New York is already experiencing record breaking temps this summer, but that didn’t stop Gov’t Mule from bringing more heat by playing two fire sets at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island on Sunday, August 7th. The band, led by guitar legend Warren Haynes, is currently in the middle of a tour that will conclude in January of 2023 with Island Exodus 13 in Jamaica. They will also be doing their New Years run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on December 30th and 31st.
The August 7th show at The Paramount also paid tribute in the form of covers to greats such as Tom Waits, Elton John and of course The Allman Brothers Band. Set one started with “Traveling Tune” as well as other Mule classics such as “Game Face” with an added “Mountain Jam” interlude, and and a cover of Tom Waits “Make it Rain.” The quartet which also features Jorgen Carlsson on bass, Danny Louis on keys and Matt Abts on drums sounded phenomenal as they ended set one with another Allman Brothers cover “Kind of Bird.”
After a short break, the boys returned to the stage to start the second set with an Elmore James cover of “Blues Before Sunrise” which is also featured on their latest album Heavy Load Blues. Other highlights of set two included an Elton John cover of “Have Mercy on the Criminal” and “Birth of the Mule” which is off of their 1998 album Dose. They also snuck in a little Jimi Hendrix “If 6 Was 9” in the middle of “Larger Than Life” which was also on the 1998 album Dose. They concluded the second set with “Thorazine Shuffle”, yet another song of of their second album Dose.
The encore paid tribute to Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead by interjecting “The Other One Jam” in the middle of “Fallen Down” from their 2000 album Life Before Insanity.
Setlist: Traveling Tune, Blind Man in the Dark, Steppin’ Lightly, Game Face / Mountain Jam / Game Face, Make It Rain (Tom Waits cover), Come and Go Blues (Allman Brothers cover), Which Way Do We Run, Kind of Bird (Allman Brother Band cover), Blues Before Sunrise (Elmore James cover), I Asked For Water, (She Gave Me Gasoline)(Howlin Wolf Cover), Have Mercy on the Criminal (Elton John cover), Birth of the Mule, Monkey Hill, Stone Cold Rage, Larger Than Life / If 6 Was 9 / Larger Than Life, Thorazine Shuffle
Encore: Fallen Down / The Other One Jam / Fallen Down