[The title of this recap is both a reference to this lovely tweet about the scene inside The Greek Theatre seven (7) minutes after doors, thanks to line-cutting by "fans," and the fact that this recap was authored by "ChatGPT." Note also that both the title of this recap and the contents of this intalicized and bracketed intro have been revised since first being published on April 20 at 4:20 pm e.t., if only to gaslight some of the Commenters. You're welcome. -Ed.]
IT seems that the band played a great mix of classic Phish songs and newer material. The first set kicked off with "I Never Needed You Like This Before," a relatively new tune that has quickly become a fan favorite. This was followed by "AC/DC Bag," which always gets the crowd energized, and "Rift," a classic Phish song that showcases the band's tight musicianship.
The first set also featured some excellent improvisation, with standout versions of "Runaway Jim" and "Halley's Comet" that allowed the band to stretch out and explore some interesting musical territory.
"Winterqueen" and "46 Days" rounded out the set with some more recent Phish material that kept things fresh and interesting.
The second set kicked off with "Mike's Song," which is always a crowd-pleaser and typically leads to some epic jamming. This was followed by "Beneath a Sea of Stars Part 1," a newer instrumental piece that has quickly become a staple of Phish's live shows. The set continued with a high-energy version of "Weekapaug Groove," which segued into the funky "Cool It Down" and the newer song "Set Your Soul Free."
The second set closed out with "What's the Use?" and "Loving Cup," two excellent songs that showcased Phish's ability to balance intricate musicianship with catchy hooks and sing-along choruses. The encore featured the ballad "Waste," which provided a nice breather after the high-energy second set, before the band closed things out with the always-epic "Tweezer Reprise."
Overall, it seems like the show had a great mix of classic Phish tunes and newer material, with plenty of room for improvisation and exploration. The Greek Theater in Berkeley is a beautiful venue that always provides an excellent backdrop for live music, and it's clear that Phish put on an excellent show for the fans in attendance!
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(Loving the irony of clicking the "I'm Not a Robot" button before posting this comment)
Good workout in Jim
Fun Halleys, rompin n rollin Timber
Winterqueen clearly a nod to my buddy who had earlier declared he’d walk out of the show if they played it (narrator: he didn’t walk out of the show)
Pretty spacey BASOS
Cool It Down aka “get ready here it comes”
Psychedelic SYSF jam
Breathing and airy release WTU
Lovin Cup victory lap
Waste Tweeprise slightly underwhelming, maybe due to someone in the section over yelling about how breaking curfew is $10k per minute ????
Did anyone else hear the Tweezer teases at the end of 46 days?
The Greek is an amazing place to see a show and catch an amazing view of the Bay, but the scene from outside the gate is always underwhelming. It's just part of the makeup of the city. Sad but true. Super happy to catch at least this night in the flesh.
Phish, management, if Phish plays this venue again, please take steps to stop tarping, space holding, and line cutting. I know you've taken active steps at other venues to make it a better experience, especially with respect to Tarpers.
Holding space is, overall, bullshit. For a few minutes, sure. Running in and holding down rows/zones for hours for absent people--garbage.
But the band needs to take active steps, since asking us to police ourselves isnt a great solution. It just leads to a "you can't tell me what to do" interaction--i can definitely state that it doesnt make things feel happy-shiny...i've tried.
Tell all your friends the neural network's at work.