Later this month The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger will team with Gov't Mule for a
special New Year's Eve performance at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. The show is just one of
many live music options this New Year's Eve. JamBase contributor Chad Berndtson
recently spoke with Warren Haynes about many topics and today we wanted
to share the Mule front man's take on how the collaboration with Krieger came together,
including the news that the late Ray Manzarek was originally supposed to take part in the
Mule/Doors summit before the keyboardist passed away.
JamBase: Warren, the Mule will once again be doing the Doors over New Year’s Eve
with Robby Krieger. Tell me how the original Halloween idea came together and that Robby
would sit in.
Warren Haynes: We’d been talking with him for about three years. We’d told him we
always do a thematic show for Halloween and New Year’s and we’d discussed the Doors, and
we told him we had done the Stones and Pink Floyd and the Who and Zeppelin, and we most
recently, last year, had done Hendrix.
I wasn’t necessarily thinking at the time of inviting him to join us but it just kind of
came up: ‘Maybe you should do this with us.’ And he was like ‘Yeah, I’d be interested.’
Originally we were also looking at Ray Manzarek also being part of it – that came up the
first time we had discussed it but we knew it was going to take a while for all our
schedules to kind of work out. The last time we saw Ray, Mule was playing a festival in
Vienna, Austria. Robby and I were talking then and looking at possibilities. Ray passed
away, but the conversation continued and we’d also talked about making it sort of a Ray
Watch a set of eight fan-shot videos by blisstanger featuring Gov't Mule covering The
Doors with Robby Krieger from Los Angeles on October 30: