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Mike Gordon, longtime bass player and vocalist for Phish, will perform at Stage AE this Friday, March 7. Gordon is touring in support of his new album, Overstep, which was released late February.
Although Gordon's out on his own, without longtime musical partner Trey Anastasio, with whom he founded Phish back in 1983, this is hardly just a solo tour. Overstep, Gordon's fourth LP and first since 2010, was co-written with jam veteran Scott Murawski, of Max Creek and BK3 fame. Murawski provides the guitars on this tour, and along with Gordon on bass and vocals make up 40% of the quintet, whose tour began last Friday in Syracuse. The album features the first official release of the reggae-infused "Yarmouth Road," a recent staple at Phish concerts. You can see the guys perform it live here:
Early reviews of the tour have been positive. One review from the Syracuse gig stated that "Gordon and his cohorts craft a sound so experimental it makes even the absurdity of Phish seem safe." They've been playing two sets of nine or ten songs apiece, mostly original stuff but with quite a few Phish and other covers to round things out. (I would love to see them play The Flaming Lips' "Are You A Hypnotist??" like they did Saturday in New York.) There have been sitars on stage, as well as a giant light-up keyboard that the fans up front can play. Also, Mike and Scott have been performing with LED-lit guitars. A fan uploaded video of that here: http://vimeo.com/87974624
We have two tickets to giveaway for this performance. To enter, email your name to pghmusicreport [at] gmail.com, and put "Mike Gordon" in the subject line. Tickets for the all-ages show are available via Ticketmaster for $25. The music starts at 8.
– B. Conway