Phish 2010-08-06 Greek Theatre – U.C. Berkeley – Berkeley, CA Summer 2010 Leg 2

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On Friday August 6, 2010, Phish played the second show of a sold out three-night stand at the Greek Theatre. The Greek Berkeley is a Greek Revival style, open-air amphitheater built in 1903 with a cozy capacity of about 8,500 and stunning views of the San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. This run, which began Leg 2 of the summer tour, was the band’s first visit to this venue since they closed their epic summer 1993 tour there. J.J. Cale opened the show in 1993 (joined by Trey and Mike for a sit-in) but in 2010 it was just three smoking nights of Phish. After a solid opening night on Thursday, during which Trey debuted his latest custom guitar with a special chant for luthier Paul Languedoc, the band really opened up for the Friday night show.

It was a cool night in the Berkeley foothills but the crowd was heated up and the band responded in kind, opening with “Chalk Dust Torture” – perhaps a shout-out to Jezmund aka lyricist Tom Marshall in the house. Next came the complexities of “Guyute” followed by a relaxed and grooving “Ocelot”, a song about the wildcat that adorns the headstock inlay on Trey’s new guitar, and “It’s Ice”. The music never stopped for the rest of set one as Phish tore through a topical combination of “Cities”, with its invocation of the ancient Greeks and an explosively funky Jam that formed the set’s apex, into “The Moma Dance”. Still floating on a sea of energy from the so- called “Berkeley Jam”, set one ended on a high note with “Bathtub Gin” > “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan”.

Set two started with the Velvet Underground’s “Rock And Roll”, which briefly visited a mystical place (known in the world as “Berkeley Jam 2”) before dropping into “Ghost”. This short but hot “Ghost” lit up with a groove that was still building when it bumped into the opening riffs of “Mike’s Song”. The selection recognized the especially resounding quality of Mike’s bass at the Greek and this dark and heavy “Mike’s Song” led to the pinnacle moment of the set if not the run. “Simple” that came next built patiently with exquisite restraint, moving Outward through a series of tribal peaks on a timeless journey. Spacey digital delay provided a landing into “Backwards Down The Number Line” which in turn introduced California to the universal themes of the “Show Of Life”. “Seven Below” > “Weekapaug Groove” wrapped up Mike’s Groove. “You Enjoy Myself” closed the body of set two, recalling the last song at Shoreline a decade earlier.  The Encore, “Good Times, Bad Times” drew the middle show of this classic three-night stand to a close.

Published 01 February 2011 03:34 PM by brad

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