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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

    Fall ’99 was one of the best tour schedules, logistically, in recent memory and I would love it if they did something like that this summer

    from BC>Gorge>Portland>Boise (ok, maybe not that one)>Shoreline, etc

    That would be great

  2. Kaveh Says:

    @jdub – I only try for tickets to the show(s) that I know I’m going to attend.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    I cant believe I’m counting 1999 as recent memory

  4. Robear Says:

    i’ll be on the ticket hunt for the board. i can enter the lottery for all the hard venues and pass the tickets along to you cats!

    pageside makes a good pt., re: the Greek. Berkeley is very close to a Wook Home Base Camp.

  5. jdub Says:

    East costers put up with hard edge BS prevalent here and get to see tons of shows to release our anxiety, westies get progressive communities, expansive natural beauty and a couple of high grade shows to deal with their anxiety.

  6. halcyon Says:

    @ Robear…. Would love to meet up with you and KWL this summer. Had a blast with you cats in Indio, and would love the chance to meet more of you at Telluride (hopefully) or some other venue.

    My wife and I have a big trip planned this summer and that will prevent me from catching as many shows.

    When are TAB and Gordeaux heading west?

    Are Page (Radzinski) and Fish practicing.

    More questions than answers.

  7. jdub Says:

    Robear, that was my strategy as well, get as many tix I can get and then pass em out to BBers. like Neemor said, as a collective we can get our community to the shows they want to see.

  8. Robear Says:

    nice jam today, miner.

  9. Kaveh Says:

    Greek Theatre news has me knee deep in Summer 1993. Giving 08.24.93 a spin!

  10. jdub Says:

    Fishman is prone to going into funks. With the loss of his mom I bet he has had a harder time than we think.

  11. Robear Says:

    blackboard is a take the shirt off your back and give it to your neighbor type crowd.

    me likes this!

  12. marcoesq Says:

    If they even release tix far enough in advance

  13. AintNoTele Says:

    damn right robear, thats why i love it. made some damn good friends taboot

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  16. Kenny Powers Says:

    what we need for peeps shut out of shows is simulcasts in HD w/ surround audio. Then the people w/ the huge home theaters can host parties!

  17. Stupendous Says:

    Speaking of friends,
    theres a few folks that used to be on here which we havnt heard from in a while…. Cowfunk? GP420? im sure im missing some others…

  18. neemor Says:

    Zzyzx, hang with us, man.
    We’ve taken care of the needs of everyone on this board over the past 368 days, and that’s not going to change…

    I hope for a chance to prove that to you as we’ve all seen.

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    Are we (I know I am new, but forgive me for allowing myself participation in the collective we) going to have meet ups at the shows? Meet next to Waterwheel at set break or something? People will think we are sober.

  20. neemor Says:

    GP420 was on the other night…
    Some are missing.
    Ebbs and flows, I think.

    Nice to check in every now and again….

    Life happens, though.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    PS. How do I change my profile pic and why is my name not orange? noooob

  22. jdub Says:

    @Stup, Bbers come and go, great to see Col Joy popping in recently. Curious to see what happens here over time?

  23. Luther Justice Says:

    And all of their home theaters should be purchased from Marshall!

  24. zzyzx Says:

    neemor – thanks but I’m arguing more the principle than my particular case.

    How do you get the icons anyway?

  25. neemor Says:

    without a doubt.
    This happened pretty much all of last year.
    Most of us at one point or another met up.
    Robear works the Waterwheel, and is a great guy to make the connections…

    However, the ‘sober’ thing would be the ‘Phellowship’, we haven’t met there…

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