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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    @Marshall the “60 minute contraint” is further evidence that dsotm is as close to perfect as it could be — they have another 15 minutes before that restraint would have affected things but they did not use it because the work stands complete as it is

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah I knew this would happen and now I gotta jet

    re: Dark Side – if I never hear Time again that would be fine with me, Money too – can’t separate the overexposure issue on that one

    “You are on the individual merit side of things and i am on the greater whole side of things.”

    I don’t think you’re quite hearing me, then

    that’s not it

    I think those lesser tracks break the flow slightly

    I think very similar songs (tonally speaking) that were more enduring on their own merits would add up to a greater whole

    One Of These Days
    Fat Old Sun
    Free Four

    something like that would totally work for me. If, Fat Old Sun and Free Four are (IMO) vastly superior songs to the ones they would replace, but I think they also fit together well. You could leave off Free Four since Fat Old Sun might be as long as both Seamus and San Tropez.

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    @Uncle Eb

    its going.. didnt get a chance to mess with it today.

    But in answer to your email.. There was no time between pouring and putting in the oven at all..

    As I said, I feel like the flour portion should be more…?

  4. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    (dsotm is 45 minutes long if i remember correctly) didnt include that

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    jhust threw Remain in the light on fucking magic

  6. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i dont care if Time and Money are overexposed beacuse i dont listen to the radio anyway… i only hear those songs when i listen to dark side as a whole

  7. brother Says:

    @Lycan, that’s pretty much what I based my “perfect album” choices on. Of course everyone is right. Not all the songs on the album are or should be perfect. Just that there are very few albums that I can hit play and enjoy listening to every track, perfect or not.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    whats going on is close to perfect but then comes “save the children” which on a road trip led to me and my gf yelling singing “fuck the babies” i guess you had to be there……..

    No, dude, I’m with you. Both my wife and I are right with you on that. We have both been known to start singing “save the baaaaaaybeeeesss” in that falsetto and then cracking up for no reason that is obvious to anyone else

    OTher than that one interlude, What’s Going On is as close to perfect as you can ask for

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    @mr.c llfa can’t wait to chill sometime

  10. SillyWilly Says:

    Here’s a question:

    How do we take originality back in music?

    Phish has always been doing it with their crazy catalog and willingness to do anything.

    But, say you’re a studio band. How can you fuck the recording labels?

    Even if you stay indie, you’re fighting the size of CDs and a pre-conditioned public used to 3 minute songs, AND what if you can’t make enough money to support yourself?

    True originality is tough to find. (obvious, but, how do we fix it?)

  11. lastwaltzer Says:

    Jamerson is a beast on that album. You know that whats going on was recorded with him lying on his back.

  12. pagesidehighschool Says:

    What? No love for ziggy stardust? Y’all need to give that another listen, not sure if an album gets any better IMO. Best concept story-album ever made

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    @Mr. C

    fair enough I stand corrected.. Didn’t mean to assume your stance.

    And I agree that playlist looks pretty good..

    I gotta stick to my guns though and say that Meddle works from top to bottom for me as a single journey.

    Are all the songs on there rated 5-stars on my ratings, no of course not. Do I think its a perfect album? No. But then again, I have no way of defining perfection for an album. The full five star method doesnt really work for me, because I think 4 star songs sometimes boost other songs into the 5 star range within an album or show context.

  14. Hoedown Says:

    Everyone will think I’m crazy and stupid for saying this but I really enjoy the Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely. When thinking in terms of listening from start to finish and going on a trip its great. A real ride IMO. And I really don’t listen to any of that type of music.

  15. Marshall Says:

    @ Purple – I didn’t check the timing … just assumed that it was close to the full length of the LP. Assumption was wrong.

    I do have one thing to add as to why I think DSOTM is NOT perfect. …

    If you’ve ever watched Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii, there is some studio footage from the recording sessions of DSOTM. Gilmour performs a solo during Brain Damage that was absolutely genius. Waters, being the controlling ass that he was, nixed it. It should have stayed (in my perfect world).

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah man

    I assume you have seen the documentary about the Funk Brothers, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

    amazing stuff

    James Jamerson was one of the best there has ever been


    Silly there’s shitloads of super creative music being made these days

    it might not suit your taste (or mine) but there’s a huge explosion of creativity in music

    The original few Animal Collective albums come to mind, and solo stuff from the members

    Flaming Lips are certainly creative though I do not enjoy them personally, they deserve praise for originality

    there are lots of modern avant garde pseudo-rock bands out there…I don’t like most of them, but they’re not boring

    or you could go the Decemberists route…any time you are writing good songs, it’s legit….

  17. brother Says:

    Live at Pompeii is perfect! I remember that solo but not Waters nixing it. I’m sure it’s there tho in all the english speak. will check it out again…

  18. lastwaltzer Says:

    @mr.c loved that doc. Had the pleasure of seeing the funk brothers twice, both great shows.

    I’m out though, some good stuff today.

    oh and (in falsetto) fuck the babies

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    I like Hunky Dory better than Ziggy, FWIW

    and I don’t think Hunky Dory is perfect, so…. 😮

    they’re both awesome though!!!!!!!!

  20. brother Says:

    Love that Raconteurs album!

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    alright it’s been real


  22. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C, can’t tell if that Decemberists quip indicates whether or not you’re a fan or if you just think their stuff is original, which is it? I myself am a huge Decemberists fan, mainly because their songs don’t sound like anybody else… Maybe musically they do on occasion, but lyrically and thematically not so much!

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    and yeah lycan

    I totally hear you

    I know my perspective on this is not widely shared but what can I do?

    Gonna have to spin Remain in Light tonight.

  24. llamalee Says:

    i’ve been trying to think of an album that is perfect in that i always listen to it straight through without needing to skip any songs and the only album that comes to mind is meddle. that’s a really tough question though, i’m going to agree with mr.c that there is no perfect album

    with my blatant personal bias i’d put up a vote for mmw – notes from the underground, love that album

  25. Robear Says:

    Finally got the inside scoop re: Tour!

    PHISH – LIVE ON THE MOON!!! NOV. 4, 2011

    Music/Arts – Concert
    Start Time:
    Thursday, November 4, 2011 at 8:30pm
    End Time:
    Friday, November 5, 2011 at 4:00am
    The Moon

    Phish will be playing live on THE MOON, on November 4, 2011. Transportation and accommodations will be included in your ticket price. RAGE THE MOON!!! Wooks not included.

    Phish will be preforming three, 2 hour sets, and one Ambiant Moon Jam located at the Daedalus Crater.

    We are working with NASA & Man on the Moon Productions to provide the most comfortable and safe space shuttle flights possible. With amazing views from out Lunar Bungalows.

    We are excited to announce that we have an amazing line-up of artists devoted to creating out of this world and hetty Moon Rock Wire Wraps. Rings and Pendants!!

    Vending Information will be posted soon.

    Ticketing will be announced asap

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