Words by Randi Whitehead :: Images by George Weiss

Gov't Mule with Donavon Frankenreiter
11.05.06 :: Tampa Theatre :: Tampa, FL

Donavon Frankenreiter :: 11.05 :: Florida
Gov't Mule rocked the historic Tampa Theatre in Florida on November 5th, 2006, with a thunderous show promoting their new release, High & Mighty.

An hour-long opening set by Donavon Frankenreiter encompassed songs from his second album, Move By Yourself (released June 2006), including the title track, "Fool," "Let It Go," "All Around Us," and "The Way It Is." Other impressive selections included several from 2004's self-titled effort, including "What'cha Know About," "Free," "Swing On Down," and "It Don't Matter." The sweet but short set ended with an addictive jam that left the crowd cheering for more.

Warren Haynes - Gov't Mule
11.05 :: Florida
The theater continued to fill after Donavon's fans fled the front of the stage leaving room for Mule's more intense crowd to prepare for the rock show. After a short break, Warren Haynes took the stage with fellow band mates Matt Abts, Danny Louis and Andy Hess. After a Mule oldie "Blind Man In The Dark" (from 2003's Deepest End) to start the set, the title cut of the new CD "Mr. High & Mighty" was played to great reception.

With the 1500 person theatre not quite full to capacity the set progressed with "Bad Little Doggie" before two tunes from 2004's Deja Voodoo, "Bad Man Walking" and "Slackjaw Jezebel." The band wailed through fan favorite "Thorazine Shuffle" before Warren changed over to a twelve-string for another tune from High & Mighty, "So Weak, So Strong." "Banks Of The Deep End" was rollicking as they finished off the first set with an intense rendition of "Soulshine" with the entire crowd singing along.

Mule's second set blasted off with "Beautifully Broken," which led to the old standard "32/20 Blues" and "Brighter Days." A very surprising "Mountain Jam" was wrapped in between Deepest End's "Gameface" and finished with an extended drum solo. The new release was once again featured with "Nothing New," and "Brand New Angel."

Gov't Mule :: 11.05 :: Florida
Suddenly, the band stunned the crowd as Warren emulated Hendrix's staccato riffs and they did a first-time cover of "Machine Gun." After about thirteen minutes of guitar bliss, they wound their way to finish out the set with a huge version of "Mule."

The only encore, Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower," included Donavon and Eric Brigmond (from Donavan's band). As the audience screamed for more, refusing to leave the beautiful theater, the stage stayed empty and the lights came on signaling the end of yet another blues-soaked night of guitar rock with Gov't Mule.

11.05.06 :: Tampa Theatre :: Tampa, FL
1: Blind Man In The Dark, Mr. High And Mighty, Bad Little Doggie, Bad Man Walking, Slackjaw Jezebel, Thorazine Shuffle, So Weak, So Strong, Banks Of The Deep End, Soulshine
2: Beautifully Broken, 32-20 Blues, Brighter Days, Game Face > Mountain Jam > Game Face > Drums > Nothing Again, Brand New Angel > Machine Gun *, Mule
E: All Along The Watchtower (1)
Setlist Notes: * First time played; (1) Donavon Frankenreiter on guitar and Eric Brigmond

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All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 12/18/2006 05:09PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

looks like a sweet time!!

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/18/2006 07:34PM
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This looks like AN AMAZING SET!!! Great songs and choice covers. Can only hope they pull somethin like this at 10k.

cocheese Tue 12/19/2006 05:35AM
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looks really sweet, they did the same encore thing at the Ryman last month. everybody cheer for more but to no avail. not complaining though cause they really brought the heat as always, can't wait till Wanee!

carlsefni starstarstarstar Tue 12/19/2006 07:08AM
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OK, this is a bit pedantic, but surely Deepest End was not the earliest release to include versions of either "Blind Man in the Dark" of "Gameface"? Would not Dose have those honors? Anyway, sounds like a cool show :)

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Tue 12/19/2006 07:40AM
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Blind Man in the Dark and Gameface are both from the same album Thorazine Shuffle was on. I think it might have been called Dose, or something like that. Anyway, it was well before the Deepest End. That's pretty sweet they played Machine Gun.

Nik1 Tue 12/19/2006 08:11AM
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damn man machine gun! would've loved to have seen it

DamnDiva Tue 12/19/2006 08:37AM
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As a rule, I have found FLA people, places & things to be right up my alley. I'm thinking a road trip to see my cousins in Tampa might be in order. That is.... when Gov't Mule happens through again.........

nuke_ticketbastard Tue 12/19/2006 09:33AM
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wow , looks like a killer show , warren rips!!!

rjd999 Tue 12/19/2006 01:03PM
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awesome setlist, i gotta find a sbd of this show... "first time cover of machine gun"... heavy

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/19/2006 01:19PM
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Machiene gun! Sick!

Warren puts it all in perspective when he says somthing like 'the only chance you got is to be one up on your brother like a blind man in the dark'...when he says this it helps us all to defuse that tendancy they we can all have sometimes.

TimTucker Tue 12/19/2006 02:38PM
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the correct answer is dose

PCPrabbit Tue 1/9/2007 01:06PM
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whats up with warren's roadie who looks EXACTLY like him? shouldnt there be a rule against that or something? is it his brother? i dont get it.