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. KWL Says:

    so you have found your night 1 extra jdub?

  2. Jtran Says:

    @KWL

    Got the LivePhish, no worries. Love that show. It’s really what made me seek out more Phish2k. Unfortunately that show is really a beast of its own.

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    that show sounds like trey either has a cold or lost his voice which probably accounts for the huge jams (2000-06-14)

  4. KWL Says:

    big thanks to @ramblin–awesome shit on the mediafire!

    pullin some adderley right now

  5. KWL Says:

    @fool

    fungus

  6. Jtran Says:

    @dF

    Or ate some mushrooms (as rumor has it).

  7. Jtran Says:

    llfa

  8. Jtran Says:

    Best Twists?

    1. Island Tour
    2. Fukuoka
    3. ?

    SPAC 04?

    Obviously everybody’s own opinion here

  9. sanchothehutt Says:

    just wants someone to comment on the Mercer post….favorable or non…really want to know the BB’s thoughts, though you won’t change mine 🙂

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    trey, more mushrooms please

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    after both the mpp and atl gins I felt like I had been swimming. Interesting that both preceded a huge energy anteope set closer too…

    Atl I think had a better funk groove danceability factor but mpp peaked out a bit more. Though the atl keeps coming back atcha for more and one more time around. Definitely a preference/mood thing between the two.

    re: sand>forced/silent -> I noticed on last listen that page hits the sand chords a just a bit before trey starts his horse noodle. Maybe he was done too? Fish and Mike certainly weren’t. I haven’t seen video of that It’d be interesting to see the looks they all exchange at that moment..

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @ Jtran- One if the 1st Twist’s in the US- 7/29/97

    I think Camden ’03 had a monster as well.

  13. Jtran Says:

    Halley’s 9/18/00 – $$$

    Read Trey just walked off stage though…interesting to see how this ends.

  14. Jtran Says:

    Thanks P, I’ll have to check those out.

  15. c0wfunk Says:

    11/23/97 has a real nice first set early incarnation of twist

  16. Jtran Says:

    Well you can definitely hear when Trey just stops playing, but it actually seems like an alright, organic ending. I stick to my $$$

  17. jdub Says:

    @KWL, Mr.P offered a nosebleed so I took it. Put it out there on the BB and you shall receive has been my experience.

    6/14/00 is like no other indeed. Forget best of or top ten or whatever that show is completely unique, blame it on the fungus.

    @BK, I read the book in high school(or skimmed it as usual during that period) it had no meaning to me. It has struck me as completely symbolic of many things in my life right now. I love his prose even in english translation but can understand why it would drag for many. One of those at the right time reads. Of all the so called existentialists, Camus seems to be one who supersedes the stereotype and furthermore I see his flaws in his characters but can truly relate to why he felt the way he did at the time. Living in a Nazi invaded/controlled Paris at the time can fuck with ones perception of the meaning of life and the book is a history lesson disguised in fiction/truth.

  18. Jtran Says:

    If we’re putting it out there on the BB..

    I need 2 JB2s, and SillyWilly needs one. So 1 and 1 and 1, or 2 and 1, or 3.

    Thanks!

  19. Phamily Berzerker 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”

    Classic shit right there, Butter.

    My wife is after me for putting more into Telluride than my last anniversary(11) and she knows I am super excited about prime numbers.

    And I still have a burnt match scribble on a soaking wet cocktail napkin of a plan when it comes to actually lodging in Telluride or up the hill a ways.

  20. jdub Says:

    Attach an email Jtran, and try a few times during rush hour.

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    camus is not an existentialist….

  22. Jtran Says:

    @jdub

    I’ve stated it a couple times during the day…don’t want to c$$$ up the BB though, but I might try again soon.

  23. KWL Says:

    hmm, in that case… any jb1 extras out there? 😮

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    @Jtran

    Yeah I’ll definitely give it another try after I finish Skinny Legs and All. I guess I was expecting it to grab me right from the start like The Stranger did and I just couldn’t get into it – probably my own fault.

    You ever read Skinny Legs and All?

  25. butter Says:

    @KWL – thanks for the weather report

    i’ve been catching wind of the storms

    every time i’ve come to CO the last 10 years it’s stormed, i love it tho

    life in the mtns i guess

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