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.ย  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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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 everyoneย  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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3.13.93 Boulder,CO Poster

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. Corey Says:

    @Gratefulcub

    Blue Train…what a great record.

    Heard Coltrane mention a few times that Blue Train was ne of his favorites, if not his only favorite. Just sayin’.

    Nice list of records (although Mindcrime was in cassette tape form at my house.)

  2. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    That Crosseyed video is FUNKY. Goddamn.

  3. Willowed Says:

    Sorry for all the foul language but I am fucking pissed!

  4. Corey Says:

    @BK

    Watching now…

  5. Gratefulcub Says:

    Mindcrime only comes in cassette form ๐Ÿ˜‰

    perfect note: blue train, note one

  6. Willowed Says:

    Undefeated at home all year and we pick tonight to lose at home. Are you freakin’ joking!
    Ok, I’m done
    good night

  7. Gratefulcub Says:

    All good willowed. I’ll curse at sometime in march, either celebratory or fucking depressed.

  8. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Okay, I’m out for tonight

    Later!

  9. Corey Says:

    …on my fourth C & P…
    Oh my goodness…

  10. Marshall Says:

    Saw Queensryche open for Metallica in 1989. I was as far from Phish as I could get back then.

  11. Corey Says:

    @cub Ha!

    Sorry about the loss, Willowed. Dance to that slow groove of C & P and you’ll be fine.

    Sports are tempor’y
    Music can be eternal
    Dance should be groovy

  12. Marshall Says:

    Phish ought to invite Karl Perazzo to join a show or two in 2010.

  13. butter Says:

    ^ yea i’m down

    how are you Marshall, been meaning to email

    finally got my receiver back last friday

    system is dope

    first movie = fast and furious

    fast cars, hot chicks, oh how simple life can be

  14. Marshall Says:

    Hey Butter. Glad that you finally got everything in proper working order. I bet you could feel the engines roaring through those Polks and that Velodyne.

    Wish I was closer and could check it out in person. Maybe when I hit the wineries I’ll have to stop by your ranch.

  15. halcyon Says:

    Wow what a day on the B-Board…turn my head for a few hours and convo goes all over the place. Do not have much time to chime in except to say hola to everyone.

    GCub…Mindcrime was awesome, one of my go to albums as a teenager. Crazy stuff.

    In a Silent Way and Meddle are two of the most amazing albums I have listened to, everytime I listen to them they are as fresh to the ears as the first time I heard them….

  16. Halden Says:

    Looks like a couple more Gordo sources no up on etree

  17. Marshall Says:

    Hey … I get the credit for pimpin’ Mindcrime first. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. butter Says:

    do you have a plan when your coming out to wine taste?

    i ended up keeping the polk sub as the dealer had ordered it already with the others

    really happy with everything

    tilting the center channel down makes a noticeable difference

    the internet is plugged into the denon via ethernet and can stream thousands of radio stations

    just scratching the surface with all this

  19. halcyon Says:

    Marshall gets credit too ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    Selector Going back to your dubstep question, I see dubstep as the result of the evolution of dub. Similar to what ive heard you explain about the 80s synth reggae. Every movement is a reaction to the one that came before. That being said, Theres all kinds of dubstep, I wouldnt coinsider Bassnectar quite dubstep as much as a result of dubstep influenced glitch hop electronica fusion of sorts.
    I myself dont like the fast clubby dubstep or the glitch hop/mash up dubstep.
    I do enjoy the hell out of the more roots infused dubstep, the stuff thats in halfime round the before mentioned 70 bpm feel, complete with oldskool samples of things youve heard before on roots & culture recordings, everything is minimal, the pressence of delayed guitar “chanks” always underlined by a wobbling synth bass from hell often alternating simplistically between two notes in a chromatic progression… I this genere theres artists that produce tracks and then theres artist that are good enough to make
    “albums” I wish I had a way of getting some of the sounds im talking about
    maybe i can send u some files via usendit or send space… in the mean time
    i recommend certain recordings of tasty dubstep and nudub…
    (also note that since the elctronic music scene moves so fast, most of these
    are dated by now and its all transforming again not so much to my liking)
    see if you can google these specific tracks…

    The Antiserum–top shottas
    matty g–amen
    Babylon System–big up
    OSC & DJG–One mile high
    Peverelist–Gather
    2562–Moog Dub
    Skream–Dutch Flowers (and pretty much all of his stuff is pretty good)
    Professor Skank–Original Dub Way
    sounds around meets webcam hi fi–dubstar
    Boxcuter–Gave Dub

    curious to see what u think~ sorry for the long post… i just got a short-lived thorough enjoyment of this genere and like sharin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Marshall Says:

    Tilting is necessary if its not at ear level – speakers perform best “on axis” (perpendicular to the listening position). Same applies to the right and left, which is why you have to “toe” them in towards you. Really, really good speakers will sound almost as good off axis as on, but its really hard to do.

    No specific timeframe, but the wife and I love wine and she’s never been, so I’m sure we’ll be hitting it at some point.

    I want internet radio in my car (it still feels strange to call music from the internet “radio,” since there are no radio waves involved). There would be enough bandwidth to stream any radio station if they would take the bandwidth away from local broadcast television stations (most people get TV from cable or satellite now, or … the internet). Next step would be to eliminate radio “radio,” so it could be used for internet, but then there’d be no radio to retransmit over the internet. Classic catch-22.

  22. Corey Says:

    @Marshall
    >>Karl P.

    No they shouldn’t.
    PHiSH should invite Ingrid Jensen instead.

  23. Marshall Says:

    @ Corey – why can’t they invite both? Karl plays percussion.

  24. Corey Says:

    @Marshall,

    Two is better than one, me thinks…Just thinking of guests (that won’t be guests anytime soon) that I’d rather hear blow with PHiSH.

    Karl’s OK too.

    What, you don’t like Trey’s percussion?

  25. Gratefulcub Says:

    Marshall, I was just throwing support your way, you get all the mindcrime love. The moment you mentioned it, I lit up. Hadn’t thought about it in years. I’m thinking of dl’ing and listening, but I fear it won’t live up to my memory.

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