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. SOAM Says:

    Leaving on a jet Plane into Waves

    couldn’t resist

  2. SOAM Says:

    for 1100 bucks Trey better be my roomate-Victoria Secrets models my cavernmaids-and fishman my punching bag.

  3. sumodie Says:

    “If your going to redrocks without a tickets be sure to take a pair of hikeing shoes and a flashlight….”

    Make sure it’s a good flashlight with fresh batteries……………..

  4. oneshowatatime Says:

    @msbjivein – ooooh, sunday i’m not going to make it, but i think i still have your number so I’ll try to hit you up on Thursday or Saturday and maybe we can have a beer in the lot…

  5. larry bird flu Says:

    i must SOAM is on fire today

  6. Mdawg Says:

    Runaway Jim opener at RR?

  7. larry bird flu Says:

    *must say sorry

  8. jay Says:

    Kill Devil Falls opener IMHO

  9. SOAM Says:

    Bud pounders at work and quick 4:20 of the stink gets me there every time.-althought it ain’t getting me out West-to land of Jimmy Mojo-Johnny Denver-and most importantly-medicinal dankage

  10. SOAM Says:

    YHO HAS NO CLUE LIKE THE REST OF US BUT NICE CALL-

    pyt-pretty young thing-fish on vocals

  11. SOAM Says:

    Let’s get back to Donna get blasted by Bobby behind the speakers while Keith was powernodding

  12. jay Says:

    maybe that was where she saw god.

  13. fatbastard Says:

    his number one occupation, stealing women from other men

  14. SOAM Says:

    Bobby was trying to say ” your a dog-but he dyslexic-and your a god”

    ess

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    red rocks ’78 gotta love when jerry “shhhhs” donna during wharf rat

  16. jay Says:

    I was at a blugrass jam sesson with a bunch of friends and one of the guitar players was stepping all over everybody so my buddy stops playing and says “SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!” Hilarious!

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    lol but then what happened

  18. larry bird flu Says:

    powernodding SOAM? cuz he was so junked out

  19. SOAM Says:

    You know-I just want to say that I love Bob-but I heard this thing on SIRIUS radio called artist confidential the other day -while imbibing heavily and playing a game of pig- and it was JUST BOBBY-acoustic-no one else-and it was the best thing I have heard from bob since Desolation Row @DC 7-2-95-i ABSOLUTELY HATE RATDOG-but I love Bob and he sounds motherfucking badass playing Bobby McGee-Throwin Stones-Even FOTD (i hate when bob plays jerry tunes) it sounded so good and clean-I mean I could tweak out to a WRS/Let It Grow Acouty-Bob should ace his whole band-especially the guy who plays sax and tries to Be Jerry and the guy who plays guitar (karan) and blows and do a solo acoustic tour-I can absolutley 100 percent guarantee it would be the best experience dead fans have had since 95-Bobby solo acoustic-

  20. jay Says:

    he shut the fuck up and played played along better 🙂

  21. larry bird flu Says:

    christ almighty i cant type today

  22. jay Says:

    Hard to say for sure. Bobby sounded lame during the latest reincarnation of the Dead.

  23. SOAM Says:

    NO doubt bird is the word-although when Jerry said SHHH-he was talking to Keith-who kept saying-I wanna get up and fly away Jerry but I’m out of shit-can you give me a little”

  24. jay Says:

    Jerry was saying Shhh to Keith because Keith was snoring into his mic.

  25. SOAM Says:

    I was 7 at that RR show and remember it like yesterday-we were camping and all the kids were making fun of this little guy with a fat ass-coke bottle eye glasses-who kept banging on a turnover trash can with a couple sticks–do you know who he turned out to be?

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