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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Nothing like not being able to find 160g ipod right before my trip tomorrow morning. The 16 g flac player is going to have to do. Good thing it works with my portable speakers.

  2. Jtran Says:

    2 sets Kevin

  3. sanchothehutt Says:

    oh i forgot this is a festi show…not sure about sets

  4. thedayman Says:

    still 2 sets sancho, which is bomb. their time slot is 630 – 10. nice tweez so far btw.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    This Tweezer is sounding hot.

  6. Kevin Says:

    Cool, thanks guys. I’ll be glad to have a full show to spin during my lazy Saturday morning.

  7. thedayman Says:

    treys been shreddin all night so far. ooh jam round deux.

  8. thedayman Says:

    storage shed ftw!

  9. sanchothehutt Says:

    That’s awesome to hear!!!!

    And Mound taboot

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Good night folks. Up at 4 am tomorrow. See you fools in chicago. Peace

  11. Jtran Says:

    cool little segue there, great 1st set tweezer

    also great commentary on the stream, thanks streamer!

  12. sanchothehutt Says:

    PLaying that tweez pretty close to the chest.

  13. sanchothehutt Says:

    Wish I could be in Chicago. Damn, an hour away and I couldn’t figure out a way to make it happen. Cheapest ticket I saw today was going for over $200. Bummer.

  14. thedayman Says:

    that sucks man, sorry to hear it. i would bet there are tickets floating outside, but the price is always tough to gauge.

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    So fucked up that it is Friday, this week is all out of whack. Vacation’d.

    Just found out my annual review is on Monday at noon… better then than Wed, I suppose.

  16. sanchothehutt Says:

    Yeah, then there’s the whole taking off of work aspect to consider. I can’t gamble away any of my last 5 days. I’ve got friends that’ll be there all three nights, so if they find something reasonable on grounds, I’ll be there. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Tuesday.

  17. sanchothehutt Says:

    Good luck, AJ

  18. Jtran Says:

    “greatest hits – super funky tweezer” text from the inside received

  19. thedayman Says:

    haha mikes? loco.

    good luck sancho

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    The fuck? Isn’t this a two set affair?

  21. Esteban Says:

    This guy next to the stream needs to shut it hahah

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ladies and gents, the 3 minute mike’s groove

  23. thedayman Says:

    mikes groove between set 1 and 2? thatd be cool. im down for a big mikes jam though, thatd be killer

  24. Jtran Says:

    Mike’s second jamming upcoming

  25. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Would be the longest Mike’s of 3.0 LOL

    Sorry, I thought this was the Hoodstream comments, nvm.

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