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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

    I first heard of the Greek rumor about a month ago and due to secrecy I’ve been somewhat crazy since. Glad to see it out in the open. I brought this up yesterday and nobody wanted to play, but I’ll try again. Since there is no way I can do both Telluride and Greek, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one, which are you going for and reason why.

    My life seriously changed 8/28/93 and the chance to go back to where it all began for me would be bliss. Plus 4 is better than 2.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    after taking a break to digest TAB tour i’m back to processing phish fall and miami. heard the miami curtain w/ — marked improvement in quality over the philly version. the miami tapes are incrtedible too. 12/3 TTE right now. put me in the camp that likes it.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    Greek looks amazing. how can i be there for those shows?

    corey haim? no. say it isn’t so.

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    Corey Haim is dead???

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    yes, apparent OD

  6. EL Duderino Says:



  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so are any of the CT Chapter folk coming up to Noho for Gordo on Saturday? How about any of the MA peeps? I know jdub is not but I’ll be there with my wife and a friend who is a lurker and sometimes poster here. Sumodie is hitting it as well. Anyone?

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    Now it’s on to Feldman… 😉

  9. fat bastard Says:

    MERCEDES LANE is still hot

  10. pagesidehighschool Says:

    re: the “we’ll play wherever the fuck we want” factor
    word to big bird!
    although, i’m not going out west so “i dont give a fuck either” as long as they come home in june. and if they are going to play small intimate places, i’m more than happy to have 8,500 people in the field in my back yard. i can promise cheap beer prices (BYOB) and no lines for the potty (pee anywhere, just not on anyone). maybe they could do two nights at my house and two nights in the SOAM center

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    At pageside:

    I’ll bring a grill and brats.

  12. willowed Says:

    T III
    No go for me brother. Wish I could.

  13. verno329 Says:

    @Dude +1 heheheh

  14. gratefulcub Says:


    I wish I knew how to take this picture and post a link to it, but I don’t.

    Not to kick a guy while he is down, but if you are Big Ben, and you are going to “aggressively hit on girls”, do NOT wear this T-shirt. Or, atleast don’t agree to have your drunken photo taken.

    Maybe a caption contest? I don’t really know what you could say that the pic doesn’t.

  15. jdub Says:

    Very sad to hear about Corey Haim’s passing, one of the great Coreys of our time. Hollywood claims another lost soul.

    If I had to pick between Teluride and Greek I would go to T-Ride cause it’s in the beautiful mountains away from civilization. Phish seems to have some great performances when they are in the middle of no where. At this point I have my sights set on the Gorge for a west coast excursion, if that doesn’t happen T-Ride it is.

    What do people think about east coast surprise venues? Are there too many fans here to get away from the typical sheds?

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s a VERY old pic of Big Ben. Like from his rookie year or something. I remember it because of the ND-inspired shirt he is wearing. classic Ben!

  17. gratefulcub Says:

    Old huh? That’s too bad. I still laughed quite hard when I saw it this morning.

    I can’t imagine living in the public eye. The stupidity I exhibited in my twenties being posted on the internet now would not be fun.

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Bethel woods


  19. jdub Says:

    If you’re on the fence about seeing Gordon, get off it and go. His band is an uberfunk machine with plenty of base bombs to go around.

  20. pagesidehighschool Says:

    yes palmer! this should be in their summer plans, two nights there, two nights great woods, three day festival in limestone

  21. Halden Says:


    Didn’t he die of an overdose years ago or was that just his career.

  22. pagesidehighschool Says:

    what about a 4th of july festival in NH, the fireworks capital of the eastern seaboard!

  23. marcoesq Says:

    yeah cub, that pic is a little old

  24. pagesidehighschool Says:

    BOOOOOOOM! That’s the sound of my 4th o July Backyard Phish Festi!

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Pretty soon we’re gonna start seeing pics of Big Ben and Leinart with beer bongs in hand. doing body shots off of snooky

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