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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

    KWL

    VLC media player

  2. neemor Says:

    You guys…
    There’s a rumor about Red Rocks before Telluride?
    That’s kind of important!

  3. KWL Says:

    thanks voopa! i’ll check it out

  4. Foul_Domain Says:

    I really liked early-mid/late 90’s DMB. I tailed off after that…disnt like the studio work after ‘Before These Crowded Streets’ and stopped going to shows.

    They did put on a good one back in the day though. I bet I’d still dig it.

  5. neemor Says:

    “Yeah, that was alright…I dug the ‘Bouncin”, but other than that, I’d rather spend the $210 on Dave.”
    “Yeah, I agree.”

    “How much acid did we take? I’m thinking crazy shit right now….”

  6. Foul_Domain Says:

    $210 on Dave

    ^ no chance in hell. sorry.

  7. Gratefulcub Says:

    If they don’t release dates soon, we are going to have them playing 45 shows in 40 nights with shows in rio and London 😉

  8. neemor Says:

    Figured I’d post it for those interested:
    Kung Fu
    A few upcoming dates for those who should see them…

    4.9 Sully’s West Hartford, CT
    4.10 Iron Horse, Northhampton MA
    6.12 Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs NY
    6.25 ‘Summer Meltdown’ Schuylkill, PA
    8.20 ‘Camp Barefoot’ Bartow,WV

  9. neemor Says:

    Ever get the feeling that you’re all alone…?

  10. Gratefulcub Says:

    I bet it’s scary feeling all alone yet knowing lurkers are watching you

  11. neemor Says:

    I get it.
    The silent treatment.
    I’m out….

  12. neemor Says:

    I wonder if they’re wondering what my next move is going to be…

  13. neemor Says:

    cub:
    She’s beautiful.

  14. neemor Says:

    Is she wearing the 2Pac backwards bandana?

  15. butter Says:

    we need AW

    dave and pearl jam love the same day

    he would do something about this

  16. Gratefulcub Says:

    Llfa. She was in her Kentucky wildcat gameday gear and the wife was tired of her looking like a boy. I’m not a huge supporter of accesories on babies or dogs, but when it’s my girl I find it adorable. And my dog wears a fishman bandana. I love double standards.

  17. lot rat Says:

    Haleys>Tweezer>Bug

    Just came from some good friend(s) funeral this past weekend, and i can remember clear as day standing straight back in the lower section with him on this night at nassau. First time we heard Bug, and it became his nickname (apparently for the second time) in the lot afterwards.

    Its not getting any easier casey(s), but i promise ill see you all on the other side.

    “Tried my hand in love and friendship, but all that is past and gone…”

  18. butter Says:

    rip bug

  19. whole tour! Says:

    pearl jam kicks ass…i love them! every show is different. They really do jam and they will shred your face off. Never understood the non love for them. They really are one of the best touring bands out there. I’m trying to make it out to jazzfest on may 1st to see em. Acura.com is giving away free jazzfest tix fwiw.

    dave blows chunks….i despise him! imo they used to be good back in the day but they sold out big time imho. Really cannot ever say i ever listen to that, but if it’s your thing then more power to you.

  20. whole tour! Says:

    sorry about your bro passing away lot rat.

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Corey Haim is gone now, too

  22. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    How does a band sell out, wt? Hate to say, but I saw them two summers ago at Rothbury, and then made a point of catching the next hometown show at deer creek two short weeks after.

    Now I’m not gonna camp at the Gorge for three days to see them like my roommate did last year and will do again this year, but when I saw them in 07 with Tim Reynolds and the new horn arrangement, all I could say was “goddamn, THIS is a fucking rock band!!”

    just sayin…

  23. ChefBradford Says:

    I like various chunks of the DMB machine, but overall, the best parts (live and studio) ran their courses almost a decade ago. I relistened to the newest studio album last week, and the horn arrangements came off as incredibly cheezie (worse than cheesy), most of the songs were beyond unmemorable. I enjoy hearing Dave, and various Dave by-products, but as a creative force, he/they peaked years ago. All of the official live releases contain most of the same songs, and the variants within those songs aren’t enough to warrant their releases

  24. ChefBradford Says:

    sorry, I feel obliged to say that that is my opinion (acronyms are used far too often)

  25. Uncle Ebeneezer Says:

    That’s pretty fair, chef…my experiences with the band as a whole came first from about 10 years of listening to them at home, saw Dave solo at farm aid, deer creek 01, Dave and Tim in Vegas and then with Trey at vegoose 05, and then a Dave and Tim benefit for Obama at Indiana university in 07. Wasn’t until 2008 that a saw the whole “Dave Matthews Band”, so at that point it was sounding pretty fresh to me. Can’t say I’ve listened to the groo grux album, either…

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