Gov’t Mule initiated their 2018 Spring Tour with a performance on Wednesday night at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Harmonica player Hook Herrera sat-in during several parts of last evening’s two set show.
Guitarist Warren Haynes chose “Bad Little Doggie” to open the concert and tour. The set progressed with favorites like “Blind Man In The Dark” and “Rocking Horse” as well as the title track to last year’s studio release Revolution Come, Revolution Go and fellow album cuts “About To Rage” and “The Man I Want To Be.” Herrera, a frequent Mule collaborator, emerged to augment the penultimate song of the opening set, the blues standard “Good Morning Little School Girl.” The guest harp player stuck around for the set-closing cover of Robert Johnson’s “32/20 Blues.”
A rare cover of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” began the second set, followed by “Game Face” with the often inserted Allman Brothers Band classic “Mountain Jam” played within. Next up was the Revolution Come, Revolution Go track “Pressure Under Fire” and a version of “Sco-Mule” with a “Smoke On The Water” tease. Herrara was then brought back out for the remainder of the set and encore, accompanying offerings of the Allmans’ staples “The Sky Is Crying” and “Statesboro Blues” as well as the cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero” that brought an end to opening night.
Setlist (via Mule.net)
Set One: Bad Little Doggie, Blind Man In The Dark, About To Rage, Rocking Horse, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, The Man I Want To Be, Monkey Hill (with She’s So Heavy ending), Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (with Hook Herrera), 32/20 Blues (with Hook Herrera, Rocking Robbin & Loser teases)
Set Two: Maggot Brain, Game Face > Mountain Jam (with Norwegian Wood tease) > Game Face, Pressure Under Fire, Sco-Mule (with Smoke On The Water tease), The Sky Is Crying (with Hook Herrera), Statesboro Blues (with Hook Herrera)
Encore: Working Class Hero (with Hook Herrera)