Newsted, Freed Sign On For Gov't Mule Dates

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed will join Gov't Mule for a string of upcoming shows.

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed will join Gov't Mule for a string of upcoming shows. The first leg of the group's spring tour kicks off April 11 in Atlanta, with Newsted and Freed set to take part April 17 (New York), 18 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 19 (Chicago), 20 (Minneapolis), and 21 (Madison, Wis.).

The second leg of the tour, which comes in support of Gov't Mule's 2001 ATO album "The Deep End Volume 1," will kick off May 2 at the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and run through a May 18 finale in Seattle. The second leg also features a half dozen shows opening for the Dave Matthews Band.

As previously reported, "The Deep End" is the band's first recording since the August 2000 death of bassist Allen Woody. The star-studded affair features guest appearances by the likes of Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bootsy Collins (P-Funk), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), Mike Gordon (Phish), Jack Bruce (Cream), and John Entwistle (the Who).

A second "Deep End" volume is expected this summer via ATO, while a DVD documentary of the recording sessions directed by Gordon, recently re-titled "Rising Low," is due out this fall.

Here are Gov't Mule's upcoming tour dates:

April 11: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
April 12: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Millennium Center)
April 13: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
April 14: Portland, Maine (State Theater)
April 15: Buffalo, N.Y. (SUNY Buffalo)
April 17: New York (Beacon Theatre)
April 18: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Theater)
April 19: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
April 20: Minneapolis (State Theatre)
April 21: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theater)
May 2: New Orleans (Jazz & Heritage Festival)
May 3: New Orleans (State Palace Theatre)
May 7: Oklahoma City (Bricktown Event Center)
May 9: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavillion; w/Dave Matthews Band)
May 10: Denver (Pepsi Center; w/Dave Matthews Band)
May 11: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
May 12: Phoenix (Cricket Pavillion; w/Dave Matthews Band)
May 13: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre; w/Dave Matthews Band)
May 15: Los Angeles (Staples Center; w/Dave Matthews Band)
May 16: Laguna Hills, Calif. (Verizon Amphitheatre; w/Dave Matthews Band)
May 17: San Francisco (Warfield Theatre)
May 18: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
May 19: Seattle (Moore Theater)