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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    MiA Says:
    April 16th, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    I can buy that AW.

    But did you?

    Did you not just seek out some stealth site with the download and abscond with the music to your secret hideaway?

  2. MiA Says:

    That Cincy Light could have really gone places. It was tee’ing up perfectly. I don’t get the leap into Boogie on at all.

  3. MiA Says:

    There is one tee’d up for the Occupy Wall Street rage. Jon Corzine. Cronyism at it’s finest. I don’t get why that man is walking free.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Parent of the Year Nominee: Phamily Berzerker.

    I just told Mrs. B I think our oldest daughter(age 11) could use a bong hit.

    I said bong hit because Vape would have gone over her head. She did after all light the cardboard, filtered-end of a J at MSG this past run.

    Good News: our couch is comfy.

  5. MiA Says:

    You lost me at filtered end PB?

    I’ve seen parent’s give their kids their Xanax. Kinda weird.

  6. garretc Says:

    As in the end you don’t light, MiA

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    you know that little bit of cardboard folks put in the end of a j to prevent their fingers from getting all gooey?

    Stash was kind enough to kick Mrs. B a jay and sure enough after 6 beers she lights up the cardboard and cannot figure what is up,why there was no”smoke”. I could smell the cardboard and just laughed.

  8. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    maybe Mia and Mrs B could hang out and not get high together?

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    I having a full on monday afternoon headphones dj mix party at the cafe right now. Disco forever.

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    @floridaphan and BB : Tampa recs? think I might hit the Dali museum, busch gardens and typhoon lagoon. Any secret smiles y’all know of?

  11. MiA Says:

    “you know that little bit of cardboard folks put in the end of a j to prevent their fingers from getting all gooey?”

    Nope. I do not put this on my jazz cigarettes.

    Randomly spun Telluride Tweezer and just got boogie’d after leaping up and hip thrusting, strutting, and generally getting funky in my office.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    MIa: you tting it?

    TT sesh.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    TT? MIa?

  14. voopa Says:

    Really, you’ve never had a J passed to you w/a crutch?

  15. garretc Says:

    Let’s all gawk at MiA’s crutch ignorance!

    *Gawk gawk gawk gawk gawk gawk gawk*

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Some folks do, MiA.

    My practice was not that as well. It was donated jazz cigarette.

    Does a person need jazz hands to smoke a jazz cigarette?

  17. MiA Says:

    What the fuck is a crutch? They didn’t do that in my suburb. I do have some old shoes that have cool Velcro instead of shoe-laces though.

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    MiA, are they old shoes or old man shoes?

    GC may not understand.

  19. MiA Says:


  20. garretc Says:

    MiA’s contextual deduction seems to be lacking today.

    A crutch is “that little bit of cardboard folks put in the end of a j to prevent their fingers from getting all gooey,” or at least one name for it. In addition to avoiding the gooeyness you also get to burn all the contents without burning your fingers as well.

    Nifty little devices them.

  21. MiA Says:

    I’m still impressed by lighters. I’m a simian really.

  22. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Opposing thumbs hooray!

  23. garretc Says:

    Did you know the lighter was invented before the match?

    It’s true!

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    But when was fire invented??

  25. garretc Says:


    I was hoping I would be able to quote Genesis and say something along the lines of “On the third day,” but, according to a cursory google search, the bible no where describes the creation of fire, so… I can’t do that, I guess.

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