Words by Dan Schaffel | Photos by Mark Dershowitz

Gov’t Mule tore up Times Square on September 17th with new music, classic covers, and a few special guest appearances. The road warriors are releasing a brand new record, Shout!, this September 24th, and they were itchin’ to try out the new tunes for New York fans.

Hundreds packed towards the edge of the stage at Best Buy Theater to honor to Warren Haynes’ company as he kicked off the first set with a track off Mule’s new record, “No Reward”. A solid 80 minutes of music was just the appetizer, stuffed with rockin’ jams like “Scared to Live” and “Whisper in Your Soul”. Nothing was more sweet than Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks,” sandwiched in between “I Think You Know What I Mean”, which found the crowd chanting along in harmony to end set one.

No one could’ve predicted an appearance by New York’s own Nigel Hall to make a back-up vocal cameo during the second set. Joined as well by Alecia Chakour on another new track, “Stoop So Low”, the guests gave the tune an edge that made it one of the highlights of the evening. The encore, “Soulshine”, brought everything full circle, especially with the soulful Chakour backing Haynes up.

Warren and his Mule gave it their all, all the way to the midnight hour. Holding nothing back, yet again, this gig showed us how crafty this guitar god still can be.

Set 1
No Reward
Scared To Live
World Boss
Whisper In Your Soul
Temporary Saint
Gameface with Birdland & Mountain Jam Teases
I Think You Know What I Mean >
When The Levee Breaks >
I Think You Know What I Mean

Set 2
Funny Little Tragedy
Forsaken Savior First Time Played
Stoop So Low > First Time Played; with Alecia Chakour & Nigel Hall
Drums >
Fool’s Moon
Time To Confess
Lola Leave Your Light On
Brand New Angel
Broke Down On The Brazos

Soulshine with Alecia Chakour
Grinnin’ In Your Face >
Mother Earth > with Hook Herrera
How Many More Years with Hook Herrera


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