Dark Side of the Mule
As we hinted last week, Govt Mule celebrated the music of Pink Floyd at Bostons The Orpheum Theatre on Friday. Like the bands Led Zeppelin Halloween show, Govt Mule dedicated its entire second set to the tribute, opening with the first track of 1971s _ Meddle_. The quartet then played perhaps the most popular track off Meddle, Fearless, before jumping ahead to 1977s Animals for Pigs On The Wing Part 2 and then back again to 1975 for the key Wish You Were Here number Shine On You Crazy Diamond. The band stayed with Wish You Were Here for Have A Cigar and then, as many had hoped, covered almost all of 1973s epic The Dark Side of the Moon: Speak To Me, Breathe, On The Run, Time, Great Gig In The Sky and Money. The evening then came to a close with The Wall’s ‘Comfortably Numb,’ a reprise of Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here.
With the exception of Wish You Were Here, all songs were Govt Mule debuts, though Warren Haynes has played several of the tunes with other bands (notably Shine On You Crazy Diamond with Les Claypool at the inaugural Bonnaroo). Govt Mule also helped recreate the Pink Floyd experience by recruiting a trio of female backing singers (Machan Taylor, Sophia Ramos and Durga McBroom Hudson), saxophonist Ron Holloway and even a giant flying pig.