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. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh its not even actually their song.

  2. Slicksasquatch Says:

    I took a hard core deadhead to tahoe. Who had 0 expectations and actually doubts of a good time . Well he had a great time and he actually really enjoyed night 2 . For what its worth. As a jaded fan I was happy to see Trey show he could still wank that geetar when he wants to . I found myself explaining why he is holding back. 😉

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    @butter

    “i really felt what Trey was doing with that second set, purposely moving the energy along, while still realizing these minijams within the songs

    Ghost>Golden Age>2001 was fun as hell. really dug the > 2001. industrial space funk. the 2001 was oozing with fresh energy”

    this was pretty much exactly our perception from couch tour. Kiddo was up late and caught the Ghost, his fav phish song, loved it. the missus and I enjoyed the whole thing and used the Guyute/Velveeta segment to puff and chit chat ahead of the inevitable YEM

    which, BTW, may have been standard, but it occurred to me how much that song benefits from the effortless and energetic way they can blast through the hard parts now. That tune suffered more than most when they had to kinda chug through it carefully

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    Loompa Farms represent

  5. Robear Says:

    That’s Phish 3.0. Some big jams, some dance party’s, some rockers. With no rhyme, nor reason, nor ability to predict.

    I’ll say it again, Leg 1 got sick of being run over by Leg 2, and is holding her ground.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    is “puff and chit chat” a euphemism for making beverages?

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    @dubber

    “out of Jim and before Ghost big red fumbles into a phrasing that is picked up by the others for about a min. It sounds very familiar. Anybody else hear this”

    yes

    “and know what it might be. ”

    no

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    golden age is a great addition to the second set rotation, jammed or not (I prefer jammed obv)

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Totally not a Guyute fan, and when it dropped last night I was not excited, but I did get a sense of how psychedelic that song can be when it wants to be. Def has some strange moments. Lesson learned.

  10. MrCompletely Says:

    @sumo quoting @miner

    “Pairing a psychedelic monstrosity on night one with a set of super-sized candy grooves on night two”

    yes, an interesting pattern don’t you think?

    I thought the We Are Not Going To Jam Every Night, Deal With It vibe was strong last night esp. on the heels of Gorge 2

    extremely clear message

  11. Robear Says:

    That YEM kicked ass! Very clean, spirited version with unique licks.

  12. bhizzle Says:

    man, i love me some legs…

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    i will say i am very glad to see Runaway Jim get some set 2 love and a jam on it..

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    @dorn

    “the term “the best” should forthwith be translated to “my favorite”..”

    that’s the only thing it ever means. the only difference is that when some people say it, they don’t know that’s what they’re saying.

  15. DryIceFactory Says:

    Ghost->Golden Age reminds me of Crosseyed->Chalk Dust.

    First song’s composed parts crushed, deep space exploration, slow and quiet strumming by Trey to lead into the next tune.

  16. snowbank Says:

    I only caught half the first set through to the end…. had a good time watching with my mom. It was the first time she had seen the band. She loved the show, so that was fun. At one point she asked if they would ever take a break…. awesome.

    BUT man do I have jam blue balls this morning. at least what is left of them after an ugly pig tried to bite them off. I was so ready for Disease, Jim or Sally to go off. Oh well. I’m just glad most people at the show liked it. As in other situations where you get blue balls… it’s usually not something terrible that gets you worked up…

  17. DryIceFactory Says:

    For clarification, Crosseyed->Chalk Dust from SB night 1.

  18. MrCompletely Says:

    no @t3, Guyute and Velvet Sea are NOT the beverage-making segment of that set…please….quite the opposite

    kiddo was up late last night like I said anyway. wanted to see some phish. went to bed after ghost but we felt like he might pop back up so the only beverages we had were the actual drinking kind

  19. lawrencewelk Says:

    So what you guys thinking we get at UIC?

    Dance party>mind fuck>dance party

    or

    mind fuck>dance party>mind fuck

    or

    Mind Fukc>dance party>MIND FUCKING DANCE Party

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    if you want to see some beautiful things and learn some informations you should click on @Slicksasquatch’s name above

  21. snowbank Says:

    I like option #3 lawerence…

    When does the webcast announcement for UIC drop?

  22. lawrencewelk Says:

    @snowbank

    sometime after the the outside lands webcast announcement 😉

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    which is sometime after they clean up the current ondemand playback fiasco

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    llfa @mRc!

    yeah… probably the anti-bev combo right there.

    Pig Prog + Weeper ≠ Mood Setting Music

  25. DryIceFactory Says:

    lol^

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