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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

    time to put my little vanna white to bed,

    i’ll email you Marshall with more AV talk sometime soon

    we got Phil’s 70th on Friday out here

    hit me up when it comes time to plan your wine country vacation

    and thanks again for all your help

  2. Marshall Says:

    I was just playin’, Cub and Halycon. I doesn’t matter who brought it up (I’m just a credit whore 8) clearly … shame ) … it was(is) a great album. Got played many, many nights while my buddies and I drove around our small time, Dazed and Confused-style, with the windows cracked to let the smoke out. It was the modern day Pink Floyd in our minds, at that time.

  3. Marshall Says:

    ^ small town … but it was small time too.

  4. Gratefulcub Says:

    Dl’ing now. Damned iPhone, I can go from thinking about spending money to doing it in 30 seconds. Damned Sammy smith + iPhone.

  5. Marshall Says:

    Sammy Smith’s. Something else I would never have been exposed to if not for Phish tours.

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

    If the iphone itunes store ever turns into lala it would be the shit!

  7. Halden Says:

    This is a gorgeous Gordo Source:


  8. Gratefulcub Says:

    Mindcrime engaged. I feel like I’m in middle school, going to sleep on Sunday night listening to Metal Shop.

    Metal Shop? Am I the only one?

  9. Marshall Says:

    dr davis

  10. Gratefulcub Says:

    I remember now

  11. neemor Says:

    Hey-o kids.
    Anything good happen since this early afternoon?

  12. voopa Says:


  13. neemor Says:


  14. garretc Says:

    Nah neemor, we all just sat around telling our craziest stories from DMB tour, no biggie…

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    You said this was going to be like, Dave Matthews?? this is freaky!

  16. garretc Says:

    But if you’re willing to slog through the Dave Matthews stuff there’s some worthwhile bits here and there!

  17. Marshall Says:

    I said that to the couple in front of me in line to get a beer during set break in Miami and got the following reaction: “Umm, dude, you might not want to say that … People don’t take kindly to talk of Dave Matthews around here.”

    She thought I was serious.

  18. Marshall Says:

    ^ didn’t actually say it to her, but made the comment knowing she would hear it.

  19. garretc Says:

    Also, those Talking Heads clips from a few pages back a real real funky!

    Back to Greek mythology paper I go… Later y’all

  20. Marshall Says:

    ^ I think she thought I looked like a DMB fan since. I am not a wook (“I am not an animal!”)

  21. garretc Says:

    @Marshall, I may have told this story on here before, but walking out of the Dead show at Shoreline last year I say really loudly to my friends:

    “I guess that was pretty good, but as far as jam bands go it was no Dave Matthews!”

    There were a few dirty looks coming my way after that…

  22. TheLG Says:

    try referring to him simply as “dave”. people will take real kindly to that.
    “i guess that was pretty good, but it was no dave show”

  23. verno329 Says:

    @Mr C I’ve got you set up for tomorrow’s mail. You’ll be getting the Ghost comparison. Both 7/2 and 7/6/98.

    The first set of 7/6 still amazes me each time. The video of it is what actually got me back into Phish after a hiatus of my own. Watching Trey go off on that Ghost brought me right back to my highest-level of Phish-obsession right then and there. From not listening to Phish for like 2-3 years to constant play again in one day.

  24. KWL Says:

    what up y’all?

    can anyone recommend any free software for windows to play dvd files?

    sorry if this is a n00b question, i’m a mac guy

  25. Gratefulcub Says:

    Mindcrime sounds more like “Dave” than I remember.

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