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Link Mike Gordon, Sunday, 04/06/2014
Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT

Set 1: Paint, Jumping, Are You a Hypnotist??, Spock's Brain, Twists and Bends, 555[1], Face

Set 2: Angatta, Different World, Sound -> Fly -> Sound, Pretty Boy Floyd, Yarmouth Road, Hand in My Pocket > Tiny Little World

Encore: Barton Hollow, Long Black Line

[1] with Page on keyboards and Fish on drums.

Notes: "555" featured Page on keyboards and Fish on drums.

Musicians: Mike Gordon, Scott Murawski, Craig Myers, Tom Cleary, Todd Isler, Page McConnell (Guest), Jon Fishman (Guest)

FurtherFromShore , attached to 2014-04-06 Permalink
Copied verbatim from my post on the forum a couple days after the show. Figured I'd make it a legitimate review. Bear in mind though that my rating will of course be a 5/5 as until summer tour it's my only Phish-related show to this point:

"This show was absolutely outstanding.

Save for a couple drunken bastards shouting stuff seemingly to the annoyance of Mike here and there, I really couldn't ask for a better first Mike Gordon Band show.

I unfortunately did not take any photos since I generally have a "live in the moment" philosophy when it comes to photos and concerts (I do have my ticket stub, a t-shirt, and a copy of "The Egg" as keepsakes - for those of you who might only have the digital version of "The Egg" and might not know this, it comes packaged in a metal tray inside of an egg bag), but waiting an hour in the freezing cold was more than worth for the spot in the venue which we secured. We were right up front, Page-side/Tom-side. I got to mess with the EEL pads, and was so close to Page I could've reached out to touch him. Even with the left hanging speaker right in my face too the acoustics were wonderful. Tom and Mike both get so into the show as far as energy is concerned. Not saying the rest of the band does not, but Mike running in place while he was jamming and even setting his bass down to dance around the stage in a lively manner was cool to see, as was Tom's stage presence behind the keys - at one point Tom was so into it he toppled his music stand over, and my friend who attended the show with me actually was the one to point to the backstage staff in order to make them realize they needed to pick it up. Additionally, I had no idea Mike was a great acoustic guitarist as well but that was cool to see. It was cool to see the percussionist play what I thought to be a sitar at the time, too (I have since discovered by doing a Google search that it was the West African instrument, the kamel ngoni, which has more similarity to a lute than anything).

I don't know what else can be said "555" with Page and Fishman that hasn't already been said. It's a terrific funky groove as it is, but hearing it in this context for my first time hearing it was really cool, in part because I was just so close. Fishman wearing something other than a dress was indeed bizarre, but then again it's not a Phish show, and I was more focused on how his drumming, Page's keyboard work, and Mike's bass playing all locked in together to create such an awesome tune."
Score: 0

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