Coming off their anticipated tour opener on the Summer Stage in Central Park, Gov’t Mule’s spring and summer tour is full steam ahead. Their second stop was last night in Upper Darby (outside of Philadelphia) at the famed Tower Theater. As with the NYC show, Chris Robinson Brotherhood opened the show.
While Chris Cornell (former frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave) didn’t have a whole lot musically in common with Mule, his suicide earlier this week rattled the entire rock world. At 52 years young, Cornell still had so much to give, but his mark on rock music will last for years. Warren and Mule have been known to cover a wide range of genre’s including the occasional 90’s grunge song. Mule took a moment early in the first set to bust out the second only cover of Soundgarden’s hard-hitting “Fell on Black Days” to honor Cornell.
To close out the first set, Gov’t Mule welcomed Chris Robinson and Neal Casal from Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Neal and Chris gave Mule more than ample firepower to tackle The Black Crowes’ classic “Sometimes Salvation.” Earlier in the week, Chris Robinson let his mouth run on the Howard Stern show and specifically took aim at John Mayer and his brother Rich Robinson. Chris took issue with Rich Robinson’s new band Magpie Salute for being a “Black Crowes cover band.” The “Sometimes Salvation” sit-in with Mule was an interesting song choice for Robinson to cover given his comments from just a few days ago.
Mule brought the fire in the second set as well. Warren and company busted out one of my favorite runs, “Lay Your Burden Down > Smokestack Lightning > Lay Your Burden Down” towards the end of the set.
For the encore, Mule broke a little from tradition and only Warren and Danny Louis came out. The pair did a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” before welcoming out Abts and Carlsson for the gritty tune off the new album, “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground.” The Blind Willie Johnson cover was the concert debut for Mule. I’m looking forward to this being a regular in future Mule shows.
Here is some footage courtesy of Sean Roche. Check out his channel for more footage form the show.
Fell On Black Days
Sometimes Salvation with Chris Robinson and Neal Casal
Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
2001 Theme (PA) Dreams
Whisper In Your Soul
Fell On Black Days #
Stone Cold Rage
Kind Of Bird
Sometimes Salvation *
Effigy Folsom Prison Blues jam Effigy
Painted Silver Light
Lively Up Yourself
Lay Your Burden Down Smokestack Lightning Lay Your Burden Down
Bad Little Doggie How Many More Years
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground &
– # Second time played; last 12/31/08
– * Chris Robinson on vocals; Neal Casal on guitar
– ^ Warren and Danny
– & Concert debut
Thanks to Alex Leary for the great recording!
Photo credit: Nicole Brennian
Jam DeetsJam Date: May 19, 2017
Featuring: Chris Robinson, Gov\'t Mule, Neal Casal
Venue: Tower Theater
Songs: Bad Little Doggie, Captured, Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground, Dreams, Effigy, Fell On Black Days, Folsom Prison Blues, Hallelujah, How Many More Years, King of Bird, Lay Your Burden Down, Lively Up Yourself, Painted Silver Light, Sarah Surrender, Smokestack Lightning, Sometimes Salvation, Stone Cold Rage, Temporary Silver Light, Thorazine Shuffle, Whisper In Your Soul
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