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. voopa Says:

    nice c0w! Enjoy.

  2. Litteringandd Says:

    Not that I would throw plastic masks at people, just to spook the wooks

  3. Pu Tzu Says:

    Hey all,
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    This limit is very strict and this event should sell out very quickly, so please don’t hesitate…you don’t want to miss this event.

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  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    @littering

    is that sign from Africa?

  5. halcyon Says:

    littering….

    how was the trip to Africa

    where did you visit?

  6. Bapslap Says:

    Are there any rumors of Fall Tour yet? Just wondering since I can’t make any of the August shows…I need something to look forward to.

  7. zzyzx Says:

    rumors? yes. Good ones? No.

  8. BTB Says:

    My first show was a Friday the 13th show

    Just watched Step Brothers for the 1st time yesterday –

    “Why are you sweating?”

    “I was watching Cops”

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    Step Brothers is hilarious, did you see The Toy yet BTB?

  10. Bapslap Says:

    I guess I could go over to the green board to find the not so good rumors, but I’ll just stick here and be patient…

  11. BTB Says:

    Haven’t seen the toy yet

  12. Litteringandd Says:

    Yes that is a sign from Africa. The trip was a game changer. I spent a week in Gulu, Uganda and another week in South Africa (Eshowe,Cape Town). Also spent a weekend in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. To see the end product of what my company has done and will continue to do for the schools in these areas is overwhelming. Uganda has along road ahead to even get to the level that many of the schools in South Africa have already achieved. Paved roads and free refills are definitely a western luxury.

  13. fat bastard Says:

    just confirmed friday and monday as “off days” for work making my DC>AV a reality! whos got my pavs?!?

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’d rather be tried by twelve
    than carried by six

  15. Brimley Says:

    I’m contemplating buying Trey’s Plasma and was wondering if it is worth it…What’s the hottest track..?

  16. BTB Says:

    Miner – are you Maurice Clarett??????

    http://mauriceclarett.wordpress.com/

    HAAAAAAA

  17. fat bastard Says:

    ha! ulysses gettin work

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    Miner is blogging from the pokey?

  19. willowed Says:

    Wow BTB
    That just confused the hell out of me. I lost track of where I was for a second

  20. BTB Says:

    Maurice’s Phish Thoughts!

  21. halcyon Says:

    Good to hear littering. We met a family from Zambia recently, and their kids were most interested in what fast food from America was like. Fast food?!?

    Just got a book from SA recently as a gift. ‘Cooked in Africa’ it is a combination travel book and cookbook. Great read. Looking forward to cooking up some of the recipes in there.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Miner seems really depressed today, ha ha

  23. c0wfunk Says:

    plasma’s pretty good – night speaks probably my favorite track on there.

    Reading “Cry, the Beloved Country” a South African novel right now, interesting tidbits @litter

  24. halcyon Says:

    LLFA BTB!

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    miner doesn’t get as many comments on his other blog

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