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

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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. garretc Says:

    I will, however, go out on a limb and say after the lighter but before matches?

  2. dorn76 Says:

    Love how the mere mention of UIC 1 can spur 3 pages of discussion. That’s $$$ Phish, right there.

    Those little cardboard dealies are useful on a big gooey fatty.

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    fire is a myth!

  4. garretc Says:

    Your face is a myth!

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    indeed, well played.

  6. garretc Says:

    Woah, post got swallowed by the ether… Now I have to type the whole thing out again… ARGH! Ok, so this is what it said:

    Thanks.

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Me and Bombino

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bingosbrother/?saved=1

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Hotel bar in peoria. Heaviest beer they have is bud. I do like red label every once in a while… Especially when they are free. Awww yeeeaaaahhh.

  9. MiA Says:

    There is serious bakedness to that photo.

  10. alf Says:

    gorge rnr
    tahoe light
    and
    uic disease

    are my top 3.0 jams. so obviously tahoe sits atop the list of lights

    also love uic light. straight dirty from cactus

  11. alf Says:

    based on the photographic evidence before us, comrades, we must conclude that bombino uses a crutch

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nice pics Bingos. Did you have long hair back in August @ UIC? Or was that my imagination?

  13. MiA Says:

    His fingers looks sticky though.

  14. Literingand Says:

    That’s a rad Cubs hat btw

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Officially loving the new Spiritualized.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sweet heart Sweet light? Is that the name?

    if so, you can stream it here.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/apr/10/spiritualized-sweet-heart-light-album-stream

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    0-0 going into the 3rd period. Ottawa and NYR. Another great series so far.

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    That’s a wook ass flatbrim @bingos nice work. Shave and a haircut lookin sharp.

    I def heard the loping timber teases on couch tour for that Tahoe light. It was right before Corey and I accused the band of running out of steam during the jam 😉

    Still need to find that scary Bowie…I have all the LPs…a few of em aren’t tagged right tho.

    Back to work Sucks sometimes.

    Furthur tomorrow nite at the beacon….if anyone is going holler at me.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @palmer, it’s already up in lossless on the noid

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I wish you could “Shazzam” Phish jams.

  21. Literingand Says:

    Shajam if you will

  22. poop goblin Says:

    not feelin it DF. made for a good one spin but the acoustic poppy heavy strings in the background shit just is a bit too mellow for me.

    not enough weirdness. like I said what it is is good I guess just nothing really exciting there.

    not sure what i have against strings in pop rock settings but doesn’t really work

    love the big string arrangements though on the new Lee Fields. too totally different styles and feels.

    I’ll have to give it another chance but just too damn mellow and pretty.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I hate it when you hear a song first as a cover and then you hear the original and it isn’t as good to your ears as the cover version, partially because of your familiarity with the one version of course but also because it is just better.

    that must suck for the original artist if they hear someone cover their song better than they do it too.

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    First spin through on the stream. Has that Beck feel. Kinda like Poop states. Thats not a bad thing, IMO, but nothing original either. I’ll give it another go. I enjoy their records, for sure.

    Thanks for the heads up DF.

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    did this make it here yet? some funnies in there

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