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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

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757 Responses to “Going Greek?”

  1. butter Says:

    zzyzx – is your point that its a hard ticket for anybody and if
    the easties get tix its a complete bonus and they get to come?

    and if us westies get shut out we will have to be out here and suffer thru not going to our home venues?

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    In addition to your 13,000 local shows, you can enter the ticket lottery and maybe plan a west coast trip or two.

    that’s a really good point. there will definitely be people who enter the lottery for some west coast shows to get some trade bait for what they want out east. the reverse scenario (i.e. buying east tix for trade out west) doesn’t stand to be as rewarding.

  3. jdub Says:

    @zzyzx, phish should do a proper western run this year, it is only fair. We’ll find out in a week.

  4. neemor Says:

    I would suggest zzyzx check Miner’s Ticket Board regularly when dates are announced and tickets go on sale…you’ll find everything you need-at face.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    @ zzyzx

    I hear ya’.

    Not that I’m on the left coast, but yeah, that does suck.


    There won’t be a more beautiful place to see a Phish show! Period!

    The logistics of this will be a lot tougher and much more expensive for everyone who has/will make the commitment to go. Way More than Red Rocks!!!

    If you are one of the few who do get PTBM this will help immensely.

    Local Authorities:

    This is kinda looking like a set up for the kids who want/are gonna swing IMO. Just seems to perfect for local government to cash in a little more from arrests/fines. Just me…But I’m a little cynical by nature.

    Seeing Phish surrounded by those mountains would just be ridiculous! Those of you that actually get in/there (Mr.Miner).

    I envy!

    I hope teamhood gets video of that two night stand!

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    There is a new album this year, it will be called “Pain” followed by “Sunshine”, then “Rain”

  7. voopa Says:

    marco, I did that ’99 run too! Only shows East of RR.

    My GF (now mrs v) and I went out for the primary purpose of catching the end of tour on the East Coast (I was determined after hearing 12-13-97), but we also got to do NYC (Village Vanguard, Central Park, the Met) and take Amtrak up the Hudson River Valley in October. I hope this happens once again.

    Miner, did you go to the Fillmore show in ’98? I was *this* close to hearing the ticket drop on the radio, despite being 90 minutes away…

  8. zzyzx Says:

    “zzyzx – is your point that its a hard ticket for anybody and if
    the easties get tix its a complete bonus and they get to come?

    and if us westies get shut out we will have to be out here and suffer thru not going to our home venues?”

    Close. In the second year of recession after blowing through my In Case of Phish Return Break Glass fund, I can’t afford to fly in 2010 the way I did in 2009. If I get shut out of the shows I can drive to, there’s a real chance I might have to just wait until NYE to see anything…

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Couch tour 2010

  10. voopa Says:

    Tickets might be below face on stubhub

  11. halcyon Says:

    Telluride will be gold for many certainly me. This is probably my only shot at seeing them this summer, that is unless they do Mile Hi music fest which will not sell out, and will not be an ideal place to see them.

  12. butter Says:

    well good luck zzyzx

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    With Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger approved 100.00$ Phish tickets are on the horizon sooner than we think IMO.

  14. Robear Says:

    halcyon, I’ve had this strong desire to kick it with you again lately. Hope to make that a reality this summer.

    same with you KWL^

    Had a dream last night that my GF and I were seeing the Phish at a remote, seaside location. We were able to walk to the front of the stage and thank the band.

    Phish = in my head again. like when i was young

  15. butter Says:

    a lot of the locals out here that go to shoreline aren’t serious fans

    if Greet tix are hard they simply won’t go see Phish there

  16. jdub Says:

    Indio, if it happens this year, could be the event of the year. West Coast goes for quality, east coast for quantity. The complaint about us grabbing west coast tickets is valid, making me rethink my lottery strategy.

    Question; is it ethical (phish ethics) to go for lottery tickets of shows you are not sure you can attend but want to cover your bases.

  17. marcoesq Says:

    Re: East/West dates

    I agree that it’s much harder for left-coasters to get tickets and at times, can definitely be unfair. I just recently moved back east (like 10 days before they announced the hampton run) after 6yrs out west and not a minute too late!

    But we have to look at it from the band’s point of view, they are also located on the east coast so logistically, it would naturally much easier for them to do runs here

    Plus, the fact that Phish kids are notorious for having $ and being able to travel WHEREVER the band goes probably doesnt help

    Maybe thats why they gave some west coast love last August and having their fest at Indio

    They should definitely change up the lottery system, I agree, but it’s going to be a lot harder and more expensive for them to go to say, Portland, rather than Great Woods

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Robear

    Sounds like Ventura County Fairgrounds too me! 😉

  19. marcoesq Says:


    Great point. Gorge x2 and RR x4 AND Indio brought a lot better quality runs than the late-summer east coast run IMO

  20. neemor Says:

    I, personally, would be extremely glad knowing I got zzyzx into the T-Ride shows, don’t know about you guys…
    ‘Course, I seldom buy tickets to shows I have no interest in attending…
    Good luck, Starman.
    Good luck.
    I have a strong feeling that the community will take care of it’s own.
    However, for the average westy…maybe not so much.

    I would say that every show I wanted to see in ’09, I found here, on the BlackBoard…
    Without fail.
    At face.

    The nice thing with the ‘trade bait’ thing is that for the most part, those tickets are falling into the hands of fans, not scalpers, who can help one another through the trade spreadsheet.

    Silver lining guy? That’s me…

  21. pagesidehighschool Says:

    couch tour 2010! dido
    i hope they stream some shows too, like the tab show. it would stop some people from clogging up some venues like tride. no hope for the greek though, that place will be a fn nightmare/zoo! so many lot rats will show up for that, wounded soldiers everywhere!

  22. butter Says:

    unless they do crazy venues back east tix, shouldn’t be too tough

    don’t see any reason for easties clearly not coming out west to snag tix

  23. mrfergie Says:

    morning all – ct blackboarders Black 47 is playing toad’s tomorrow night – I’ll be there if you want to hang…

  24. pagesidehighschool Says:

    i read an article on yemblog about a big scalper organization getting busted for gobbling up all the tickets, something to do with illegal internet access or something like that. hopefully that opens up some extras.

  25. zzyzx Says:

    I don’t think tickets will be purchased for trade bait as much as a lot of people will go, “Hey, let’s try for Telluride/Greek and if I get them I’ll go.” I’m hearing that from a lot of northeasterners and it’s understandable but it kind of bites for those of us who also don’t get the local shows on top of that.

    Then again I live in a major city and Phish haven’t played within 150 miles of my house since 1996, so my views about what it takes to see a show are skewed.

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