Patience Is a Virtue

8.10.11 - Lake Tahoe (Eric Batuello)

After four consecutive shows that flowed naturally with jams routinely seen to fruition, Phish closed out their stand in Tahoe with a herky-jerky performance that had flashes of brilliance, but little cohesion. Ironically, the band played quite well and continued to present original ideas throughout the second set, but instead of allowing any of these jams to fully develop, Trey showed his first signs of impatience during leg two as he continued to push the setlist forward while cutting of several jams that had loads of potential. In a second-set filled with improvisational vehicles, the possibilities were endless. When all was said and done, however, the “mini-jams” strewn throughout the main event—some charted for the stars—were never realized and Phish left the Sierras with a high-energy set that possessed little continuity.

"Disease" - 8.10.11 (E.Battuello)

When the band opened the second half with “Disease,” one had to think they were taking one of their favorite recent jams into the deep end. But when they had broken structure and engaged in serious improv, Trey decided to bring “Runaway Jim” to life at the cost of the “Disease” jam.” But when the guys opened up “Jim” for the first time in ages, it seemed like that decision would soon be forgotten. Coming out of a segment of growling psychedelia, Phish made a change and sounded like they might debut a new song. But when they took this idea and transformed the music into a sublime groove, it seemed like the band was on the brink of transcendence. But just as they hit full stride, Trey, inexplicably, bailed on the idea in favor of “Ghost” (a song he had already pushed earlier in the “Jim”.) At this juncture, Phish had embarked on two legitimate jams during the first two selections of the second set only to have them aborted by the big guy.

Though the “Ghost” jam, itself, was a straightforward rocker, once the band hit the peak, they dripped into an ambient excursion. As the guys added layers of abstract effect and melody to this burgeoning sound sculpture, the moments within were the most spiritual of the night. But once the band had locked themselves in the storage shed, Trey got claustrophobic and escaped this developing beast with the eject button in the form of “Golden Age.” Not to be repetitive here, but as soon as “Golden Age” got out its structure and into a palpable groove, Trey urged the band into an ambient fade out and “2001.” Letting loose a bit in the super-charged space funk, Phish crafted a sweltering late-set dance session, a vibe that would be furthered by a jamless “Sneakin’ Sally” and a wholly standard “YEM.”

8.10.11 (E.Battuello)

The meat of the second set would have to be considered the sequence from “Runaway Jim” through “2001,” but with little cohesion, the presentation of this music suffered. The set could have been huge. If Trey allowed one or two jams to grow—specifically, “Jim” and/or “Ghost”—the show’s eye-popping setlist would have sprung to life. But as it stood, though “Disease,” “Jim,” and “Ghost” all had moments of sheer genius, Trey’s continuous impatience didn’t allow the band to reach any musical breakthroughs. For the first time this tour, Phish didn’t drop a timeless, improvisational gem, but, instead, powered past a few passages of huge promise en route to their most discombobulated effort of August.

Unofficial Tahoe (Masthay)

Oddly, as tour has seemingly just started, it is now on the brink of conclusion. With one show at Outside Lands and three in Chicago, Phish will bid us adieu until Colorado—three shows that will likely be their swan song of 2011. And over these next four shows, I’m sure we will hear quite a bit more mind-bending music. Every tour has a speed bump, and last night certainly felt like the off night of this run—not such a big deal considering the goings on in the Phish universe over the past week. On to San Francisco. Next stop—Golden Gate Park!

1st Set Notes: The band played the first set straight as an arrow, favoring well-played songs though stringing together a lot of flat setlist choices. The show’s first signs of life came via a late-set “Stash” whose spiraling jam provided the first improvisational licks of the evening. The band built a little end-of-set momentum with “Funky Bitch,” and “Antelope,” but when the lights came on for setbreak, there wasn’t much music to discuss. The most notable talking point was the bustout of “Dogs Stole Things” to open the show, one of the last songs to appear in this era.

I: Dogs Stole Things, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Poor Heart, Alaska, Halley’s Comet > It’s Ice, When the Circus Comes, Ya Mar, Stash, Funky Bitch, Instant Karma!, Run Like an Antelope

II: Down with Disease > Runaway Jim > Ghost > Golden Age > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, Guyute, Wading in the Velvet Sea, You Enjoy Myself

E: Show of Life, Good Times Bad Times

"2001" - 8.10.11 (Eric Batuello)

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1,321 Responses to “Patience Is a Virtue”

  1. halcyon Says:

    Hey everyone…..

    Listening to Set 2 now, the segue from Ghost to Golden Age was smooth.

