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…

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MINER ON JAM ON TONIGHT!

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. BingosBrother Says:

    I miss Natalie too. Not enough to see TAB though.

  2. marcoesq Says:

    Phish Fall Tour 2013 then? I know they said no deal with the dates announcement but Trey dates are always the official dagger in the heart.

  3. kayatosh Says:

    8.24.93 soundcheck: jam->leprachaun. $$$+ vintage phish. gorgeous stuff.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    so excited to see phish 3 nights in SF. dream scenario. already in party mode.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    the west coast contingent’s past journeys east to catch shows have inspired me to do the reverse. viva la phish.

  6. marcoesq Says:

    Would love some Leprechaun in leg II. See no reason why not

    II: Waves>Tweezer>Scents>Leprechaun>Reprise

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “We will not be playing a fall tour in 2013.”

  8. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ marco: that would be a boss hog set right there.

  9. joe Says:

    I HATE the orpheum in Boston. Thought we were done having to go there with the HOB as the recent choice for Trey.

    *told many times, but the only place I’ve ever been thrown out of for puffin in 20 plus years of puffin at shows. It was during the 70V Parade incarnation and during Shine, I realized I wasn’t nearly high enough. smoked up. dude busted me. I took one for me and my buddy who was holding the actual stash and let them escort me out. lingered outside trying to figure out a way back in till they threatened to call the cops on me (for what exactly, I’m not sure). If it were a Phish show, I may not have given up so easily. Called my buddy later that night. turns out he got thrown out like 3 songs later for same offense. No beers in seats either. have to drink them in the lobby if I remember correctly. No big deal there, but it’s still nice to have the option if you so choose.

  10. Kaveh Says:

    @marcoesq: any update on the Reba-playlist?

  11. sumodie Says:

    Trey tour, same ole solo band? Was hoping for some fresh faces. That new trey soundclip, Scabbard (?), sounded promising

    bummer that they bumped up to Boston’s orpheum instead of HOB with its gen adm open space

    Found out last nite that one of my fellow english country dancers was living in berkeley ca in the late 60s & early 70s. Naturally he started reminiscing about his Marin acid days. Def a sign of good things to come this weekend!

  12. sumodie Says:

    and HOB is even stricter about puffin than the orpheum

    Joe, you sure you weren’t tossed for screaming ‘play whiskey river’? 😉

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Plus, The capitol has been switched to The Beacon.

    They are recording a new Phish record this fall, which is promising.

    “during Shine, I realized I wasn’t nearly high enough.”

    You can never be high enough for Shine.

  14. joe Says:

    I will cop to enjoying the song Spin.

  15. bouncin fan Says:

    Fucked up thing is along with 80’s channel on Sirius, My Problem Right There, and U2 my girl is also a huge TAB fan. She plays that shit at the crib all the time. The cheesier the better. She fuckin loves it.

    So I may be at TAB in the fall. What a great husband I am.

  16. joe Says:

    any practice (we talking about Practice man, Practice) rumors coming out of Long Beach?

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there are MUCH MUCH MUCH worse things you could have to endure in the name of husbandly duty.

  18. garretc Says:

    Repost from late last night/earlier today (because it’s important):

    Late breaking, I know, but I now have MY Fri BGCA to trade for YOUR Sat BGCA. My dad has to leave town for his aunts funeral, but will be back in time for the Saturday show, and I’m tryin’ to get my old man to a Phish show, know what I mean?

    So yeah, shoot me an email, garretconour at gmail dot com

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    ^good looking out for the BB @garretc but you’re gonna do that trade with your eyes closed friday nite pre-show. good on you.

  20. BingosBrother Says:

    Yeah bf, she could wanna webcast TAB.

    @gc : gd said seif had your trade.

  21. marcoesq Says:

    Kaveh, sounds like Leo is uploading it. I only had 7 out of the 15 so hopefully he’ll have the whole set

  22. garretc Says:

    Yeah Bingos, we got in touch and no longer does he have that trade… Thanks though

    And yeah Gavin’sd, I guess that’ll probably be the case, just wanted to get it sorted out early for folks’ planning and what not.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks @marcoesq and @Leo.

  24. Snow Says:

    Just caught up

    Pre tour talk has my heart racing.

    Bouncing fan and the five minute convo… Maybe you should start by process of eliminatiOn. It wasn’t me. But now I want to call you and see if you will ask who it is.

  25. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Like I am going to get anything done in the next 24 hours

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