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. MiA Says:

    Sorry to hear that Sumo. That sucks.

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    holy crap, sumo!

    those ziplines have been popping up everywhere. as someone who used to operate them, I have been wondering about the liability issues around the recreational industry that has sprung up for them.

    best wishes to your father and a speedy recovery. looks like you might have some lawyering to do with sugarloaf…

  3. MiA Says:

    While I like that Bangor Tweezer, everything they are doing around 23 mins seems like calliope music or something. In a joke kinda way.

    Kinda weirded me out the first time I heard it. Then at 26:20 or so it goes into Hendrix mode.

    That Tweezer is all over the place. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    live music

    that’s that shit i do like

  5. poop goblin Says:

    that’s just vintage killer 94 psychedelic mind fuck phish IMO

    no joke me and MIA def don’t see Phish through the same lens. different strokes yo.

    have fun kids. enjoy the holiday.
    didn’t do shit today.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Vibes Sumo

    So….Dick’s Sand. That is all.

  7. sumodie Says:

    Yeah, my dad def discovered the weak link in sugarloaf’s zipline safety proceedures (as in, preventing someone from going down the zipline until all 100% safe to go)

    The funnier story happened on saturday. we went off destroying mother nature on our ATVs and ran out of gas. So not like us either, we’ve been riding for years. chalk it up to collective brain fart.

    as pissed as i was saturday about my mistakes (i shortened the story), i kept saying at least no one got hurt

    at least not till Sunday

    Otherwise a spectacular weekend up around rangeley, me. Such a gorgeous area. and isolated

    So much for our father-sons weekend, ha

  8. PigSong Says:

    Snow sez:

    Anyway, the point is not that Jennings didn’t catch it. No one is saying that Tate caught it.


    What is being said is that if you read the rules, you cannot establish possession until your feet are on the ground. You don’t get a touchdown just cause you get your hands on the ball. By the time they are on the ground Tate has both hands on the ball and has pulled the ball to his chest. There is no video evidence to the contrary.

    Sounds to me that you are arguing I was a catch by Tate.

    I strongly disagree that Tate ever had the ball pulled to his chest. To me, there is lots of video evidence to support this.

    Sorry, I’m sure y’all moved on. As soon as I turned on to lurk I had to shut my phone down. Carry on…

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Damn Sumo- all the best to poppa Sumo..

    Yup Pigsong… it’s not even close.

  10. PigSong Says:

    wow Sumo, best to your Pa. Head injuries are not cool.

  11. oldskool Says:

    @Palmer, you see Adam Schefter coin the play the inaccurate reception? pretty classic…

    @Snow, even if some how some way you do see it as a catch, you cannot deny the blatant offensive pass interference that was missed prior to the catch.

  12. MiA Says:

    7/21/97 – Bathtub Gin.

  13. phoammhead Says:

    d’oh to my post right before sumo’s . . . segway rider is fine/unhurt btw

  14. kayatosh Says:

    peace, bretheren. and good tidings.

    saw a little canadian banter earlier. I have the highest regard for our great white neighbor to the north for many reasons, chief among them oscar peterson.

  15. Phlorida Phan Says:

    “We’ve apologized for Bryan Adams many times”……new south park tonight for those in need!!

  16. halcyon Says:

    ::speedy recovery vibes:: for Sumo’s Dad.

    Afternoon BB. Meeting up with Kenny P later for some Creole/Cajun food.

    Hope everyone is well out here.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh yeah. halcy, clearly I can’t make it tonight. have a blast and tell that crazy KP character I said hello!

  18. joe Says:

    for me the song that I loved most when I first got into the band was Bowie. Who can recommend some early gems if we are taking the time machine back to early’sh era (93,94).

  19. sumodie Says:

    Thnx for the kind vibes

    Just found out Dad was discharged from the hospital today

    Meanwhile….all this ’94 talk is making me wanna fire up the HDs to dig into your recs.

    Or maybe I’ll just keep streaming tweezabella on my lp app. it keeps sounding better with each spin

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    my new favorite photobomb picture ever

    ray just wanted to say hey, ladies

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    As great as Tweezabella is, and it is great, the Antelope, the Gin>Foam, and the Piper are equally as sick. What a show.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    I love the Bowies that tease a bunch of songs already played during the intro. Still amazes me. 1 that sticks out is the 93 Aragon show, 4/10/93. Bad ass show too.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    6.18.94 (MLB, DEG, all that shit)
    11.26.94 (the MiA mindfuck special)
    4.10.93 (setlist teases in intro, secret language, a personal fav)
    12.29.94 (run, don’t walk to go listen to this. UBER BOWIE)

    just a few off the top of my head…

  24. halcyon Says:

    Will Do T3. Let’s get together for a brew soon.

    @ Joe

    7-15-94 Jones Beach NY w/ ABB Jessica Tease

  25. oldskool Says:

    04.30.94 The Edge in Orlando

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