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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 12:59 AM
Warren brought the ruckus tonight. Some incredible high points to the show including a distinct and original reworking of Honky Tonk Women with Grace Potter. I feel terrible for the poor guy in Grace's band who has to play guitar on the same bill as Uncle Warren. Warren's slide solo on HT Women was absolutely a clinic in how to play triumphant things. The second set highlights were a "Come on in My Kitchen --> If I had Possession Over Judgement Day" sandwich, and "I Think You Know What I Mean --> When the Levee Breaks."

After seeing last night (Tower Theatre) set list, I was afraid there might be some kind of let down. My fears were unfounded. Warren just continues to play excellent, spontaneous music bursting with soul night after night. I can't say how much I admire the guy, or how much I lvoe his music.

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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 08:52 AM
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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 09:47 AM
Did they pipe in any audience noise?

 

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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 09:52 AM
Is there a complete set list? I checked mule.net but so far nothing....
 

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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 12:33 PM
Looks like another awesome show to me !!!




10.07.07 Proctor's Theater - Schenectady, NY

SET 1:
Reggae Soulshine
That's What Love Will Make You Do
Banks of The Deep End
I Believe To My Soul
Streamline Woman
Perfect Shelter
Bad Man Walking
Far Away
Lola Leave Your Light On
Honky Tonk Woman * w/ Grace Potter

Set 2
Nothing Again
I Think You Know What I Mean>
When The Levee>
I Think You Know What I Mean
Come On Into My Kitchen * Warren Solo
If I Had Possession
Fallen Down>
The Other One Jam>
Drums>
Temporary Saint
Unring The Bell w/ a Shakedown Street Tease
Blind Man In The Dark

ENCORE
30 Days In The Hole


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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 12:53 PM
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Did they pipe in any audience noise?


outstanding!

 

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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 02:41 PM
The set lists so far from this tour are smokin'! alot of old stuff!!!!COOL!!!
 

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  posted on 10/8/2007 at 04:56 PM
Oh my God, it was the best. I have to eat something before I get into the ins and out so I don't just blabber. It was just a top notch show. All three were great over the weekend and it always amazes me that three shows can have distinctly different feels and how each can feel good in different ways.
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I've decided to wait till tomorrow to write about the other 2 great shows I've seen this weekend, but I'm going to watch Antiques Roadshow instead.

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  posted on 10/9/2007 at 06:20 AM
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Warren brought the ruckus tonight. Some incredible high points to the show including a distinct and original reworking of Honky Tonk Women with Grace Potter. I feel terrible for the poor guy in Grace's band who has to play guitar on the same bill as Uncle Warren. Warren's slide solo on HT Women was absolutely a clinic in how to play triumphant things. The second set highlights were a "Come on in My Kitchen --> If I had Possession Over Judgement Day" sandwich, and "I Think You Know What I Mean --> When the Levee Breaks."

After seeing last night (Tower Theatre) set list, I was afraid there might be some kind of let down. My fears were unfounded. Warren just continues to play excellent, spontaneous music bursting with soul night after night. I can't say how much I admire the guy, or how much I lvoe his music.

J.


Terrific review.
I attended the Proctors show,too. An absolutely great night of music.

Your review captured the show's highlights. Grace Potter is an electricfying performer. I loved her sexy duet w/Warren on HT Woman. And it was fun to hear Come On In My Kitchen again ; the Brothers performed it at SPAC this summer.

An excellent opening set from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals( Warren joined them for their last song. Can't remember the name of the song? It's buggin' me, because it's on the tip of my tongue. ) and a mind-blowing show from Gov't Mule.

Warren has the heart of a lion.





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Warren brought the ruckus tonight. Some incredible high points to the show including a distinct and original reworking of Honky Tonk Women with Grace Potter. I feel terrible for the poor guy in Grace's band who has to play guitar on the same bill as Uncle Warren. Warren's slide solo on HT Women was absolutely a clinic in how to play triumphant things. The second set highlights were a "Come on in My Kitchen --> If I had Possession Over Judgement Day" sandwich, and "I Think You Know What I Mean --> When the Levee Breaks."

