Looking to Leg Two

Long Beach Arena (lavenue.com)

With Long Beach only two days away, Leg Two has snuck right up on us! On Wednesday, Phish will embark on a thirteen-show tour over two plus weeks, criss-crossing the nation while hitting a host of venues they’ve never played before. In each year since ’09, the band’s second leg of summer has produced the most significant music of the season. Thus, if this pattern continues, the most memorable jams of 2012 are yet to unfold. Starting in a janky, little-used arena in Long Beach, California, and winding up in everyone’s favorite soccer stadium in Commerce City, Colorado, the second leg of tour looks promising for many reasons.

Momentum: Phish hit a legitimate stride over Leg One, achieving a consistency we hadn’t seen over the past few years. Playing—as a unit—as well as ever, the band crushed their most impressive tour of this era, showing no signs of fatigue over a month-long docket. Their jamming felt fresh and new styles finally took hold. If the band continues to do what they’ve been doing, the fortnight should be a breeze for them, and I think we will all be quite happy with the results.

Starlight Theatre, Kansas City (premier-parking)

Venues: Rarely, at this stage of the game, does Phish visit so many new venues in the course of one tour. Over Leg One, the guys dropped in on one new locale, while in half the time over Leg Two, they will play five venues for the first time ever: Long Beach Arena, San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Kansas City’s Starlight Theatre, St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena, and the Oklahoma City Zoo. Phish always gets a kick out of new environs, and I’d bet they’ll be more than a bit enthused to step onto so many new stages, especially in four small markets. For traveling fans, these new stops will provide totally novel experiences, far more interesting than the normal summer amphitheaters. For regional fans, in many cases, Leg Two will bring Phish to their hometown area for the first time in ages! And when Phish plays Oklahoma City, they band will cross off another state in the dwindling list of those they haven’t played. In addition to these new venues, Phish will return to Oak Mountain in Pelham, Alabama, for the third time ever (’94, ’99), and to Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta for the first time since 2003. With Charlotte the only routine venue of tour, Leg Two should be an adventure!

No Fall Tour: Phish announced earlier this year that there will be no fall tour, therefore, this will be the last we see of the band until New Year’s Run in New York City. Because of the upcoming off-season, I imagine that the guys will let it hang out over their final tour of the year. They have been playing with tremendous confidence and a sense of the moment, and I’d expect these trends to continue.

Execution: But for a few fizzling second sets, Phish has been able to execute their game plan on a nightly basis in 2012. Whether that plan included an extended setlist of songs or several connected jams, the guys played with passion, patience, and musical density, resulting in zero shows that were notably off, sloppy or played poorly.

This summer has brought a renaissance to the modern era, and Leg Two is where the shit goes down! See you in Long Beach…



Be sure to tune into “Gone Phishin” on SiriusXM’s Jam On TONIGHT at 9 pm eastern (6 pacific) as I host the first of a two-part show that looks back at my favorite jams of Leg One! The first 90-minute segment airs tonight and the second at the same time tomorrow! Thanks in advance for listening!




Now through Dick’s you can order Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts for only $39.99 plus shipping and handling! I am not going to have many books on tour due to the tough routing, thus your best way of grabbing one is through the site. 600 plus pages, 250 plus photos and hours of entertainment—all for just $39.99! I will try to have some in Colorado! (Please allow a couple days to ship while I am on the road.)

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  1. Xpun Says:

    Excitment rising!

    @miner any books to be had in the city?

    Have a great day guys.

  2. RoosterPizza Says:

    Leg Two Motherfucker!


  3. PigSong Says:

    wow, two days already. It’s gonna be a great couple of weeks.

  4. PigSong Says:

    ^with the band peaking in ATL 😉

  5. phoammhead Says:

    well done, miner . . . keeping it realz!

  6. bouncin fan Says:

    Hey peeps. figure these tix are tight but really need a Saturday night for BGCA. only have Sunday trade or any high quality accouterments.

    have a good one kids
    ter excitement building

  7. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    Hope everyone has a great leg II; see you in CO.

  8. revise your despise Says:

    Leg 2 is calling, will you accept the charges?

  9. Guyute711 Says:

    Been through a tough but rejuvenating week. Now I am really looking forward to my southern 3 pack.

  10. revise your despise Says:

    Still looking for a pair for oak mtn. Cash or kind trade. hit me up hlw1985 at gheemoll

    Just grabbed a bub with a dome and the new batch of querkle wax is fire. Gonna be a fun raging in dixie.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    starting the week off right w/ 9.18.99 boogie On. $$$

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    Small town Japan. Neighbor has a music studio and loves Johnny B Goode. Just type two’d a bunch of people with Cral Sky Free. Rooster’d. Fragments. Snd help.

  13. RoosterPizza Says:

    Word is that Troy is going to get all type two on a Free in ATL. Don’t miss that.

  14. realoutcasty Says:

    Have any of you heard about rumors of sit-ins in San Fran? I read a crazy one that Snoop Dogg is going to do Gin and Juice with them in Long Beach but the Dead rumors seem more valid to me. I don’t have an opinion on sit-ins good or bad (I saw enough Dead shows to not need them in with my Phish), just curious what people are hearing.

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  17. kayatosh Says:

    i heard a rumor they may have practiced before this leg.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I heard a rumour about rumours.

  19. voopa Says:

    Yeah, probably not on the LBC thing:

  20. MiA Says:

    I just don’t think Snoop would make it for 15 mins with a bunch of sober dudes from VT. Nor would Treys handlers let him in.

    I heard Fishman is gonna do HYHU > California Girls* > HYHU.

    *Beach Boys tune with Katy Perry

    Actually I didn’t hear that, but hopefully just jinxed it.

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Rumor they are covering Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    how’s it feel to be living in SEC Country now?

  23. realoutcasty Says:

    oh, well that explains that then. thank you, voopa.

  24. viola Says:

    the rumor is: tweezer in the lbc

  25. MiA Says:

    T3, we’re gonna miss that 4-8 team that was a guaranteed win every Thanksgiving.


    Gotta catch this video. It’s awesome.

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