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. jay Says:

    got my tix today for RR yay!! Got my Karl D tix as well. Going to be some good times. First time at RR for me. Loving life right now.

  2. Mugician Says:

    Frankie,

    I’ll for sure be at RR hoping to get in. It’s gonna be real painful if I get shut out at the venue.

  3. msbjivein Says:

    Jay,YAY!!!!

  4. Chalkdustin Says:

    @Mugician

    Sending you good vibes for the RR shows.

  5. notkuroda Says:

    bums me out how many Coloradans are having trouble getting Red Rock tix.

  6. Frankie Says:

    Bring your extra tickets to trade for some Red Rocks, who knows!

    Good luck buddy! I really hope you get to see them…

  7. SOAM Says:

    If your low on dough-be a lot whore-instant cash with a custie cougar wookette ride that all the way spaca, cracker,

  8. SOAM Says:

    Burns me out that RR is in Colorado

  9. oneshowatatime Says:

    @msbjivein – is the motet doing their Talking Heads cover project for that? they fucking kill it, i love that band. i think the last time i saw them was up the poudre at the Mish, such a good show…

    not sure if i’ll be able to make it to that pre-party, where can i get the deets for that show? i’d like to buy you a drink for that generous ticket offer you made for the AV shows that i regretfully didn’t make it out for!

  10. jay Says:

    custie courger wookette <— hilarious!

  11. msbjivein Says:

    It would be killer if Phish or the Venue has some extras held back for day of release or just miracles!! That would be super KIND!!!

  12. jay Says:

    coloradans should definitely hit the lot. I heard people got lucky at the fox and asheville. Anything can happen in the lot. The lot is a magical place my friends.

  13. jay Says:

    Dead used to do the day of lot sales. Managed to get in a couple times that way.

  14. SOAM Says:

    I heard john denver ain’t dead and has been waiting for phish to come back to red rocks///rumor has it they are gonna do a whole gig with him

    Rocky Mounatain High>Get back on the plane

  15. notkuroda Says:

    Get back on the plane-LOL!!!

  16. msbjivein Says:

    No, The Talking Heads cover show is Saturday in Boulder. Here’s some info http://bouldertalent.com/fishfry.html. I’m not sure if I’m gonna get tix yet. Waiting to see what the rest of the crew wants to do. Also it’s sunday after 3days of Phish I’m gonna be hurting. I’m gonna try my best to make it though. If a bunch of peeps end up wanting to meet up I might go ahead and get some tix. If not I’ll proibably just wait til day of.

  17. SOAM Says:

    The lot is a magical place..after 12 pops-6 fatty’s and misc helpers

  18. jay Says:

    Leaving On A Jet Plane -> Take Me Home, Country Roads -> Sunshine On My Shoulders -> Thank God I’m A Country Boy -> Possum

  19. Mugician Says:

    Thanks for the vibes guys. I’m sure I’ll get in. Robear is going to the Gorge with my tickets, and I’m excited for him. I still need to get somebody to Shoreline, so I’m bringing that ticket to RR, but it seems like nobody wants a lawn ticket to Shoreline… I’ve had it on Craigslist for 2 weeks…

  20. Prince Nabby Says:

    Just got my RR tickets today. They cost me an arm and a leg . . . shoulda waited to spring for them as broker prices went down, but I couldn’t be
    happier!

    @nonoyolker — I caught the Serialpod set in Asheville and thought that it was great fun but musically mediocre. A DVD of the set circulates pretty freely if you’re curious . . .

  21. msbjivein Says:

    One SHow@atime, Hit me up! I would love for you to buy me a beer!! LOL!

  22. albert walker Says:

    anyone looking to get in red rocks, try a heady trade
    Phish tour has been dry since the beginning of time and even though colorado has some good flow custies coming in from out of town will be looking for trades

    had a little trade for pavillion at Alpine and I almost got attacked by several interested parties

    I know Red Rocks will be tight but a pretty good bet

  23. voopa Says:

    This just in: The Two Bunch Palms resort in Desert Hot Springs is selling a “Phish Festival Package” starting at $1,118.50 for 2 adults. Normal rates for the same room for 3 days total $625, so I’m assuming this includes a pass, and hookers and blow. Why not, it’s an adults only resort:
    http://www.twobunchpalms.com/ Make reservations for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 and see whatcha get…

  24. jay Says:

    14 shows this year by the end of RR and it will only be August. I pretty much blew my wad vacation wise. I am seriously considering asking for time off without pay to hit more shows in th fall LOL!

  25. mr. icculus Says:

    If your going to redrocks without a tickets be sure to take a pair of hikeing shoes and a flashlight just in case you get shut out, there is a trail thats steep an d rocky that takes you up the mountain side that looks down on the stage. The music can be heard very clearly and the light show is will be amazing from up there. There is a sign that says the area is closed but i was just up there last week and so weere several other people so beware. Make sure you go all the way to the top for the best view of the lights. ohh dont forget your oxygen take either

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