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. c0wfunk Says:

    re:black letterhead — therein lies the reason I am employed -> free wp themes will be used again!!

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    maurice clarett

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @Brimley
    Plasma is a very solid album from a peak time in TAB history. the entire second disc is worth it if you like TAB jamming (Night Speaks, Simple Twist Up, Inner Tube, Sand) and the first disc has some solid versions of some of their staples as well (the Magilla is fun for sure). If TAB isn’t your thing, you may not find it worthwhile but I definitely listen to that album fairly regularly.

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    heh woops was getting the ! was trying to figure why 😉

  5. voopa Says:

    @Brimley

    LOVE Plasma. Great to hear live TAB professionally mixed (even if most of it just straight to 2-track). Unfortunately, Push on Til the Day isn’t on it, but it is 2 discs of greatness. Disc 2 is hot all the way through, although “Inner Tube” is kind of bloated (I think it’s a mix of a couple jams).

  6. BTB Says:

    New GD Vinyl Box set

    http://www.jambase.com/Articles/23558/Grateful-Dead-Warner-Bros.-Vinyl-Box

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    hm if miner could get some enterprising graphic designer to drop him a new design I’d happily skin it up for him (mr c? Stupendous?)

    speaking of stupendous where’d that cat get off to? Last I heard he wasn’t happy w/ the jamming hoping he didn’t go out on panic tour or something

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Well, I am certainly relieved to learn this….

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/taliban-cant-train-monkeys-to-shoot-us-soldiers-with-machine-guns-say-scientists/story-e6frfro0-1225897407988

  9. lastwaltzer Says:

    “Murchison Falls National Park”litter

    more about this please. Hippos? Pictures of hippos? Pictures of you riding hippos? Pictures of you riding hippos while chasing gorilla?

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    @cowfunk,

    I believe stupendous is on some kind of road trip, he dropped a message not too far back.

  11. Robear Says:

    PT rumors ought to come with a disclaimer when posted here.

  12. c0wfunk Says:

    (my hampton rumors came from other, non pt sources, who may be sourced by pt)

    ^^my disclaimer

  13. KWL Says:

    sup BB

    stupendous is doing well, he just moved to the front range in colorado. had a beer with him a couple weeks ago

  14. voopa Says:

    Huh. Work is blocking traffic from 1.gravatar.com, claiming it’s a “gaming” site, but the avatars that are on 0.gravatar.com are showing up fine. Weirdness…

  15. c0wfunk Says:

    re:stupendous – good to hear – good guy that one and the one and only bb’er I’ve hung with in real life (aside from a brief waterwheel robear meetup)

  16. KWL Says:

    enjoyed today’s write up miner

    buildin up the hype!

  17. fat bastard Says:

    robear tell me more about the “manistee fest” i have those days off work

  18. Robear Says:

    fat b, should be a great fest. my friend that runs WW is putting on the festival. They own the property, and have lots of experience with the scene. No Rothbury this year, so Hoxeyville’s the place to be! Should have great food, great activities, eco-groovy theme.

    still small, too. those are the best times to hit festivals. before the gapers, junkwads and dimballs find out.

    nice mea culpa cowstar!

  19. fat bastard Says:

    im a junkwad so this year might be the tipping point…are you goin?

  20. El Duderino Says:

    After Miner’s write-up I do have to say for a serious GD/Phish fan I’m getting extremely jealous of you pholk headed to these next five dates. I’m almost sure a Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) is coming your way. Who knows maybe a Row Jimmy or Terrapin? I hope ‘cuz that would really blow things up.

  21. c0wfunk Says:

    was thinking the greek or tride (w/ the 8/9 connection) may get a gd cover. Would love to hear Terrapin again.

  22. Robear Says:

    if i could, i would, fat b.

    would love to head there straight after Jones Beach…..

    family obligations prevent..

  23. KWL Says:

    llfa @ junkwad

  24. Robear Says:

    u like that?

    junky + dickwad = junkwad

  25. fat bastard Says:

    screw it if were dreaming scarlet>fire>STFTFP 2nd set greek

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