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. msbjivein Says:

    Slight chance of rain Sat……………….

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    Only seen mike with serial pod, and I was thrilled to see asheville on the list!

    Both serial pod and vida blue were amazing in the orange peel!

  3. Pencilneck Says:

    Toronto show! Hazoooooo!

  4. MakisupaSecurity Says:

    No Indio for me. This new englander can’t be affording no plane tix

  5. Comrade Says:

    WTF? the pre-order for Mike’s tickets is supposed to run through COB today but already closed? damn.

  6. watajoke Says:

    what a joke, a festival in california? 99% of fans live in the northeast and in these tough economic times phish is playing a festi on the other side of the country? get with it guys

  7. Chalkdustin Says:

    @ Comrade, they may have sold out for the show you’re looking for??

  8. storyofthewolf Says:

    I haven’t read all the posts here, but has anybody mentioned that there are actually 2 states left on the map. California and Hawaii. Considering that Hawaii was seriously considered for Big Cypress, can we really rule it out especially since no announcement has been made and the map is still going.

  9. josephus mac Says:

    @ Exree Hipp
    Couldn’t agree with you more!

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Regarding the dotd:
    Indeed August 1993 was a special period!

    When they made you feel the Antelope set closer. Spped Jazz!

    Love the jotd ‘Lope taboot!

  11. Frankie Says:

    In one week from now exactly, Phish will step together on the Red Rocks stage for the first time in 13 years for four nights!! What a great time it is to be alive and i hope all you lucky people going realize your luck! Have a blast!

  12. jay Says:

    Scott Murawski is an awesome guitatist. Very psychedelic. Seen him play with Max Creek dozens of times. Was my second favorite band to see live back in the day (’80s).

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    I’m wondering about demand for these shows.. Onsale noon tomorrow at the peel .. Need to get there early? Cap. Around 900 .. Have mikes shows in the past sold out right away? Does a touring phish increase or decrease that demand?

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    @watajoke – maybe they just wanted to make it hard on you personally

    99% LOL spoken like someone that knows nothing about the west coast

  15. msbjivein Says:

    Frankie, I’ve been waiting for this moment my entire life. Especially since hearing the legendary Dead shows that have been put on there. By the time I started seeing Phish live ’97 they were already banned from Red Rocks. I had listened to previous RR shows before seeing Phish for the 1st time in ’97. I realized how horrible it was when I heard they got banned and I hadn’t even seen them yet. I NEVER thought I would ever see Phish at this legendary venue. I’ve been to RR 5 shows total. 3 WSP 2 Phil and friends. Everytime I tried to imagine what it would be like to see Phish there. Now I get to find out!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. msbjivein Says:


  17. jay Says:

    vast majority of shows this year have happened or will happen on the east coast. I really like seeing the west coast get some love.

  18. c0wfunk Says:

    Seems like maybe they’d rather keep the numbers down a bit at their first festie back – I’d guess maybe 40-50k? West coast, not summer ..

  19. notkuroda Says:

    I know quite a few east coasters who are cancelling other plans to be at this festival. I wish I was going, but I’m not going to fault the band for doing something new…

  20. msbjivein Says:

    Real Phans travel long distances at one time or another to experience a show. I can’t make it either to Halloween. But I know that Phish will have no problem attracting 60,000-80,000 east,west,midwest,NW,NE,South,SW,SE PHANS for this fest easy. Don’t be a Jaded phan.

  21. notkuroda Says:

    msb, that’s how I felt the first time I got to see them at Red Rocks. It had always been a dream of mine to see a show there, and ended up moving to CO in late 94. I saw the allman bros and wsp there before seeing Phish. I put so much hype into those shows, and they did not disappoint. Pretty bummed not to be going this year, but at least I’m going to the gorge for the first time

  22. Mike's Pants Says:

    You heard it here first:
    A week from today, Q*Bert, while being chased by Ugg and Coily, will jump on Idaho, West Virginia, and Texas turning them back to yellow while the characters Slick and Sam gray-out California and make Oregon, Vermont and Virginia yellow again.
    Q*Bert then escapes on one of those multi-colored discs which is hovering somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. While the opening chords of Mexican Cousin commence, the map will then zoom out to reveal Q*Bert dismounting the disc and greeting the four members of Phish atop Chichen Itza.. then announces the festival will be on a ranch in Chicxulub Pueblo, YUC, Mexico (about 25 miles NE of Merida).
    Phish .com explains the site was chosen because of its proximity to excellent Mexican restaurants, Mayan ruins, and date farms. Also, and perhaps most importantly, Chicxulub Pueblo is very near to the center of the crater created by the meteorite (or comet) impact that scientists believed caused a massive extinction approx. 65 million years ago. Rumors will swirl about a Dinosaur Jr. musical costume.

    I am Mike’s Pants. I hear things.

  23. Frankie Says:

    I envy you! I never saw a show at Red Rocks but i have been dreaming about it ever since i saw pictures of the ’96 shows on back in the day…

    This summer i’m living another old dream of mine, seeing Phish at The Gorge (thanks to Davey & Mitch! 🙂 )so i’m really happy and grateful but Phish for four nights in that dream venue is another one on the list for sure! What a grand time it’s gonna be! 🙂

  24. Comrade Says:

    Anyone going to Gordon in Falls Church?

  25. Frankie Says:

    I wonder if any Japanese fans will make it to Save The Date…

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