Friday 16th march 2012 @ 20:00
3 Mike Gordon shows in three days with 2 in a row in less than 24 hours.
The final Jam in the Dam night started with the final Mike Gordon show in Amsterdam. As usual, I arrived early and found Stephen right in front of the stage. He finally got his bass signed the night before ! I was so jealous ! During the afternoon, he listened to the soundcheck and heard two noticeable songs. One of it was The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again that they finally didn't play in the show. He also told me he met Scott Murawsky during the day and also crossed Mike's path with his family. The band didn't show up for the signing session the night before because they have been caught in a tour boat for longer than they planned ! Too bad...
Arriving on stage, Mike started toying with a Korg Kaossilator, asking for a number to choose the sound. Another Door was the first song, followed by Crumblin' Bones, a Tom Cleary original. I didn't know the next one neither so I already had hard time tweeting the setlist !
Each song seemed shorter than the ones from previous nights with less jamming. But the playing was great with nice solos from Scott.
Mike came back several times to his Kaossilator, asking for number (I asked "7" and he heard "17"). He even passed it to a man on my right for him to play ! Later in the show, that's Scott who came on the edge of the stage to hand the pad to several people, including Stephen and myself.
The highlight of the night came with a perfectly played Mound. That was the second song Stephen heard during soundcheck. I really love the way they play those Phish songs with extended parts and new arrangements lie the vocal "Time Time" break. Scott was again killing in the intro !
Again this night, they gifted us with a new cover : Toys R Us
by the Greyboy Allstars
. It's good to see that they really wanted to do something special for this festival and we all appreciated.
As the end of the set was approaching, I clearly saw someone backstage give Mike a sign that there was 8 minutes left. But they were already waving and the left early. This was the shorter set of the three nights, the recording is 84 minutes long.
Unfortunately, I didn't catch the setlist to complete my collection but Stephen got Mike's pick.
And that was it. Mike Gordon stepped off stage and I don't know when I'll be able to attend another concert.