Gov't Mule Plans Road 'Rebirth'
Roots rock act Gov't Mule, led by occasional Allman Bros. guitarist Warren Haynes, will hit the road this fall on its Rebirth of the Mule tour. With former Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson's baRoots rock act Gov't Mule, led by occasional Allman Bros. guitarist Warren Haynes, will hit the road this fall on its Rebirth of the Mule tour. With former Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson's band New Earth Mud in tow, the trek will launch Oct. 10 in Philadelphia and last through mid-November.
The tour will mark the debut of a permanent new bassist, the band's first since the August 2000 death of Allen Woody. The identity of the new band member will be revealed in September.
The initial list of shows includes 14 dates, including stops in Portland, Maine; Chicago and Nashville. More dates will be added. Tickets to all but one announced show will go on sale July 25 via Gov't Mule Ticketing (username: mule; password: tickets).
A special Halloween show is being planned for the Saenger Theater in New Orleans. Tickets for the Oct. 31 show will go on sale July 28 through Gov't Mule Ticketing.
On Oct. 7, ATO will release "The Deepest End" CD and DVD, chronicling a six-hour Gov't Mule concert held May 3 at the same venue. The guest-filled show stemmed from the two-volume album releases of the same name, which were recorded in tribute of Woody. Among those who joined Haynes and drummer Matt Abts onstage during the event were former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, Phish's Mike Gordon, Bela Fleck, Les Claypool, P-Funk's Bernie Worrell, Widespread Panic's Dave Schools and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.
In addition to the fall tour, Gov't Mule is planning a slate of December holiday shows. While details of Dec. 26 and 27 shows are not yet available, the group is slated to play Dec. 29-31 at New York's Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows are on sale via Ticketmaster.
Next week Gov't Mule will open for the Dave Matthews Band in Denver; West Valley City, Utah and Phoenix. The band will also play a few August shows, including the Aug. 30 Coors Light Mountain Jam at Morrison, Colo.'s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The Meters' George Porter Jr. is handling bass chores for these dates.
Haynes also has a handful of solo dates on tap for August. He'll be supporting "The Lone EP," a limited edition five-song live release available through the official Gov't Mule Web site. A full-length Haynes solo acoustic album is due in early 2004 through ATO.
Here are Gov't Mule's upcoming tour dates:
July 21: Denver (Pepsi Center Arena; w/Dave Matthews Band)
July 22: West Valley City, Utah (USANA Amphitheatre; w/Dave Matthews Band)
July 24: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion; w/Dave Matthews Band)
Aug. 13: Jackson, Wyo. (Mangy Moose; Warren Haynes solo)
Aug. 15: Lyons, Colo. (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest; Warren Haynes solo)
Aug. 16: Terra Alta, W.Va. (Sunshine Daydream Fest)
Aug. 17: Great Barrington, Mass. (Berkfest)
Aug. 23: Washington, D.C. (Live On Penn)
Aug. 30: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Aug. 31: Santa Fe, N.M. (JW Eaves Ranch)
Oct. 10: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Oct. 11: Kingston, N.Y. (Ulster Performing Arts Center)
Oct. 12: Portland, Maine (State Theater)
Oct. 15: Buffalo (SUNY Center for Arts)
Oct. 16: Syracuse (Landmark Theater)
Oct. 17: Boston (Orpheum)
Oct. 18: Toronto (Danforth Music Hall)
Oct. 19: Pittsburgh (Metropol)
Oct. 24-25: Chicago (Vic Theater)
Oct. 26: Minneapolis (Pantages Theater)
Oct. 31: New Orleans (Saenger Theater)
Nov. 7: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
Nov. 8: Birmingham, Ala. (Alabama Theater)
Nov. 9: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
Dec. 26 TBD
Dec. 27 TBD
Dec. 29-31: New York (Beacon Theatre)