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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

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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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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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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757 Responses to “Going Greek?”

  1. Marshall Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nuzdzSJlZo

    Here’s the clip from Live at Pompeii where Gilmore pwns Brain Damage.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    Later, Mr. C

    I didn’t mean to say theres not originality out there. Im just wondering how to do it.

    sometimes, we think we’re being original but we’re not even close.

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    @llama

    its hard to decide which MMW album I think works best.

    Its a toss up between Its a Jungle in Here, Friday Afternoons, and The Dropper for me.

    Although I absolutely love them all

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    I like but don’t love the Decemberists

    I admire their craft and songwriting, it just doesn’t resonate enough with me to say I “love” it. No question that they are very original in terms of their songwriting style.

    very cool though, seen them several times here in PDX. Chris Funk (who did the “guitarmageddon” showdown with Stephen Colbert) is a guy I know from Eugene back in the day. Incredible guy. Really cool to see him involved in a successful band like that.

  5. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    speaking of perfect albums —

    my friend who works for Colombia got a sneak peek listen at the upcoming MGMT album and said its a serious nod to old-style album writing.

    he said it’s a complete, full album and not a series of songs, similar to dark side, and that it’s nothing like their last album. he’s not a fan of mgmt but he seemed blown away by the album

    i look forward to hearing that… could be interesting. labels dont normally go for this kind of thing so its cool to see someone attempt again

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    @Robear

    LLFA

    is WW accompanying Phish to the moon?

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    originality is hard Silly

    but possible

  8. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Damn looks like I missed some good music discussion today

  9. Marshall Says:

    It happens beginning at around 2:30 into the video

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    once you have absorbed your influences and lessons, forget them, and do what comes from the heart – and you will be original

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh if only it were that easy Mr. C

    and I know it is..

    but sometimes those damn influences bleed out of the heart a little more than wanted

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, Lycan

    most of my ideas about originality are viewed through a literature lens.

    i think its easier to produce original music because its easier to market it with technology as it is.

    literature, however, is heavily controlled by the presses and publishing houses.

    Apples and oranges, I guess.

    and i’ve been taking the board deep, often, lately.

    gonna stay lighthearted tonight i think.

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    Silly

    speak your mind whether heavy or light
    the ears will listen into the night

  14. Marshall Says:

    And then again beginning around 4:40. Just watch all of it.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    almost iambic pentameter Lycan

    2 more beats.

    originality in action.

  16. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    You guys are too damn smart for me haha. I swear I see something that surprises me/is thought-provoking every time I read this site.

    Well done guys. Well done.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    yo mama’s album’s perfect Mr. C.

  18. Marshall Says:

    My internet connection is painfully slow and I’m just now getting through the 6+ minute video I posted above. The part that SHOULD have been on DSOTM begins around 5:45. DSOTM is NOT perfect because Gilmour’s solo was left off.

  19. garretc Says:

    Miner, you WOULD go straight to the mom jokes! Llfa

  20. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    i watched all of it but dont believe its absence negatively affects the album in any way.

    @silly – just as hard to find originality in film unfortunately. charlie kaufman seems to be the only one whos consistently allowed to get crazy ass shit pushed through to hollywood.

    its not that originality doesnt exist, its just too much of a risk to sped millions of dollars on things that arent guaranteed box office hits. im actually qquite surprised hollywood took a risk on kaufman… who would have thought Being John Malkovich would be as successful as it was?

    thats why i love him though.

  21. Gratefulcub Says:

    Who plays guitar on rock n roll animal?

  22. garretc Says:

    @Marshall, I like how Gilmour goes “What’s rock n’ roll without feedback?” at 4:50ish… Haha

  23. Weekapaug Says:

    It’s funny how we get so wrapped in figuring out what bands, albums, songs, shows, ect. work better than others. I feel that it’s not a competition and it’s so subjective that it almost creates a fruitless argument.

    And WSP doesn’t suck 😉

  24. Gratefulcub Says:

    The crane wife less a perfect crime is perfection, IMO obviously.

  25. Marshall Says:

    Without the solo, it’s still an insanely great album. But the fact that they left something as beautiful as that off the album, in my opinion, means that it could have been even better than it was. And, thus, it isn’t perfect … because it could have been better.

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