Gov't Mule | 10.31.08 | Boston

By: Andrew Bruss

Gov't Mule :: 10.31.08 :: Orpheum Theatre :: Boston, MA

Gov't Mule :: 10.31 by Chris Rushin
Gov't Mule plowed their way through a powerhouse Halloween show at Boston's Orpheum Theatre that served up familiar Mule tunes, and a set of impressive Pink Floyd covers.

Following an opening set by Back Door Slam that deserves to be mentioned, Mule inaugurated the Hollows' Eve celebration with "Brighter Days." As Warren Haynes, the band's driving force, dove into some six-string fretwork, Mule's new bassist, Jorgen Carlsson, used his second public performance with the band to demonstrate intense musical prowess and woo Mule fans with a rockin' stage presence that outdoes his predecessor, Andy Hess.

After jamming their way through tunes like "Brand New Angel" and "Trane," the Mule tore into an instrumental version of the Grateful Dead's "St. Stephen" that took the already ecstatic atmosphere of the crowd to new heights. Haynes is a product of his influences, and years of touring with The Allman Brothers Band has helped him refine those tight slide licks that make his dueling leads with Derek Trucks amongst the best on the circuit. And having spent recent years filling the shoes of Jerry Garcia with the surviving members of The Dead, Haynes has had some serious experience jamming in those outer-worldly areas of the auditory spectrum. But, even with hints of Jerry, Duane and Jimi in his leads, at all times, Haynes' tone is unmistakably that of Warren Haynes.

Halloween has always been a flagship holiday in the jam band community, second only to New Year's Eve. And with a band like Gov't Mule, expecting something special is more than fair. Phish are attributed with getting the Halloween spirit going in the jam world with a performance of The Beatles' The White Album in its entirety on 10.31.94. Years later, we've seen costumes and covers of all colors and genres. But, on Halloween 2008, Mule outdid themselves with a second set packed full of Pink Floyd tunes from throughout the psychedelic pioneers' career.

Jorgen Carlsson - Gov't Mule :: 10.31 by Chris Rushin
From the opening notes of the reverb-heavy "One Of These Days," everyone in attendance collectively flipped their shit over what they knew would become a concert that would be discussed for years to come. As the set moved past "Fearless," and "Pigs On The Wing" equipped with an inflated pig to the right of the stage, Mule moved into "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." With sheet music in front of band members, it was clear that a great deal of effort went into pulling off their Floyd "costume." Not only did they nail the composition, but Haynes even managed to replicate the near-perfect guitar tone of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

In addition to dozens of lasers piercing through a smogged theatre, the effects of a run through the first five tunes off Dark Side Of The Moon was enough to make any attendee melt in their seat. However, the highlight of the set was a funky rendition of "Have A Cigar," featuring drummer Matt Abts on vocals. One of Haynes' strong suits is his ability to mesh Black Sabbath-heavy guitar riffs with a sense of Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock funk, and "Cigar" just so happened to be the Floyd tune that brought that out the most in him.

The second set wrapped with "Wish You Were Here," and an encore of Mule tunes. "A Million Miles From Yesterday" and "Blind Man In The Dark" brought the shenanigans of Gov't Mule's Halloween to a close. Calling their show a success would be an understatement. Given the high hopes of attendees before they got to the Orpheum, most bands would have had a rough time meeting people's expectations, but for the man who regularly fills the shoes of Duane Allman and Jerry Garcia, sending people home feeling satisfied required nothing more than practice, sheet music and some extra-trippy lighting. With Halloween '08 behind us, talk of Mule's follow-up for '09 can be expected right around the corner.

