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. voopa Says:

    g7- See last night’s discussion.

  2. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    officially working on a sync of 12/6/97 video and SBD alacs.

    i will probably password protect the videos but will post it later. if you want to make sure you get a link/password email me devinconcannon122 at gmail. no nudes this time plz.

  3. Dorn76 Says:

    What’s ur company, @TIII? I like news. And money.

    Reading back, I’m pretty impressed with Michael Kang’s analysis of the scab ref debacle. Guy knows football.

  4. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    might not be done by tonight^ depends how much actual work i have to do at work today. does anyone know offhand of a better download source of the video rather than youtube rips? i can rip my dvd at home but that will set me back an extra day and probably wont add much quality either, may even make it worse.

  5. Kaveh Says:

    This year’s CDT’s are what I like

    ^ THIS…and now the Denver version.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    blown nfl calls are one thing, but we are headed for a bacon crisis, people. this is serious.


  7. Guyute711 Says:

    Who cares about euro pork? I call their bluff too, it’s not red meat, it’s maroon meat.

  8. El Duderino Says:

    @ GDad

    Opinions very on the “Southern Cross” shows.

    While I have been pleased with what has been thrown down out here since the return, I’d give CLT the edge over the other 2 shows.
    but an over all “OK” rating

    Leo asked me what I thought and I said “meh”
    verno329 said “some killer with some philler” and that about somes it up IMHO.

  9. El Duderino Says:

    Unions are worth their weight in gold.
    People need to wake up and stop believing the rhetoric that has been spread by the rich who believe it’s all about them.

    this isn’t off topic, just a microcosm of what has been happening over the 40 years in the country and the direct decline of unions and the middle-class.
    Don’t believe that SS is going broke either ‘cuz it’s not. there’s a 2.8 trillion $ surplus.

    end of rant

    oh, and the Koch brothers are true enemies of the state

  10. PigSong Says:

    Snoop Lion on Mike and Mike, ya diggg?

    I don’t think that call is fun for anyone involved. Not sure how seahawks.com gets off publishing this headline/photo combo though. If you aren’t going to open up comments, at least let me email the author.

  11. Guyute711 Says:

    Pelham was better than ATL and CLT. You be smokin something this morning Duder?

  12. tela'smuff Says:

    @robear – just tried to buy a WW hoodie on Dry Goods and they only have smalls. what’s up wit that!

  13. Robear Says:

    Miner incites a Twitter contest, then rolls over and goes back to sleep. Dreaming of the next live ‘TweezAbella’

  14. Robear Says:

    Don’t ask me my opinion of the people who run WW in Vermont on a public forum.

    But yeah, I agree. Why have hoodies in the fall? FTR, we had no hoodies for Greek or Telluride, for some perspective.

  15. dognamedwilson Says:

    NFL is for suckers. You wanna make sport more interesting? Try betting on pro wrestling. I feel bad for @redredworm. Dude got his pocket picked by mobsters last night.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    something for nothing.

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    all of the heavy pull over hoodies they have on Dry Goods are smalls. i guess Phish hates tall people. i love that WW hoodie, and need a new hoodie of the fall/winter. i’ll harass them.

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you’re killin me smalls

  19. El Duderino Says:

    No G$

    Not enough hours in the day. I get 10 minute breaks every couple of hours, otherwise it’s been nonstop since 3:08pm on Sept. 7th

  20. IrieWalton Says:

    Auburn drop is up on the Live Phish App.

    It still hasn’t hit Spotify yet, but hopefully that comes later today considering that the Winston release was on Spotify the day it was released if I remember correctly.

    Regardless, hello crystal clear Cowfunk. Time to take a stroll down memory lane and the days of my youth.

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    broke out a brand new hoodie last nite my buddy copped at the thrasher warehouse while in SF. chilly soccer games call for it.


  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    irie, it is on crunchygroove too

  23. poop goblin Says:

    Don’t believe that SS is going broke either ‘cuz it’s not. there’s a 2.8 trillion $ surplus.

    big number upper left


  24. poop goblin Says:

    and Prince crushed it last night. fun show.

  25. El Duderino Says:


    wonder how much the Koch brothers donated to that site.
    the facts are the facts and SS is not broke by a long shot.

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