Mike Gordon continued his first solo tour of 2019 on Saturday as he passed the midway point of a four-night run at The Sinclair in Boston. Gordon had something special in store as the bassist was joined by his Phish band mate Trey Anastasio on guitar for the majority of the second set and encore at 525-person capacity club.
The five-piece act that includes guitarist Scott Murawski, drummer John Kimock, keyboardist Robert Walter and percussionist Craig Myers got their night in Beantown going with a pair of tracks from 2017’s OGOGO looking to “Whirlwind” and “Equilibrium.” Fiona Apple’s “Sleep To Dream” came ahread of the recently debuted originals “My Favorite Mistake,” and “Tropical Rocket.” “Noon To Noon,” which Gordon had previously shared is part of a new record he is working on with Leo Kottke came ahead of set-closing takes on “Angatta” and “Sughn Never Sets.”
Gordon & Co. opened their second frame with their fourth new tune of the evening looking to “I Am Random.” Anastasio emerged next, locking in with the quintet first on “Victim” and then on the Overstep cut “Peel.” Last night marked the first time that Trey had guested with his longtime friend and bandmate since April 4, 2014, when he sat in for a cover of Talking Heads’ “Cities” at the Tarrytown Music Hall.
The augmented ensemble would work their way through covers of Jon Cleary’s “Got To Be More Careful” and The Flaming Lips’ “Are You A Hypnotist” along with Murawski’s “Acid Man” and Gordon/Murawski’s “Crazy Sometimes.” “How Many People Are You,” which has pulled double-duty as a crossover in both the bass player’s solo and full-time bands closed out the set. Trey emerged with the band as they returned for the encore as they nodded to local heroes Aerosmith with a cover of “Sweet Emotion.”
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Man, oh man, oh man. My heart couldn’t have been anymore full last night. Seeing Scotty Murawski (Max Creek), Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon (Phish) all playing together was just a dream come true. Rolled solo and ticketless to a hard sold out @mike_gordon Band show @thesinclair and fate and a little bit of patience and a friend took care of the rest. I grew up not just on Phish but on Max Creek and Camp Creek. And they rep in my hometown (Pittsfield, MA) to this day (they are playing there in two weeks). One for the ages last night, and then topped it off finally checking out @soulelujah in their new home in the restaurant at Sinclair❤️ So many friends in the building last night.
Setlist (via Phish.net)
Set I: Whirlwind, Equilibrium, Sleep to Dream -> My Favorite Mistake, Tropical Rocket, Noon to Noon, Angatta, Jam, Sughn Never Sets
Set II: I Am Random, Victim > Peel, Got To Be More Careful, Acid Man > Are You a Hypnotist??, Crazy Sometimes, How Many People Are You
Encore: Sweet Emotion
 Mike and his daughter Tessa tossed “I Am Random” pins into the crowd.
 With Trey on guitar.