Bill Evans, Machan Taylor, Members of London Souls Join Gov’t Mule at Island Exodus
Gov’t Mule got some help from a number of friends during last night’s performance at Island Exodus in Negril, Jamaica. The show kicked off with solo renditions of “Indian Sunset,” “The Real Thing” and “Love’s Open Door” from frontman Warren Haynes, before keyboardist Danny Louis joined in for an “I’ll Be The One” that featured a “Blue Sky” tease.
The full band finally took the stage for a run of The Doors covers from their recent Halloween and New Year’s tributes, including “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” “Love Her Madly” and “People Are Strange.” Saxophonist Bill Evans then sat in on another The Doors’ “Alive She Cried” before then welcomed singer-songwriter/guitarist Machan Taylor for “Don’t Take Me Alive” and “Great Gig In The Sky.” Evans also returned to help close out the first set with “Devil Likes It Slow.”
Mule came back out swinging with a four song second set that saw Evans join the group for “Kind of Bird” before guitarist Jack Mascari made an appearance during the set-closing “32/20 Blues.” The band then returned with Evans to start off their encore with “I’m a Ram,” while London Souls guitarist Tash Neal and bassist Stu Mahan helped them wrap up the show with a take on “I Don’t Need No Doctor” that was sandwiched between “Going Out West.”
As previously reported, Gov’t Mule celebrated their 20th anniversary by performing their first three studio albums in full during some of their earlier sets at this year’s Island Exodus. The band was also joined by a number of friends for some of those shows as well.
Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores page
Saturday, January 18, 2013, Gov’t Mule, Island Exodus, Negril, Jamaica
Set I: Indian Sunset*, The Real Thing*, Love’s Open Door*, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away^, I’ll Be The One (with Blue Sky Tease), Break On Through (To The Other Side), Love Her Madly, People Are Strange, Alive She Cried Jam^^, Don’t Take Me Alive%, The Great Gig In The Sky%, Banks Of The Deep End, Whisper In Your Soul, Devil Likes It Slow^^
Set II: Beautifully Broken, Captured, Kind Of Bird^^, 32/20 Blues (with Get Away Tease)%%
E: I’m A Ram^^, Going Out West$ > I Don’t Need No Doctor$ > Going Out West$
*Warren Haynes Solo
^Warren Haynes & Danny Louis
^^with Bill Evans %with Machan Taylor
%%with Bill Evans and Jack Mascari
$with Bill Evans, Tash Neal and Stu Mahan