Freakin’ On The Greek

The Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA

With a nationwide, carpet-bombing of mail order tickets yesterday, the final countdown to the Greek Theatre has officially begun. Energy, anticipation, and anxiety has already flooded the scene, as the hype for Berkeley’s three-night stand has come to a head in recent weeks. While people finalize plans, scour the Internet for extra tickets, and prepare to head west, the appearance of second-leg stubs at doorsteps across the country yesterday, upped the adrenaline for all fans trying to focus through one more week.

The tickets for Leg II sport venue-specific designs, the Greeks decorated with a graphic take of the theatre’s backdrop. With “Phish” written in lightening bolts on the tickets, the band gave a subtle nod to the Grateful Dead as they prepare to set up shop on their forefathers’ home turf. The excitement is peaking for many, but others are still trying to get their hands on that last ticket to complete their three-pack. By not releasing multi-night packages, Phish and Ticketmaster left a lot of fans to face the worlds of ticket trading and brokering. With Saturday night stubs being the scarcest, prices in the secondary market have climbed over $300 a pop for the intimate GA shows. Since these are the only west coast dates scheduled, the migration to the Bay will come from far and wide, as this is the closer to home Phish will come for thousands of left coast fans. All of these factors have converged to create quite the pre-show hubbub for the upcoming nights in Northern California.

Phish’s only previous visit to Berkeley’s famed amphitheatre came on August 28, 1993, as the finale of Summer ’93. Concluding one of the most prolific months in their history, Phish capped August with a start-to-finish smoker that provides a quintessential portrait of the band in that era of history. “Maze” and “Stash” stood out in the first set, while highlight versions of “Antelope” and “YEM” sparkled in the second. The Dead had just finished a summer run at Shoreline the day before this show, and many first-timers crossed the Bay to check out an up and coming Phish. But since that night, relived countless times through the soundboard tape that became a staple any collector’s stash, Phish has never been back to the Greek.

6.22.10 (P.Harrington)

Ever since 1995, Phish has made Shoreline their routine Bay Area tour stop. With a capacity of 22,000 (almost triple The Greek’s 8000), it simply made more economic sense to play the larger venue. But those days are gone and in this modern era, Phish plays where they want, when they want. With the ability to sell 44,000 tickets over two-nights at Shoreline, Phish, instead, chose the less profitable route of selling 24,000 tickets over three nights in Berkeley – but the experience will be incomparable. Despite being Bill Graham’s baby, Shoreline’s design likens most amphitheatres across the country. But when one steps into the Greek Theatre, it becomes quite apparent they have arrived somewhere special. And when Phish looks out onto the classic stone amphitheatre, they will also feel the mystique of he Greek, and their music will likely reflect their surroundings.

6.27.10 (B.Colligan)

These upcoming Berkeley shows represent the Red Rocks of 2010 – a multi-night party in one of music’s hallowed venues to kick off the second leg of summer. Last year, the band’s improvement between Leg I and Leg II grew so significant, it became virtually inexplicable. The five-weeks between tours – whether used for practice, sorcery, Oh Kee Pah Ceremonies or family time – produced a far more evolved band in August then we’d left in June. I’m not sure we can expect such a colossal leap of progress over this month-long break, but if a musical shift brings any semblance of congruity to 2009’s giant steps, we are in for some good times. Having established a new sound and style for 2010, Phish looks to further their exploits of the early summer…next week!


Jam of the Day:

Run Like An Antelope” 8.28 II

The last time Phish visited The Greek…




8.28.1993 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA < Megaupload


Phish’s last visit to The Greek – seventeen years ago in August ’93; a completely different animal altogether.

I: Llama, Bouncing Around the Room, Foam, Ginseng Sullivan, Maze, Fluffhead, Stash, The Squirming Coil, Crimes of the Mind*

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Rift, Run Like an Antelope, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Sparkle, It’s Ice > Big Ball Jam, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, You Enjoy Myself > Oye Como Va Jam > You Enjoy Myself > Contact**, Chalk Dust Torture

E: Daniel Saw the Stone, Amazing Grace

* w/ Dude of Life on Vocals, **out vocal jam, JJ Cale opened

Source: SBD

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  1. BrandonKayda Says:


    The Greek is going to slay. Cannot wait…

    9 MORE DAYS!

  2. fatbunch Says:

    You know it BK!
    Hey BB. Experiencing late night hospital after-hours freak out with Miner’s leg 1 picks cranking in the headphones while clicking the 10 minute IV morphine drip. All alone. Kindof peaceful and surreal…
    Thank you Mr. Miner!

