Leg Two All-Stars

8.29.2012 – Oklahoma City, OK (Ryan MacNeill)

During Leg Two, Phish stuck to a very tight second set rotation. When looking to compile a second leg All-Star team, a few songs—“Light,” “Chalk Dust,” and “Tweezer”—jumped right out. But the 4th and 5th spots on the first team (using the NBA model) weren’t shoo-in selections. After a bit of thought, however, here are my picks.

“Chalk Dust Torture” — Already discussed in an article last week, “Chalk Dust” leapt onto this squad with three outstanding versions in its last three outings of summer, including an all-timer in Colorado.  Bursting out of nowhere following two relatively standard versions, “Chalk Dust” broke form in Atlanta in a big way, going unfinished into “What’s the Use?.” The next two versions, in St. Louis and Colorado, went in totally different directions, culminating with Dick’s masterpiece.

“Tweezer” — Also seen in an article of its own, “Tweezer” not only made the all-star team, but also took home the comeback player of the tour. Going 4-for-4 on the tour, “Tweezer” rolled out only great jams this tour, a welcome change from recent runs. From the darkness of Bill Graham’s to the bliss of Kansas City and Charlotte, “Tweezer” covered a lot of territory over Leg Two, and it is great to see the old dog gain this honor in 2012.

“Light” — If Phish had only played the Dick’s “Light” this tour, the modern jam vehicle would have a legitimate place on this squad. But in addition to this version of instant legend, “Light” also produced the moment of the summer, and arguably, the tour’s second best jam in Bill Graham finale. The other two times out, in Atlanta and Oklahoma City, “Light” had its least potent outings of the entire summer, but with Dick’s and BGCA’s versions, “Light” has captured another first-team All-Star selection, and is in the conversation for MVP.

“Rock and Roll” — “Rock and Roll” got the Leg Two party started in the LBC with one of the jams of the tour—a 25 minute, multi-thematic leviathan that showed Bieber his maker. Phish followed up the tour-opening standout with one of their most coherent and transcendent jams of Leg Two in Oak Mountains second-set opener. “Rock and Roll” only came out one more time in Leg Two—an innocuous mid-second-set rendition in Oklahoma City. But in such short tour, two top shelf excursions equals an All-Star berth.

“Golden Age” — The fifth spot on this team could go to any one of three different songs. “Golden Age,” however, gets the nod on the strength of two great jams, in Atlanta and in Colorado. Atlanta’s version is one of the dark horses of Leg Two, and Dick’s versions has gone incredibly underrated due to the monstrosity of the “Light” that followed.

Honorable Mention: 

“Sand” — Despite Denver’s all-timer, Phish infused far less creativity in the three other versions of tour, falling back on Trey solos each time. Losing quite a bit of bite from Leg One, “Sand” still had what it takes to claim an easy second team berth.

“Ghost” — Long Beach saw, arguably, the “Ghost” of the year, and Dick’s version closed tour with a scorcher. But there was a lot of time in between.

“Piper” — Phish never truly let loose on a “Piper” during Leg Two, with its most pronounced version taking place in the tour closer. Another strong, but underdeveloped version came in Kansas City.



12-6-97 The Palace

Thanks to Phish’s home offices, I have five download codes for Phish’s brand new release of a legendary show—December 6, 1997, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan. This is a top fiver for me, and one of the best shows of 1997. This show has been begging for Fred Kevorkian’s remaster treatment for quite some time, and I’d like to thank archivist, Kevin Shapiro, for finally gracing us with this treasured nugget of Phish history!

To win one of these five download codes (mp3 only, sorry), Tweet me (@mrminer) a one-Tweet description of the second-set opening sequence, “Tweezer > Izabella.” Please use the hashtag #palacegold. I will RT the six winners at 12 noon PST and Direct Message you your winning codes!

Thanks for playing!


Jam of the Day:

Rock and Roll > Ghost” 8.15 II, LBC

The astronomic start to Leg Two in Southern California.



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811 Responses to “Leg Two All-Stars”

  1. jerseyjim Says:

    Give a man some Phish, and he doesn’t need lunch.

  2. poop goblin Says:

    Bump this shit. great soul mix.


