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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676 Responses to “Looking to Leg Two”

  1. marcoesq Says:

    I’ve caught “Jam” 2 times more than Reba, jeebus.

    I’ll stop now

  2. Jtran Says:


    Trey tour yo!

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    I don’t think it’s a big deal to say how many times you have seen a song as long as you don’t do it to call other people out. I have seen the band a bunch but some have seen them many many more times.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    nice to see trey playing the capitol. really cool to see that venue getting renewed and all the people playing it.

  5. bearito Says:

    Drive by from Kauai:

    Hope everyone is jacked for Leg 2

    Can’t wait to see what unfolds in Long Beach

    Oak Mt/Lakewood is all for me on Leg 2

    Hope you west coasters get IT BIG!!!

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    I see Trey is playing 2 shows in 2 different cities at the same time. Pretty impressive stuff.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I think that orpheum show is supposed to be 10.27
    that’s how it showed on livenation earlier today

    unless you catch full tours (and even then…) how many times you’ve seen a song is a personal statistic that isn’t really relevant to others with different sample sizes. but it’s still fun to play around with when I realize just how many times I’ve had to hear fucking cavern (40).

  8. marcoesq Says:

    Bearito- See you at both! You’ll have to show me how southern runs are done

  9. MiA Says:

    Yeah Slick, it’s 41 DWD’s for me and that equals the number of YEMs with 40 CDTs. 1 CDT Reprise.

    Which I am completely happy with. Never seen Highway to Hell though.

  10. bearito Says:

    Hell yeah Marco!

    Def hope to meet some bb’ers

    Meetup scheduled?

  11. MiA Says:

    Yeah, sorry to bring up the whole statistics thing. Just think I need more Rebas hopefully. One of my favorite jams.

  12. marcoesq Says:

    Not sure, we’re staying at the la quinta in Bham. Is there anywhere close to venue to hang? Should be arriving around 3pm

  13. marcoesq Says:

    I think I was the one getting paddled for aggravating myself for lack of Reba’s, damn sarcasm doesn’t come through too easily on here

  14. Kaveh Says:

    Here’s a list of Trey Fall Tour Dates…

    October 18 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
    October 19 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
    October 20 – LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
    October 22 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
    October 23 – The National – Richmond, VA
    October 24 – Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
    October 26 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
    October 27 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
    October 28 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

  15. bouncin fan Says:

    nice new solo Troy tour to miss.

  16. marcoesq Says:

    :::Troy logic:::

    No Phish fall tour to be able to spend more time with family? Or just add on some TAB dates and jaunt around the country merrily

  17. bearito Says:

    Not sure where were staying but it will prolly be in bham as everything in Pelham has been booked up for months

    I’ve only camped at Oak Mt so that’s all I know of the area but I’m sure there are some bars nearby we could arrange a meetup

    Taking a good buddy and his wife to their first show at Oak (both live music freaks)

    Hope they get a good ol fashioned heater

    Lycan around?

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    totally forgot there was a show tomorrow. wow

  19. voopa Says:

    Oooh, 9 whole shows. Troy really goin’ for it.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just wait, voopa. leg two west coast announcement is coming soon.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    Hot Cheetos and Takis


  22. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Troy just misses Natalie…

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    ” Or just add on some TAB dates and jaunt around the country merrily”

    Hardly around the “country”.

    Asi es.

  24. marcoesq Says:

    The area between Chi and East Coast seems to be considered the “country” these days by Phish so no reason Trey shouldn’t feel the same way.

  25. marcoesq Says:

    “I wanted to work with Peter because he is a master at creating a sonic landscape,”

    Soiunds kinda cool

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