Gov’t Mule Offers Up Bust Out At 1st Of 2 At The Capitol Theatre
Gov’t Mule is in the homestretch of the East Coast leg of their spring tour. On Friday the band pulled into the New York City suburb of Port Chester for a two-night stand at The Capitol Theatre. For the first time on this run, the Southern jam-titans played a show without the help of any guests but did unearth a long-lost cover during their opening set.
Warren Haynes & Co. got their first of two at The Cap underway with The Staple Singers’ “Hammer & Nails.” The band reeled off a string of old-school classics next sticking with material that dates back to the 1990s with “Rocking Horse,” “Thorazine Shuffle,” “Painted Silver Light” and “Larger Than Life.” Mule looked to their most recent studio album next with “The Man I Want To Be,” with “Fool’s Moon” from 2001’s The Deep End, Vol. 1 following. The surprise of the night came next as the quartet dusted off their cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother.” The track from the classic rock act’s 1970 release Closer To Home was trotted for the first time since October 15, 2002.
Gov’t Mule opened up their second set of the night with a pair of tunes from Revolution Come, Revolution Go, playing “Traveling Tune” and the record’s title track. “No Need To Suffer” from 2000’s Life Before Insanity came ahead of a take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Effigy.” The back end of the set saw the band dig on “Broke Down On The Brazos” > “Tributary Jam” with “Lola Leave Your Light On” and “Blind Man In The Dark” bringing their night to a close. The band returned to the stage for a two-song encore delivering the segued pairing of “Raven Black Night” from 1998’s Dose with their cover of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground.”