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:

    no worries. one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I love Jennifer Dances.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    what, tahoe light is boring now?….

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    @kaveh – when i finally stumbled onto that Miami Dark Star, i was floored. so dark and evil. i imagine that version sent shock waves through the GD community. imagine had that happened in the internet age. love the whole love the Estimated>Blow Away that precedes the DS. i equate that a bit to the Gorge RnR. out of nowhere smack upside the head to the fanbase of who we were dealing with.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    Tahoe Light might be my favorite jam since they came back.

  5. voopa Says:

    PB- http://ptbb.wikia.com/wiki/Memes

    Just noticed that there was a 12 show gap between the Tahoe and MSG Bowies…longest gap since ’88! Staterrific!

  6. MiA Says:

    I love Tahoe Light also.

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey Folks- Bummed to have missed the coachella streams. GClark vids sound pretty sweet.

    re. UIC Light- I am think they find a really cool place with it. Sounds like a underwater deep descent to me. Never hits a new groove after they get into the darker places except for that brief Playin sounding outro. I keep going back to Augusta light.

    Might Augusta be the ultimate Light?

    Votes for best Light ?

  8. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Forgot Tahoe. That is the shiznet also.

  9. roberto luongo Says:

    yes Tahoe Light is my fav LIght and def a jam of 3.0 contender IMO

    you nailed it Spasm

    I haven’t spun UIC Light in months but I remember a nice little dirty dissonant section that kind of flows into that hip little outro jam

    def no Tahoe or Greek Light but if that UIC Light is terrible 3.0 Phish I’m not listening correctly. nice little run through IMO.

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    thx, voopstar!

  11. marcoesq Says:

    Me likes the Greek Light>Tahoe Light>Manchester>hmmmm

  12. kayatosh Says:

    .:sets out to find tahoe light among the myriad of portable flac players:.

  13. marcoesq Says:

    Wow, Light has already been played 33 times!

  14. marcoesq Says:

    JB ’10 Light was also pretty cool. Doesnt get talked about much but I enjoyed that whole 2nd set.

  15. MiA Says:

    I agree with Marco on what appeals to me. I even liked Cincy light pretty much.

    I just can’t imagine you guys saying “Wow, Trey, really needs to go back to playing single notes slowly in an ascending major scale while Mike just plays arpeggios and Fishman does tom runs across his kit.

    If that’s what “Playing in the Band” was, then I can’t argue that. I’ve never claimed to know much about GD.

    I do like a good groove though. So UIC’s groovelessness loses me.

    Not trying to tear down anyones god though.

    If you like it, then great. Whatever floats your boat.

  16. marcoesq Says:

    Thanks to whoever brought up 7.29.03 earlier, haven’t spun this crosseyed in ages.

    Wait, I think I was supposed to be listening to something else..

  17. kayatosh Says:

    went right to the external. commence tahoe light

  18. MiA Says:

    I like the more anthemic guitar solos anyway I guess.

    Listen to 8:20 -> end in Cincy Light. Great groove going there.

  19. marcoesq Says:

    Spinning this JB ’10 Light again, some good shit. Jones Beach was a great bookend to Berkeley that tour. Good/Great Lights, Tweezers, Rebas, Hoods..

    Blows my mind that #Line has already been played more than Sand. Something is wrong with that..

  20. roberto luongo Says:

    love groove.

    Cinci Tweezer is top of the mountain 3.0 for this kid.

    Sand > Light from UIC def not top shelf anything but considering the meat was Waves > Undermind > Steam

    having a tasty little Sand > Light where the Alaska, Horse > Silent usually is just works for me in the set as a whole.

    that little segment worked perfectly to get the ball rollin before the well played Dirt breather.

    but no doubt the heat came post Dirt

    love that fuckin set. everything just felt right again. great energy.

  21. marcoesq Says:

    And yeah, the Cinci Light is legit.

  22. MiA Says:

    I can buy that AW.

  23. roberto luongo Says:

    also agree on CInci LIght

    one of the hippest grooves Trey pulled the rip-chord on

    I was out of my head at that show and took a few minutes to recover from aborting that Light. really was reaching new spaces it felt.

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  25. MiA Says:

    Needed more carriage returns.

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