Today Phish has announced the second leg of the band’s summer tour, which brings them a handful of venues they’ve never played before and a few old favorites. The second leg kicks off on August 15 at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California and continues at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for three shows at the indoor arena before concluding a few weeks later with a three-night stand at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park near Denver over Labor Day Weekend.
Here’s the full list of leg two tour dates…
8/15 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
8/17 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
8/18 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
8/19 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
8/22 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
8/24 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL
8/25 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
8/26 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
8/28 Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO
8/29 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
8/31 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9/1 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
9/2 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
As usual, the band has prepared a video announcing the dates…
A lottery for tickets is currently underway through Music Today. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27. A bit of unfortunate news was included in today’s announcement, as Phish revealed, “No additional Phish dates will be announced for Summer or Fall of 2012.”
- Previously: Phish Summer Tour 2012 – Leg One – Venues
Here’s a look at the venues Phish will play during the second leg of the tour…
Long Beach Arena
Previously at Long Beach Arena: Phish has never played this venue before
Skinny: 2012 marks the second summer in a row that Phish will play a venue they’ve never played before in Southern California following last year’s stop at the Hollywood Bowl. Built in 1962, the Long Beach Arena sports what’s billed as “the world’s largest mural” named Planet Ocean on its exterior which features gray whales and other sea life. There are over a dozen hotels/motels within walking distance of the venue. Long Beach is located 25 miles south of Los Angeles.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Previously at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium: Phish has never played this venue before
[All Seating Charts via Ticketmaster.com Except Where Mentioned]
Skinny: A rare set of indoor summer shows, this marks Phish’s first-ever gigs at the venue named after famed impresario Bill Graham. This venue was built in 1916 and has been used by West Coast promoters Another Planet Entertainment for concerts such as Phish’s three-night stand. Only two blocks away from a BART station, mass transit is a much wiser option than trying to find parking.
Previously at Starlight: Phish has never played this venue before
[via Venue's Website]
Skinny: Phish will return to the Kansas City area this summer for the first time since a July 17, 2003 performance at Bonner Springs. The Starlight Theatre is a large outdoor venue that opened in 1951 and alternates between hosting concerts and musicals. A mid ’00s renovation brought the theater into the modern age.
Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
Previously at the Zoo Ampitheatre: Phish has never played this venue before.
Skinny: The wait is nearly over for Sooner State Phish fans as the band will finally play a show in Oklahoma for the first time in their 28-year career. The show takes place in the state’s capital and biggest city, Oklahoma City, within the Adventure District. Located just outside the actual Oklahoma City Zoo, one of the city’s top attractions, the ampitheatre was built in 1936 by the civilian conservation corps and survived years of neglect to become the area’s premier outdoor venue. Check out these 360 degree photos to get a visual on the venue’s layout.
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Previously at Oak Mountain: 2 Shows – 10/15/1994 + 9/28/1999
Skinny: Following three venue debuts, the fourth show of this leg will find Phish returning to Alabama’s Oak Mountain for the first time in nearly 13 years. The quartet first performed at the scenic ampitheatre on October 15, 1994, a show at which the Dave Matthews Band opened and then joined Phish for a cover of Daniel Lanois’ The Maker. Oak Mountain was one of several ampitheaters with Verizon in its name until a six-year sponsorship deal recently came to a close and wasn’t renewed. Located a few miles south of Birmingham, it features three tiers of seating and no lawn.
Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Previously at Lakewood: 8 Shows – 06/15/1995, 07/23/1997, 08/06/1998, 07/03/1999, 07/04/1999, 06/23/2000, 06/24/2000, 07/26/2003
Skinny: After two years at the new(ish) Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre in Alpharetta, Phish finds their way back to the more urban environs of Lakewood. This venue was a regular stop for the band from 1995 to 2003, with 1996 marking the only summer tour that took place during that time frame in which they didn’t stop at the Atlanta area shed. Seven thousand seats are located under cover, while the lawn holds the remaining 12,000 of the 19,000 total capacity.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Previously at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre: 4 Shows – 07/07/1999, 07/25/2003, 07/02/2010 and 6/17/2011
Skinny: Originally opened as the Blockbuster Pavilion in 1991, Phish first visited this venue during Summer Tour 1999 at a show that featured a Derek Trucks sit-in. Phish returned in 2003 and again the past two summers.
Previously at the Chaifetz Arena: Phish has never played this venue before.
[via Venue's Website]
Skinny: Midwesterners will have a chance to catch the band indoors as they make their venue debut at St. Louis’s Chaifetz Arena. Located on the campus of St. Louis University, this arena opened in 2008 and hosts the school’s basketball teams.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Previously at Dick’s: 3 Shows – 09/02/2011, 09/03/2011, 09/04/2011
[via Venue Website]
Skinny: Apparently the band felt the same way about last year’s Labor Day Weekend run of shows at Dick’s as the fans did since Phish will return to the soccer stadium for another three-day run. Last year’s three-night stand was among the best of the era and featured one highlight after another. Home to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park opened in 2007.