  3. fatbunch Says:

    Anyone still up?

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey fatbunch!

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hope you’re doing alright, man – heard about the surgery

  6. fatbunch Says:

    You’ve been on a series of late night listening fiestas this summer eh BK? Aren’t you in a different time zone?
    This hospital listening zone is workin for me! Lemonade for sure.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah @Fatbunch it’s 4:12am here right now – my sleeping schedule has been screwed up for like 2 weeks straight. Not good

    Check out the Chicaghost and the MPP Piper – quality stuff my friend.

    Been reading Skinny Legs and All off and on tonight – you ever read any Robbins’ stuff? It’s great

  8. fatbunch Says:

    ^ thanks. So far so good. Had herniated disc removed from lower spine. Eyes and ears on the prize!
    Just started the ghost from the mega-set-2

  9. BrandonKayda Says:

    Yeah I’m going to a chiropractor/therapist/pressure point guy now who helps with that kind of stuff for my back cause’ I have CP, so I now how it goes. Acupuncture therapy helps man – I’d really recommend looking into some of that stuff.

  10. fatbunch Says:

    Definitely a classic. You’ve got a cool reading list going! Have you read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? Clearly you’ve read some J.D. Salinger? RIP. . .
    And RIP Daniel Shore for all you public radio listeners out there…

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’ve read Catcher In The Rye but nothing more from Salinger. Looking to pick up Nine Stories sometime though.

    Ever read any Palahnuik? He’s a real creative writer – kinda like Robbins a bit. I need to pick up Invisible Monsters

  12. fatbunch Says:

    ^ excellent man! I am a true believer. Have been keeping this move at bay the last 20 years with all the alternatives. Unfortunately have some congenital issues and it’s simply time. Will be right back to the additional methods soon.
    My metaphore to survive this: I’ve walked into a swamp knee deep in mud. Can’t just step back out… but there is dry land “around” and I have to walk in the mud for a while to step back up onto solid ground.

  13. fatbunch Says:

    ^ And listening to phish helps with taking those steps through the mud… Listening to phish pretty much helps me get through anything.

  14. The Light Between Says:

    Gorillaz have announced the cities for their US tour in October. Stop in Austin, among others. Would be great if some Phish dates and Gorillaz dates worked in a way that I could do both.

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    Oh that’s cool man – I totally understand where you’re coming from. Glad to hear more people think the same. I went tonight and I feel a whole lot better already – a lot of energy being released, a lot of tension/spasticity being relieved.

  16. fatbunch Says:

    Good stuff @BK. Keep moving my man!

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    No doubt @fatbunch

    I figure if I’ve had it for 16 years I can deal with the CP for as long as it needs be 🙂 I’m pretty lucky really so I don’t give it much of a second thought. It’s just there I guess llfa.

    You still heading to the Greek man?

  18. fatbunch Says:

    Great philosophy!
    I am indeed planning on heading down pending how the next days unfold. My best friend of many years plays Brazilian music in the bay area and his annual music fest “El Fuerte” on his land over near the Tuba River is the same weekend so we’re catching night one only and then heading to the land. It’s both our 40th’s and the whole 20 years later thing is ON! I wonder if Miner and peeps know his band “Boca do Rio?”

  19. fatbunch Says:

    ^ that’s the Yuba River

  20. fatbunch Says:

    @Mr.Miner, Robear, etc. Have you heard of / seen Vivendo de Poao, Crying High, or Boca do Rio over the years? GREAT STUFF!

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Wow that trip sounds like a blast @fatbunch! I really hope you enjoy yourself man, sounds like you deserve it

  22. fatbunch Says:

    All the way to the Greek and night one only??? I know I know!

    But it’s gravy actually … because “It doesn’t matter!”

    So psyched…

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    I really like your positive attitude @fatbunch – fantastic trait to have. Respect you for that…

    Well hey, I gotta head out man, it’s almost 5:30 in the morning over here. I’m going to finish this chapter of Skinny Legs, then I’m going to sleep for a couple hours.

    It was real nice talking to you man, I wish you luck on your trip to the Greek and beyond and trust me – you’ll get the hose at The Greek 🙂

    I’ll talk to you later @fatbunch. Goodnight man! 🙂

  24. fatbunch Says:

    Goodnight BK. Right back at ya!

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning, kids!

    Thanks for the download, Miner!

    I actually didn’t have this one as part of my stash. Really glad to add this SBD to my collection.

    a little early start for me this morning, just counting down the days to the start of Leg 2 and then Deer Creek!

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