Happy New Year!
First of all, thank you for all of your well wishes over the past week. I want you to know that I am going to be OK! I was in the hospital for the past week due to some pretty serious complications from COVID and Influenza A, but I am at home now resting which I am so thankful for! I’m very sorry that Gov’t Mule couldn’t do our New Year’s run. Trust me when I say we were really excited for these shows and the band was raring to go. The shows will be rescheduled — with new dates coming soon — and I know Gov’t Mule will be ready to blow the roofs off The Met and the Beacon.
We also have our annual Island Exodus in Jamaica starting on January 15, and the band and crew are packed and ready to go! However, the doctors say I still need a few weeks of rest and recuperation, which unfortunately means I will not be able to travel to Jamaica. But the show must go on! I have been in close contact with our team to put together a really special show with a bunch of our friends including Anders Osborne, Jackie Greene, John Scofield, Robert Randolph, Audley Freed, Rob Barraco, Robert Kearns and Jeff Sipe, who along with already announced special guests Jimmy Vivino and Ron Holloway, will be joining Matt, Danny and Jorgen for what I know will be three great and unique “Gov’t Mule & Friends” shows. This is in addition to Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Duane Betts (and his band) and Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country.
IE13 is shaping up to be a very special, not to be repeated, 4-day concert. It pains me not to be there, but I am confident that those of you who are will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was no easy feat putting this all together in a few days, and I would like to thank our team at Hard Head Management: Stef Scamardo and J Bau, our tour manager Fred Cox, Cameron Sears and Karim Kuzbari at Island Gigs, and, of course, Matt, Danny and Jorgen as they will be working hard to bring these shows together and make them special.
To everyone attending Island Exodus — enjoy yourselves, and I will catch up with you all on the Gov’t Mule spring tour that we are announcing soon. As you know, the Music Never Stops! Travel safe and wish us luck at the Grammys!
Much love to all of you, Warren