10.31.08 :: The Orpheum Theatre :: Boston, MA
Set 1: Brighter Days, Bad Little Doggie, Brand New Angel, Gameface, Trane > Third Stone From The Sun Jam > Eternity's Breath Jam > St. Stephen's Jam > Monkey Hill, Child Of The Earth, Kinder Bird Jam* > Kind Of Bird
Set 2: One Of These Days* > Fearless* > Pigs On The Wing Part 2* > Shine On You Crazy Diamond*$& > Have A Cigar*& > Speak To Me* > Breathe*$ > On The Run* > Time* > Great Gig In The Sky*$ > Money*$& > Comfortably Numb*$ > Shine On You Crazy Diamond Reprise*$& > Wish You Were Here
Encore: A Million Miles From Yesterday$, Blind Man In The Dark&
*1st Time Played
$ with Machan Taylor, Sophia Ramos & Durga McBroom Hudson
& with Ron Holloway

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Finz Wed 11/5/2008 01:13PM
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I can't believe I missed this show.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Wed 11/5/2008 01:34PM
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Man O Man

This is the Stuff that rocks your socks

I really would like to see Mule next Halloween more so than Panic

Warren really knows what is up I love him with Mule ( His Band)

Not so much with the dead (Not His Band)

jordonimo Wed 11/5/2008 02:07PM
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is it me or does the bass player look a bit like jack white?

Jimmy P starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 02:16PM
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Jimmy P

i can die now... when jorgen carlson came out in a lab coat n hit the first few notes of "one of these days"...i was definitley one of those people who flipped their shit..and i definitely annoyed the people around me cuz i was so ecstatic... but i cant express how f*cking incredible this show was and how tight they sounded with the new bassist. o yea i got his pick too. warren is the man... cant wait for nye!! loved the irony of opening up with "brighter days" ... they seem so far behind us now

Candikorn72 Wed 11/5/2008 02:46PM
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Sixmilliondollarman Wed 11/5/2008 02:49PM
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Overrated? Get a clue.

Waxmaniac2 starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 02:56PM
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this show was absolutely ridiculous. this author failed to mentioned a 3rd stone from the sun tease (or maybe it was mountain jam) somewhere in the first set. The lasers were ridiculous. I FUCKING LOVE THE MULE. and fuck no warren is not overrated. I got chills all up and down my spine when warren hit the solo notes in comfortably numb. MULE

mrknowitall starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 02:59PM
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I was there and it was great.

Grade A Mule show, they were tight as they could be for a one off show of another bands material. They got the vibe and played softly in order to fit the room. It worked the show was a success and Jorgan is a bad ass.

drumzpimp Wed 11/5/2008 03:19PM
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first off...canikorn I'm sick of your shitty remarks. don't read the articles if you don't like the band.

second...sweet walter and the dude costumes

ScIFreak Wed 11/5/2008 03:54PM
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WOW! This looks like this was THE Halloween show of the year! Congrats Mule! Warren is the best, and some of my fondest memories are at some of his shows... Well I'm off to get a copy of the 2nd set at least, should be nice to listen to on the way to work with a nice bowl!!!

benibby starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 03:55PM
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I was lucky enough to be there and it was by far one of the best Mule shows I have seen. "Pygmie Twilight" was a highlight of the first set for me, and the Floyd stuff was intense. Jorgen is a very talented bassist, and so far I think he fits in perfectly with the band. I am might have to catch one of those NYC NYE shows.

ScIFreak Wed 11/5/2008 03:55PM
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OH and I would like to say thank you to Jambands for covering these past Halloween shows, with our favorite bands, thanks alot!

Mexicenfood starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 05:55PM
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I've seen Mule around 20 times and this was the best one, hands down. The new bassist can rock and the rest of the band was on. It was the first time i've seen warren play a fender and he ROCKED, spot on for the floyd set, unbelieveable

Waxmaniac2 starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 08:23PM
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they didnt play pygmie twilight in the first set... and this too was the first time I saw Warren play a strat. It sounded immaculate. Ive seen mule around 10 times, this was far and away the best mule show ive ever seen. FULL LASER LIGHT SHOW AND SURROUND SOUND!!!!!!!!!!!

phanatic2 starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 08:59PM
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I cant beleive I asked a few people if they were interested in going to this. Ended up going alone and couldnt miss it,....who was that jackass yelling Pink floyd sucks......??

p25halo starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 03:31AM
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Much of the talk will be deservedly around the Floyd second set, but the first set is not to be missed. Deep, powerful, and elegant jams winding through Gameface >> Bird ... long, seemless 'old school' journeys with Jorgen fitting in beautifully ... the Floyd material absolutely SMOKED, especially Shine On to my old ears ... a FANTASTIC night all around!!

D.B.Higdon Thu 11/6/2008 06:03AM
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Nice Thunderbird.

