- By Markus Hagner & Photo's © -
Got Mule live? Oh yes, off course for about 1500 mule-heads by heart in the sold-out and iconic Fabrik in Hamburg. They were discussing one main topic: Which surprises by songs would The Mule keep ready for them this Monday Night?
Gov’t Mule started by ‘No Reward’. Off course they got what they deserved immediately and their devotees were in motion to support their beloved animal. By heavy drumbeats the rhythm stick-man Matt Abts introduced ‘Larger Than Life’. Jorgen Carlsson played a monster-bass. Live he is definitely the best successor for the unforgettable, legendary and immortal Allen Woody . Blues the funky style was celebrated by ‘Inside Outside Woman Blues #3’. By the rock’in grove of ‘Mr. High and Mighty’ it was time to conclude the first part. Other bands would have sent their fans home and shown their butt for the final time, but this was again not in the sense of Warren and bandmates. “We take a short, little break and come-back!” Value for money…
It was gospel-time in the Fabrik by the start of set two. ‘John The Revelator’ was to be praised. Danny Louis was to demonstrate what multi-instrumentalist he is as he was playing the trumpet as solo. And Mister Haynes was the sultan of slide-guitar, he made his bottleneck to vibe down the wild-style on his Gibson axe. Vow, this night GM were in the mood for the Deep Purple classic ‘Lazy’ next featuring some superior hammond-solos by Dany to make Jon Lord – R.I.P. to remember. The old die-hard fans of the early band-years don’t like him too much, but he was really all the time an enrichment for the band sound. ‘I’M A Ram’ spread a hot-shot of psychedelic rastafari-atmosphere. Then it was big showtime for Matt on drums. Hey, his drum-set was not huge, but he proved that most excellent stick-men do not need this absolutely. What his rhythm-hands and soul were delivering was so flamy. Often an excessive drum-solo is criticized as non-necessary, but this high-energy performance was so sensational and every minute blowing off the fans minds. The extra applause was his! It was boogie-time the mule style by ‘Bad Little Doggie’. Kick-ass-power was making the freaks to head-bang. By the jam-song-monument ‘Blind Man In the Dark’ the fans were not ready to go home yet. They made the mules to come out again by their hurricane-applause to continue with the next surprise, the Elton John cover ‘Have Mercy On The Criminal’. Oh there were no purloiners in the house, but GM had mercy by the heat to grant their maniacs some recreation by this calm, but highlight song. It featured the warmish keyboard-sounds of Dany. ‘I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home’ was the stunning last song, with so soulful vocals by Warren Haynes. His guitar-play was ever so electrifying and special. The caravanserai of mule-heads was sent hyper-pleased on their way home from Hamburg. The show was over and could only be described as phenomenal and over-the top.
Gov’t Mule The Kings of Jam-Rock – I-AH, I-Ah, I-AH!