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. SillyWilly Says:

    Just wanted to send all my best vibes to everyone tonight

    Tour Opener Eve.

    Been really busy at work, but I absolutely love my job. The day flies by. I feel like I’m gaining confidence all the time.

    Been talking a lot with Jtran and garretc about SF plans. Can’t wait to get out there on Friday.

    I’m excited to introduce my SLF to our little crew here. She’s been telling me she’s pumped to gain some “show friends” as she always calls them.

    I really want to make a concerted effort to get to have a solid conversation with everyone. Usually my only regrets after Phish shows/runs are not making the rounds and catching up.

    so pumped. good luck and safe travels to Long Beach. Catch up with y’all in san francisco.

    fullest warmth.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    AW

    About talking with someone and having no idea who it was…

    My girl was in Bolivia for 5 weeks earlier this summer.

    Sunday before I started work I get a call.

    Cannot place the voice. Girl is asking me if I’m excited for work. If I managed to get a bunch of clothes for work. If I was all moved in in MKE.

    whole time I’m thinking: Who the fuck is this?

    About 4 minutes in she says: You have no fucking clue who I am do you?

    Me: No, I don’t.

    Her: Fuck. I’m calling from Bolivia and you can’t figure out who this is.

    busted.

  3. Mr palmer Says:

    You have to book Silly time early in the morning. Worked for me in AC.

  4. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Silly, you hitting Denver?

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Boarding pass printed for tomorrow’s flight

  6. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    For the hikers

    stash this:

    http://arizonahiking.org/component/content/article/82-mogollon-rim/143-wet-beaver-creek

  7. MiA Says:

    Just got prescription filled. 1st place gave me generics, out of pocket for $2.57. Said “oops, didn’t want that. Generic sucks and doesnt work as well” they say “we don’t carry non generic” so go to another pharmacy 7 miles away with “brand” and they charge me $60.

    FML.

  8. vegas wolfmans Says:

    pb- You hitting Denver? If so, we should hang.

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Totally, VW! I will be in character all weekend long.

    Hit me up through non BB channels. You need lodging? I may have the hook up for folks Friday to Monday.

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    I just may need lodging- and thanks for the thought. Many things in flux concerning logistics, but plane and concert tix are locked in. Be in touch…

  11. sumodie Says:

    Entering the pre tour packing stage…

    Safe travels to LB & SF!

  12. sumodie Says:

    Jam On tonite…? Not that I’ll be able to tune in

  13. PigSong Says:

    Do you really not take generic meds, MiA? I can see them not working, might be experiencing that first hand with some allergy meds. Plan is to be off all meds by the end of the year through healthier living and chiropractic care. Yes, I believe in that.

    Anyone ever read The Teachings of Don Juan? Picked it up and read about half of it today. Interesting book, but now I googled it and found out all the. A very close friend considers it one of her all time favorites and her bible. (PhamB and arizonahiking link made me bring this up)

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    See you soon silly!

  15. MiA Says:

    In this case, I could probably have just taken 2x the generics and been cheaper. Just didn’t have the tenacity anymore to fight it.

    Oh well. Not a big deal.

  16. MiA Says:

    Packing up!

  17. xpun Says:

    was just clicking around phish.com and found out that bgca webcasts are available on demand for up to 24 hours after the event. thats a pretty cool new developement.

  18. marcoesq Says:

    Big fkn question: Just saw the Roxy ’93 box set on iTunes with the Lakewood 06.24.00 Tweezer as filler on it, does it really have that? Is the Lakewood Tweezer really on SBD??? Someone help me!

  19. RedRedWorm Says:

    Just pulled the trigger on an OKC flight. Woo-hoo! Now catching KC, OKC as well as Dick’s.

  20. xpun Says:

    bb fantasy football getting filled up. emails sent out.

    tour is getting near. safe travels.

  21. RedRedWorm Says:

    “Big fkn question: Just saw the Roxy ’93 box set on iTunes with the Lakewood 06.24.00 Tweezer as filler on it, does it really have that? Is the Lakewood Tweezer really on SBD??? Someone help me!”

    Great question. That Tweezer is 25 minutes of pure bliss.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    I thought mia owned a pharmacy?

  23. marcoesq Says:

    xpun- no email? I’m tryin to get down!

    Lakewood Tweez Filler

  24. Jtran Says:

    Looking for an extra floor for tomorrow. SLF now coming after not thinking she could.

    jtranvt23 @ gmail

  25. MiA Says:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?dg8hyxo9g7of40v

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