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 Needless to say, regardless of the actual dates, Phish may be visiting the Bay Area and not playing Bill Graham’s outdated and overcrowded Shoreline Amphitheatre for the first time in over a decade, and even the chance of that is great news!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

    @zzyzx, you’re right, the Dead did treat the east coast pretty well and Phil has continued that trend. You guys do have the best outdoor crops with space and ideal conditions to reap those rewards. I’ll stop.

  2. neemor Says:

    It’s like Biggie and 2Pac in here!

    :::keep your head down:::

  3. BTB Says:

    FYI – Trey’s induction of Genesis will be on the FUSE HD channel on Monday at 8:30 pm

    No word on if he will be wearing a blazer…

  4. verno329 Says:

    @Kaveh love the avatar man!

  5. Luther Justice Says:

    I think the reason most bands favor the east coast is the higher concentration of cities/venues. Things are more spread out on the west coast.

    Even in my home state of Ohio, we have more cities in our state than any other state. Most of them are crappy cities, but cities they are.

    That being said, there is nothing like a good West Coast show!

  6. neemor Says:

    OH!, he’ll be wearing a blazer, all right!

    Crushed purple velvet…

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    I love rocking it Greek style. Protip: you have to use the rear entrance.

  8. neemor Says:

    It’s cuz the East Coast holds it down.
    Where’s Aydub @?

  9. neemor Says:

    “Protip: you have to use the rear entrance.”
    That’s what she said.

    And with that….

  10. BTB Says:

    Repost: FYI – Trey’s induction of Genesis will be on the FUSE HD channel on Monday at 8:30 pm

    No word on if he will be wearing a blazer…

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    Luther is right.

    Making the west coast work tour wise is harder. Being from out here, the Dead knew the system a little better, for instance their ability to book all the Cal State venues gave them a much denser set of tour stops…also the Dead did a lot more “Island Tour” type runs, 4-6 shows in SoCal, say, or just a few Bay Area shows, independent of any larger tour…a lot of their West Coast gigs were done that way

  12. zzyzx Says:

    Oh I know why no one plays the west coast, but when I first moved here, I was moving to a town where Phish played 2 times a year most years with shows in the surrounding towns. It’s that damn Gorge. I love the place but I hate that it means I’ll probably never again sleep in my bed after a Phish show.

  13. Kaveh Says:

    @verno329 – Thanks! It is the only way to roll for this Wisco boy!

  14. Kenny Powers Says:

    egg salad sandwich was a bad choice…

  15. neemor Says:

    You saw that I got mail today?

  16. Kaveh Says:

    @Kenny Powers. No offense, but is an egg salad sandwich ever a good choice? 🙂

  17. Kenny Powers Says:

    it can be when it’s not from the hospital cafeteria. double fail…

  18. butter Says:

    Mr. C – just talking about that this week with an old friend

    we were saying how GD would just play some random home games between tours that would totally satisfy the west coast

    making predominant east coast heavy tours not even stress out the west coast cuz you knew you’d get the ‘island tour’ type of treatment

  19. verno329 Says:

    @neemor sure did. good to hear. enjoy and let me know what you think. all 3 are great shows so i really can’t even suggest one over another but that 7/2/98 Ghost should be a fun one to watch

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    It’s that damn Gorge. I love the place but I hate that it means I’ll probably never again sleep in my bed after a Phish show.

    Yep. Exactly. I have the same feeling.

    we were saying how GD would just play some random home games between tours that would totally satisfy the west coast

    yeah…it just so happens I have been listening to some of that stuff recently…Chinese New YEars in Oakland, Cal Expo, etc, and I just got to revisit the Frost Ampitheater recently for the first time since seeing shows there in ’89…so it was on my mind

    the downside was that those mini-tours never really got full momentum so they lacked the building/cresting energy dynamic of a full length tour

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    7/2/98 Ghost should be a fun one to watch

    wait wait wait wait wait

    is that with the FOB audio?

    ::Mr. Completely head ‘splode

  22. verno329 Says:

    @Mr C a copy can be headed your way as early as tomorrow if you like

  23. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @Tele – what is that Wu-Tang Color project they have going in that video? I don’t know what it is, what use it would have, or how it would help me, but I want in!

    RE: last night’s discussion and today’s occasional mentions….I just wanted to point out that postmodernism, critical theory and deconstruction have some important similarities, but they are different philosophical movements. For example, Jurgen Habermas is the most important critical theorist living today, and he is not a postmodernist, relativist or deconstructionist.

    Also, I disappeared for about five months and have noticed a couple new developments in the PhishThoughts language. I’ve picked up that “BB” is blackboard, but where does “bane” or “getting ‘baned” come from? Etymology, please!

  24. verno329 Says:

    but where does “bane” or “getting ‘baned” come from?

    neemor, you want to handle this?

  25. Kaveh Says:

    @verno329. What can I do to get some of your DVD’s? Trade? Blanks? Let me know if this is something you would be interested in. Thanks.

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