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. win butler Says:

    I think we’ll try and cover a Phish song.

  2. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    what song was that they just played?

    I kind of liked it, but it was a little jammy.

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Tahoe light awesome. Gorge r’ n’r destroys it. Before the change it is straight dominant.

  4. thedayman Says:

    cover jennifer dances, thatd be so tight. steal the festival back for ya

  5. Mdawg Says:

    UIC bitches!

  6. sumodie Says:

    At the Gorge there was a huge crew all wearing pink t-shirts that said ‘Jennifer Dances’

    So glad that request didn’t come to fruition

  7. sumodie Says:

    There’s no free mp3 dl with an OSL tic, right?

    Were tapers allowed to setup tonight?

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “no jams got cut in Tahoe 2
    they just didnt develop into anything.. IMO”

    listen to runaway jim and ghost and tell me something wasn’t developing

  9. sumodie Says:

    i wasnt hearing any jams being cut in tahoe2

    band just had other intentions that nite

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    they weren’t cut, but they weren’t fully explored to their full potentials either

  11. voopa Says:

    I saw one taper behind the SBD…fashioned a stand with branches.


  12. Andrew Says:

    Logistics may not be as suitable as it plays out in my mind, but I wonder what would happen if every person through the gate was polled with a quick questionnaire…

    – What song do you want to hear?
    – Here for tunes or big jams?
    – The scene or the music?
    – Comfortable when it gets weird?
    – Do you pay attention?

    …along these lines. I know all of us here want the hose turned on every night, but I’d be curious to hear how the majority in each crowd feels. Trey knows the core loves the deepness, and I do feel the ‘crowd’ has been thinned out since the return. Just wonder where it sits now with the masses now that they’ve had a few years back.

  13. butter Says:

    supp guys, strong first set. loved the TWeez. i was excited for Mikes and Tweez in the first . Week was loose and fun.

    2nd set started hot with Rnr>Steam with ultra smooth >

    Piper went out, and after Roses didnt have a jam, juke box Phish started

    tons of space to dance on grass to Phish

  14. butter Says:

    and the song that kicked the juke box off was => Juliused

  15. garretc Says:

    Coming home after a Phish show? Dang…

    I could get used to this.

    Come back soon

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    So there is something called anti-anti-opera – “Le Grand Macabre” by Legeti.

    This shit is weird.

  17. Mr palmer Says:

    Left the house at 3:45 am , en trout to Chicago. Kids sleeping , wife driving. Of course she already made a wrong turn. Should be interesting.

    9/19/74. London on the GD channel.

  18. Mr palmer Says:

    En route. Not trout. iPhone’d

  19. Ryan Says:

    The band got a nice mention on Sportscenter this morning. @ 43rd 44th minute

  20. Tom Says:

    in what way?

  21. Tim Says:

    Long time lurker just wanted to say I’m so thankful for this band and that they are even around these days. What a history. And they are still killing it. Was at Gorge and it was amazing! Keep it up guys!

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