Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

"Rock and Roll" - 8.5.11 - The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

Phish was riding high from a standout June tour and phenomenal festival when the hit the road for their second leg of summer. Beginning at the West Coast musical shrine of the Gorge, things started on an incredibly high note. From night one of tour we saw Phish integrate their newest abstract style of “storage jamming” into their live shows. Throwing down a seminal piece of modern-generation Phish on the first night of tour in “Rock and Roll -> Meatstick” things were off and running in a hurry. Pushing forward in their stylistic reinvention, the band incorporated this new-style psychedelia into all of their shows, even if only in small spots. The band was moving forward again, and there was no looking back. Following the night of insanity at the Gorge came the LA “Piper,” Tahoe’s “Light” and “Ghost,” UIC’s “Elements Set” of 8.15 and the next night’s “Down With Disease.” The band was comfortable taking massive musical risks again, and more often than not they were succeeding with flying colors. On a tour that lasted only two weeks, Phish still managed to crank out quite a few highlights. Capped at UIC by the only indoor stand of the summer, Phish’s second leg like it passed in a blink…but the music remains. My favorite pieces from Leg Two are below.


“Roggae” – 8.5 I, Quincy, WA

The laid-back, West Coast psychedelic vibe took hold right away at the Gorge, sinking in deeply with this surreal sunset version of “Roggae.”



“Rock and Roll -> Meatstick -> Boogie On” – 8.5 II

The jam of the year and, perhaps, the defining musical sequence of the modern era. Page’s Theremin was re-introduced in the live setting after the band’s groundbreaking Storage Jam, bringing new sounds into the mix while facilitating a new style of abstract jamming.



“Farmhouse” – 8.5 II

“Oh snap! Did Miner just drop a “Farmhouse” on his picks?!” Indeed, I did. The cosmic energy from the previous 50 minutes spilled over into a beautifully reflective version of Phish’s ballad.



“Wolfman’s -> Maze” – 8.6 I, Quincy, WA

Passing through a “Heartbreaker” tease within the monstrous rhythms of the jam, Phish built from this groove-based outing into “Maze,” a combo that cranked up the intensity of the first set.


8.6.11 (G.Lucas)


Tweezer > Caspian -> Sand -> Tweezer” – 8.6 II

If wide-open Phish grooves are your thing, this sequence is for you. Featuring an underrated “Tweezer” and my favorite “Sand” from the second leg, this is a can’t miss sequence of dance floor Phish. The “Sand -> Tweezer” is below.



“Run Like an Antelope” – 8.6 II

Musically recapping most of the set within the song’s intro, Phish finished the job with a “Golden Age” jam in the “Antelope.” A supercharged version in a season that wasn’t necessarily full of them.


“Tube” – 8.8 I, Hollywood, CA

A powerhouse few minutes from the first set of Hollywood.



“Piper” – 8.8 II

This standout “Piper” capped a fierce (and underrated) set-opening sequence of “Carini > Crosseyed > Twist” at the Hollywood Bowl, and became the improvisational highlight of the show.



“David Bowie” – 8.9 I

This rarely-placed, mid-first set “Bowie” anchored a strong opening set in Tahoe with a dark and intricate excursion.


8.10.11 - Lake Tahoe (John Crouch)


“Light” – 8.9 II, Stateline, NV

An exploratory, bass led epic that—like the Gorge’s “Rock and Roll”—reached musical places never before touched in the band’s career.



“Chalk Dust -> Slave” – 8.9 II

Two ripping renditions of classic songs that were tactfully bridged by an delicate breakdown of “Chalk Dust.”


“Runaway Jim > Ghost” – 8.10 II, Stateline, NV

In my mind, Phish should have rode out the magical plane they found in “Runaway Jim,” but they didn’t. Cutting a potentially stellar jaunt short with “Ghost,” the band took the second piece from rock to storage psychedelia in a version that takes the cake for the best of a weak second leg for the song.



“Wolfman’s Brother” – 8.15 I, Chicago, IL

With a completely original jam all together, this version gets my vote for “Wolfman’s” of the year.



