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. Mr.Miner Says:

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

    ^ agreed.

  2. Kaveh Says:

    Finally got around to this Miami D.Star:


  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Mansfield Rock’n’Roll to end the day. Giddyup!!!

  4. marcoesq Says:

    Who was saying Go Kings? Thanks for Simmonds

  5. albert walker Says:

    these NHL playoffs have been $$$$$$$

    riding broker relationships into lower level sky boxes next 2 games!

    hopefully Hawks start skating a bit better after the big win.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    thanks, kaveh. love me some 89.

    I’m in the TT, should anyone feel the urge

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  8. Robear Says:

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

    ^actually, a couple things:

    The UIC Sand>Light is ReSicculus

    Phish.net won’t acknowledge my ‘How Soon’ by the Smiths tease in the 12/28/95 ‘Tweezer’, so phug em.

  9. marcoesq Says:

    Was at my good buddy’s wedding in ATL this weekend. The band playing was sick. Endof the 2nd set looked like this:

    Eyes of the World>Ophelia>Sample>Shakedown Street

    E: The Shape I’m in

    They gave the treatment to a bunch of these tunes, they sounded great.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I said go Kings. Can’t wait for Richards and Carter to destroy shitty Bryzgalov in the finals.

  11. marcoesq Says:

    I will go and download this AUD and listen to the UIC Sand>Light. Havent listened to those 2 tracks in months, just ddint remember it sticking.

  12. marcoesq Says:

    No one will be desstroying Bryz. Giving up 12 goals in the 1st 3 games was ridic but both teams have been shooting nutz

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Bryzgalov is only the most overpaid player in the league.

  14. roberto luongo Says:

    fuck that I am

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Hey Luongo, your team plays much better when Schneider is in net!

  16. roberto luongo Says:

    that’s been going on for 3 seasons. BObby Lou’s contract isn’t going anywhere though.

    Schneider could be the best netminder in the league that never plays

  17. MiA Says:

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

    7:10 to … the end.

    Is plain boring Phish. Playing a scale, a couple times … while Mike doodles along in the background … You guys must REALLY love Mike’s … dum dum dum dum.

    That is not psychedelia. Come up with a better term. Or maybe, when Trey is so boring, that I can fall off a log and play it, then I’m not interested in Trey’s “music” anymore.

    Playing uninteresting scales, really is boring Phish.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    phish.net and their teases are a joke, imo

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    Fight fight fight!!!!!

  20. marcoesq Says:

    “Playing uninteresting scales, really is boring Phish”

    That’s what I had remembered but I will try again.

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    I thought they were teasing NFA the whole 2nd set of UIC. Swore to god that place was gonna blow up when the lyrics came in. Undermind(baby)’d.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    all I said was IMO. let’s not turn on ourselves here….

  23. MiA Says:

    Seriously, the Dirt, is 10x better than that light.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    @floridaphan : thanks dude! Any other inside pro tips?

  25. MiA Says:

    Yeah, I’ll turn off my aggro too. Sorry about that. Trying to entertain myself in the wrong way.

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