Iron Mike Gordon

6.7.09 Camden (D.Vann)

6.7.09 Camden (D.Vann)

Nobody can ever claim that Mike doesn’t have a passion for the game; he lives and loves to play music.  The man who never wanted Phish to break up in the first place will be buying time between tours on the road with his own band for a 21-date fall tour.  Winding up in early October, Mike will have enough time to flip his laundry and head out west with Phish.  Totaling over sixty shows between the summer and the fall, Mike will have plenty of musical space to express his thoughts within the context of two separate bands.

Before Phish reunited, Mike said he wanted to make it a point to carve out time for The Mike Gordon Band, but who knew this is what he meant!  Playing clubs and theatres over the month long “Get Bassed” tour, Gordon’s band will move all around the east and the Midwest, but making it no further west than Chicago.

6.6.09 Great Woods (D.Vann)

6.6.09 Great Woods (D.Vann)

Consistently overshadowed by Trey’s solo projects, Mike has quietly carved out a fine solo career of his own.  After various small side projects, in 2002 Mike collaborated with finger-picking folk-guitar legend, Leo Kottke, in a virtuoso experiment called Clone.  The two eclectic musicians meshed quite well, both personally and instrumentally, and the the duo followed up with a second album, Sixty Six Steps, that gained critical acclaim.  With a laid back, yet sophisticated vibe, this the 2005 release also included a percussionist, lending a calypso sound, and solidified Gordon and Kottke as a legitimate musical team.

After performing stints with the Benevento-Russo Duo, Serial Pod (Trey and Billy Kreutzmann), the Burlington-based honky-tonk group, Ramble Dove, and some shows with the Rhythm Devils (Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Steve Kimock) between 2004 and 2007, Mike decided to step out on his own.  Taking over a year to write and record The Green Sparrow, his second solo album*, he took the next logical step and formed The Mike Gordon Band.  With longtime friend and guitarist Scott Murawski (formerly of Max Creek), Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler, keyboardist Tom Cleary, and percussionist Craig Myers, Gordon was now a band leader after spending his Phish life in Trey’s shadow.  And he loved it.   *(Mike’s first solo album was the soundtrack to his 2003 movie, Inside In.)

1319106_170x1703In all of the interviews, Mike spoke of how proud he was of his new album and how much he enjoyed playing with his own band.  And when they hit the road for a 25 date tour last fall, fans across the nation raved about the shows.  Playing an array of covers interspersed with Mike’s quirky, yet catchy, new songs, he had himself his own rock and roll band.  And they liked it so much they are doing it again in September.  Here are the dates:

09/08 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
09/09 – Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
09/10 – Port City Music Hall , Portland, ME
09/11 – Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, NY
09/12 – State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
09/14 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC
09/15 – Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
09/17 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
09/18 – Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL
09/19 – WorkPlay Soundstage Theatre, Birmingham, AL
09/21 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
09/22 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
09/24 – The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
09/25 – Park West, Chicago, IL
09/26 – Barrymore Theatre, Madison, WI
09/28 – 20th Century Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
09/29 – The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
09/30 – Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
10/02 – Mod Club, Toronto, ON
10/03 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
10/04 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

Check out Mike’s site for complete tour and ticket info!



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The Final Map

In‘s mystery turned mockery, last night the organization finally gave up the information we all knew from the start, the Halloween festival will be in California.  With one last flash animation, the absurdity ended as we watched Washington drilled, and drain into California.  But we still got no information about the actual festival! So Indio, here we come- but how ’bout some details?  Get it together guys!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Antelope” 11.13.94 Erie, PA I


They just don’t make ’em like this any more!  This first-set closer reaches the very essence of  “Antelope” with a ferocious jam that few others can match.  Sitting on the precipice of huge success, and fully immersed in psychedelic improv, the band played like their life depended on it each and every night- a sense that clearly translates in this jam.  This one is a monster that provides a vibrant portrait of a time gone by.  Warning: This may not be appropriate for office listening without headphones!



