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Published: 2011/05/13

William Bell, Brad Whitford Join Warren Haynes Band For Tour Opener

Photos by Dino Perrucci

Warren Haynes Band celebrated the release of the new studio album Man in Motion last night at New York’s Beacon Theater. Though Haynes has performed at the Beacon around 200 times thanks to shows with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and Phil Lesh & Friends, this is the first time he’s headlined the room under his own name.

The show’s format featured two extended sets and a four-song acoustic interlude at the top of the second set. Like all his Warren Haynes Band shows in 2011, the guitarist’s band featured Ruthie Foster (vocals), Nigel Hall (keyboards), Terence Higgins (drums), Ron Holloway (saxophone) and Ron Johnson (bass). Noted Stax soul singer William Bell also emerged near the end of the group’s first set for three songs from his own repertoire, “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “You Didn’t Miss Your Water” and “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday.” Bell’s “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday” is the only cover featured on Man In Motion.

Haynes opened his second set with a mini-solo acoustic segment that included his own “The Real Thing,” ““In My Life,” “Back Where I Started” and “Old Friend.” Interestingly enough, besides “In My Life” the other three Haynes originals were recorded in other settings: Phil Lesh & Friends recorded “The Real Thing,” Derek Trucks Band covered “Back Where I Started” and Chris Anderson co-wrote and recorded “Old Friend” with Haynes on a solo album before bringing the song to the Allman Brothers Band.

After an encore segment that included “Grinnin’ In Your Face” and “Soulshine,” Haynes mentioned that the band was going to break its set curfew for an additional encore. Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford—who Haynes has regularly collaborated with with —and Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis then both emerged for “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”

Warren Haynes Band will perform at Boston’s The Orpheum Theatre tonight. A video of last night’s encore is available on

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