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Mike Gordon review from Higher Ground in South Burlington,VT 11/25/16
Our staff writer was at Higher Ground in Phish's homebase of Burlington and reviewed Mike Gordon's show. A good time was had by all.
On a gloomy, New England Friday night, in Burlington, VT, Mike Gordon opened up a sold-out Higher Ground with "Long Black Line" off of his most recent album, Overstep. This late-fall tour marks the 3rd tour consisting of a fresh lineup, including John Morgan Kimock on drums and Robert Walter on keys. The magic of longtime members Scott Murawski and Craig Myers, fused with the young spirit of John on kit and Robert on keys, has created a sound that no one could turn their back to. At Higher Ground, a flame was lit that will be burning bright all the way through the end of the tour in Cambridge, MA.
With an eager and packed house, the band blasted through "Surface", and Craig Myers' group Barika track, "Angatta", before sliding into the newly debuted "Check Yer Pepper", that Craig Myers has been given the credit and honor of coining the term, according to Mike. After "check, check, check, checking our peppers, the band smoothly transitioned into "Cruel World" by Max Creek, and the Flaming Lips' "Are You a Hypnotist??", which has been a rarity this tour. First set ended with a blazing rendition of "Face", also off of Overstep, leaving the crowd begging for more, anxiously awaiting the hottest bands touring return to stage.
After close to a 45-minute set break, the band returned with a "Here Today" opener, which was debuted in 2015. Akin to the first set, the band showed no signs of slowing down, going into a long, funky, "Looking for Clues", "Peel", "Spock's Brain", before the Max Creek cover of "Jones". With a jonesin' crowd for Mike's sticky, elegant sounding bass, the band jammed through the rest of the set, ending with the genius 2015 track "How Many People Are You", that both Mike Gordon and Phish have played now. There was such a special feeling in the Burlington air all night long, and Phish's "Meat" back into the ending of "Check Your Pepper", was the most appropriate way to end such a memorable night in the cool, fall Vermont night. This band keeps getting hotter and hotter every night, and I would highly advise making it out to a show near you before the tour comes to a close.
Mike Gordon continues the tour tonight in Philly at Union Transfer, Tuesday night in DC at Lincoln Theatre, a southern run through the weekend stopping in Asheville, NC, Thursday night, Nashville, TN Friday night, and Atlanta Saturday night, before ending the tour next weekend in Cambridge, MA, with a 3 night run at the The Sinclair December 9th, 10th, and 11th.
Amazon Announces the cast for their Upcoming Grateful Dead T.V. Show.
This was my April Fool's Joke!
Amazon just released the cast members that will play the Grateful Dead band members in their upcoming show about the band's life. I am not an acting coach but I must admit there are more than a few head scratchers. Before we announce the cast, one odd moment actually delayed the production team from casting the respective roles of the show. When executive producer and GD member Bobby Weir insisted on playing Jerry Garcia. The uncomfortable week of dealing with this unrealistic request came to an end when Bill Walton pointed out to Bobby that he has in fact been playing that role already since Jerry untimely death in 1995. One thing Bob was adamant about was picking the actor to play him. He insisted on 80's child star Corey Feldman, Bobby was quoted of saying "Just watch "Dream a Little Dream" 1 threw 6 if you think he does not have the chee…
Some As#hole Screamed "Free Bird" at a Recent Bob Dylan Show. The only actual news is Bob obliged and played a note-perfect rendition of the dueling guitar solo in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rock Anthem. Watch!
Bob Dylan has never met a cover he did not like. He has incorporated countless tunes by many artists in his live shows since the early sixties. Ironically, the Never Ending Tour is supporting Dylan's latest release Fallen Angels which is his second installment of Frank Sinatra classics. I have had the pleasure of seeing Dylan live well over a hundred shows and witnessed him cover everybody from The Grateful Dead to Warren Zevon and all genres in-between. But I never thought I would hear the Great One cover " Free Bird". Of course, some asshole yelled to hear it or be funny. Hell, maybe he was trying to impress a date and had a low I.Q. Whatever the reason he yelled it, is less fascinating than why Dylan played it. I think he finally got sick of hearing song…
BONNAROO 2016: More than 100 arrested, cited in first few hours.
Same as it Ever Was..... The Tennessean is already reporting over 100 arrests and Bonnaroo has barely begun. That stat was given around 2 p.m yesterday after a few hours of the festival. It is not clear if they count the kids they arrest just driving there. "The arrests, Knott said many were made overnight, included disorderly conducts and illegal possession of controlled substances including harder drugs like LSD and Molly." "Law enforcement overseeing the 15th annual Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. said Thursday that they've cited and arrested more than 100 people less than one day into the event."Last year they only made 75 arrests the whole festival. This year seems to be a different story as they eclipsed last year's arrests in a few hours. When asked about medical emergencies Knott was quoted,"We've been lucky we haven't had any so far, but we are on guard becau…