8.24.93 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC SBD < TORRENT

8.24.93 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC SBD < MEGAUP.

Summer '93 Pollock T-Shirt

Summer '93 Pollock T-Shirt

Phish’s fourth-to-last show on an extensive and smoking summer tour began to wrap things up for the epic month of August ’93.  The band had been touring almost constantly since Februrary, and they were playing better than ever. Phish reached another peak during August, a month that is considered one of the best of their career.  Luckily there are many soundboards out there to remind us!

I: Chalk Dust Torture, All Things Reconsidered, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice*, Nellie Cane, Split Open and Melt, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Uncle Pen, Maze, Golgi Apparatus

II: Llama, Horn, Ya Mar, Mike’s Song > Ginseng Sullivan > Weekapaug Groove, Wilson > Rift, Suzy Greenberg, HYHU > Cracklin’ Rosie > HYHU, Run Like an Antelope

E: Halley’s Comet, Poor Heart, Sweet Adeline

*With an “I Feel the Earth Move” jam

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286 Responses to “Iron Mike Gordon”

  1. Mitch Says:

    My buddy brought up a good point, it could still be in Hawaii. 🙂 also something worth looking at was a video of an interview from a few days before or after that antelope (can’t remember) at Kalamazoo. Hilarious how they mess with the interviewer.
    You can get it at hidden track from yesterday or yemblog video of the day a few days ago. I don’t have a link cause I’m on my phone on the train to work. Seriously funny.

  2. Corey Says:


    They never did anything with Hawai’i.
    Did they forget?
    Perhaps CA will drift out to Hawai’i and bleed into the state fom the ocean.

  3. Corey Says:


    I just sent a post pondering the same question.
    What happened to that beautifu state?

  4. MazeBowie Says:

    Miner— I don’t get why you are calling the map a mockery. I mean if, on July 25, said that there would be a Halloween festival in Indio, everyone would have said “great”, and moved along to getting tickets. Instead, they tried to do something different.

    Just because it took a long time to get the info, and everyone made up their own rules about when the map should update, how they updates should work, and whether a state that was blacked out could “come back to life”, doesn’t mean it was a mockery.

    Fans got anxious. That also means that fans got excited, and Save the Date was the subject of a ton of talk over the last month. I think they’ve got it together just fine.

  5. whole tour! Says:

    sure, the MGB isn’t phish, but at what phish show can you chat with mike before the show, then just walk up to the stage and stand like 3 feet from Mike, then buy him a beer at setbreak? None that i can remember in the last decade.

  6. whole tour! Says:

    ^ except the mike and the duo show i saw in 2004 😉

  7. whole tour! Says:

    i remember at that last duo show, the crew all had shirts on that said “shooting up at the office.” Which i found to be a kinda funny/odd statement for a T-shirt. lol

  8. Corey Says:

    Mike came to the Charlie Hunter show a couple years back at Higher Ground. Nice to get to say “hey” bu I didn’t get to buy him a beer. He was surrounded by others trying to get at him. He was checking out pictures on a cell phone. Charlie Hunter was great, but I didn’t dig his organ player. That guy never really got anywhere that, but Charlie tried to push and pull him into some cool directions all night.

  9. Corey Says:


    Yeah, August 1993.
    My first official show that I consciously went to was in that month – 8/7/93 Rollercoaster of the mind!!!!

    Anyone also taking in the amusement park rides at Darien Lake before the show? Anyone want to ride the Viper with me?

    I think I’m going to wear my ’93 Pollock Tour shirt at the Gorge now.
    Thanks, Miner.

  10. fat bastard Says:

    just booked a flight to palm springs-hope i didnt jump the gun!

  11. Mitch Says:

    Saw Mike in ’03 with the tapdancer. Really fun show. Kaki King opened and shes a badass too if you havent seen her. Plus he plays really small venues, we saw him in Chi-town at the Vic.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    shoot, I remember seeing Phish at the Vic! Granted, that was 1992…

  13. Corey Says:

    @Leo Weaver

    You’ve got mail.

