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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

    Yeah, Whale

    you really have to go indie i think for originality in film.

    its all about the money. if an artist can support him or herself they are generally more free to express what they want than to express what the public wants.

    thats whats great about Phish and the scene. They can take all kinds of chances because they know the fans will dig it.

    I guess Im saying I love TTE.

    that felt good:


  2. Marshall Says:

    We talked about the “perfect note” last week. At the 6:00 mark in that video, Gilmour hits what sounds like a perfect note to me. And it’s only available on the video. Damn shame.

  3. Marshall Says:

    I love it when a thought I post provokes a really good discussion. Makes me feel worthy to show my virtual face around here.

  4. Chuck D Says:

    Thick as a Brick.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Word, marshall…I know what you mean. we all value eachother’s respect. very cool

  6. Marshall Says:

    The stories Gilmour tells (in different video interview, not in the video above) about his being brought into the production when Syd was in the process of losing it is pretty heavy stuff. Can’t imagine what it would be like to be replacing a friend in a band that was so genius already, and to have that friend still in the room, losing his mind.

  7. jdub Says:

    Nice topic Marshall. I have a hard time trying to rate art in general. So what is a perfect album is only subjective. While Mr. C’s tastes tell him there are no perfect albums in his eye, my judgement and taste of music seems to be much less critical. Abbey road is perfect to me as are meddle and dark side (not a huge Floyd fan), ok computer is pretty damn perfect, I like pearl jams ten but others will argue (it was perfect considering the context of time within which it was created), a love supreme, rift, welcome to the jungle, so many really. There is no such thing as pure perfection, only things that are close to perfect within a sub context.

    @week, you ever listen to Dubtribe Soundsystem from SF, they were around in the late 90s.

  8. Angryjoggerz Says:

    dubtribe! did lots of parties with them back in the day

  9. garretc Says:

    I’ma check out for now, time to focus on paper writing… Good chat today all! Enjoyed the proceedings quite a bit!

    Have a marvelous rest of your evenings!

  10. Marshall Says:

    @ Jdub – I didn’t really start the “perfect album” discussion. That evolved quickly out of the idea I posited that the album is dying as a format.

  11. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    anyone who knows anything about the decline of bison population in the 19th century feel free to let me know… somehow going to whip up like 7 pages about this shit by Friday at 11:59pm.

  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    @Marshall: I dig that strange ebb and flow of the bb too. Sometimes you throw a thought out there and it sticks and expands.

    I’ve never been good with favorites or perfects. I have a very hard time choosing stuff like that. The tail end, or side b, of remain in light has always baffled me, but it’s also totally intruiguing, grabs me like glue. Can’t say I love it, but I admire it more and more I listen to it.

    Really don’t want to get into a slamfest here, and I am not really championing this film, but going back to AW’s mention of Gummo…when I saw it in the theatre I was convinced that he had singlehandedly changed the medium. Seriously, don’t kill me here. I’m talking about the edit, the death metal transitions, the utter bleakness, the chaos and lack of respect. Granted, there were two major scenes of gratuitous exploitation (the mocking of the developmentally disabled and the shooting the bb in the foot of the old woman – almost criminal) but I was moved at this abrupt and jarring form of storytelling. Again, not not not calling Korine a genius or anything like it…just thought he flipped the script pretty seriously.

    I personally prefer where Kaufman is taking storytelling via film as well. Nothing is as refreshing to me as when hollywood accidentally lets movies like Charlie’s thru the cracks. Their postitive reception gives me faith in people.

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    later, garretc, ill have some ideas from foucault for ya this weekend.

  14. Marshall Says:

    This discussion tonight though reminds me that “really, really, really good music” is one of the top five aspects of my entire life, all rolled up.

  15. jdub Says:

    @jogerz, I was going to raves before I got into phish. I loved Dubtribe, saw them at a party at six flags in NJ, always have liked them.

  16. SillyWilly Says:


    nice post.

    i totally agree. every once in a while someone comes along and changes the medium or stands the medium on its head.

    I don’t think accessibility always denotes good art. But, inaccessibilty doesn’t either.

  17. Gavinsdad Says:

    And speaking of flipping scripts, my Sixers are poop. Really quite bad across the board.

  18. Marshall Says:

    The latter half of Remain in Light doesn’t get played by me, whether it’s Talking Head or Phish. I experienced it from the front row, and that was the only time I’ve every listened to all of it. Born Under Punches through Once in a Lifetime, though, gets spun quite often.

  19. Marshall Says:

    ^ okay, maybe I should have said the latter “quarter.”

  20. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Gummo is a strange film

    Anybody ever seen Synecdoche New York? Beautful film

  21. brother Says:

    Love the second half of RIL – dark and mellow is the perfect contrast to the upbeat rythm of the first half

  22. Marshall Says:


    C&P by The Talking Head on RockPop. Very different than what we’re accustomed to at Phish shows.

    there’s also a clip of Cities from the same TV show.

  23. Marshall Says:

    An even better version


    Adrian Belew is so freakin’ good.

  24. Gratefulcub Says:

    Operation mindcrime!!!! Yes. 8)

    ziggy stardust
    blood on the tracks
    blue train

    perfection to the left of me, perfection to the right

  25. Willowed Says:

    Quinnipiac just lost. We had a chance to go to the tourny for the first time in the history of the University and we just fucking lost. By 2 fucking points!

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