After being honored for their 39th performance at the venue on Monday, Gov’t Mule headed back to the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday to continue their annual tradition of ringing in the new year with their fans at the historic New York City venue. Just as they’d teased earlier this month, Mule’s three-set New Year’s Eve performance included a tribute to The Beatles and some late-show sit-ins from Conan bandleader/guitarist Jimmy Vivino.
Following their first of two year-ending shows at the Beacon on Monday, Mule opened their first set with a high-energy “Mr. Man”. The opening set continued with more Mule originals including “Lola, Leave Your Light On”, “Unring The Bell”, “Whisper In Your Soul”, and “Game Face” before moving into their first cover of the night with The Allman Brothers Band‘s “Mountain Jam”. The set continued with “Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam” and “Eternity’s Breath Jam” before closing with “Tastes Like Wine”.
Gov’t Mule returned to the stage to open their Beatles-inspired tribute set alongside guitarist Connor Kennedy with “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. The classic rock covers continued with “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “One After 909”, and “Dig A Pony” before making way for the traditional take on “Auld Lang Syne” for New Years. An inspiring “Come Together” came next, followed by “Oh! Darling”, George Harrison‘s timeless love ballad in “Something”, and finally “I Want You (She’s So Heavy”).
Watch performances of “I Got A Feeling” and “Come Together” below:
Gov’t Mule w/Connor Kennedy – “I Got A Feeling” [The Beatles cover] – 12/31/19
[Video: Sean Roche]
Gov’t Mule w/ Connor Kennedy – “Come Together” [The Beatles cover] – 12/31/19
[Video: Michael Caldwell]
The band’s final set of the evening was technically an encore, but lasted way longer than the typical quick return to the stage. The “third set” opened with “Brighter Days” into “Silent Scream” and “Scenes From A Troubled Mind”. The music kept rolling right into “Starship Trooper Jam” and “The Gates of Delirium Jam” before returning to “Scenes From A Troubled Mind” and “Silent Scream”, with Vivino joining in on guitar for the latter. Following “Lay Your Burden Down”, Vivino remained on stage to help play on “Lay Your Burden Down” and Howlin’ Wolf‘s blues classic “Smokestack Lightning”. Vivino stayed for one more tune in “Catfish Blues” before Mule sent fans into the night and new year with a closing rendition of “Bad Little Doggie”.
Watch the encore performances of “Lay Your Burden Down” and “Smokestack Lightning” featuring Jimmy Vivino below.
Gov’t Mule w/ Jimmy Vivino – “Lay Your Burden Down” > “Smokestack Lightning” – 12/31/2019
[Video: Sean Roche]
Gov’t Mule will be on a break for the next few weeks until the band and their fans head south to Runaway Bay, Jamaica for their Island Exodus 11 destination event. Head to the band’s website for tickets and 2020 tour info.
— Beacon Theatre (@BeaconTheatre) January 1, 2020
Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 12/31/2019
Set One: Mr. Man, Lola, Leave Your Light On, Unring The Bell, Endless Parade, Whisper In Your Soul, Thorns Of Life, Game Face > Mountain Jam (The Allman Brothers Band cover) > Game Face, Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam, Eternity’s Breath Jam, Tastes Like Wine
Set Two [Beatles Set w/ Connor Kennedy]: Get Back*, Don’t Let Me Down*, I’ve Got A Feeling*, One After 909*, Dig A Pony*, Dig A Pony (Reprise) > Auld Lang Syne, Come Together*, Oh! Darling*, Something*, I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Encore: Brighter Days, Silent Scream Pt. 2 > Scenes From A Troubled Mind > Starship Trooper Jam > The Gates of Delirium Jam > Starship Trooper Jam > The Gates of Delirium Jam > Scenes From A Troubled Mind > Silent Scream Pt. 2, Sco-Mule^, Lay Your Burden Down > Smokestack Lightning^ (Howlin’ Wolf cover) > Lay Your Burden Down, Catfish Blues^, Bad Little Doggie
* Live Debut
^ w/ Jimmy Vivino