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:

    Listening to the Caspian from 7/3. I wonder if it is as interesting as I remember…

  2. voidboy Says:

    @BK
    Yeah, I was finishing up work… and picking up on some of tunes from last nights “Miner” review.

  3. BrandonKayda Says:

    Nice.

    Caspian post-jam digital delay is awesome

  4. voidboy Says:

    moving into Tweezr 6-18

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    Listening to 7/3 Tweezer now

  6. voidboy Says:

    cool.

    I wanted to move through Tweezer>Theme>Light?… I think it’s Light. Theme should be nice though.

  7. BrandonKayda Says:

    Halley’s->Light->Billy Breathes, Tweezer->Theme->Hood

    …was the combination I’m thinking

  8. voidboy Says:

    @BK

    …Tweezer->Theme->Hood

    Right you are. Miner’s “Picks” plucked the back end of that set. I knew “Light” was in there somewhere.

    Tell me you had to at least look that up?

  9. ELLJEFE Says:

    Thanks for the Threadgill heads up those sound VERY interesting…

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    No I didn’t have to look that up, sadly…that’s all of the set that I remember.

  11. voidboy Says:

    @BK,

    A little “photographic” are we? I used to be that way with numbers and other fun facts… but I think I’ve overloaded the “data banks” a little bit these days. I’ve learned to let some things go…

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    Anybody out there?

  13. voidboy Says:

    hey, they blocked my comment?

  14. voidboy Says:

    my comment “is awaiting moderation”… for some reason. I asked if you had a photographic memory?

  15. BrandonKayda Says:

    No, I do not. I don’t think I do anyways. I don’t know how I remembered that actually

    So what are jamming on now?

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    And re: blocking comments

    That happens to me from time to time too – sometimes it’s certain words or phrases or something. Like I was trying to write something about Mul(holland) Drive the other day, and they didn’t like that word. It’s kinda weird/random but not too much of a problem.

    It’d be fantastic if this headache could go away…do you know if headaches have anything to do with insomnia? Sorry, I can google that myself 🙂

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hahaha

    I tried to post a comment about something that made my poat get moderated before in response to your story, and it was blocked, llfa

  18. voidboy Says:

    Hood… I really dig this song now. I used to not be so fond of Hood when I first got into Phish (I was all 1997 or bust) and all I wanted to hear was Reba, Tweezer and Ghost… thank God I moved passed that faze… now I’ve added Hood… (ha)… well, and Gin. Okay, I’ve added a lot of songs…

  19. voidboy Says:

    I’ve posted too fast in the past (especially during “couch tour”) and I’ll get a prompt… “your posting too quickly” or “you’re having too much fun… this might be dangerous…” or something like that…

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    I’ve never really gone through certain song phases although there was one point in time when I would play the Mike->H20->Paug from 11-22-97 every morning on the busride to school (so basically only the Mike’s->Hydrogen). I remember when I played the Fukouka Twist on there – it was a very dark morning and for some reason i remember calling a portion of the Twist jam “The Streetlight Jam” – I don’t get it either…

    What were we talking about again? Sorry for the randon tangent, I have a headache and I’ve been staying up much too late for the past 3 weeks atleast. llfa

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Have you ever heard the 12-9-97 Simple (30mins long) – that thing is a monster

  22. voidboy Says:

    Yeah, I’ve been up too late (lately) as well. I keep trying to catch up at work but i’m frying my brain. I do like the “streetlight jam” though.

    Maybe tomorrow we can get an earlier start. I’ve got to shut down for the night… but thanks for the good chats…

  23. voidboy Says:

    “Have you ever heard the 12-9-97 Simple (30mins long) – that thing is a monster”

    I’ll have to check this out…

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    Alright then.

    Goodnight @Void! It’s been nice talking to you these past few nights

  25. BrandonKayda Says:

    It segues into Timber Ho! too. Gorgeous

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