A good night out….

Last night was the return of Gov’t Mule to Philly and it was great. A little low key and mellow. The seemed to be playing a lot from there new album Deja Voodoo. The crowd was into it so that was good. A very lite crowd that might have had something to do with the venue change from Penn’s Landing to the Electric Factory.

Warren sounded great as did the rest of the band. Nothing out of the ordinary just good old jamming. Wish I had a ticket for tonight’s show at the Roseland in NYC.

The opening act was Soulive and definitely a band to watch out for.

Met a couple last night that was from RI and had driven down to Richmond, Va. on Sat morning to see the Nascar race, then on Sun drove to Baltimore to see a ball game at Camden Yards and then to the Mule show. What dedication to all the things they find fun…

Here is the setlist for the night:

Govt Mule, Electric Factory, Pa 9/12/04

Set 1:
Mr. Man
About To Rage
Lola Leave Your Light On
On Your Way Down
Mr. Big
New World Blues

^ w/members of Soulive (Eric Krasno-guitar, Neal Evans-keyboard)

Set 2:
Beautifully Broken
Effigy> Painted Silver Light
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
No Celebration> Drumz> #Jam>
#%The Spider And The Fly
Rockin’ Horse

encore: My Separate Reality

# w/Rob Somerville-sax player
% w/Cyrus Madden-keyboard player

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere….

Wow….that is all I can really say. I haven’t been to a Jimmy Buffett concert before and it’s an event that is very close to a Grateful Dead show. I was finally able to get tickets this year and made a surprise gift for my wife and daughter at Easter. Well, last night was the night and we all had a blast. We hit the road around 4 pm after work and were in Camden by 4:45. We were late, the party had started already. The main parking lots were packed with Parrot-heads and they were partying.

We saw and smelled tons of good food and heard a lot of blenders running and making what I hope were some great margaritas. We had a great time just watching people. There is really no real difference between a deadhead and a parrot-head except that a deadhead is a little less groomed than your normal parrot-head. No smellies at a Jimmy show…

We got in line about a half-hour before the gates opened and made some quick friends in line and had some good conversation. It’s interesting how much more attention you get when you bring your 11-year-old daughter with you, all the woman in line keep an eye on here and make sure she doesn’t disappear. The gates opened around 7 pm and the mad rush of all the lawn seat people started. Compare it to the running of the bulls. We lost a lot of the people we were talking to in line and ended up about midway up the hill dead center of the stage. We were surrounded by true parrot-heads. We had a blast watching them..they know how to party…

The show kicked off about 8:20 with Jimmy coming out solo and doing a few songs then the Coral Refers hit the stage with him and the party kicked into high gear. He took a very short break at 9:30 and then came out and played to 11:30.

The highlights of the show music wise for me were, of course, Margaritaville, Fins, and Son of a Sailor, but the big surprise for all of the attending Deadheads was a cover of Scarlet Begonias it made my heart swell and put me on a definite different plane of fun. He finished off the show with a 3 song encore ending with an acoustic version of “Pirate Looks At Forty”.

Overall it was a great show. Avery was disappointed that he didn’t play “Fruitcakes” and I was hoping for “Tin Cup Chalice”, but other than that the show was great. The crowd was excellent and well behaved and in a party mood. The one thing that surprised me was the lack of pot being smoked. There was none at all I didn’t smell any at all. I guess I have been going to too many jam band shows…

As we were walking back to the car my wife and daughter informed me that we have to go next year. So all you parrot-heads see you there next year…..

Here is the setlist:


Banana Boat Song

01 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes with the original Coral Reefer Band
02 Great Filling Station Holdup with Mac
03 Pencil Thin Mustache starts with Robert and Ralph joining in and finally the whole band
04 Only Time Will Tell
05 License To Chill
06 Carnival World
07 Son of a Son of a Sailor
08 If The Phone Doesn’t Ring It’s Me
09 Brown Eyed Girl
10 Volcano
11 Why Don’t We Get Drunk Purple Rain psychedelic style
12 Hey Good Looking
13 One Particular Harbour


14 Smart Woman (In a Real Short Skirt)
15 The Pascagoula Run
16 Jamaica Mistaica
17 Come Monday
18 Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit
19 Jolly Mon
20 It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
21 Cheeseburger in Paradise
22 Coast of Carolina
23 Cuban Crime of Passion
24 Southern Cross
25 Scarlet Begonias
26 Margaritaville

First Encore:
27 Fins
28 We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About

Band Intros

Second Encore:
29 A Pirate Looks at Forty


This show rocked….even though the night started out a little shaky with Henry and I missing the train we wanted to catch so we missed the opening band…

Warren was hot as was the rest of the band…..They did a lot of things you don’t normally hear but they are at the Beacon for 3 nights and I am sure are saving a lot of old favorites for New Year’s Eve. Henry’s got tickets for the next 2 nights and I am sure he will have a great time.

Setlist is here enjoy. I am going to try to get the 3 night set of shows soon on CD.

1st Set
Time: 1 hour 10 min

John The Revelator
Rockin Horse
Don’t Step On The Grass Sam
Painted Silver Light
Banks Of The Deep End
Patchwork Quilt
Fools Moon
Out Of The Rain, w/ Sonny Landreth can’t wait to hear this one.
32 20 Blues w/Sonny Landreth & Brian Mitchell on keys

2nd Set
Time: 2 hours +

Bad Little Doggie
How Many More Years
Wand Dang Doodle about 5 minutes worth
How Many More Years
On Your Way Down w/ Sonny Landreth & Deep Banana Black Out horns
Spanish Moon w/ Sonny Landreth & horns + Cyrus on keys
I’ve Been Loving You
Down And Out In New York City w/horns
WDC >Beautifully Broken> WDC

Blind Man In The Dark (Warren kept teasing jungle boogie before the start of the song.)

Gov’t Mule has returned

Just got back from a long night hearing Gov’t Mule rock the Electric Factory in Philly. It was the opening show of the current tour. The first set was the whole Dose album in order. It rocked. The second set was just as fabulous.

The new line up is great. Finally having a permenete bass player is going to only make this band get better. Andy Hess as the new bass player was the best bet. When I saw Mule at The Stone Pony I knew he was the pick. He is so versatile and fits right in. I just hope he starts coming out of the box he has built with the monitor speakers and actually turns and faces the crowed and interacts with them a little more.
What about Danny playing trumpet on “John the Revelator” it was great. And Chris Robinson has a great voice and the version they did of Sometimes Salvation was great.

A good show, can’t wait to see them on there Beacon run at the end of December.

1st Set:
Blind Man In The Dark,
Thorazine Shuffle,
Thelonius Beck,
Game Face,
Towering Fool,
Birth Of The Mule,
John The Revelator (1),
She Said She Said,
Larger Than Life,
Raven Black Night,
I Know You Rider (2,3),
Sometimes Salvation (4)

2nd Set:
Bad Little Doggie,
Trouble Every Day (3),
Monkey Hill > I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (3),
32-20 Blues (5) > Drums > Tomorrow Never Knows jam,
Mule (5) > Superstition (6) > Mule

Young Man Blues (7) > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (8) > Young Man Blues

Setlist Notes:
(1) Danny on trumpet and keys;
(2) Chris Robinson on acoustic guitar and vocals, Paul Stacey on guitar;
(3) First time played;
(4) Chris and Warren vocals, Paul guitar;
(5) contains Loser tease;
(6) contains Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey tease;
(7) contains Out on the Tiles, Power of Soul, Thick As A Brick and 21st Century Schizoid Man teases;
(8) contains Hocus Pocus and other teases