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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1,191 Responses to “A Look at Leg Two”

  1. Robert Champion Says:

    indeed – It’s most likely done on purpose to keep certain people away and to keep the band healthy. I’d love to be sitting in on the meetings when management is organizing this stuff.

  2. Selector J Says:

    Sorry the internet stream wasn’t up today, reggae fans. I was going to patch a feed to my laptop using one of the station’s extra headphone outputs and broadcast to ustream but I failed to plan ahead adequately and neglected to realize that I’d need a 1/4″ adapter. D’oh.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers.

    Those foonis drunks up in Milwaukee don’t deserve to claim it as their own.

    ^ Watch it pal.

  4. Robert Champion Says:

    Kevah I was joking 🙂

    I spend half of my life in Wisconsin up in Ellison Bay/Gills Rock.

    I too am a foonis.

  5. dorn76 Says:

    500 miles from St. Louis to OKC.

    Palmer, your G4 avail?

  6. marcoesq Says:

    Morning all. FLYERS!!!! What a game, what a game.

    Voracek scored his timely 1st ever playoff goal. Briere and Schenn looking smooth

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    if one were to drive all of Leg One, it would involve upwards of 4,900 miles.
    that equates to approximately 245 miles per show, assuming you didn’t have to drive to get to Worcester.

    if one were to drive all of Leg Two, it would involve upwards of 5,200 miles.
    that equates to approximately 400 miles per show, assuming you didn’t have to drive to get to Long Beach.

  8. marcoesq Says:

    And then I flipped the channel to see Dorn’s goons take us out in yet another late inning affair. F-ing Swisher!! Kills us every time

  9. Kaveh Says:

    @RC: Cool-in-the-gang. 🙂

  10. Robear Says:

    @ miner, it really is a difficult and expensive routing for leg 2. Where’s the love for the Waterwheel kids?

    I think doing all of leg 2 is out for this volunteer.

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    @Noah—what 2011 did you listen to? Odd analysis IMO

  12. dorn76 Says:

    Hired guns, @marco. The Yankee Way.

  13. Robert Champion Says:

    @Kaveh – How has your Spring been up there? It’s been a weird one down here in Chicagoland…Very odd.

    I have already had to cut my grass three times. Normally I wouldn’t have to gas up the lawn mower until right about now. I am tilling out a huge chunk of my back yard this year to expand our vegetable garden. People in my town are very weird about their lawns. It’s like this bizarro competition to see who has the prettiest lawn but all I want to do is get rid of this stupid grass….Expanding the garden is a no brainer.

    I…must…..get…..to……Dicks…..The Mountains Win Again.


  14. Robear Says:

    Couch tour, here I come.

    Why do I never agree with anything @Robert Champion says about the band?

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    i love that people thinkI have such a different attitude in this piece—two sides of the same coin. I still feel like I do yesterday and I still feel exited to go to the shows. Sorry to confiuse y’all! 😉

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    the routing has nothing to do with fans imo

  17. voopa Says:

    Under the radar: Giants 8, Rockies 17 last night in Denver. Wild game.

  18. marcoesq Says:

    @dorn-Just the fact alone that Rivera now has more saves in Camden Yards than ANY other pitcher in an opposing ballpark hurts. Really hurts

  19. Robear Says:

    Thank you miner!

    Yes, your tone hasn’t changed.

    The entire summer is an FU to the west coast fans in general.

  20. Robert Champion Says:

    @Robear – What did I say about the band that you don’t agree with this time? Let’s hash it out. I know it will remain civil – This board is good like that. Let’s talk it out.

    I think that the band now schedules their tours around making it harder for a certain element to see shows because it is that very element that ended up corrupting the entirety of the scene both in front of the stage and behind the stage. I believe this and the burden of having to shoulder the load of this trailing element led to a sense of hyper enabling that almost killed one of the most important musical icons in my life. Are we in disagreement?

  21. Robear Says:

    RC, the part about the insane leg 2 routing in order to keep certain people away. Like who? The gutter punks left in 99. There’s almost no scene out west.

    The fucking gapers that lived back stage ruined the band and scene. You think the routing is for them?

    Whatever. Your tone is like nails on a chalkboard to me. So be it.

  22. Robert Champion Says:

    Let me clarify – I think it has to do with keeping the health of the band stable and more long term and I believe that making it harder for certain people to get to certain shows is a large part of it. I do honestly believe that this is factored into the strategy. I don’t think they are eradicating everything 100 percent and I don’t think it is the only thought that goes into selecting towns each year. I do believe that it is part of the overall discussion with management because I think they want to keep the band healthy and choosing places like Oklahoma and Alabama here and there is wise for this reason.

  23. dorn76 Says:

    No more confused than any other day.

  24. Robear Says:

    Yes, total disagreement. You make no sense with is thread. Look how easy it is ‘for the certain element’ to do all of leg 1.

  25. Robert Champion Says:

    @Robear – I didn’t say it was the entirety of the philosophy behind a winding tour. I just think that as a business model and with the history of the health problems with the band that this has to be part of the discussion.

    The gapers that lived back stage were the problem…and many of them ran things in front of the stage and in the lot. I don’t think that element has left the Phish community. They are still there even though there is more of a guard up around the band proper. I think that the band is being more cautious now…..For their own health.

    Less shows – For their own health
    Interesting Unorthadox stops – For their own health.

    That is all I am saying.

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