“Reba” – 8.15 I

Riding the cresting momentum of the first set, this “Reba” hit the spot at UIC.


UIC Pavilion (Chad Smith)


“Sand > Light > Dirt” – 8.15 II

The beginning combo of the “Elements Set,” a standout segment that has been overshadowed by the latter par of the frame. Phish took another dive into original, abstract, and intergalactic realms in “Light.”


“Waves -> Undermind > Steam” – 8.15 II

One of the most compelling jam sequences of the second leg, Page broke out his Theremin again for a spiritual soiree at towards the end of “Undermind.”



“Harry Hood” – 8.15 E

The exalting exclamation point on a remarkble night in Chicago, and the best “Hood” of the summer that wasn’t played in Colorado.



“Chalk Dust Torture” – 8.16 I, Chicago, IL

A third-song scorcher from UIC’s second show.



“Limb by Limb” – 8.16 I

Taken into plinkofied planes, this first set “Limb” came as a surprise and delightful highlight of its set.



8.9.10 - Lake Tahoe (John Crouch)


“Down with Disease -> Twist” – 8.16 II

This exploratory “Disease” touches on countless places, though settles in few; a post-hiatus style jam without the opiates. A smooth transition into “Twist” capped a wild ride.


“Bathtub Gin” – 8.17 I, Chicago , IL

A cathartic musical farewell, albeit for only a couple weeks.


“Crosseyed > No Quarter” – 8.17 II

The only sequence really worth including from a fun, but musically anti-climactic final set of tour.

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1,017 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

  1. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    “Cold rockin is like rockin but much hotter, thus cold.”


  2. MiA Says:

    I’m interested scientifically of the coolness vs. brim concavity graph. Seems like a bell curve.

    I’m going for the pork pie hat this year, cold rocking Walter White.

  3. MiA Says:

    Tiger will be tied for 15th before the end of the second round.

    Lee Westwood FTW!

  4. dusty Says:

    what about the permabend flipped up style. Biscuit kids yo…

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    i stopped wearing hats for a long ass time, then my hair went grey. -1 for coolness. trying to be cool at 36 is difficult when one is more obsessed with wet wipes than fashion.

  6. stapes Says:

    @tela’s – you pull off the all black semi-flatbrim just fine. No comment on the wet wipes.

    (I’m bringing a bunch to Fruita for multi-purpose usage)

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    This summer I expect to see much more hat back flaps (in checkered pattern, of course) and bicycle hats (with Italian words, of course). Personally, I am brining back the X hat and the Africa pendant.

  8. tela'smuff Says:

    thx. have fun and be safe. need help drinking the Taint Splasher in a week or so.

    throwin disc up at loomiller today.

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    tt sesh?

  10. willowed Says:

    I will bring back Body Glove tees, Vuarnet tees and jam shorts and Kangaroos with the side pockets yo.

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    Probably won’t be on here this weekend so everyone have a safe and happy Easter. Also thanks Mr Miner, bwak bwak!!!!

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    I need to get back into disc slinging myself.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    11.19.98 something — $$$

    TT — i’m in there waitin on a friend

  14. dusty Says:

    For AC I have my short short OP cord shorts..and neon surf style top. Magnum stash possible.

  15. leo weaver Says:

    Hmmm…willowed may be onto something. If we all wore jams shorts would trey get the message? Not as obvious as signs saying “jams” but they wouldn’t block the view either.

  16. lumpyhead Says:

    funny convo.

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    sesh on

  18. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Jesper Parnevik- Worst hat look ever.

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    @ willowed

    Get your roo on


  20. MiA Says:

    Mrs Mia loves roos. Like a kid has nostalgia for Froot Loops.

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    bringing back the cheap plastic visor

  22. MiA Says:


  23. Multibeast Says:

    Damn. Those Roos are actually pretty sick. Nice lil stash pocket too. And going prematurely grey but still having all your hair is pretty cool in my book Telas.

  24. albert walker Says:

    look like I’m 17 when I don’t shave and beard startin to grey. lame.

  25. MiA Says:

    Westwood Birdies 17!

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