Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales. Friday night was alive as the energy of the Mule filled The Tramshed in Cardiff with over two hours of music that fills your soul. Tonight with the recent release we were expecting tracks from Revolution Come Revolution Go but what else with the versatility of Warren Haynes would the band produce tonight? Joining vocalist & guitarist Warren drummer Matt Abs; bassist Jorgen Carlsson providing rhythmic grooves and the fourth member Danny Louis behind keys and with a trombone in reserve. The Tramshed was buzzing with excitement many had not seen the band live and the anticipation was hot, as Gov’t Mule stood on a Welsh stage for the first time.
The show started with a series of revolutionary inspired musical snippets warming the stage as Warren picked up his twelve-string and started the night of a musical pleasure dome of a journey with Railroad Boy. What a powerful number to start the show we all knew as Warren asked how we all were that we were fabulous let the show take us on a musical adventure. We were taken back to the second studio album Dose released in 1998 and forward to the latest in the first set. The whole set was spell-binding the interaction between the band mesmerizing. The lead breaks from Warren sparkled with interest, meaty chords were sat next to delicate riffs as tones and textures mixed up. We never knew what was coming next, the only certainty in a Gov’t Mule live show. The whole set was a crescendo of highlights with fabulous instrumental breaks and vocals that pulled out the depth of the words being sung by Warren.
Every number was stretched out and explored revitalised the studio versions with a raw energy. For me two numbers stood out Gordon James from the By A Thread album, the words have a ringing power. Personal and a story of a life sung with tonal passion and empathy. Plus the title track Revolution Come… Revolution Go played powerfully full of revolutionary intent. Highly charged music that set The Tramshed on fire. Now we knew why there was a Trombone on stage as Danny added the sound of brass that vibrated across the venue. Now we were in the zone of the Mule from the front to the back of the balcony. The set closed with two more numbers from the album. As the first hour and a half in their company flew by, the last number of part one may have been Stone Cold Rage. No-one was in a rage we were all high on the mighty drug of music played live with verve passion and style.
Short break as friends caught up and celebrated set one and anticipated what was going to be the second helping. No-one was going to be disappointed as the next hour and a half in the company of Gov’t Mule got underway as Pink Floyd’s One Of These Days was given the treatment by the band.
The second set upped the tempo, the atmosphere was growing the venue was hot. Warren was true to this when he said this is our first time in Wales and we are going to give you a flavour of the Mule’s music. They did dipping into ten of their albums with some tasty covers and hints of other pieces as well. With Monkey Hill ending with The Beatles, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Superb!!!
The inner rock of the Mule displayed in all its glory with Tastes Like Wine as the number starts slow and then builds and builds with guitar intensity and urgency. We were rocking on a Friday night as we returned to the latest album with Travelling Tune. We were travelling tonight on a journey as guitars were changed the tone developed and we explored the inner depths of the music. Next up Mr Man with the riff of Highway Star as a mental teaser to make sure we were listening and alert to the intricacies of the music.
All too soon the clocking ticking was catching up as we heard Blind Man In The dark, an instrumental from Band of Gypsys Machine Gun and back to Blind Man In the Dark. What a band the timing, the clever additions the gentle licks this is music that makes you glad to be at The Tramshed on a Friday night.
The crowd cheered, roared and demanded more. We were all entranced as the crew bought on another amp who was going to be joining the band? It was mighty Bernie Marsden who always delights whenever he plays in Wales. The two numbers were magical first, Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love in The Heart of The City a Whitesnake/Bernie classic. Closing this truly memorable night of music with The Allman Brothers Band cover Blues Sky. How awesome to hear the number live in Cardiff. Two legends, geniuses of modern music jamming the night way brilliant it just doesn’t get better than this. Gig of the year, highly likely in my opinion.
Gov’t Mule live is special as they weave their magic, Jamband, Rock and Blues meld and colour the music, with shuffles and grooves and the heat of Southern Rock. Who cares how they are defined this is jolly good music, entertaining, exciting music you want to hear. Time is suspended in The Tramshed tonight, realities are switched off all that matters is the moment and music.
Railroad Boy – (By A Thread 2009)
Thorazine Shuffle – (Dose 1998)
Banks of the Deep – (The Deep End Vol 1 2001)
Time To Confess – (The Deep end Vol 2 2002)
Thelonious Beck – (Dose 1998)
Gordon James – (By A Thread 2009)
Revolution Come Revolution Go – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Dreams & Songs – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Stone Cold Rage – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
One Of These Days – (Dark Side of The Mule 2014)
Fool’s Moon – (The Deep End Vol 1 2001)
Monkey Hill – (Gov’t Mule 1995)
Funny Little Tragedy – (Shout 2013)
Tastes Like Wine – (Life Before Insanity 2000)
Travelling Tune – (Revolution Come … Revolution Go 2017)
Mr Man – (Deja Voodoo 2004)
Lola – (Deja Voodoo 2004)
Blind Man In the Dark – – (Dose 1998)
Encore (With special Guest Bernie Marsden)
Ain’t No Love In the Heart Of The City