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. lastwaltzer Says:

    @dude

    I could see that, especially considering mike did that tour with him in the rhythm devils. I got to catch them do The Other One>The Wedge>Fire on the mountain

    Maybe do wolfmans like in 99

  2. Robear Says:

    cow, my buddy was sitting near WH for the second set. when it came time for the encore, my friend, allen, was like ‘You should be up there’

    Warren: “You’re right!”
    bolts toward the stage

  3. poop goblin Says:

    I tend to like to keep my Phish and Dead separate. But can’t say I’d argue with getting to see Kimock and Trey play together again.

    Seeing those two guitarists trade licks at the Phil and Friends shows are some of the tastiest guitar work I’ve ever seen

  4. El Duderino Says:

    You guys act like Warren is ego driven won’t get off the stage kinda dude…

    So not him.

    Hell I remember when Booby played with Phish he literally wouldn’t get off the stage and Phish rips into CDT. Booby could barely hang on. He was white knuckling it the whole way

  5. phoammhead Says:

    That Antelope from 8-28-93 is resicculous! 😀

    Great post Miner – getting very excited the the 3 run Greek, for sure!

    I personally would rather the boyz elevate with some of their best tunes and jam them out than play a GD cover – but, i’ll take what we get and be happy, i assure you!

  6. Mitch Says:

    i stood near warren at the back of the floor for msg and he was just standing there like a statue watching.

  7. Mitch Says:

    **STILL NEED A SPAC MERIT BADGE**

    Email me – i have camden, portsmouth and camden for trade.

    gorgemango at facemelt dot net

  8. Mitch Says:

    plus cash or will work a deal for the spac pollock posters

  9. Robear Says:

    poo g, was watching a video from 4/15/99.

    nice frizzle do for kimock. forgot about that look. (cowfunk?) does stevie always sit down to play guitar?

  10. Robear Says:

    mitch, we know you were @ SPAC. no need to prove it with a badge 🙂

  11. fat bastard Says:

    i know what you’re saying PG but i promise you your hair would stand end on those opening licks.

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    @poop,

    hold up, you were at those shows?

  13. Guyute711 Says:

    @ El Dude,
    Have you listened to that Charlotte Mule show? I’d like to hear what you thought of it.

  14. poop goblin Says:

    yep. me and my bro who had Hodkins at the time during a break from his chemo

    got through on the phone first ring

    epic, epic run

    probably me fav run of all time

  15. El Duderino Says:

    Nope.

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Taken out of contet…

    “poop, hold up”

    LLFA @ myself for sophomoric humor.

    Mitch, never got a response. What’s your plan A?

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    **STILL NEED A SPAC MERIT BADGE new hobby**

    /fixed

    😉
    kidding, mitch, kidding…
    😆

  18. El Duderino Says:

    merit badge…

    LOL

  19. lastwaltzer Says:

    @poop,

    I BET. LOVE THOSE SETS, especially set one night 3. I’ve got to say, out of all those shows you’ve told me you’ve attended I am most envious of those. Can’t even imagine the electricity in the air.

  20. Robear Says:

    llfa @ TIII.

    mitch = pwned

  21. El Duderino Says:

    “Biggest Deal” shows in a long time I’d say

  22. BTB Says:

    Mitch, I’ll trade you my Telluride Merit Badge, the “Wook”

    http://forums.phishhook.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=806923

    This is a must see for anyone who hasn’t seen the fake T-ride badge

  23. Robear Says:

    ^nice btb. another one of my ideas, out the window, up in smoke.

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    I might actually consider buying that badge, ha ha

  25. poop goblin Says:

    When Phil and his kids came out and sang Hello Old Friend there literally wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

    Everyone was discussing what kind of sets they’d play and if they would dip into some material the Dead had avoided for so long. Right after the last note of Old Friend was played, the curtain went up and they fucking dropped into that huge heavy note that starts Viola the place went absolutely nuts.

    Talk about open jamming right from jump. Damn. Just scorchinig.

    Mostly Dead fans too. Old school dead heads kept asking me who the red headed guitarist was and how good he was.

    So much fun. Probably the last summer before I just got totally jaded about jam music. Pretty much the pinnacle of my love of that type of music

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