Holy Haunted House with Houses of the Holy
As some Gov’t Mule and Led Zeppelin diehards had indeed surmised, last night’s
Holy Haunted House show included a performance of Zeppelin’s _Houses
of the Holy_ in its entirety. The Mule, aided and abetted by Audley Freed on
guitar, moved through the classic Zeppelin release from start to finish, opening
with ‘The Song Remains the Same’ and charging on through to ‘The
Ocean.’ The Mule brought its own nuances to the material and also
took a moment to showcase Matt Abts powerful analogue to John Bonham, with
an expanded ‘Drums’ sequence between ‘Dancing Days’ and ‘D’yer
Mak’er.’ In addition, during ‘The Crunge,’ at the moment on the record where
Robert Plant asks, ‘Where’s that confounded bridge?’ Warren Haynes
guitar tech Brian ‘I’m Not Him’ Farmer, carried out a banner with that
same message. The group had teased what was to follow at the close of set one during
a version of ‘Blind Man In The Dark’ that incorporated a number of Zeppelin
songs. Then, prior to the House of the Holy, a movie screen dropped down to further the Halloween mood with a screening of the classic silent film version of Dracula.
Gov’t Mule is back in action this evening at Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge in Kansas City, MO.