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:

    Snow, regarding your “no PI has ever been called on a hail Mary” stat, perhaps that’s because 99% of the time the receiver doesn’t put the DB on the ground with a two hand push to the back.

    Also, just because it hasn’t been called doesn’t mean it shouldn’t…

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    leave it to snow to turn the game of football into a game of semantics and interpretation. Seriously, it’s not even close. I’m done with the conversation. One good this is that the call was so bad it brought everyone to the table and the deal will be done before tomorrow night’s game.

    That pretty much sums up the call.

  3. voopa Says:

    Crowd Control >
    Simultaneous Lovin’ (Chef) >
    Joint Control (debut)

  4. MiA Says:


    Listen to this, in terms of the Saint’s “bounty” scandal.

    Terrible calls in the NFC Championship game. This FB game was nothing.

  5. bobby weird Says:

    my final word on this tedium as well: the worst part was the refs never said definitively whether the call on the field was a TD (per the ref w 2 hands in air), or clock stoppage or end of game (per the ref waving the play off). The rules require a definitive call on the field so the booth can determine whether that call is reviewable, which never came.

    so, regardless of how one feels about the ‘inaccurate reception’, the refs botched the game by failing to make a definitive call that could potentially have been subject to review.

  6. snow Says:

    It’s not me turning it into semantics… it ‘s the NFL!

    Agreed, bobby. The ref should have called a conference. I’m still not sure that the white official didn’t signal touchdown because he thought the black official was going to signal touchdown when really he was raising his harms to signal the clock stop.

    Viola- please sheer against the seahawks because of this.

  7. phoammhead Says:

    getting into this auburn hills release on livephish app . . . antelope is nasty

  8. bobby weird Says:

    but it is def not the seahawks fault the refs botched in their favor or that the game counts as a win; it def does. no seahwaks hate here, no dispute they won this game. maybe not fair and square but thats on the nfl and the scabs, not the hawks. (i kinda hate pete carrol tho… sorry!)

  9. phoammhead Says:

    ref botching a game is nothing new . . . still early in the season . . . not like it’s the championship or anything. btw, i didn’t see the game, don’t know who played other than bw mentioning seahawks and don’t really care. i grew up a redskins fan, but now i’ll pull for panthers.

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    Still going eh. You are wrong snow, just plain wrong. 99.99% of America knows it. I can hear Keyshawn telling you C’mon man right now. Just admit you got away with one and it’s all cool. Bad calls happen. To defend it is absolutely ludicrous.

  11. tzara's Says:

    Wait I thought King Countiers were supposed to be depressed and introverted all the time. I’ve been doing it wrong. It’s intellectual superiority from here on out.


  12. joe Says:

    waiting patiently for Kenny G radio lady to leave so I can listen to the Palace release. she decided to stay late on the day that I was going to download it. (thanks again, Mr. Miner)

  13. phoammhead Says:

    on maze . . . closing in on tweezabella

  14. snow Says:

    NO you’re wrong! 😛

  15. phoammhead Says:

    now . . . main event. love that terminology.

  16. phoammhead Says:

    i love it when i listen to phish . . . like this hills release and i start hearing things . . . like someone’s saying something. some really dank textures up in this tweezer.

  17. phoammhead Says:

    good shit! as good as advertised.

  18. phoammhead Says:

    bek is at a wedding shower . . . i don’t do wedding showers. but, according to bek i will be doing baby showers . . . oh god, help me.

  19. snow Says:

    my position has always been that we got away with one and, as shown by the power rankings, the glowhawks are on par with the pack. I just don’t think it was so blatantly obviously an interception as it was made to seem on monday night. I’m the least absolutist person.

    And, yeah, I don’t blame anyone for hating Pete Carroll. Totally get it.
    I did too until I watched this:

    And then have watched him for 2.5 years. Did you see that Defense on Monday? damn.

  20. snow Says:

    Aw must hate him on his fashion choices alone.

  21. butter Says:

    havent read back dont know if its been mentioned, but a few Vegas casino houses are giving back $$$ on GB bets.

    that shit cray. paying on SeaChickens and refunding GB. grown ass men style gambling

  22. plord Says:

    Less NFL.

    More Tweezabella.

    Fer fuck’s sake, you guys. Football might be a billion $ industry but Phish gives me things that money can’t buy.


  23. MiA Says:

    Is now a bad time to bring up the Ryder Cup?

  24. jerseyjim Says:

    just bought the flacs for Auburn…brown baggin’ it for the rest of the week, but lunch is temporary, that twist endures.

  25. snow Says:

    okay, I really am going to stop now.

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