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. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @ Mr C
    Yeah, ramblin’ beat me to Speak No Evil. A classic. Also, Adam’s Apple is good.

    For Art Pepper I’ve always loved Meets the Rhythm Section. It’s with Miles’ rhythm section, and You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To is permanently in my brain. There’s a story that he was on a weeks long junk bender, hadn’t played his horn, and a friend came for him to go to the date. Found his horn in the closet, put on a clean shirt and went for it. Awesome date.

    Also Intensity, with a bunch of nobodies. And the live stuff from the Village Vanguard in ’77 is a trip, much more free and abstract, but not too much.

    Tony Williams is one of the greats. The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! is pretty wild, McLaughlin on Guitar and Larry Young on organ. Groove based jazz. Some of it, like the vocals, are terribly dated, but there is some sick shit on there.

    Most of Williams’ best stuff is probably as a sideman. Obviously on the Miles stuff, but also, for instance, on the stone cold classic, Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure.

  2. Jtran Says:

    Alright BK, sorry for the long response. Got lost in the Walk Away jam.

    Got 11 minutes left in this 2001, then I’m in..12:47 start time? Gotta give the gf time of night here.

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    I dig the 60s stuff but the swing / bebop is where its at for me, I like this era here a lot … all these guys really knew what was what and just before they get too out there.

    So earlier, I spoke of taking a site live and waiting on content. All week I’ve been like “we can’t take this live we have to tweak” they say “take it live”

    just got an email and they’re all “oh please don’t take it live ok?”

    luckily my project manager already sent back a “f that you idiots” so I don’t have to.

    *sigh*

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Sounds good @Jtran

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    thanks @Ramblin

    Speak No Evil is the only Shorter album from the era I do have, I should have said – but other peeps should hear it too

    On the Herbie side I have, uh…Empyrean Isles and Maiden Voyage

  6. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    word @Tzara, Point of Departure is awesome. I have no knowledge whatsoever of Art Pepper, so I appreciate the recommendations! Sounds like you know your jazz pretty well.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    @dog : i’m a little late but recently read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests for the 1st time recently. That book got me high as hell. Also just found out some crazy bastard is tryin to make a movie out of it!

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    “@C- curious what you’ve read lately?”

    Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, just finished it

    started but put down a few SF books by writers I usually love, Iain Banks and KS Robinson

    reread some favorite graphic novels/comics

    before that it was Inherent Vice by Pynchon which wasn’t work, it was great

    re-read Illuminatus! which was pretty fun

    wife is trying to get me to read the Dark Tower and I can’t do it, need Cliff’s Notes

    for nonfiction:
    Critical Path by Bucky Fuller – half genius, half goofy bullshit

    re-read A Different Universe by Robert Laughlin – “re-reading” isn’t really right, I’m studying it, it’s complicated

    3 Roads to Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin – about reconciling relativity with quantum theory, which is the Big Question in physics now

    Quintessence by Lawrence Krauss – a survey of dark matter candidates

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    haha post got w a x e d

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    “@C- curious what you’ve read lately?”

    Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, just finished it

    started but put down a few SF books by writers I usually love, Iain B a n k s and KS Robinson

    reread some favorite graphic novels/comics

    before that it was Inherent Vice by Pynchon which wasn’t work, it was great

    re-read Illuminatus! which was pretty fun

    wife is trying to get me to read the Dark Tower and I can’t do it, need Cliff’s Notes

    for nonfiction:
    Critical Path by Bucky Fuller – half genius, half goofy bullshit

    re-read A Different Universe by Robert Laughlin – “re-reading” isn’t really right, I’m studying it, it’s complicated

    3 Roads to Quantum Gravity by Lee Smolin – about reconciling relativity with quantum theory, which is the Big Question in physics now

    Quintessence by Lawrence Krauss – a survey of dark matter candidates

  10. c0wfunk Says:

    mm lectric kool aid shiny fbi shoes gretchen fetchen boring holes in people’s heads with your eyes all time classic there

  11. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    @ramblin

    Yeah, jazz, along with Bob Dylan, was my first foray into music nerdery. It was quite the obsession for a while.

    Then I got a Deadbase.

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    The blackboard is starting to give off serious energy. i like seeing this. leg 2 vibrations.

    ntelos gin by a nose over mpp gin. both were blasted on the way to work this morning.

  13. Jtran Says:

    Alright BK I’m at the feedback drop in, 20 seconds into my version.

    Will start up in the next minute, let’s do this.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    “word @Tzara, Point of Departure is awesome.”

    sounds great

    re: Tony Williams

    I have always assumed it’s half cheesy, fusiony stuff always is

    that’s why I’m looking for recs 😮

    thanks!

  15. Jtran Says:

    and go.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    might i also request that anyone even slightly baned try the raleigh moma again? just gave that another listen, it’s got a pair.

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Just hit :30 on Disease @Jtran

  18. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @C – putting some other Shorter up there too. Schizophrenia just uploaded.

    Have you ever heard Herbie’s “Fat Albert Rotunda”? I think it was partly made for or inspired by Cosby’s Fat Albert series, but I don’t know the exact connection. Anyway, it’s funky, but different from the HeadHunters style.

    I don’t have too much Herbie Hancock solo material. Maiden Voyage and Empyrean Isles, like you, plus Fat Albert Rotunda (1969), Crossings (1971), Mwandishi (1970), Thrust (1974)….so not so much the earlier stuff you were looking for.

  19. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    And, finally got to the Death Don’t breakout. Awesome stuff. Can’t imagine being there for that. I love those great ’69 versions.

  20. Jtran Says:

    Trey’s Disease solo riff just started 20 seconds ago for me.

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    Inherent Vice is a great book. Characters are legendary in there. 1st Pynchon book I didn’t quit on, although I think it was more an exercise in him showing he could write a fairly easy to read book than me getting any smarter.

  22. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Crossings and Mwandishi are seriously psychedelic. Late night headphone music. Ramblin, is Fat Albert on that same collection of Hancock Warner Bros. albums?

  23. BrandonKayda Says:

    Just hit 5:00 on my copy (running it through Phishows)

  24. dognamedwilson Says:

    @bingos
    Tom Robbins is decidedly weird, to be sure, but that’s part of the appeal for me. He can articulate that druggy weirdness in his own way. Kerouac used to do it for me, but Robbins is the best living author in that way, I think.

    What didn’t you like about Villa Incognito? Tanuki is real, after all, so I don’t see the disconnect there.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    “….so not so much the earlier stuff you were looking for.”

    don’t care. hit me, please! sounds great.

    @Bingos, it’s the first linear book he’s written since Crying of Lot 49. You’re probably just getting tangled up in the timelines.

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