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. gavinsdad Says:

    paying all the bills now so i dont spend the bill money in chicago.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    hoodstream comments are nutso, just tried to read it for a minute. Extra crazy because they keep shouting “AJ” all the time. What kinda asshole name is that?

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    better than rachel

  4. Jtran Says:

    For those on twitter, it’s fun to search the #sfoutsidelands hashtag:

    Either the Phish guitarist looks like Ron Weesley or Ron Weesley looks like the Phish guitarist #sfoutsidelands

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    I hear that!

    Ok, gonna watch my last sunset in Tahoe ::sheds single tear::

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha nice duke

    just bought a camera, so now i have zero money to spend in chicago

  7. Jtran Says:

    Also the writer for the SF Weekly seems like a major d bag


  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    he’s playing the phans @jtran

    he’s getting off on the anger they have for his shit. started with the preview article

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Protip: Pay your bills before tour.

  10. Jtran Says:

    Interesting @t3

    Haven’t heard about him until he was retweeted by yemblog

  11. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Wonder what kind of set II this’ll be.

  12. Jtran Says:

    “I’m saying White Rabbit’s coming out next set”

  13. Jtran Says:

    that kinda set Duke, duh

  14. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    hopefully a second set that doesn’t follow the pattern of the first set

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    hoodstream chat is hilarious, makes pt look like wikipedia

    not sure what anyone expected from a first set at a festival other than what’s happening. kind of throwdown-y looking in that context imo

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    i mean as much as I think they should go all storage in set 2 the odds of a deep dive are pretty low. never know though!

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    this set is exactly what i was expecting for sure

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    @mr c – looked back but cant uncover the seun kuti link. can you repost if you get a sec? thanks.

  19. voopa Says:


  20. MrCompletely Says: enjoy

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Voopa is feeling it at the show, awesome!

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    From Twitter: Please put yr glow sticks and flip flops in the trash #sfoutsidelands

  23. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    good stream somewhere?

  24. Robear Says:

    Hi all. Just got done working. What’s the setlist? Any streams?

  25. Dr Pronoia Says:

    thanks Ed for the Tuesday. I emailed Tzara’s Ghost to see what he wants to do with that 100-level

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