Gov’t Mule opens its tour in Vail

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Gov’t Mule
Dobson Arena
Vail, Colorado
April 10, 2008

In mid-April, Gov’t Mule sauntered into Colorado, where they would arrive at Vail’s Dobson Arena to play a part in the mountain’s Spring Back to Vail Extravaganza.

mule-1.jpg In addition to their standard southern rock and roll flare, Warren Haynes and company added a variety of flavor to the night by expressing their version of Radiohead’s “Creep”, and adventurous takes on some Beck and Bob Marley material.

The band seemed to take the audience on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.  Haynes’ hypnotizing slide almost seemed to control the crowd.  While this night’s setlist was built mostly on newer material like "Brand New Angel" and "Streamline Woman," they did unleash an old beast in "Painted Silver Light." 

Matt Abts’s relentless 15-minute drum solo was a show in itself. He even took a moment for a short intermission to gaze out into the crowd. Abts played a marathon of beats with sticks, mallets, and his hands.  Then Danny Louis appeared behind the keys for a stretched out jam session with the supremely talented drummer.

No Gov’t Mule show would be complete without a “Soulshine”.  Following suit the band closed the evening with a riffling “Thorazine Shuffle” and “Slackjaw Jezebel.”

Set 1: Unring The Bell, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home, Time To Confess, 32/20 Blues, Creep, Devil Likes It Slow, Patchwork Quilt, Sugaree, I’m A Ram

Set 2: Painted Silver Light, Unblow Your Horn > Reblow Your Mind, Brand New Angel, Streamline Woman, Drums, Brighter Days, Soulshine, Thorazine Shuffle

Encore: Slackjaw Jezebel

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