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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“SAVE THE DATE” MAP CONCLUSION:

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The Final Map

In Phish.com‘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!

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Jam of the Day:

Antelope” 11.13.94 Erie, PA I

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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!

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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. Leo Weaver Says:

    @hoss…I always amazed myself at how far I could get tour/show-wise with very little or no $$ back in college…you’ll find a way to make it happen

  2. voopa Says:

    @ oneshow

    I went to phish.com and Calii and WV were showing. WTF?

    Then I refreshed 3 times and each time yesterday’s animation played (with Washington draining into Cali at the end).

  3. sumodie Says:

    “the first time i checked the map today, only cali was left.

    the second time, Illinois was also left on the map(?)

    the third time, Michigan was left(??)

    the fourth time, Nebraska was left(???)

    anyone else seeing this?”

    Yes. I think random states are being left behind. Then I reload the page and it’s only Cali.

  4. Frankie Says:

    Buried Alive>Undermind opener at Red Rocks!! 🙂

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    either they’re playing some complicated mind game at phish.com, or it’s just random weirdness, or clueless flailing. long past the point of amusing IMO

  6. SJC Says:

    c0w, that link is a nice find. all SBD from what I can tell.

  7. Peaches Says:

    sorry if someone already posted or if it is nit picking but madison is west of chicago and alas it is on my birthday, what a present!

  8. Robear Says:

    Well Mr. Miner, you’ve hooked another phan on your site! I find myself anxiously waiting the ‘jam’ of the day, and whatever blog sprouts up. 8/11/93 Club Eastbrook in Grand Rapids was my first show.

  9. Dr SF Jones Says:

    It will probably be covered in snow by the end of October, but if you are going to count Hawaii, you should count Alaska too.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    festy in guam

  11. voopa Says:

    Alaska was pulled in then blowed up real good a week ago or so.

  12. SOAM Says:

    I heard they were playing with the chili peppers at daytona speedway during harley week

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    @ Mr C

    -looking forward to your tips/survival guide for the Gorge heat/surroundings.

    also re Gorge: my hope is that someone on here will rally/organize a meet up before the show starts fri nite. the rmp heads on the e.coast used to do that alot. would be nice to put some faces to names.

    Indio: gonna miss it. could make it if i wanted to deal with the old lady’s wrath but even worse would be the venom from the kids (6, 4, 3) who think Halloween is almost better than xmas. it’d be rad but i’m content waiting for some fall dates and happy i got clifford, went, and oswego under the belt. enjoy those who make it out…once it’s finalized. Gonna be cold as shit at nite!

  14. msbjivein Says:

    AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    BOY!

  15. msbjivein Says:

    Anyone going to Karl D Tiny Universe latenite Fri @ Red Rocks?????

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    denson’s a fun late night deal

    and yeah we should definitely do a meet-up in the venue. I guess pre-show makes sense. still not quite prepared to make actual plans yet

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    @ mr c.

    lotsa time yet…top of the hill or zone btwn seats and lawn usually works. see y’all down the road.

  18. Robear Says:

    Nice, now i’m plenty anteloooped for the day’s activities.

  19. msbjivein Says:

    AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
    Have you seen JR’s grades???????!???

  20. Chalkdustin Says:

    @Mr. C
    You insights for the Gorge will be appreciated whenever you’re ready to give them!

    Can’t wait to meet some fine folks there. 🙂

  21. Mugician Says:

    Got my tickets today. So shiny and colorful. It feels so wrong having to give them away. What a fucking tease ya know? I dream of seeing the boys play live for 4 years, they start playing again, I get tickets, and then I give the tickets away. Doesn’t make any goddamn sense.

    I have a Shoreline Lawn ticket still for $40…

  22. msbjivein Says:

    Hey Phellow Red Rockers, The Motet is playing a pre Phish show/BBQ in Morrison @ The Cliff House lodge. Free shuttle to Red Rocks! This could be a great place for us to try and meet up w/ other Phishthoughts peeps. If you want to meet up hit me up msbjivein@yahoo.com

  23. Frankie Says:

    @Mug
    Why have you decided not to go?

    Can’t wait to meet you guys at Gorge too…

    “Goin’ out west where the winds blow tall…” 🙂

  24. Mugician Says:

    Frankie,

    I can’t afford the trip from Colorado to the coast. I have $50 to my name at the moment…

  25. Frankie Says:

    Oh that sucks man! Sorry to hear that… Will you be able to try your luck at Red Rocks at least?

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