  14. empire01 Says:

    hey everyone I have 2 tickets for the last 4 shows of tour. I plan on going but there is a slight chance that I might have to bail on it. So I thought maybe someone would like to be on call just in case my plans fall apart. the tickets are all pav’s nothing up close. and lawn for darien lake. you can email me at I will know for sure by the first of August.

  15. Frankie Says:

    Love that first pic of Gordon boppin’ & slappin’… i can hear the new crunchy tone in my head…

  16. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Hey all, just back from a much needed week at the beach… Checked the “Save the Date” page, and what a letdown that was! I was a huge fan of the video / flash announcements they were rolling out, but it looks like they put the JV team on that one.

    @Empire, check your mail, I may be interested in taking a couple off your hands if they become available.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hey all, I have two lawn Darien Lake in hand (PTBM) that I can’t use. Hit me up at b_crossen (at) if you are interested. I would entertain trade offers but will do straight up face as well.

  18. Comrade Says:

    @Mitch and @Corey

    What happened to the D of C??? There’s never any love for the District! 😉

  19. Leo Weaver Says:

    empire, you’ve got mail…

    corey, I’ll shoot you one shortly…gotta get a few “paying” things done here at the ol’ office before I start my daily time-wasting…

  20. Exree Hipp Says:

    Probably my favorite thing about this site is how it changes my listening habits for the day as I bounce around phishtory. Tuesday I rediscovered a raging Mike’s with horns (7/21/91), yesterday I busted out my ‘History of the Jams’ compilation of Summer 97 and made a boatload of discoveries I’d forgotten about, like the 7/23/97 Ghost, the 7/23/97 YEM, and the 8/13/97 GUMBO. What a fucking Gumbo that is.

    Today I’m revisiting The Green Sparrow, which I kind of blew off, and Adelman’s Yard is a hell of a track. Go check it out if you haven’t yet. Sort of the perfect fusion of Mike’s weirdness and Kottke-esque picking and rhythm.

  21. quazi motto Says:

    southwest flies to ontario CA, then rent a car. it could be cheaper. also check we got a house there for &175 a night. we also booked this about a month ago. thank you so much. i hope it still is in CA. this works so well for us and the child. her grandparents are 45 minutes away. now we must wait until ……. to see the logictics. or ca will go into some other state and screw wiyh us even more.

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you haven’t seen mike’s band I wouldn’t really trust either the album or even the recordings to convey it properly. so much of it for me was about the energy and interaction in the little room (Aladdin in PDX). The show started off OK, got good by the end of the 1st set and then blew up to really pretty great in the 2nd. It’s always odd when the bass player is the best musician onstage and I have to admit there were times I thought “I wish trey was here to push this jam over the top” but once they got rolling it was a lot more happening than I had expected going in.

    mike was clearly having a blast and I got the feeling the rest of the band was kind of getting their eyes opened by strength of the mind-meld…they were playing above their heads, I thought…anyway it was a good time and I recommend it as long as you don’t go in expecting a phish show

    that being said I’d love a Mike and Leo tour

  23. Summer98 Says:

    Two thoughts:
    1. WA draining into CA is appropriate, I believe they buy about 1/2 of our water.

    2. Out of curiosity I checked the weather for the next few days in George, WA:
    7/23 94 deg
    7/24 94 deg
    7/25 98 deg
    7/26 104 deg
    7/27 105 deg
    7/28 102 deg

    Bring some shade and lots of water to the Gorge!!

    3rd bonus thought: I have some Gorge extras, likely two for Saturday. Shoot me an email: jwberman09 at gmail dot com

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    august in the gorge don’t fuck around

    if you’re not prepared it can ruin the 2nd show for ya

    we’ll discuss this more closer to the date 😮

  25. msbjivein Says:

    30st 72*/49*
    31st 73*/54*
    1st 78*/54*
    2nd 78*/54*

    Perfect for a Forbin>Mockingbird!!!!!!!!!

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