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. fat bastard Says:

    if any of you have a link to the “mercy mercy” please let me in.

  2. zzyzx Says:

    …and whatever happened to Bing Bingerson and the amazing late Limestone announcement anyway?

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @LW, i think i still stand by my first song is the best comment, though this is definitely an album and meant to be heard in full, no filler as far as i can tell. but if you didn’t really, really like their first album i can see why this one is meh to you, though their first album didn’t really grab me the first couple times i heard it either, i’d recommend giving it another try when you have the time

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    and my 8.9 prediction is just based on what i think pitchfork will rate it, based on how i’ve seen them rate others

  5. fat bastard Says:

    i like the first arcade fire a lot…the only annoying thing i’ve found is how its always first in my i tunes library…if i had a band id name it AAA

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    hahaha @FB. but then does that mean you’re not an allman brothers band fan?

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    listening to the new arcade fire for like the fourth time. seriously gets better each time

  8. fat bastard Says:

    interesting…i guess have ’em on disc only

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    (though it’s not really a summer album)

  10. AintNoTele Says:

    Benevento Trio telluride aftershow tickets are back up from if anyone wanted them. I posted this last night but wanted to make sure whoever it was here that missed out catches it

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    fillmore east mountain jam = one of the greatest jams evar

  12. AintNoTele Says:

    Boats and ho’s mother f-ers

  13. phoammhead Says:

    @c0w and all those going to T-Ride – wow – so awesome – yes, that venue and scene will be sublime, for sure!!! I wish you all an incredible, amazing adventure and hot, smokin’ showz, taboot!!! 🙂

  14. voopa Says:

    Cannonball and Coltrane is a must hear. Kind of hard to find, but worth it. Maybe I’ll rip and up it tonight…

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    Prestige Worldwide AintNoTele?

  16. negev79 Says:

    @fb…no ABBA?

    Morning all!

    I want to get on the road…destiny unbound….

  17. fat bastard Says:

    cool voops

  18. lastwaltzer Says:


    I was saying I really liked the first two. I was listening to Public Enemy before I put it on which probably didn’t set it up very well.

    We shall see.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    for the dj inclined…

    I have begun the process of getting all of the DJ Kicks series uploaded to my mediafire page

    there are seventeen of the thirty-three albums in there now, with more to come. each one is a separate .zip file. enjoy, if that’s your thing.

  20. AintNoTele Says:

    Hell yeah guyute: “When im out at sea I go port to port, every time I cum I produce a quart”= best rap ever

    Good luck on the job by the way, I just scored a great one that will let me not only get drug tested before telluride, but will let me start the week after…life is good. I did 7 shows with no bane this tour so i guess this is my present

  21. hoedown Says:

    My 1st real feelings of Jealousy have hit me re: those attending The Greek. I SO should be there. Congrats and wishing everyone a wonderful time.
    Good Day BB…

  22. c0wfunk Says:

    @voopa was able to track down the coltrane + cannonball (what?) thanks for the tip 🙂

  23. Guyute711 Says:

    Thanks AintNoTele, a tad bit worried about a dt, I may have a month after the DC shows so I’m hoping that aspect will work out if I get the job.

  24. Pitts Says:

    I’m ready for my Saturday night Rock ‘N Roll > Berkeley Jam!

  25. Litteringandd Says:

    Thinking about buying some glow in the dark Jason Masks for the Friday the 13th show at Creek. Those could be at little more interesting than glowsticks.

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