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. btb Says:

    DF – Green Flash IPA is solid. If they have the Palate Wrecker, be sure to pick that one up. Everything Green Flash makes is top notch.

    Anyone pick up any Founders Brew Co. Breakfast Stout? Its my go to right now. Perfection.

  2. Little umbrellas Says:

    Oh and Lee Fields is a really nice guy.

  3. alf Says:

    you people are fucked up

    miner should write about the yankees. that would keep it spicy around here.

  4. poop goblin Says:

    def not my fav track on ON the Beach umbrellas (vampire blues)

    it’s top 20 album ever for me. love every song on there.

    hearing Neil play Ambulance BLues acoustic is one of the high points of my show goin career

  5. MiA Says:

    Love a good Zappa alias Little Umbrella’s.

    Little Umbrella’s = Great Zappa track.
    Dancing Fool = Worst Zappa track.

  6. Little umbrellas Says:


  7. MiA Says:

    AW pimpin’ a HB poster. Nice. Hadn’t seen that one.

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha thanks mia

  9. Dorn76 Says:

    One of our cats is worth his weight in gold. Kills a pile of moles, mice, chipmunks every year. Keeps ’em out of the lawn, basement and garage.

    Takes down a squirrel for sport every now and then, too.

    The other one is a lousy layabout.

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    IPAs are limited here compared to the US of A

  11. alf Says:

    but what i really came by for is a set II rec for my train ride home, to complement GD 11-6-71 which is up first

  12. btb Says:

    I’ll be in Toronto on October 9-10 for business. Driving in and out rather quickly, but any Toronto beers I should pick up?

  13. MiA Says:

    Dorn, your kick ass cat needs to take out the laze-about.

  14. poop goblin Says:

    I def am all for the more synthy washy style Phish. it’s just hard to give up the tightness and the crispness of the early years

    I spun a 30 min tweez from 94 and then 00 last night

    although the tones and styles of the 00 version were epic was weird to hear how loose the playing especially Fish’s beats had become in that 6 year period.

    if the boys practiced like beginning through 98 in the later years who knows how sick those 99-00 tours could have been.

    wish we didn’t lose one when we gained the other.

    since Troy can’t really carry a band like he used to and Page and Mike have improved while Fish and Trey have chilled out seems like the natural progression of the band.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    where in toronto btb? if you’ve never been in canada you’ll quickly learn that alcohol is government regulated and we only have 2 stores for it, ‘the beer store’ and the ‘LCBO’

  16. voopa Says:

    Rooster- I’m near there, so is dusty.

  17. Dorn76 Says:

    4638 Katie syncs nicely with Tweezabella…


  18. poop goblin Says:

    Eric dolphy’s Out to lunch catches up with Jdilla and Timbaland

    this cracked me up. I’m still hearing this in my head. has nothing to do with Phish. and sounds different everytime I envision it.

    but that’s a classic new poster line right there. good stuff.

  19. Little umbrellas Says:

    “is that a real poncho, or is that a sears poncho?” / ” neurologist! I used to be one of those, happens to me all the time…” similar feeling On the Beach is my favorite work of his so far.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Nickel Brook Headstock IPA has been my go-to beer the last month. I think it’s Ontario brewed.

  21. alf Says:

    canadian flacs
    american ipas
    and cats, fool’s weekend

  22. dusty Says:

    @ Rooster….tahoe here. Let me know what your thinking/need. aronpeters @ the g mail.

    Cats around here don’t make it outside too long. A friend has had 7 outside cats in 8 years. Dogs are where its at if you live in an outdoorsy area. I love skiing with mine.

  23. btb Says:

    DF – I’ll be by the fashion/financial district and then by York Cemetary

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha those are my weekdays too

  25. Dorn76 Says:

    Every now and then we have to lock them both upstairs for some reason or another….Come home there’s usually tufts of black hair everywhere, one cat nowhere in sight, the other contentedly licking himself.

    I feel bad, but gotta teach the little one’s to stand up for themselves.

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