12.31.06 :: Beacon Theatre :: New York, NY
Words by: Phil Santala :: Images by Dino Perrucci
While the ball may have been getting dropped on Times Square, Warren Haynes was the main attraction for many music fans in NYC. Gov't Mule's three-night run was capped off in true New Year's style with a little help from their friends.
Gov't Mule :: 12.31.06 :: New York City
Highlights included straight up Mule selections like "Larger than Life" and "So Weak, So Strong." Toots Hibbert of legendary Toots And The Maytals came out for the "Dub Side of the Mule" set, which included "54-46," "Hard to Handle," "True Love," and "Baby Got Soul." The stage was decorated with a Jamaican theme - palm trees, records, a sunset backdrop, and a brass band. Perhaps the most impressive song during the dub set was the Mule standard "I've Got Dreams" sung by Toots.
Warren Haynes, the master of ceremonies, counted down and kicked off the New Year, eventually dropping into "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Soulshine" followed by the traditional "Auld Lang Syne."
Toots with Gov't Mule :: 12.31.06 :: New York City
The final set found more of Warren's friends taking the stage, including Gregg Allman, who led the band through a somber "Just like a Woman" and the Allman Brothers' tune "Woke Up This Morning."
The house lights came up after the first encore but were quickly dimmed back down - nobody was ready to go quite yet. Finally a rousing encore was capped off with the Tom Waits tune "Goin' Out West," which found the audience singing Warren off stage.
Gov't Mule :: 12.31.06 :: Beacon Theatre :: New York, NY
Set I: Thorazine Shuffle, Larger Than Life, She Said, She Said > Tomorrow Never Knows, Whiter Shade Of Pale, Dolphinius > Painted Silver Light, Sco-Mule, So Weak, So Strong
Set II: Dub Side Of The Mule: Play With Fire, Unring The Bell, I'm A Ram, 54-46, Hard To Handle, True Love Is Hard To Find, Pressure Drop, Let Down, Dreams To Remember
Reggae Got Soul, Happy Mule Year! Turn On Your Lovelight, Reggae Soulshine
Set III: Gregg Allman & Friends: Sweet Feeling, Just Like A Woman
E: It Hurts Me Too, Goin' Out West
^"Dub Side Of The Mule" guest artists
Gordie Johnson: Guitar & Vocals
Elaine Caswell: Vocals
Buford O'Sullivan: Trombone
Pam Fleming: Trumpet
Jenny Hill: Saxophone
Sean Pelton: Percussion