    Here is a link to a hot show by Return To Forever 2-3-1975 in Austria. Nice Sound. I uploaded the files individually, but they are worth the time and patience for. I totally spaced uploading a zip.

    Wien aka Vienna (Austria)
    February 3, 1975

    Chick Corea (p,keyb,synth,snare drum,announcements), Al DiMeola (g), Stanley Clarke (b,elb,announcement), Lenny White (dr)

    Disc 1:

    01. CC ann – 2:02
    04. THE SHADOW OF LO – 12:00
    05. VULCAN WORLDS – 19:31
    06. NO MYSTERY – 6:46

    Disc 2:

    07. ACOUSTIC SOLOS # 1 (p solo) – 6:51
    08. ACOUSTIC SOLOS # 2 – 19:22
    09. CELEBRATION SUITE – 19:54


  2. MrCompletely Says:

    great writeup @robert!

    I hate vocal jams though 😮

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    “storytelling for grownups”

    ha ha

    you have no idea.

    this is not a story of kings and dragons you read your kids.

    Shit there were parts of the series that literally had my skin crawling and stomach turning, in the best possible way though

  4. Mike in Austin Says:

    Robear, give me a call if you need me. Always a backup if another BB’er isn’t going that way.

  5. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Mr c your opinions are always highly valued

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    @bingos if you look at it you’ll see we have all these different sciences that describe different levels of reality

    several flavors of physics

    then chemistry

    then biology

    then mind and society or culture or whatever

    but how do they relate? how does physics turn into chemistry? how do a bunch of chemical processes turn into a unified organism? how do a bunch of ants turn into an organized society?

    how do we all come together in that inexplicable way during those perfect show moments?

    that’s what emergence/complexity science is about.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    UIC bitches

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    “how do we all come together in that inexplicable way during those perfect show moments?”

    Yes. This is the scene where emergence came in. Intriguing for sure. Anathem is fiction, but very SF and cyberpunk, which I’m normally not into, just happened upon it by chance and am digging it. You would prob dig it.

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah I’m kind of saving that book for sometime. Stephenson is a very brilliant but often exhausting or frustrating writer

  10. lawrencewelk Says:

    so now that we’re are half way through leg two…….whats the consensus compared to leg one?

    As of now I’m thinking Bethel>cinci trumps this west coast run in terms of number of great jams. Whatcha all thinking?

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    Anathem sounds like one of his better books from what I have heard so I will def check it out

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    tiger stunk up the joint today. 14 shots back after one round. 13 bunkers hit today. “ouch”

  13. bhizzle Says:

    I was going to try to hear the Light and force myself to get to the good part, but yawningdrone is not supporting set ii night 1…ballz!

    Never really was a fan of the vocal jams at the end of YEMs, except for the Vegas 96 (my lil one enjoys hearing them doing the liking donuts theme). And I really, really like the Utica Wolfman’s, but now it seems like it is popping up everywhere.

  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    correct me if im wrong,

    but hasn’t the vocal jam been a regular fixture in Sallys?

  15. bhizzle Says:

    I think it’s better off describing leg 1 with the shows that didn’t bring it. And do you consider SBIX part of leg 1?

  16. Robert Champion Says:

    Oh Mr. Completely – Even the H-Ween from Chicago? That vocal jam is definitive Phish!

  17. lawrencewelk Says:

    yes, lycan, yes it has.

  18. DryIceFactory Says:

    Funny side plot on the “Game of Thrones” talk.

    Every night after Bethel, people were yelling “THE KAHLEESEEE” and show quotes that I cant remember on the bus ride back to our campground. I was running on a full head of fluff on Saturday and I was sitting next to this girl I had just met through a bunch of my tour possee and I said to her “this is going to get weird, and do not judge me. everyone else will know what I’m talking about” It got really funny from there.

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “but hasn’t the vocal jam been a regular fixture in Sallys?”


  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yes, with the exception of 97-04 when it wasn’t usually done.

    see here

  21. Robert Champion Says:

    Each vocal jam in Sallie’s gives it a unique spin imo and altars the song dramatically.

  22. lawrencewelk Says:

    who else wants to answer lycan’s question? anyone? anyone?

    Moving on then……………

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    i’ll answer again if that helps

  24. Fatbunch Says:

    @Mr C- have you read any Rupert Sheldrake and his theory of moronic resonance? Has some really interesting ideas. Check out “A New Science of Life”

    Great to meet you at the Gorge. GO PHISH!

  25. Fatbunch Says:

    ^doh! Make that ” Morphic Resonance “. 🙂

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