Last night, Gov’t Mule’s summer tour continued with a stop at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH. Once again, The Magpie Salute opened the night and returned to the stage later in the evening to join Gov’t Mule’s encore with back-to-back covers, including rare performances of “Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac and “Down By The River” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse to close the show.
To open the show, the Magpie Salute—featuring Rich Robinson and other ex-members of the Black Crowes, who just recently released a brand new album—heavily leaned on the album for their forty-five-minute set. Their brand of twang rock was well-received if only a bit short-lived.
Gov’t Mule came in with a powerful “World Boss” opener that had the crowd excited. Other old-school hits like “Banks of the Deep End”, “Lola Leave Your Light On”, and “Broke Down on the Brazos” opened up the single-set performance. The first portion of the evening was heavy on originals, providing space for the newer songs to really shine. One of the biggest highlights of the night came in the title track of 2017’s Revolution Come, Revolution Go… The band dug deep to bring a lengthy version of the song, which was bookended by the cover portion of the evening, including the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Come and Go Blues” and The Beatles‘ “She Said She Said” (with a “Tomorrow Never Knows” jam) on either side.
From there, Mule locked into a version of their own “Fallen Down”, which featured a Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” tease that segued into a jam based around the Grateful Dead‘s “The Other One”. The extended set closed with Ann Peebles‘ “I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”, Warren Haynes‘ Allman Brothers hit “Soulshine”, and Blind Willie Johnson‘s “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground”.
As has been the custom for this tour, Mule brought up members of the Magpie Salute for the encore. The first encore could actually be better described as the Magpie Salute featuring Warren Haynes, as no other members of Gov’t Mule were on stage. They played “Oh Well” by Fleetwood Mac, which had not appeared on a Mule setlist since 2008. Then, Mule drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and keyboardist Danny Louis returned to their positions alongside the Magpie Salute members to perform performed a stirring rendition of Neil Young’s “Down By the River”, which was last performed by Mule in 2016, and has only been played by the band four times in total. Rich Robinson took the first verse and Haynes took the second, welcoming everyone in to sing along with the refrain. It was the harmonizing that really made this performance special.
Both bands continue their tour and are expected to pleasantly surprise some more mainstream audiences as they prepare to open up for the Avett Brothers the next two shows. Gov’t Mule also just announced a fall tour including their customary Mule-o-ween performance. Head here for a list of upcoming Gov’t Mule shows.
Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Rose Music Center | Huber Heights, OH | 8/21/18
World Boss, Lola, Leave Your Light On, Born on the Brazos, Tributary Jam, Which Way, Banks of the Deep End, Stone Cold Rage, Sarah, Surrender, Come and Go Blues, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, She Said, She Said, Fallen Down, Other One Jam, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home, Soulshine, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
Oh Well (Warren Haynes & all members of the Magpie Salute), Down By the River (Gov’t Mule featuring Rich Robinson, John Hogg, Marc Ford, and Matt Slocum)
Setlist: Magpie Salute | Rose Music Center | Huber Heights, OH | 8/21/18
High Water, Walk On Water, Mary the Gypsy, Color Blind, I Don’t Mind, Sometimes Salvation, Laila Pt. II, Can You See, Send Me an Omen