make? how can it shed new light on the world, on a problem, on a project? some ideas just don’t work for you–that’s ok. but finding ideas that do work doesn’t mean adhering to a particular paradigm–no need to embrace any ‘system’ of thought in its entirety.

    I am an empiricist much like Mr C (though empiricism can easily become naive, a huge problem in today’s academy, a discussion for another day); within the realm of the empirical you happen to be enmeshed in at any particular moment, what tools can you pull out of your toolbox to help you see, think, do in ways that are productive and positive?

    re: Foucault. his project is not ‘postmodern’ and his goal is not to ‘deconstruct’. his writings are best approached when seen as an attempt to trace power and its effects. foucault is writing about power, and how it works in particular, concrete situations (that is, not power as a universal, but power in concrete relations). discipline & punish is perhaps his biggest achievement on that score.

    hurray west coast phish! have a good day folks

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    Gordon’s show sounds pretty good but it is a little quiet.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Heading to MSG in an hour to watch some Big East basketball. Wish it was a Phish show though.

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    Cuse owns MSG

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    wish I was there with you. you’ve got a great slate of games ahead of you. G-town South Florida should be a good one to start the day with!

    a win tonight and my Irish *should* be a lock for the tourney. too many years in a row of being on the bubble has me very wary though…

  16. KWL Says:

    i should clarify re: empiricism

    Mr C was saying theory must be *tested* by empirics (i.e. the empirical will tell us which theory is more correct), which is slightly different than what i am saying, which is more like, what can theory *do* in a particular empirical context (b/c different theories will do different things). truth is not the be-all, end-all category that i use to evaluate philosophies–bottom line for me is what can a theory or idea do.

    //hijack over

  17. fat bastard Says:

    irish dont play well @ MSG

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @fat b
    don’t remind me!

  19. marcoesq Says:


    Thats awesome, I’m definitely jealous. The G-Town/USF game should be great..Marquette/St J’s too

    @Fat B

    I’m with you bud…love me some WSP, especially ’97.

  20. marcoesq Says:

    @Fat B

    I love panicstream…I’ve been to a few shows with their admin, Curtis

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @TIII- USF/G’town should be interesting. Usf can play ith anyone when they are up for it and G’town may be the biggest enigma in the country. can look so good and so bad within days of each other.

    SJU/ Marquette is the game i’m looking forward to. Been a die-hard SJU fan since i was a youngin. Unfortunately they haven’t given their fanbase much to cheer about last 6-7 years. should be fun.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Cuse is gonna win the tourney to go along with the regular season.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    Morning folks! 🙂

    Burning a DVD of T.A.B. Pageant Theater – St. Louis, MO. show from a couple of weeks back this morning.
    Yes, it’s the simulcast. It’s all there except one song. Trying to get some shit burned before I head to Charlotte tomorrow afternoon. Gonna hang out with Leo W. for awhile. Burning him the TAB dvd plus some other shit too. Hope he likes it.

    I’m gonna try like hell to go to the Greek shows. If not, then I’ll be doing East Coast Phish for the first time in a long time.

  24. marcoesq Says:


    If USF could win last night with absolutely ZERO 3-ptrs??? wow

  25. verno329 Says:

    RIP Corey Haim. I’ll never watch License to Drive in nearly the same way now

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