Monday, March 22, 2010

ON MUSIC ~ Govt. Mule...

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Welcome to the Live Archive, where Andy (aka Concert Boy) regales you with a recap of one of his many concert experiences through the years. Feel free to review his overall list and make a request for a future Live Archive post.

THE ACT: Govt. Mule

THE SCENE: Chevrolet Theatre - Wallingford, CT (02/26/2005)

THE GANG: Me & some Boston friends meeting up with some CT friends

THE OCCASSION: To meet up with friends and enjoy a good show

THE RUNDOWN: Warren Haynes is a guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and he started Govt. Mule as a side project in the mid 90s w/fellow ABB member, bassist Allen Woody (r.i.p., 8/26/00). Rounding out the lineup was drummer Matt Abts for a down and dirty trio.

Govt. Mule is now a four piece with bassist Jorgen Carlsson, who replaced Andy Hess in 2008 and keyboardist Danny Louis.

The Mule is Warren’s main gig now even though he still plays with the Allman Brothers Band.

This show was the last date of a 14 show February tour in 2005 and the band was in fine form. The Chevrolet Theatre is formerly the Oakdale and this was my first time there. I have been to another show there since and I think it’s one of the better places to see a show in New England. It’s easy to get to and parking isn’t a problem.

The first set had a nice mix of some new and old songs but the highlight was a cover of the Beatles’ "She Said, She Said" > "Tomorrow Never Knows." This pairing has been in Mule’s repertoire for a long time but it never fails to deliver. A strong "Thorazine Shuffle" sent us to the beer stands happy.

The second set was worth the price of admission alone. Opening with a song Warren also plays with the ABB, "Soulshine," the set was off to a nice start. Next up was an excellent cover of "Hunger Strike" (Temple of the Dog) that they just started playing recently that they paired with the Traffic standard "Dear Mr. Fantasy." A Mule favorite, "Blind Man in the Dark," led into Matt Abts’ drum solo and then a blistering rendition of Willie Dixon’s "I Can’t Quit You, Baby." A couple of new songs from the recent album Deja Voodoo closed out the set.

A spectacular encore with a couple more cover songs closed out the show and the tour – Neil Young’s "Cortez the Killer" and Tom Waits’ "Goin’ Out West."

SET 1:
Bad Man Walking
Bad Little Doggie
Left Coast Groovies
About To Rage
Slackjaw Jezebel
She Said, She Said >
Tomorrow Never Knows
Separate Reality
No Need To Suffer
Thorazine Shuffle

SET 2:
Hunger Strike >
Dear Mr. Fantasy >
Hunger Strike Reprise
Blind Man In The Dark >
Drums >
Bline Man In The Dark Reprise
I Can't Quit You
Mr. Man
Lola, Leave Your Light On

Cortez The Killer w/ Scott Metzger from RANA
Goin' Out West


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    Kathleen said...

    Love Jam music, love Gov't Mule! One of the best concerts I have seen was Gov't Mule on a shared bill with Rat Dog. Gov't Mule jammed for 3 hours!

    Stagg said...

    I've seen THE MULE lots o times here in CHICAGO!!! -ever so soul-full !!