Gov’t Mule Bust Out Alice Cooper Cover and Welcome Lukas Nelson, Duane Betts and More in Jamaica
Gov’t Mule are hosting their 10th Island Exodus festival in Jamaica from Jan. 20-24, and closed out their Monday night gig at the destination event with a surprise revival of Alice Cooper’s “I’m Eighteen” and a slew of special guests.
The band opened the two-set offering with “Bad Little Doggie” and worked their way through “World Boss,” “About To Rage” and “Lola.” Later, Warren Haynes and company welcomed tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway for a jam on Mule’s “Blind Man In The Dark” that eventually returned at the tail-end of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hear My Train A Coming.” Holloway departed the stage for Mule to take the lead on “Broke Down On The Brazos,” but for set closers “Tributary Jam” and “Time To Confess,” the band brought out Holloway and Promise of the Real percussionist Tato Melgar.
Set two kicked off with the band’s first take on “I’m Eighteen” since 12/31/02, and continued on with “I Shall Return.”
Mule then invited Holloway, Melgar and guitarist Duane Betts to jam on “Sco-Mule,” before Holloway briefly stepped away for one of Haynes’ ABB favorites “Melissa.”
The end of set two came with a dip into another ABB favorite “Mountain Jam,” which segued back into Melissa with the same rotation of Holloway, Melgar and Betts.
The grand finale came with Holloway, Melgar, Lukas Nelson, Cory McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo and Logan Metz throwing down with Mule on Bob Marley’s “Stop That Train” and, finally, Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer.”
For more information on Island Exodus visit the event’s official website.
Check out Mule’s full setlist:
Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus X, Runaway Bay, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica
Set I: Bad Little Doggie, World Boss, About To Rage, Lola, Leave Your Light On, Mother Earth, Blind Man In The Dark*, Hear My Train A Coming* > Blind Man In The Dark*, Broke Down On The Brazos, Tributary Jam^, Time To Confess^
Set II: I’m Eighteen%, I Shall Return, Sco-Mule^^, Melissa^^^, Mountain Jam^^ > Melissa^^^
Enc: Stop That Train&, Cortez The Killer&
*with Ron Holloway
^with Ron Holloway and Tato Melgar
%Last time played 12/31/02
^^with Ron Holloway, Tato Melgar & Duane Betts
^^^with Duane Betts & Tato Melgar
&with Ron Holloway, Tato Melgar, Lukas Nelson, Cory McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo & Logan Metz; without Jorgen Carlsson