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!

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Jam of the Day:

Run Like An Antelope” 8.28 II

The last time Phish visited The Greek…

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ph1993-08-28d2t03.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY: Greek History

8.28.1993 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA < Megaupload

8.28.1993

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. BrandonKayda Says:

    @butter

    Yeah man I am really happy I caught the shows I did – the whole second set 6/27 from Meatstick on I was basically either jaw-on-ground because of the deepness (Saw It Again, Saw It Again-prise), or dancing (Meatstick, Piper->Ghost->JJF, Contact funk, YEM). That second set was dark stuff for sure. I remember having a very intense feeling of “is this really happening?” during the Piper jam. Kuroda was melting my face all night as I was right next to the SBDs/tapers.

    The first night had some really unique elements to it on the lawn that I didn’t get the second night, like the huge glowstick wars and just a large amount of energy (although not too many people were dancing around me in the front). The 46 Days/Stash/Tube/KDF/Suzy in the first set were my big highlights, and the Tweezer/Rock and Roll/Wolfman’s equally melted my face in set II.

    My initial reaction to both nights was something like “iyjegyjhgdvhgdeg” – so I’d imagine going through the MPP posts you’d get a much more accurate review of just how excited I was. What a fantastic weekend, cannot wait to do it again.

    ::runs away from home, meets Lauren Pepe, goes on tour::

  2. kayatosh Says:

    “I’m not a Meatstick fan, but I loved the jam in this new one.”

    ^^^yep. once you let down your meatstick guard, you say “shit, this is hot.”

  3. jdub Says:

    That thought has crossed my mind many times since @Luther.

    As I grow older and more timid of the total anarchy I craved as youngin’ I can’t help but wonder if Trey is experiencing the same backlash.

    @Kaya, Mango isn’t a fave, but I do enjoy it although avoid it due to the overt catchiness of the nonsensible lyrics. Have noted your version to check out on Phishows for further dream like states of singing to myself all day long.

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    “Japenes lyrics are totally fun and get me thinking of late ’99/00 era Phish.”

    You are gonna love the Chinese version!

    时间肉棒,
    埋葬肉棒,
    取出的肉停留时间
    哇,我的脑震荡
    哇,我的脑震荡

  5. KWL Says:

    yo telluriders,

    we’ve been getting some really intense afternoon storms rolling through the mountains just about every day. high winds, heavy rain, lightning everywhere, temperatures drop 20-30 degrees or more.

    went from 85 to 55 today in about 15 minutes. thought i was gonna get struck by lightning.

    be prepared!

  6. kayatosh Says:

    jesus, kwl. that’s extreme. you gotta want telluride.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    @Miner

    I’m going to go over the SPAC/Atlanta Gin’s now. I just felt like MPP Gin did not let up and Trey was on full-attack hose mode throughout that whole jam. It was stellar to my ears.

    Different strokes, etc etc.

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^just f’n with you. Whichever was best for you was.

  9. Jtran Says:

    @BK

    I did a direct Atl/MPP Gin comparison a week or two ago, and decided upon Atl (even though I was at MPP). Atl was my go to Gin for the tour, but I’m checking up on nTelos now to make sure.

  10. jdub Says:

    Nice AJ, just got back into Thai Chi again and love looking at the Chinese symbols. Talk about efficiency.

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    Don’t sweat it @Miner – I need to give those versions a chance anyways llfa

    I forgot how good Atlanta 7/3 set I was – Dayum.

    First sets have been consistently hot in 2010 while it has been the second sets that have been a little off in flow sometimes. That’s interesting to me.

  12. butter Says:

    ATL Gin is much more rock star shreddy Trey, as he keeps coming back for the peak

    Ntelos Gin is full band throw you for a loop psychedelic Phish ( little baby brother of Gorge Gin)

    need to revisit MPP Gin to have an opinion

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    whatevs guys, none of those gins can even look at the gorge gin

  14. KWL Says:

    i’m not actually in telluride, i’m a valley over

    usually the storms pass pretty quickly

    they roll in w/out warning & are gone just as fast

    beautiful sunny evening here from about 430 on, nice & cool but not cold by any stretch–perfect for a show

    just don’t get caught in one, or get soaked in tshirt, shorts, & sandals–rest of your night won’t be that great

  15. Jtran Says:

    @butter

    I found MPP and Atl Gins very similar Trey shredfests..just thought he shredded harder in Atl.

  16. jdub Says:

    Meatstick is Phish porn. Burying the meatstick shocks my brain every time.

  17. butter Says:

    when i search “Telluride” in my email inbox — 44 emails show up

    this has to be a personal record for pre show planning for one venue

  18. Jtran Says:

    Ok so this Portsmouth peak is nice…

  19. kayatosh Says:

    4-15-78 playin in the band– $$$. jerry goes off in the liquid tone; keith and the drummers get inspired. a must hear.

    11-22-97 BEK just rolled in. proto moma. so f’i nice. bring back BEK.

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    @fool

    I agree with that – Gorge Gin was bomb. Love the morphing jam segments. Much like Gorge RnR in the sense that it ditches it’s normal jam for something deeper.

    Although pretty much every Gin in 2010 has been MUCH better than every Gin in 2009 (excluding Gorge). That’s my opinion anyhow – Gin didn’t really do it for me last year, whereas this year Trey is hitting the peaks clearer and harder. IMO.

    Atl Gin is getting pretty interesting – more patient build

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    I was joking with a buddy that I am one day closer to the greek than everyone cus it is Wed where I am. lucky me! Too bad I am about to do some reverse time travel back into the past. Oh well.

  22. butter Says:

    Dancing Fool – you just love your steel cage matches, no?

    i saw Hulk Hogan vs. Big Boss Man steel cage match at the Rosemont Horizon as a Lad, Hogan body slammed all 450 lbs of that man

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yeah agree BK… gorge gin is my fav 3.0 jam btw

  24. Jtran Says:

    Alright, now I get it.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @butter, gorge gin in a death match vs. every other gin of 3.0 combined
    gorge gin wins

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