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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1,152 Responses to “Freakin’ On The Greek”

  1. willowed Says:

    I hope you left coaster rip that place apart…in a good way!

    You guys deserve a show (actually numerous shows) that bring the eat!!

    Make it a great one people

  2. fatbunch Says:

    Just got to the end of R&R from 6-26 into Free and IMO that outro was a ripe opportunity for the band to slip into Scents and Subtle Sounds with the original opening to that song – an oppy missed? I love Free but it just sort of began right there… A segue into SASS would have worked musically and lyrically there!

  3. fatbunch Says:

    Silly the early riser! Have a great day everybody…

  4. projmersch Says:

    I hope the Left coast gets some good shows as well. I’m sure they will get into the groove by the second night and tear that building down on the third!

    Looking forward to the Creek > Alpine run!

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    You, too, fatbunch!

    im up early on days I have to go to a prison.

    I always ask myself at 6 AM if I really need to shower before I go to prison.

    no Air conditioning in the prisons, and i don’t think the prisoners care all that much if im showered.

  6. fatbunch Says:

    @willowed, it is going to blow up for sure! Too bad they have such a limited catalogue to pull from – llfa. 5 nights, 10 sets?! Phish: the new gillette razor with even more blades for a closer shave!

  7. fatbunch Says:

    @silly – good luck helping those in need my friend. That’s good work!

  8. zzyzx Says:

    Summer flus bite, but better this week than next.

    Tellurides are in my grubby hands! Greeks will be sent to me today 🙂

  9. fatbunch Says:

    @zzyzx – hate the summer flu! Kick that sh_t this week to be ready for the 5 blade sumer shave!

  10. josephish Says:

    good morning.
    haha silly i usually dont shower in the mornings to go work in the warehouse (summer job before first year of school).

    if you dont mind me asking what is your role at the prisons?

  11. The Light Between Says:

    Don’t know how long it’s been up, but I just noticed the Wolfman’s video from 6/26 on Good lord is that jam a monster, and the video is killer too.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    ain’t nothin’ like August ’93 Phish.
    you know it as soon as you hear it.

  13. BTB Says:

    I’ll post a Telluride Tix pic in a minute – finishing up my company website this AM

  14. BTB Says:

    Ok, Telluride Tix Pic below…

  15. fat bastard Says:

    morning boys and gals! really nice write up prof. miner

  16. c0wfunk Says:

    I know the greek is the talk but damn I just saw a pic of the concert field in telluride and I’m SO excited. counting the days now. Greek will be a great warmup ..

    Anyone else camping in town park?

  17. lastwaltzer Says:


    sounds like your head is in the right place cowfunk 😉

  18. c0wfunk Says:

    did a spin through indio again yesterday interesting how non-prominent the whammy whale is in there..

    let this music relax your mind

  19. fat bastard Says:

    i dont know if cannonball adderly is a household name to you guys (i’d never heard of him) but he rains down that liquid jazz. thanks aw for the intro. his “black messiah” is a 20 minute thunderstorm. check it!

    lw you goin thurs?

  20. c0wfunk Says:

    cannonball’s the shit for sure. You’ve steered my downloading for the day thanks 🙂

  21. fat bastard Says:

    does he have a definitive album?

  22. kayatosh Says:

    Greetings. Thanks for this 93 Greek Antelope stream. listening now powerful.

    will be returning later to 10-29-94


  23. BTB Says:

    Both venues are sweet – Actually the next 4 venues are all pretty cool places to catch a show.

    Rejoice – Tour is upon us

    Nice score ZZ

  24. c0wfunk Says:

    I know him mostly from his (early) work with Miles – kind of blue and and milestones. His quintet had at some points had one of my favorite bassists – Ray Brown

    Haven’t heard much of his later / crazy jazz period.

  25. kayatosh Says:

    as willowed would say, make that flu your bitch, zzyzx.

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