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:

    i mean granted the Ghost > Golden Age > 2001 was pretty dancey…


    but the Disease > Jim just almost got there but didnt kinda for me..

    doesnt really have to do with them going deep into the jams, but more that the jams they did do never really had any focus.

  2. BrandonKayda Says:


    Wow. If On A winter’s Night A Traveler is one of the best/most interesting books I’ve ever read. I love the way the plot unfolds and how it looks into the nature of reading itself and the relationship between authors and readers. Very cool. I have like 60 pages left.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    I felt like it had plenty of focus @lycan. too much if anything, if you see what I mean. but such a YMMV thing!

  4. ThePigSong Says:

    I need kaya or aw to come in here and drop some knowledge on wtf is going on with these markets? way down/way up’d

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    I def need to read that Calvino but I’m afraid it will actually be too meta for me

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    really Mr. C?

    to me the Disease kinda faltered after the rock portion…

    Jim pushed but never really found a groove, until the end, which was short and sweet into Ghost.

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    eh DWD….honestly I was a bit in parenting mode for that…for me the set really is Jim through Sally, and yem. Dug the Jim and the rest of that segment. Thought it was crankin’

  8. Mulitbeast Says:

    Speaking of books….heading out on a beach vaca in September and I need some BB recs on good beach reading. Not looking for anything too deep. Appreciate any of your thoughts!

    What is the name of that New York City based graphic novel that you have pamped on the board a few times over the last month? Thanks

  9. snowbank Says:

    The Yem was great and watching Trey dance was $$$. They kept showing mike. I was yelling at the the TV: “SHow try dancing! WTF are You doing! We Want Trey! dancing”

  10. butter Says:

    yes C, his tone control and precision are just breathtaking and that YEM work is a perfect example

  11. snowbank Says:

    @Multi – this is not exactly a trashy romance novel, but it reads way easier than you would think:

    MrC- Thoughts on Capra? I’m not sure the Tao of Physics really holds up but the later work on systems still seems to rign true/

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    I mean I’d be happier if this kind of show was more like 1/3 than 2/3 of all shows….oh course I want at least one song to develop an open segment and there were several moments last night it seemed like it might…I totally hear Miner and everyone on that. I want the jams esp since they are in this super creative, progressive as AW correctly calls it, Storage style, don’t get me wrong…

  13. SeaJoe Says:

    So has anything this summer pre or post Gorge out cook the R&R or Sand from Gorge?? Just curious…because those two versions are both top shelf 3.0 highlights in my book.

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    I believe it’s DMZ @multibeast

  15. snowbank Says:

    Somehow I linked the hard cover…

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I hate Tao of Physics so much (for conflating two things I take seriously in the worst possible way) that I’ve never read anything else by him @snowbank

    I am super interested in systems theory and especially the aspects of emergence though….the most interesting part of modern science by far IMO

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    snobank hits the turn leading for the ever elusive “worst looking link of the day” award

  18. Robear Says:

    Most amazing place I’ve ever been to for shows. Out on Lake Tahoe in a ski boat yesterday. Mind numbing, breath taking beauty.

    Awesome sound in the venue. As always, too may yappers.

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    @multi – DMZ indeed



    I’d take this (at leat the first few collections) over any work of fiction in any genre or medium (from novels to film) I have experienced in the last 10 years or so. Perfect blend of art, character, story and setting. Highest possible recommendation.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:


    I am really sorry to hear about your WSS cancellation.

    I know you were really looking forward to it. But hell the experience alone makes it worth it.

    Keep at it.

    Got your computer fixed yet?

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Have you ever read If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler… @C? I know plord is into it because he’s the one who turned me onto that book.

  22. ThePigSong Says:

    definitely see where one could think ghost>no quarter

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    i said it the other day, but yet again I am amused at how people actually clap when trey sings the line “clap your hands if you think you are in the right place”

    it’s a lyric, people, not a stage direction. 🙄

  24. butter Says:

    turn out the lights the Lake Tahoe party is over and headed for the bizay, and the best city in the land……

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    Got DMZ on hold at the libary. Also this dudes new book,

    Reading “Anathema” right now. Slow at 1st, but picking up. Amazing imagination and futuristic storytelling.

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