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:

    I for one, am hoping that Posterkid and Troy are reading this, and getting as excited as I am for a Reba tomorrow.

  2. thedayman Says:

    kevin shapiro is the man for releasing this quad c halleys in sbd. so good.

  3. MiA Says:

    I have seen 28 Reba’s in my show going career. Need more Reba in my diet.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Fairly certain it is either a beach day for the boys and their families, or Fish is hanging at the Troll Family Reunion at Knottsberry Farm

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    nice and cozy @leo.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    That’s a lot of Reba’s. I have seen 20 for 21% of my shows.

  7. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Stats – just for caped fans?

  8. voopa Says:

    Hell no!

    Reba – 12 (19%)

  9. thedayman Says:

    i think i’ve seen 5 rebas? all have been blissful dreamscapes, especially superball. i think i’ve seen possum 10 times in 25 shows. 3.0’d

  10. Kaveh Says:

    Reba – 18 times.

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    Thanks to 3.0 Possum is now in my top 5 most seen. Shelve that marsupial for a minute. Possum was also the last song I saw them perform before the split.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    just had a 5 min convo with someone in the bay area about when I was getting in and where we are staying. was stoked my old crew was coming in.

    have no fuckin idea who it was

    wasn’t anyone here, was it?

    guess I should just ask who the fuck is this? didn’t want to offend if it was a good friend. oh well. funny shit.

    ter is starting.

  13. thedayman Says:

    for real guyute. im hoping leg 2 features more 2.0 material, as i know many here are too. dc waves!!!

  14. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    bouncin fan Says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 11:29 am
    just had a 5 min convo with someone in the bay area about when I was getting in and where we are staying. was stoked my old crew was coming in.
    have no fuckin idea who it was
    wasn’t anyone here, was it?
    guess I should just ask who the fuck is this? didn’t want to offend if it was a good friend. oh well. funny shit.
    ter is starting.
    Wax hits early, huh ?

  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there is one song that has a shot of joining The 300 Club* this leg, but I doubt it’ll happen. with the current rotation thirteen shows is too short of a run for it.

    *as in total times ever played

  16. bouncin fan Says:

    I wish PB. 3 hours and counting.

    for some reason I hate asking who the fuck is this? on those type of calls. usually by a few minutes my dense ass picks it up.

    this cat new everything about me and my life and recent events. no fuckin clue. totally weird.

  17. MiA Says:

    I bet Miner called BF.

  18. IrieWalton Says:

    Great to be back on the west side after spending the last five days in the “heart of it all” aka Ohio for a wedding.

    Very hard to travel through SFO, yesterday, knowing the deluge of folks that will be descending on that city in a few days and that we can’t make it work due to family visiting.

    As for Long Beach the arena is close to the sea, right? Maybe a Drowned opener with a true jam to get things started tomorrow?

    Bring on ter and safe travels to all!

  19. TheSloth Says:

    My most seen is Reba and Antelpoe at 22 for 33%.
    I really love the Niagra Falls ’95 Reba.

  20. Slicksasquatch Says:

    ASIHTOS needs to be taken for a deep exploratory ride . Full of whale orchestration 😉

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Really, A-dub?

    It is totally cool to ask whenever who it is that you are speaking to, particularly if they have not directly identified themselves. Nevermind a 15yr departure for being crewed up with those cats. Ask away, I say

  22. bouncin fan Says:

    you don’t become a broken addict like myself without a shit ton of strange insecurities PB

    but ya. “who is this I am speaking to” probably would have helped me out

    got the prefix down to Grass Valley, CA. have a bunch of peeps from there so at least it makes sense.

  23. marcoesq Says:

    You guys with your 20+ Reba’s must’ve started earlier. I’ve only caught it 6 times, 6! That’s less than 10% of my shows. Ballzac

  24. marcoesq Says:

    I’ve caught Ocelot as many fukin times as Reba, that’s just ass

  25. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Since you all are posting your most seen song . Last time I checked it was DWD .I think it was like 45 times . Suitably so. but I forgot my green board password it’s been so long . Thanks miner

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