A Look at Leg Two

Summer 2012

When Phish dropped their dates on Tuesday afternoon, I was immediately struck with mixed emotions. One part of me thought that fears of complacency might be realized with a 6-week schedule and no new material to push the band in any particular direction. But that viewpoint was hashed out yesterday—quite a bit. The other part of me became excited for the sheer oddity that these dates presented—five indoor shows, a night in a Zoo in Oklahoma City, a return to Oak Mountain in Birmingham—the site of two barn-burners in ’94 and ’99, a return to Dick’s in Colorado, and a three-night stand in the heart of San Francisco. For the past three years, Leg Two has been where the best jams of summer stem from, and one would think that trend would continue in 2012.

8.15.10 (M. Stein)

Hitting a series smaller markets that the band has bypassed this era, Leg Two of 2012 will not see the elusive 3.0 west coast run that many thought might develop. Despite the lack of western dates, Leg Two will kick off in Snoop Dogg’s home town of Long Beach, California—indoors—before moving north to San Francisco, and the notoriously poor sounding Bill Graham Civic Center. With Another Planet booking the shows, it was either The Greek or Bill Graham Civic, and while The Greek poses the better acoustic option, Bill Graham will be far less of a hassle. Though with a capacity of 7000, look for this show to be the hardest ticket of the summer.

Phish will hop off the coast and fly to heartland following their visit to the Bay, and this is where tour becomes quite unorthodox. Needing several flights and long drives to get from one place to another, the routing of this segment is quite bizarre. The band will start a series of one-off shows in Kansas City, Missouri’s Starlight Theatre before heading to Lakewood in Atlanta (instead of Alpharetta), stopping in Charlotte, playing an indoor affair on campus at The University of St. Louis’s Chaifetz Arena, and, finally, performing in one of the seven states they have yet to play with a show at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Yeah—not exactly your traditional circuit. With the success Phish has had with multi-night stands this era, this stretch will be interesting to see if the band can maintain consistency for a week straight while traveling almost every day. I have a gut feeling that their return to Oak Mountain the band’s visit to Oklahoma City will stand out when the whirlwind week is done.

9.2.11 (G. Lucas / webcast)

After this hectic stretch of commuting, Phish will settle in at everyone’s favorite soccer stadium in Commerce City, Colorado, to close the summer with three more nights at Dick’s. Many knew this was happening last year during the Labor Day shows, as it was leaked that a multi-year contract had been inked. And after a phenomenal three nights of easy navigation around the spacious stadium, the community will happily descend upon the Rockies to end summer once again.

The venues are definitely set up for two quality legs of tour, but what will transpire is anyone’s guess. Assuming that MSG was an aberration, however, the band’s overall trajectory has been one of progress in this era, albeit with spotty consistency. The foundation of 2009 and 2010 birthed a very creative 2011, and, hopefully, 2012 will continue this trend. Will Page still bring out the Theremin? Will they go deeper into the style of which they scratched the surface last summer? Will a new improvisational direction emerge? Or will the band just play shows and let whatever happens happen? Well, that is the fun of it all, and only time will tell. With their personal lives busier than ever these days, let’s hope that when the guys get back together, they feel inspired to push forward again. If so, the possibilities are very exciting!

8/15 – Long Beach Auditorium, Long Beach, CA

8/17-19 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA

8/22 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO

8/24 – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Birmingham, AL

8/25 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

8/26 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC

8/28 – Chaifetz Arena, St Louis, MO

8/29 – Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK

8/31 – 9/02 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver, CO


The Philler w/ Jim Pollock:

From Robert Champion:

Our latest cloudcast is all about Junta, Jim Pollock and the album’s re-release on Record Store Day. I sat down and talked with Jim in the first part of this cloudcast to discuss his ongoing process, as he opened up and shared details about his work. We also threw in a “Wedge” because Jim loves the song. I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for part two of my interview with Mr. Pollock, and don’t forget to check out his website! This episode also includes my good friend Mr. Miner and his top pick for one of the most monumental versions of “David Bowie” played by the band during the sure fire era of the mid-Nineties. Don’t forget to call the hotline @ 630-317-7033 and leave a message. Send a shout out or any other outrageous blurb and we will use it on the show! Enjoy.

The Philler – Episode Nine – The Jim Pollock Interview by The Sloping Companion on Mixcloud

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  1. Mark Hawkins Says:

    WOW!!! What a change of direction from yesterdays blog. Today its all about the cool venues, yesterday it was all about the shows!!! Miner, why did you change your tune so much in a day???

  2. garretc Says:

    Hear that, everybody? Bill Graham is gonna be a tough ticket, so don’t even bother! Plan on some other shows instead, mmmkay?

  3. garretc Says:

    Seriously though, fired up for 4 indoor shows in 5 days, 3 of which I even get to sleep in my own bed after!

    And my guess on the theremin: yes. But that could just be wishful thinking. Seems like he’s put too much effort into mastering it to just let it fall by the wayside though

  4. Noah Wilderman Says:

    Interesting. I feel like the band hasn’t really had a straightforward trajectory in this era. I feel like they steadily climbed through the summer of 2010, but 2011 just felt off to me as a whole, like a discombobulated stream of the same thing with less energy than summer 2010.

    I certainly didn’t feel the jams, and I hate to say it, but MSG wasn’t the aberration – the hot shows are the rare oddity these days, like MPP2 2010. I still haven’t heard a single set that had the energy and glue of that 2nd “Saw it Again” set. My perspective is a little skewed though because I listened to most of 2011 on tape and had more personal experiences in 2010 – you know how that works!