D.B.Higdon Thu 11/6/2008 06:22AM
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Also, I must mention Back Door Slam; their album rocks, and I would have liked to have heard a bit more about their opening set if anyone who was at this show would chime in about it.

Jenkem_Garcia Thu 11/6/2008 06:22AM
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This makes me want to go to Mule tomorrow night in Philly.

All you need to know about Candikorn72 is that he likes Jack Johnson.

Jambizzle Thu 11/6/2008 07:30AM
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Candikorn dude is a flat-out moron. He wouldn't know a talented musician if Beethoven bent him over a log.

Haynes + Scofield = Scomule anyone?

groovesharer Thu 11/6/2008 07:35AM
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I want that referee to send me to her penalty box

Putnameter starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 08:43AM
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HOLY SHIT!!!! I think I would have rather seen this show than Phil In NYC! However, Phil's frankenstein was spectacular! Two thumbs up to Warren for rolling out the Floyd!!!! Im just a lil' bit jealous.

Jimmy P Thu 11/6/2008 08:53AM
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Jimmy P

i caught the end of back door slams set and i must say i was impressed. they had sum sick bluesy stuff goin on. im not too impressed with the recordings iv heard, but it was definitely a treat to watch did i miss that referee chick?!!?

leland242 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 09:22AM
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Hey everyone - I was hefner! That's so cool they used our pic for this article. If anyone wants a copy of the BDS set, just use this link: (not my rip, i dont know the source, it's mp3). This was an epic show!

if anyone has a pic from the back with the bunny ears in sillouette, please let me know - id love to have a copy (we were center stage, 5th row).

see ya'll at ratdog this weekend! (but not as hef)

Matty14k starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 09:30AM
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I was there it was the highlight of my concerts this year!

BGA1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 11:03AM
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This is good news. Going both nights of the fillmore shows! Going be sweet! Where ya at, Dauniac?

shaka1 starstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 12:06PM
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An all Floyd second set on Halloween? Are you f@#^#@ng serious? I just fell out of my chair-See you boyz in Flagstaff on 11/19/08

MartinHalo Thu 11/6/2008 01:02PM
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{whistle} Flag on the play! hot damn!

Dr. Funkenstein starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 03:40PM
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Dr. Funkenstein

this sounds so sick. can-not-wait to hear it.

warren's the man. mule rocks.

BehindTheMule starstarstarstar Thu 11/6/2008 04:45PM
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I am listening to the show right now... Just downloaded it from muletrax.. WOW! As beautiful as it is in recorded form, it had to be mind blowing in person.... I dig Jorgen! YAY for the RE-Birth of the MULE!!!!

hambone Thu 11/6/2008 08:14PM
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Thank God The good people of Hashachusetts voted to pass question 2. Add 12/4/08 to the holiday season!!!!

johnzara Sat 11/8/2008 07:34AM
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who the hell covers a mule show and only gets one picture of warren? and a blurry one at that.

BehindTheMule Sat 11/8/2008 01:58PM
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I got my husband good and Beered up before I asked to buy tickets... he said yes... looks like I'll be seeing y'all in Asheville!

cUB_nAsTY starstarstarstarstar Sun 11/9/2008 12:41PM
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Mule and sexy referees, that concert had everything!!!!

GroovatronPhan1 Sun 11/9/2008 05:48PM
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Anyone know where I can find this show? I gotta hear this second set!!!

BehindTheMule Mon 11/10/2008 05:28AM
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If you go to you can pay $12.00 (I think that's the price) to download the show. It is worth the cash!


durazno Mon 11/10/2008 06:34AM
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"mesh Black Sabbath-heavy guitar riffs with a sense of Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock funk" -RIGHT ON!- this is so true!

MULE never stops amazing me!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/11/2008 04:38AM
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third picture from the bottom i know that guy on the right, teague. too cool.

mattchu Wed 11/12/2008 09:51AM
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saw em in geneva the following night. bummer.

mattchu Wed 11/12/2008 09:55AM
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wsant a total bummer, you know the deal a day late, buck short...

sixstringbrad starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/13/2008 09:04AM
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This show looks insane!!!!! A full set of Floyd?!?! Uncle Warren does it again!