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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    The only thing I’m sure Golden Tate had two hands on was those doughnuts.

    LLFA! winner.


  2. poop goblin Says:

    can’t bottom page a good glow/krugman meme


  3. poop goblin Says:

    and I hate fuckin bros that dig cats. so that is fuckin perfect.

  4. MiA Says:

    Just got back from lunch.

    That was like my desert PG. Thanks.

  5. MiA Says:

    and I hate fuckin bros that dig cats. so that is fuckin perfect

    DF has lots of pictures of his cats. Single dude with a cat.

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Krugman thinks all 32 teams should share the points though…..only fair thing to do.

  7. Little umbrellas Says:

    “phish coming up in the 80’s seems to be a reflection of the idea that more radical techniques were needed to express the ideas…. “. Good point Willy.
    After reading Poop’s opinion about the development of Mike and Page in the group, I wanted to post the snippet from the BGCC light where Page brings out the Yamaha and the Moog for some two handed synth heaven. (Sun ra? Larry young? Ish). But then Poop mentioned that on his own accord.

    If you like the Inner mounting flame (McLaughlin and Cohbam) then 94-95 is right up your alley. Or Echinda’s Arf from Zappa’s live at the Roxy. Technicaly on point precision madness and ridiculous guitar and drum shreddery.
    I absolutely love this stuff , but also love the progression into the 97 era, or today’s even more textural and effect land affairs. Herbie Hancock’s Sextant? Amon Tobin? The effect of the improvisation being able to step out of bounds and rely on texture and rhythmical expression rather then scalular movement is a big part of IT. You can still build harmonic tension this way.
    I love ethereal page keyboards to MIA! In fact this movement I think is natural for the boys and is also what seem to be pertinent and the most progressive development of their musicality. Eric dolphy’s Out to lunch catches up with Jdilla and Timbaland.
    bring on the bass frequencies: the half time drop during Crosseyed and Painless at the BGCC=$$$. Thank you for ever Trey!!!!! and I hope it’s o.k with you that I want to hear Mike step on his Akai deep impact pedals (or does he use the Moog taurus pedals?) whilst Page is laying in on his new clarivinet whammy bar and then moves over to his delay infused theremin and synth wonderland…
    Poop: I love Neil’s on the beach, vampire blues and for me even more so, revolution blues..

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nothing more bad ass than a canadian and his cats….

  9. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    cats are the best, bitches.

  10. thedayman Says:

    DF is a crazy cat lady.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    but don’t call me a bro. that’s offensive.

  12. Jtran Says:

    cats, bitches!

  13. bobby weird Says:

    “The thing is King Co happens to be one of the most highly educated counties in the country. So we are open minded and analytically gifted. So we can do things like read the rules and understand the way the NFL interprets them.”

    ^according to this logic, this must mean that all the real ref’s will come from King Co, the only place with people smart enough to “read rules and understand the way the NFL interprets them”? sucka please.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I hope Poop is developing a Df Cat meme…

  15. ren Says:

    No walkin a cat w/precious LOL! But then again cats appreciate precious in the form of katnip…so they’ve got that going for them.

    Still a dog man myself

  16. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    my friend told me last night that they’ve been selling Green Flash IPA at liquor stores in TO. the internet says they’re in stock at the one near me. can’t wait for work to end.

  17. poop goblin Says:

    having pet cats is like pet gerbils, or ferrets

    they don’t bring anything to the table. makes no sense to me. even a small dog can at least deter a burglar.

    pets for love and affection ftw. funny shit.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    cats are hilarious and easy as shit to take care of. and they’re cute.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    dogs are all, oh no i have to be home to walk the dog and shit.

  21. RoosterPizza Says:

    Any BB in or around Reno/Tahoe area? I am thinking about making a trip out to see my cousin around the holidays.

  22. thedayman Says:

    my dog walks me. it’s great.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Found some classics.




  24. Guyute711 Says:

    Screw it, I am just watching 4638katie videos until the real refs come back.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:



    damn, in moderation… some classic memes

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