    So, I’m not holding my breath for new improvisational directions; just hoping for them to play the improvisation we love them for. When I take a step back I see two halves of a band that are in opposition when it comes to progress. Trey and Fishman have clearly left their best days in the past while Mike and Page are ready to push upward through the atmosphere. Sad to say, but I don’t think Trey can keep up with them these days, and that will ultimately limit their ability to organically burst through the atmosphere.

    That’s my honest appraisal – god knows I still love them all!

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    No reggae stream?

  6. MiA Says:

    Selector has a thing on the last post about BMI yada yada yada can’t broadcast on the Internet. Boo.

    My 91.7 is intermittent. Need a better FM antennae. Or get in my car.

    Have a great day peeps.

    Up and atom!

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Can’t stream again at all or today?

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    really jonesing for my weekly selecta fix. this is not how I wanted to start my morning.

    trying to figure out if I can make any of leg two happen. obviously, the best bang for my travel buck is Dick’s, but perhaps I can swing a work trip to Missouri or something too…

  9. babybigperm Says:

    Playing at the Zoo? Seems like a great spot for an “all animal” set?

  10. William H. Bonney Says:

    Its my fault about the stream I listened for the first time last week. 🙂

    Great hockey all around last nite. Det/Nash had a cheap shot on Zetterberg head after the game was over that will lead to a suspension for Weber Next game should be a slugfest. The Pennsalvyania civil war off to an amazing start. Red should be stoked great flyer comeback. LA looking good…

    Have a great day all

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    He better be fucking suspended at least two games. That was ridiculous.

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    The KVRX BMI thing is obviously a response to Milton

    Selector J, unfortunately, is collateral in that deal

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    seriously. BMI knows what’s up. Milton is killing the music industry.

  14. SillyWilly Says:

    Maybe I should post this later, for the after-work crowd, and I will, but this is awesome

    Brother from Another Planet directed by Don Letts:


    “Born in perhaps the most segregated place on Earth – early 20th-century Alabama – Herman Poole Blount rejected his name, his origins and the conventions of the time (or any other, for that matter), re-creating himself as Sun Ra, emissary from Saturn (“planet of discipline”) and musical genius. Blending Egyptology and Space Age imagery, he projected a philosophy of radical empowerment for the entire cosmos; keeping a big band on the road for decades through independence and communal living, he became a patriarch of jazz and an avatar of freewheeling space music. Turning from the punk and reggae with which he’s most closely associated to one of the key figures in 20th-century sound, famed DJ/filmmaker Letts presents the Sun Ra story in all its glory, combining powerful footage of Ra and his legendary Arkestra, interviews with band members shot at their famous group house in Philadelphia and testimonies from sax great Archie Shepp, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and other admirers.”

  15. tela'smuff Says:

    I for one cannot wait to do the Zoo>Denver shows. Looks to be the best 4 show potential.

  16. fitwooh Says:

    Bowie > Cities > Bowie 7/30/97
    a wonderfully entertaining musical rollercoaster
    love the funk groove Mike and Fish lock in on before Cities

  17. neemor Says:

    Glad to see you come around, Miner.

    I love watching you think out loud and work through things…almost always to find the silver lining.

    Phish is good.

    Like the 12.28.10 Hood.

    neemor has full time employment today at a granite retailer in CT.
    About frikkin time.

    And this time…….my boss likes Phish!
    Leg one extras are welcome.
    Hope you guys are all in great shape, miss the blackboard.
    neems out.

  18. Lumpyhead Says:

    All animal, slave encore

  19. willowed Says:

    Checking flights for Denver.

    350.00 round trip.

    Maybe I’ll wait to see what Leg 1 brings, then make this decision.

    Had too much fun last year not to think about it.

    Sweet Tarts 😯

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    flights might go down a bit, willowed. we are still pretty far out. but I like the way you’re thinking

  21. dorn76 Says:

    Lovin’ the optimism this morning, Miner!

    Cheers everyone, go get it today.

  22. voopa Says:

    Silly, sounds like a great film, thanks.

    Before showtime, Slim’s in SF shows old footage of Sun Ra, Miles and P-Funk…good stuff.

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Right on @fitwooh – one of my fave segues ever

    @willowed – I will discuss leg 2 w the wife next week. Hopefully she goes for dicks.


  24. Robert Champion Says:

    Penn, Ohio, Noblesville, Alpine – Check.

    Dear Lord though….Now I have an excuse to visit family in Alabama. Also, I have always wanted to see Phish in Oklahoma and Dicks? Dicks?

    I have a son coming on May 10th. He will be three months by Dicks…Grandma and Grandpa can watch him for the weekend.


    Thanks Mr. Miner again for joining me on the latest Philler. More to come. Alabama….Phish….Wow. No Toyota Park too which kind of bummed me out. It’s not the prettiest place to see a show but once the sun goes down it really doesn’t matter…It’s all good in the hood. I was really hoping for a Chicago date…Ah screw it….Alpine Valley is a Chicago venue….Those foonis drunks up in Milwaukee don’t deserve to claim it as their own.

    Kidding – Have fun at the shows this Summer – What did you think of the Pollock interview? That Orpheum “Bowie” is seriously next level Phish.

  25. butter Says:

    Morning guys

    Yea that wild week after Ca4pack, like they were playing darts with a US map

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