It's not every day that Trey sits in with a band in a small club. But last night, Trey sat in for more than half of Mike Gordon's show at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. It was the first time in years--since 4/4/14--that Mike got to play with both Scott Murawski and Trey, the two guitarists he's gigged with the most over the last 30 years. What was obviously a treat for Mike was also a treat for everyone present last night.
It was the first time I'd seen Trey and Mike in such a small venue in over 29 years, since 10/6/89, at the old pre-renovation Paradise club in Boston. (The Sinclair's capacity is purportedly only 525.) Highlight for me was probably the look Trey and Mike exchanged as they began "Sweet Emotion," as they instantly appeared more like 20-somethings than 50-somethings, immediately recalling a bygone era. And then they played the crap out of it, like it was an early to mid '90s "Good Times Bad Times" or "Fire" encore.
Musical highlights abound, unsurprisingly; even you jadedvets should check the show out if you haven't yet. The "Got To Be More Careful," for example, featured a soulful Mike and Trey duet for a spell, and Trey really tore things up during "How Many People Are You," as you'd have hoped and expected. In fact the sickness of the set was a foregone conclusion if only given the intensity of the room when Trey walked on stage, and they ripped into "Victim," which is one of Mike's greatest songs in my opinion, and I wish Phish would play it for 20+ minutes sometime. Mike's band is killing it these days, what with Robert Walter on keyboards, John Kimock on drums, Craig Myers on percussion, and of course Scott Murawski on guitar. Get the tapes. $0.02.
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