Most Important Shows of The Decade

Gov't Mule - The Deepest End | 05/03/03
Saenger Theatre | New Orleans, LA

Photo of Haynes, Abts, Newsted and Louis at Gov't Mule's "The Deepest End Concert" on 05/03/03 in New Orleans by Michael Weintrob
If one ever needed proof that Gov't Mule was a band adored by their fellow musicians, then "The Deepest End Concert" in New Orleans should provide all the evidence one needs. The culmination of three years of recording and mourning the loss of founding bassist Allen Woody, this five-and-a-half-hour marathon performance found this contemporary classic rock unit joined by some of the finest bassists in the world - Jason Newsted (Metallica, Ozzy, Voivod), George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck), Rob Wasserman, Paul Jackson Jr., Mike Gordon (Phish), Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Jack Casady (Hot Tune, Jefferson Airplane), Conrad Lazano (Los Lobos), Les Claypool (Primus), and then Mule regular Greg Rzab. If that weren't enough, the night also had guest turns from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Karl Denson and more. A largely unrehearsed affair, the show was rich in what Mule leader Warren Haynes calls "spontaneous composition." The range of material was off the chain, including Sabbath covers with Jason Newsted, Purple's "Maybe I'm A Leo" with Glover, and a blinding version of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" with studio whiz Paul Jackson Jr. whipping the low end every which way. The art of focused, meaty improvisation has rarely had a finer showing than this gig, which also served to highlight what a ridiculously diverse bunch Gov't Mule is – a big tent capable of holding just about anything if these cats (and their collaborators) put their backbone into it. (Dennis Cook)


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