Gov’t Mule Busts Out ‘Ballerina’ As Part Of Van Morrison Tributes At European Fall Tour Opener

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Jam quartet Gov’t Mule has really enjoyed their time in Europe over the past few years, so much so that they added a second run through the continent to their 2017 touring plans including the first Mule-O-Ween outside of the U.S. Mule’s latest European tour started on Monday night at The Academy in Dublin and featured a pair of tributes to Northern Ireland’s Van Morrison.

Warren Haynes & Co. kicked off the festivities with a cover of “Hammer & Nails” by The Staple Singers. The band then proceeded to focus on originals throughout the night with the exception of two Van covers and two Allman Brothers Band gems including one written by Haynes. Monday’s first set featured such beloved favorites as “Mule,” Thorazine Shuffle” and “Sco-Mule” and ended with a cover of “Dreams” by the Allmans.

Gov’t Mule began their second set with the biggest surprise of the night, a cover of Van Morrison’s “Ballerina.” Haynes and his mates hadn’t performed “Ballerina” since 2013 and it was just the third version of the tune since 2009. More Mule classics and newcomers followed leading into an encore of “Soulshine” complete with Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” within.

Setlist

Gov’t Mule at The Academy

Set 1
  • Hammer and Nails  
  • Mule
  • Thorazine Shuffle
  • Banks of the Deep End
  • Sarah, Surrender
  • Stone Cold Rage
  • Sco-Mule
  • Whisper in Your Soul
  • Dreams  
Set 2
  • Ballerina  
  • Rocking Horse
  • Revolution Come, Revolution Go
  • No Need to Suffer
  • Painted Silver Light
  • Devil Likes It Slow
  • Million Miles From Yesterday
  • Railroad Boy
Encore
  • Soulshine  
  • Tupelo Honey  
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