Last night Mike, Scott et all threw down hard at the Borderline in London. Half-filled 300-capacity night club was blown away by the energy, fun and rocking musicianship. Worst seat in the house was maybe 40 feet from stage, easy to nudge your way up front if you wished, but it really was all good.
Cities was a real stonker, as was just about everything they played. Other highlights: Jaded, Moss, Meat and You Don't Mess Around...
The crowd contained a handful of Phish t-shirts worn by U.S. expats now living in London (myself included on both counts). Of the five Brits in our group of seven, most had never seen a Mike or Phish-related gig before and everyone was suitably blown away. Indeed, I and several others talked briefly after the show (whilst Mike, Scott and the rest of the band hung about in the club), that we had just experienced something legendary.
Tall words, and as is often the case with these types of shows, definitely an exuberant after-glow sentiment. But Mike didn't have to spell it out, though he did, that this was the final gig of their mini-tour, and for the foreseeable future. Mike joked that this fact "brought a tear to my nose," which he tapped with his index finger in case anyone in attendance didn't follow. Nice one.
The band was so very up, finally having a two-set show to themselves after the three single-set gigs in Amsterdam. They showed every sign of getting over any jet lag and were clearly primed, pumped and leaving it all out on the dance floor. Hopefully Mike releases the recording of his triumphant London return for all to enjoy. A very, very fun time was had by all - thanks to Mike for bringing it all together and making it happen.
My wife and I live in Cornwall, UK and came up to see MOFRO on Saturday MIKE on Sunday and MOE on Monday.
I'm giving this show 5 stars for a number of reasons. First, I've never been to any Phish side project shows so no benchmark to make a comparison.
Next, this show was basically my 20th anniversary show, my first Phish show was 3.14.92
The music was hot, Mike and the band were tight and we got a solid two sets of great music. Cities was raging!!! Skin It Back was nice and all of Mike's solo stuff sounded great. I think Mike really enjoys being the front man for this band...he was more animated and energetic than I've ever seen him at any of my 80 Phish shows.
The intimate atmosphere of this soho basement venue with a capacity that is actually around 400, it was about half full, adds to my high rating. There is a little bar with seays that overlooks the stage where we camped out for the show - perfect.
We took three Footsbarn Theatre friends of ours who had never heard of Mike and not heard much Phish. They had a great time and felt like they had been a part of something special.
After the show Mike hung around for autographs and photos. He signed my Spring 92 shirt and then my friend's nipple. I asked Mike if I could get a picture of him with the nipple...he said "You've got 4 seconds to take this photo as I don't feel very comfortable with this" - the photo is one my FB.
Great music, great little venue, great people...5 stars from me
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