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Published: 2017/04/29

Members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Soulive and More Join Gov’t Mule in New Orleans

Heath Robson, via

Gov’t Mule brought their tour to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans last night as the festivities for this year’s Jazz Fest kicked off around the city. The show, which featured support from Soulive, saw the headlining band welcome several guests throughout, including members of the opening band and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, among others.

Mule kicked off the night with a few songs featuring the Leevee Horns, including a cover of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” The horns would then stick around for “Down & Out in New York City” with Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone filling in for Matt Abts. Later in the first set, Soulive’s Eric Krasno, who has sat in with Mule several times recently as his solo band opened for them during a short run, along with his bandmate Neal Evans, came out with blues harmonica player Smoky Greenwell and Heartbreakers bassist Rob Blair for “The Spider and The Fly.” Mule then closed out the set with two songs from their upcoming record, the title track “Revolution Come, Revolution Go” and lead single “Stone Cold Rage.”

Warren Haynes and company opened up the second set with their cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” and the band soon brought Greenwell back out with Alvin Youngblood Hart for “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “The Hunter.” Finishing the rest of the performance without any more help, Mule rounded out the show with an extended encore featuring Neil Young’s “Rocking in the Free World” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun.”

See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section. Last night’s show closed out this leg of Gov’t Mule’s tour, and the band will return to the road for summer dates starting May 17 at New York’s SummerStage.

Gov’t Mule
Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA

Set I: John the Revelator*, Stage Fright*, Into the Mystic*, Down & Out in New York City^, Flip Wilson > Johnny Bratton Jam, Game Face, Captured, The Spider & The Fly+, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Stone Cold Rage

Set II: Creep, Scenes From a Troubled Mind, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl#, The Hunter#, Trane > Eternity’s Breath > St. Stephen Jam > No Quarter, Bad Little Doggie > How Many More Years, Blind Man in the Dark

Enc: Drums > Rocking in the Free World > Machine Gun > When the Music’s Over > Machine Gun > Rocking in the Free World

Notes: *w/ Leevee Horns
^w/ Leevee Horns, Steve Ferrone; w/o Matt Abts
+w/ Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Smoky Greenwell, Rob Blair; w/o Jorgen Carlsson #w/ Smoky Greenwell, Alvin Youngblood Hart


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