Gov’t Mule Takes Spın̈al Tap Halloween Theme To 11

The band celebrated the classic mockumentary during their Mule-O-Ween concert in New Orleans.

By Andy Kahn Oct 30, 2022 9:10 am PDT

Gov’t Mule held their Mule-O-Ween Halloween celebration last night at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. The group went all in on a Spın̈al Tap theme, devoting the second set to the classic mockumentary film.

Promo materials and Warren Haynes‘ recent appearance on The JamBase Podcast clued in fans as to what this year’s Mule-O-Ween theme would be. Before the show, Mule posted a series of videos on social media featuring Haynes, bassist Jorgen Carlsson, muti-instrumentalist Danny Louis and drummer Matt Abts relaying real-life stories that could have been scenes from 1984 movie This Is Spın̈al Tap.

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Gov’t Mule’s first set began with Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days” and “Fearless,” followed by originals “Thorns Of Life,” “No Need To Suffer,” “Drawn That Way” and “Time To Confess.” They then dug into “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)” the Howlin’ Wolf song recorded for the band’s 2021 studio album, Heavy Load Blues.

The Levee Horns then augmented the foursome for the remainder of the first set. The guest horn section accompanied the band on “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,” which also appeared on Heavy Load Blues, as well as Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” and the closer “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home,” also from Heavy Load Blues.

During set break, the members of Gov’t Mule put on costumes to look like the members of Spın̈al Tap – Haynes as Nigel Tufnel, Louis as David St. Hubbins, Carlsson at Derek Smalls and Abts as one of the band’s many drummers. Throughout the second set, Spın̈al Tap-themed video vignettes were shown between Mule performing songs from the film.

Among the debuts were Spın̈al Tap favorites such as “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight,” “Hellhole,” “Heavy Duty,” “Stonehenge” and “Gimmie Some Money,” as well as a “Jazz Odyssey” segment. Carlsson took an extended bass solo while spewing fake blood as the intro to “Big Bottom” which then saw Haynes and Louis joining Carlsson on bass.

Mule-O-Ween in NOLA ended with an encore consisting of the common wrapping of “Game Face” around The Allman Brothers Band’s “Mountain Jam.” Watch audience-shot videos of last night’s second set below:

Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight


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Ed Favreau (See 3 videos)
Gov’t Mule (See 156 videos)

Hellhole


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Ed Favreau (See 3 videos)
Gov’t Mule (See 156 videos)

Heavy Duty


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Ed Favreau (See 3 videos)
Gov’t Mule (See 156 videos)

Stonehenge


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Joseph Burton (See 5 videos)
Gov’t Mule (See 156 videos)

Bass Interlude


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Joseph Burton (See 5 videos)
Gov’t Mule (See 156 videos)

Big Bottom

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