  3. MiA Says:

    HBO’s Newsroom went to absolute shit.

    Unwatchable really.

  4. Henry Says:


    Love to see some articles about old shows (analysis, personal stories, etc.) I always loved reading those in the old days and 3.0 off seasons

  5. joe Says:

    I gave up on it somewhere near the end. Couldn’t really figure out why I was watching it at all and then just stopped kind of near the end of the season, I think. Can’t even remember where I left off. I didn’t mind the made up, exagerated “politics” of it. I hated the dialogue and the love triangles.

  6. joe Says:

    I’d actually like a post about the worst show you ever went to Miner. Probably much too negative a topic for you, though.

  7. jerseyjim Says:

    how about an interview with a taper?

  8. MiA Says:

    Yeah Joe. I get why the writers were fired.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Dad cooks a deer and doesn’t tell the kids what it is. He gives one clue. It’s what you mother calls me. The boy yells ” It’s a fucking dick, don’t eat it !”

    Ill be here all night.

  10. El Duderino Says:


  11. joe Says:

    last and only football related post for me. Probably old news to most, but if not:


    on that note. got to do some actual work before my weekend. peace

  12. dognamedwilson Says:

    “I’m the least absolutist person.”

    ^comedy gold

  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    Decent phishthoughts earlier in the day.

    Thanks for the Bowie recs. will dig in and I swore I had all the LP releases but missed 20 somehow. Will go buy that and Auburn Hills.

  14. vegas wolfmans Says:

    The real victory is that people in the pac nw give a shit about football again. I’ve lived and travelled all over this fine nation and Seattle fans are the limpest of any I’ve encountered- by far. Fuck it. I’ll hop on the bandwagon. Our D is serious and Wilson will only get better. 9-7 isn’t unrealistic.


  15. gavinsdad Says:

    albany 95 yem commence

  16. vegas wolfmans Says:

    My favorite Bowie, Gdiddy- Prov ’94. Skullfuckery of the highest order made that much better with sbd seperation and clarity.

    boiwe> tension> scary shit> melodic peak btwn 20 and 26 min> scarier shit> bowie

  17. tzara's Says:

    This angle does make it look a little different.


  18. sumodie Says:

    Providence Bowie remains my biggest what-the-fuck-just-happened Phish moment

    we were about 15th row straight back from Mike

    brain was permanently altered after that show

    /demented for life

  19. voopa Says:

    The point is the replacement refs suck. Would the “regular” refs have called PI? Perhaps. Would they have conferred before making a call? Absolutely. And it would have been reviewed, of course. And if the result had been the same, these arguments would have ended over 36 hours ago.

    Of course, non-replacements would have made more correct calls throughout the game, which would have made for a completely different ending, but I’m fucking tired of the arguments over a damn pass.

  20. voopa Says:

    Regardless, it was fascinating watch go down. The reactions from the ESPN crew had me believing that the call was wrong, then I started hearing differing opinions Tuesday morning, but by the time the League issued their statement, I was done with it.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    ATL ’00 tweez one more time.

    ba da da ba da da at 10:31-10:44

    that little climb that trey does in many tweezers…wonder which was the first to employ it. seems to be a phrase he really likes to get him loose and zoney

  22. sumodie Says:

    Refs and owners make a deal!!!

    Oh yeah, irrelevant to me 😉

    More importantly, just finished dling the Auburn Hills alacs

  23. gavinsdad Says:

    Same Sumo…just now flipped on the Gin…then foam and then to bed. Also bought the mp3s of that providence bowie 94 show. for my ride to NYC tomorrow!

    hope your father is doing better and on the mend!

  24. bobby weird Says:

    @snow… U r correct sir. The seahawks def is very bad ass. Offense remains to be seen. But what def got lost in all this is the team smothered the mighty pack. And some good teams before this. No wonder u regret this unwanted tragedy…. At least now the refs r back n we can move ahead. With one eye affixed upon the glowhawks. Never thought I’d ever say it.

  25. bobby weird Says:

    Sort of a significant period in nfl history certainly worth discussing, but understand frustration of the uninterested. sorry folks.


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