The Phish / Grateful Dead connection was on display once again tonight, when Mike
Gordon sat in with Bob Weir & RatDog at
the House Of Blues in Boston. The first RatDog tour in over four years
continues to impress as the Phish bassist's guest spot was only one of the many notable
Monday night's show.
Gordon, in town to celebrate tomorrow's release of his Overstep LP with an in-store at Newbury Comics, emerged early in the second set to
replace Robin Sylvester on bass for "Bird Song." Later in the set Tony "Thunder" Smith
(Lou Reed/John McLaughlin/Santana) sat in on drums for the
evening's "Stuff" segment.
Earlier in the evening Weir led his band through "My Brother Esau," which made its RatDog
debut at the Sweetwater Music Hall "rehearsal" show on February 5. Bobby and the band
continue to deliver interesting pairings
with both "Easy to Slip" > "Supplication" > "Easy To Slip" and "Turn On Your
"Shakey Ground" > "Turn On Your Lovelight" making the setlist. RatDog wrapped up the
eventful show with Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" in the encore slot.
Watch footage of Mike guesting on "Bird Song" via Chris Van
Set One: The Music Never Stopped > Mama Tried > My Brother Esau, Easy to Slip >
Supplication > Easy to Slip, Mission In The Rain > Easy Answers > Two Djinn
Set Two: KC Moan@, Fever@, Friend Of The Devil@, Bird Song (w/ Mike Gordon replacing Robin
Sylvester on bass), China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider > Stuff (w/ Tony
Smith), Death Don't Have No Mercy, Turn On Your Lovelight > Shakey Ground > Turn On
Encore: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
[Setlist via Ratdog.org]