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Published: 2012/08/17

Phil Lesh Covers Gram Parsons, Welcomes Mike Gordon at Terrapin Crossroads

Photo via Maile Hatfield Twitter

Phish bassist Mike Gordon joined Phil Lesh and Friends last night during their performance at Terrapin Crossroads. Gordon, who was enjoying a night off from the second leg of Phish’s Summer Tour, emerged at the start of the second set for a dual bass jam with Lesh. The rest of the band then joined the bassists for a selection of Dead tunes including “The Wheel,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” “I Know You Rider,” “Loser” and “Franklin’s Tower.”

Earlier in the evening, Lesh and Friends continued Album Week at Terrapin Crossroads with a cover of Gram Parsons’ 1973 album Grievous Angel in its entirety. Lesh’s band consisted of his sons Grahame and Brian in addition to guitarist Mark Karan, multi-instrumentalist Ross James, keyboardist Conor O’Sullivan, drummer Scott Paden and vocalist Eliott Peck. Lesh and Friends tackled Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks the previous night.

Album Week continues at Terrapin Crossroads tonight while Phish kicks off the first of three nights at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Check out audio of Gordon and Lesh performing a bass jam at the start of the band’s second set below.

*Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via Phil Zone.*

Performing Gram Parsons’ Grievous Angel

Set I: Return of the Grievous Angel, Hearts on Fire, I Can’t Dance, Brass Buttons, $1000 Wedding, Medley Live from Northern Quebec: (a) Cash on the Barrelhead (b) Hickory Wind, Love Hurts, Las Vegas, In My Hour of Darkness

Phil Lesh & Mike Gordon
Set II: Bass Jam > (Rest of the band enters) The Wheel > Uncle John’s Band, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, I Know You Rider, Loser, Franklin’s Tower

Donor Rap


There are 4 comments associated with this post

TCinNYC August 17, 2012, 12:06:49

Awesome!! Phil is making it happen. Must have been a treat for those who were there.

Andy August 17, 2012, 12:33:36

Very cool. It sounds like Trey Anastasio and Phil Lesh might get together as well, since Trey’s in town. For more on-going Terrapin Crossroads new coverage, I recommend

Bob August 17, 2012, 14:12:17

Terrapin landing claimed yesterday that trey was guaranteed. If you want real information concerning terrapin crossroads either go to or just go down there. If you want haight street wook rumors go to I heard that kid who you always see outside haight street McDonald’s begging for change runs that website.

Jason August 17, 2012, 20:34:26

@Bob: Terrapin Landing never said Trey would be there nor did they mention Trey until today. I believe they mentioned it was a rumor but since Mike Gordon was there, from the same band, and since Phish is in town, it’s certainly a possibility. Here’s a quote from them, the only time they’ve ever mentioned Trey: “Last night, Mike Gordon, bass player from Phish, sat in with the band during the second set. Considering that Phish is in San Francisco performing at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium August 17 – 19, the rumor is that Trey Anastasio (plus other Phish members?) and Phil Lesh will get together once again to jam. The question is when and where. August 17 – 20 seem most probable and it’ll likely go down at Terrapin Crossroads and/or at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.” – so you’re mistaken, please stop misinforming people and misquoting people. And I agree with you – go to Terrapin, regardless, it’s worth it!

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