Steve Ferrone Sits-In With Gov’t Mule In San Diego


The Smokin’ Mule Tour continued last night as Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke made a stop at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay in San Diego. During Mule’s headlining performance they welcomed Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone to sit-in a number of songs, while members of Blackberry Smoke once again joined in on the encore.

A few songs into their main set, Ferrone replaced Mule drummer Matt Abts for takes on Freddie King’s “Pack It Up,” B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” and a rendition of Albert King’s “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.” Abts returned for a guest-less rest of the set that saw guitarist Warren Haynes lead the quartet through Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” working a version of their “Beautifully Broken” into The Purple One cover. A pair of The Beatles songs – “She Said, She Said” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” – drew Mule’s set to a close.

The regularly occurring encore collaborations with members of Blackberry Smoke continued with guitarist Charlie Starr joining in with Richard Turner also replacing Jorgen Carlsson on bass for a performance of the Grateful Dead’s “Loser.” Carlsson then tapped back in, bringing Ferrone with him to replace Abts while Starr and his fellow Blackberry Smoke guitarist Paul Jackson also were present for the show closing take on Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon.”

Video of Ferrone performing “The Thrill Is Gone“ with Gov’t Mule was captured by LoadOffAnnie, watch:

Setlist (via

The Joker, Rocking Horse > Stoop So Low, Forsaken Savior, Devil Likes It Slow, Whisper In Your Soul, Time To Confess, Pack It Up (with Steve Ferrone; without Matt Abts), The Thrill Is Gone (with Steve Ferrone; without Matt Abts), Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (with Steve Ferrone; without Matt Abts), Birth Of The Mule, Funny Little Tragedy (with Message In A Bottle & The Bed’s Too Big Without You lyrics), I’ll Be The One (with Blue Sky tease), When Doves Cry > Beautifully Broken > When Doves Cry > Beautifully Broken, She Said, She Said > Tomorrow Never Knows

Encore: Loser (with Charlie Starr & Richard Turner; without Jorgen Carlsson), Spanish Moon (with Charlie Starr, Paul Jackson & Steve Ferrone; without Matt Abts)