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. kayatosh Says:

    the coachella bon iver mix, that is.

  2. garretc Says:

    There’s also a contrabass saxophone below that, as well as the subcontrabass saxophone all the way at the bottom.

    Those are, shall we say, exceedingly rare.

    contrabass sax:


    subcontrabass sax:

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    @notmrminer is pretty hilarious some of the time

    last night tweeted “Gonna set the night of right with some Molly and 14 Tweezers in a row!” I continue to retweet the clever ones…hilar.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    mrkt. is hilarious right now. both sides looking at each other suspiciously, waiting for the other to make a a move. bulls have dovish central banks and their forced risk-on monetary policy. bears have deteriorating fundamentals (spain looks sick, as does the US jobs picture).

  5. kayatosh Says:

    garretc: you just blew my mind. like that tubaphone.

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    wiki meme archive link por favor?

  7. dorn76 Says:

    Listening to UIC 1 aud that was posted a few pages back.

    Undermind. Straight. To. The. Dome.

  8. MiA Says:

    I kinda fine the UIC1 Light to be pretty boring.

  9. garretc Says:

    Just doin’ my duty, kaya.

    Blowin’ minds one day at a time

  10. MiA Says:

    The Undermind is as advertised though.

  11. marcoesq Says:

    “I kinda fine the UIC1 Light to be pretty boring.”


    “The Undermind is as advertised though.”

    Also yep.

  12. marcoesq Says:

    Anyone remember what page that UIC AUD was posted?

  13. Robear Says:

    UIC ‘Light’ sounds like an early 70’s ‘Playin in the Band’ jam. You cats bore too easily, I reckon.

  14. BingosBrother Says:

    Page 38 marco.

    Off to Tampa in the morning with family. xanax ready to be popped. Had a dream last night that I already flew and woke up pissed. The plane…You didn’t make it to the plane on time. Terrified of the air.

  15. Guyute711 Says:

    I need to go back and listen to Undermind from Indio. When it started I was bummed and then when it finished my jaw was on the ground.

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    “I kinda fine the UIC1 Light to be pretty boring.”

    ^uhhhh. boring? That is next level psychedelia imo.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    bass led jihad’d

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    there isn’t a wasted note in UIC 1, both sets. best top to bottom show of 3.0 imo. wish i was there.

  19. Robear Says:

    miner, consider them double scolded

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    lol. scolded. you are funny @Robear.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    still got a couple discounted books if anyone wants one. Also, plenty of full priced ones left too! hahaha

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  23. albert walker Says:

    put me in the pro UIC Light camp

    agreed with Robear too the outro jam really had a 72-74 style playin feel to me kinda.

    overlooked jam in a packed set!!

    fake miner needs a better filter. funny to lame ratio needs some work. def a couple good one’s in there though.

  24. marcoesq Says:

    I personally don’t find the UIC Light or Sand altogether that interesting. Haven’t spun the AUD though, just heard the SBD.

    That being said, still my favorite set and show of the return. Just think the meat came in the mid-late part of that set. And the Wolfmans.

    Also wish I had been there.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    I must be crazy because Phish.net says there’s Tweezer and Timber teases in the Tahoe Light. Am I missing something?

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