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. dorn76 Says:

    Quick btree search no luck, @voop…

    Snow in MN, heat in CT, no shows ’til June.

    Apocalypse imminent.

  2. voopa Says:

    dorn, there’s 3 on the top of the list for that date on the archive here.

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    Derrick Jensen speaking a half block from my apt tomorrow night, Robear. For free.

    Really excited.

  4. dorn76 Says:

    TY Sir! Think the first one must be it..

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @jtran, listening for the first time right now. liking it so far, need to give it at least another listen (loud) before i pass any judgement though.

  6. angryjoggerz Says:

    I too am listening for the first time right now, but liking it a lot so far. Nice and rock and roll. Looking forward to catching them next month.

  7. Guyute711 Says:

    This is crazy.


  8. dorn76 Says:

    Sign you’ve arrived: Twitter troll account.


  9. Robear Says:

    Flyers 3 v Penguins 0

    why does our resident Canadien miss the mark on NHL hockey with such regularity?

  10. Robear Says:

    dang silly! you’re living my kind of cultural revolution over there!

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    I know we were only talking about some civil service employees, but there’s some pretty good civil servants in the public defender offices I’ve worked in.

    Just sensitive because state/federal employees who already take paycuts, and take paycuts just to be civil servants, have their pay/support cut because the government is broke

    And everyone knows civil servants are lazy

    not trying to be mean, just asking people to keep a balanced mind

  12. garretc Says:

    Servants…? Like, butlers? Shine your shoes…

  13. Dr Pronoia Says:

    Wow I am now so paranoid after reading that NSA article

    Good thing my life is boring

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Go Kings!

  15. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Yup, new knowledge delivered.

    undecillion (10^36)

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Champaign. I don’t think our paths have crossed since fall 97. Great memories of seeing the phish a few times in this town

  17. garretc Says:

    I couldn’t help imagining, while reading that NSA article, just how much fucking music you could store in that desert storage server…

    I mean, we’re all going apeshit over terabytes!

  18. Robear Says:

    garret, i couldn’t help but worry for @mrminer. surely ‘bass led jihad’ has him on SOME list. oh shit, i’m on it now too.

    i love the governments motto:

    “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try throwing gobs of money at the problem with the same monkeys in charge and see if that works”

  19. garretc Says:

    If its any consolation Robear you’re at the top of MY list!

  20. stapes Says:

    Tiii – you’re in Champ now? Heading to Spfld at all?

  21. voopa Says:

    Speaking of terabytes…

    Got home Thursday to a BIOS error…secondary HD not found! Oh no! Fortunately it was a failed port on my MB, HD OK.

    That secondary drive is a 2TB that I bought about 3 years ago and has been my primary drive for seeding torrents and storing music, movies and pics…I try to keep it backed up regularly, but hadn’t done so in a while. So while I ended up losing nothing, I could have lost 1-200G of recent stuff, and if I hadn’t backed it up at all, well…point is, back up your shit, peeps!

  22. andrewkatz01 Says:

    Hi All, I have an extra Deer Creek 6/29 Section C Row Y seat.

    Looking to trade for a 6/28 (1st night) Deer Creek in LOWER pavilion.

    Email if you have! andrewkatz01 at gmail dot com.

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    I nkow some of you are looking for lodging in D-town for Labor Day!

    Please note the decor of the anniversary suite. Special!

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mattoon first but yes. End the day in peoria. Got a Springfield rec?

  25. stapes Says:

    Born and raised in Spfld. Recommendation is to keep driving right through!
    Or you can sample the local specialty called a horseshoe. Meat, toast, fries all coveted in cheese sauce. Darcy’s Pint is probably the best. You’ll gain a quick 5 lbs or so.
    I’m heading back there to see family in a few weeks.
    Floyds is a good bar.

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