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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    which was the gin from this summer where trey holds that peak for evers?

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    there ya go jtran!

  3. KWL Says:

    i hear ya butter. sorry i think i just added another–blame mango

  4. KWL Says:

    safe travels @aj. hows the world on wednesday morning?

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Wow…Atl Gin is hot!!! It’s a steel cage match between Atl Gin and MPP Gin for the title, although it’ll probably end in a stalemate.

  6. jdub Says:

    What I love about Phish? They always win. Time to see some more more shows Dancin’. 😉

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    I made the “steel cage” comment before reading the end of the last page…interesting

  8. Jtran Says:

    Alright, back in the time machine to 2000. Resuming 9/18/00 set 2 from this afternoon.

    Boogie On > Twist – $$
    On McGrupp now.

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yes it is jdub, what is it 2 weeks or somehting til DC>AV woo

  10. angryjoggerz Says:

    Looking good so far, looking forward to getting home to the fam, though. Not home long, then back on plane heading west for an entirely different kinda party.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    g-night. the officer’s name in the story was Bain. you cannot make this shit up. $$$ day yall. thanks miner

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    true, the gorge gin went out beyond the song. none of these did. though nTelos had that sick groove to it.

  13. Jtran Says:


    Heard you may be joining the SillyWilly/Jtran motel bash at Jones Beach?

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    there ain’t no party like an S club party

    MPP gin>>>spac gin

  15. Jtran Says:

    Anyone else that needs a place to stay for Jones Beach you’re invited too.

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    see MPP gin vs. ntelos gin = very, very subjective, depends what you like better, or are in the mood for the time, hard to argue there

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    nTelos AC/DC Bag got into some funky, Fishman/Mike jamming for a minute or so. Forgotten gem 🙂

  18. jdub Says:

    Peace Kaya. Funny how Bane pops everywhere now. I am reading Camus’ The Plague and “bane of his existence” popped up once.

  19. KWL Says:

    @jtran, i think i am covered in NY… but if i am a burden in my current situation then i’ll be on that floor! reading back a bit, and if no one has told you 6-14-00 yet, and you haven’t heard it, DL it now and move it to the top of your list. seriously. do not pass go, do not collect $200.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    I had a professor Bob Bane in college.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    gonna go back to the pretezls and TV. peace

  22. jdub Says:

    All this Greek excitement has got me craving Jones beach. And many public thanks to Mr.P and KWL for tickets.

  23. BrandonKayda Says:


    How far are you into The Plague? What are thinking of it thus far? I couldn’t get into it so I dropped it for Skinny Legs and All (Robbins), which I am really enjoying. I’ll read The Plague once I finish Skinny Legs

  24. sanchothehutt Says:

    Yo night time BB, my girlfriend just handed me the laptop with my headphones and has me listening to James Mercer’s new band, Broken Bells. I can’t tell so far, only 5 minutes in, whether I like it….but that’s how most music grows on me. I like the Shins and Mercer’s amazing lyrics, so I’m going to keep listening. Forgive me if you guys have already talked about this (guessing not)


    Anyhoo, just listened to the Walk Away from leg 1. NEVER EVER would I have guessed from the seven minute timing that they went that huge with it. talk about density. I love that Miner term.

  25. angryjoggerz Says:

    Plague is one of my all time favorite books, really intense.

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