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!




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676 Responses to “Looking to Leg Two”

  1. MiA Says:

    15 minute Free opener at LBC. Just get it out of the way.

  2. RoosterPizza Says:

    A nice place to eat dinner: http://www.rumorsrestaurant.com/

  3. RoosterPizza Says:

    A good place to stay in Vegas: http://www.rumorvegas.com

  4. RoosterPizza Says:

    Not true Mia…that isatLakewood

  5. RoosterPizza Says:


  6. MiA Says:

    Watching those kids in that “Welcome Video” … that’s all just bad idea all over it.


    This one is quite awesome too.

  7. RoosterPizza Says:

    I apologize for said performance.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I’ve seen that.
    17 days until the season starts, 19 until I’m sitting in front of the teevee way too early in the morning while you fools are still in a foggy stupor after the first dicks show.
    our first game is at 8am central time due to being played in Ireland.
    nothing a leo caramel can’t make better…

  9. RoosterPizza Says:


  10. MiA Says:

    Well T3, the thing we have in common is that we both don’t know who our QB is going to be.

  11. lumpyhead Says:

    two. fcking. days.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    you heard it here first. Troy and the boys read this board and as a result have set up a Fake Jerry sit in for the no word famous

    bouncin coda jam


  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    College football of the Southeastern variety? Yes please! Should be interesting to see how the new kids on the block play ball…just not quite the same brand in B12 and SEC.

    New butter batch brewed, caramelly confection concocting next weekend.

    Plans a-makin’!

  14. MiA Says:


    I am happy for A&M. I hope they don’t lose to Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you can say you don’t like it all you want, but with how frequently you promote that on here I’m just going to have to assume you actually like it.

    yeah, so you think our scene is tight? check into the lot justice of the juggalos. some dude try stealing at the gathering this weekend, got caught and people straight dismantled his car in response.


  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    That’s what we all hope for MiA, even though every team manages a loss to one or two of those every few years. I think A&M will be a better fit initially than Mizzou. I’d love to be in Columbia for the GA game on Sept. 8th.

  17. butter Says:

    Nice article Miner, have fun on Jam On tonite. Crush it.

    Ole fake Jer covered Free the other night, and there is a video. It’s from 8/11 in DC I believe

  18. MiA Says:

    That Juggaloo thing. Great link.

    “We’re not usually this feral”

    What?! Um. O.K.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    really good pictorial from the gathering

  20. marcoesq Says:

    Mornin all. This piece making me look forward to AL even more! Pumped for you all doin the CA run.

    Have fun tonight, Miner! I’ll be tuning in, shoudl be fun

  21. DryIceFactory Says:

    Tweezer opener in Long Beach, count it.

  22. marcoesq Says:

    Gathering draws more than 8,0000 fans?? Wow, that’s like Phish’s smallest venue this tour

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    Spraying the crowd with Faygo? What a cheap sticky mess.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I say it every year, but the gathering fascinates me.
    I don’t know that I could ever actually convince myself (or anyone else I know) to go to it, but it would be an intriguing event. however, it might be a mind warping thing from which I’d never recover though, which is part of what has kept me at bay.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    Already, from that first picture in TIII’s article, I saw a girl much prettier than I ever anticipated being at this thing

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