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. Jtran Says:

    Or it’s just the theme coming back around…glad I’m not looking at iTunes

  2. BrandonKayda Says:

    Wow! And right back into the DWD theme!

    Trey is ripping this apart. Love it

    What a ride


  3. Jtran Says:

    The elusive Sample

  4. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Oh yeah, ramblin. Sorry. So many names flying here.

    Mr. C, I’d upload that to you, assuming I could figure out mediafire. But I’ve just been streaming it through Rhapsody, so I don’t have the CD.

    Henry Threadgill started this group called Air back in the ’70’s, and they totally deconstructed Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin tunes into abstract protoplasm. That I might be able to upload, it’s been out of print for years. Part of that same Chicago scene that produced Anthony Braxton and Art Ensemble of Chicago.

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’ll take a Sample after that DWD! Trey’s voice is sounding a little off – like he has a cold or something

  6. sanchothehutt Says:

    Yo, BK, do you see my posts? Just wondering b/c they disappear on my PC and I can’t figure it.

    James Mercer/Danger Mouse=new sound, good music.

  7. dognamedwilson Says:

    Pynchon’s daughter writes nonfiction on a very specific subject…not recommended if you’re a casual fiction reader.

    Just threw it out there because it happens to be true…

  8. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Fat Albert is good to go.

    Tzara, you’re right. Crossings and Mwandishi are way deeper than Fat Albert, which is a pretty short album with no songs over 7 minutes. “Of it’s time” is a good description, and that’s why I like the album so much.

  9. Jtran Says:

    BK, can’t really hear anything personally..dF mentioned Trey’s voice being off on the 14th (shrooms), but I’ve never heard any interesting stories about this show. Probably just the usual 2000 stuff going on?

  10. Jtran Says:

    And I was kidding about Sample, good placement, especially in Japan (I’m sure lots of locals loved it). I would just normally skip this if I was listening on my own.

  11. BrandonKayda Says:


    I saw the post you just made and the post you made on the last page re: Japan 00′. Am I missing anything?

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    Trey was on shrooms during 6.14 Fukouka?

    This Piper gets DEEP. Just a warning…

  13. sanchothehutt Says:

    Thanks BK, knew you’d come through!

    I was just asking everyone if they’d heard the Broken Bells album. If you like the Shins, this is James Mercer and Danger Mouse. I think it’s been out for a while but in my Phish gorge, I’ve missed out on new music…my GF introduced me a few hours ago and I’m hooked!!!!

  14. Jtran Says:

    My dog’s name is Piper. Phish brownie points?

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    Oh I haven’t heard that @sancho, I’ll check it out sometime. Then again, I’ve never listened to The Shins, either

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    4mins into this Piper and it is already melting my brain.

  17. Jtran Says:

    BK, word on the street (rumor or fact, I have no clue) is that they all were. Able to buy out of vending machines or something. That part sounds fake but who knows.

    Listen to Trey’s speech at the end of 6/14 Split

  18. sanchothehutt Says:

    By the way, BK, your enthusiasm makes me smile huge every day. reminds me of me in 98, taking over the world 1 show at a time. I know you’re relatively new, but damn its good to have your perspective here.

  19. Jtran Says:

    I might bow out after this song too, gotta get some sleep (and we kinda know what to expect in Lawn Boy and Guyute).

  20. sanchothehutt Says:

    Ooh, let me just say, don’t let the hipster hype EVER get in the way of enjoying a band. Not that you ever would. But the hype surrounding the Shins after Garden State was ridiculous. They are great, though, and Mercer writes some amazing lyrics. Especially if you enjoy melancholy, which is my personality.

  21. BrandonKayda Says:


    Thank you – I’m just really happy I found this place where everybody is so welcoming, etc. I’m glad I’m doing something positive for this place, whatever y’all think that is. 🙂

    This Piper is unrelenting…

  22. Jtran Says:

    Unrelenting for sure…Does NOT sound like 3.0, that’s for sure

  23. sanchothehutt Says:

    ^and as an English Lit major, I am embarrased by my grammar, but blame Al Gore for creating the interwebs 😉

  24. butter Says:

    BK saw it again

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    No doubt @Jtran. This is just pure sonic assault on every level.

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