After seeing last night (Tower Theatre) set list, I was afraid there might be some kind of let down. My fears were unfounded. Warren just continues to play excellent, spontaneous music bursting with soul night after night. I can't say how much I admire the guy, or how much I lvoe his music.

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Terrific review.
I attended the Proctors show,too. An absolutely great night of music.

Your review captured the show's highlights. Grace Potter is an electricfying performer. I loved her sexy duet w/Warren on HT Woman. And it was fun to hear Come On In My Kitchen again ; the Brothers performed it at SPAC this summer.

An excellent opening set from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals( Warren joined them for their last song. Can't remember the name of the song? It's buggin' me, because it's on the tip of my tongue. ) and a mind-blowing show from Gov't Mule.

Warren has the heart of a lion.





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  posted on 10/9/2007 at 08:52 AM
the tune at the end of Grace's set was "Who Knows" off the Hendrix Band of Gypsies record.
 

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  posted on 10/9/2007 at 09:05 AM
Thanks so much, tranetracks.

 

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It was a great duet.

 

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It was a great duet.


It sure was!

 

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  posted on 10/9/2007 at 11:08 PM
Photos by Chris at Mule.net

10.07.07 Proctor's Theater - Schenectady, NY
SET 1:
Reggae Soulshine
That's What Love Will Make You Do
Banks of The Deep End
I Believe To My Soul
Streamline Woman
Perfect Shelter
Bad Man Walking
Far Away
Lola Leave Your Light On
Honky Tonk Woman * w/ Grace Potter

Set 2
Nothing Again
I Think You Know What I Mean>
When The Levee>
I Think You Know What I Mean
Come On Into My Kitchen (Warren Solo)
If I Had Possession
Fallen Down>
The Other One Jam>
Drums>
Temporary Saint
Unring The Bell w/ a Shakedown Street Tease
Blind Man In The Dark

ENCORE
30 Days In The Hole

* First Time Played

I absolutely loved this show. In part because Proctors is one beautiful, intimate theater. I haven't been to Carnegie Hall in a long time but Proctor's had that kind of grand feel and the sound was sterling. The space had recently been renovated and restored but it didn't feel stuffy or too formal at all. Here's a photo of the house:





The band came on and the crowd stood. They stood for most of the first set and for much of the second, but eventually, a lot of people sat down and I just had to sit here and there cause I didn't want to block too many people's views. But when the band went into Unring the Bell I just had to get up and dance. The groove on the song just speaks to me and I have to move.

So the first three songs I've heard a lot. I love that Warren (and the band) reinvented Soulshine and I love when they play it either way now. Soulshine is a song I have a lot of feelings about. I love that people love it, and I hate that it was getting to be almost like a bitter pill at each show. I love it now without hesitation because the version is rotated and where it falls in the set list isn't predictable. These elements provide texture so I don't find myself feeling like I am being forced to like the song so I can sincerely like it again. I also love the bass line in That's What Love Will Make You Do and this version had a very buoyant feel to it so it got me to dancing right away.

I really liked a lot from the first set but I Believe was a personal first for me. I don't think I've ever seen it performed by the Mule. Or if I have it is a rare rare one. I love when the Mule does these kinds of R&B/soul songs. They highlight Warren's great voice.

Streamline Woman was great. It was performed in CT too but the Proctor version had just a little more umph to it. Again the acoustics of the place had a part in that. I've noticed when the stage is smaller and more contained, the band sounds more in your face. Proctors had a much smaller stage than the Chevy Theater and while both places had beautiful sound, the smaller stage didn't allow for the sound to disburse as much.



I loved Danny on Perfect Shelter. The song has such a funky keyboard intro that it lightens the heart right away. I've always liked that song first because of Danny's work and then because of the lyrics. Haynes may have some songs that preach or are political but it is the rare song where he preaches about something at a personal level: Grow or wither, it's all up to you, none of us has a perfect shelter. So true.

When Bad Man Walking came on, I thought ok, I may not love this song, but I haven't heard it in a long time so, ok. Well, something happened, I'm not sure what, but at the end of the song, Warren talks to Brian, he talks to Matt and Andy and then Andy talks to Danny and they go into Far Away. Andy gave a little protest because I think he worried that he didn't remember it but that never showed in the playing. In fact, people in the audience were stunned that the song was played. I know I was and I know it's been a long, long time since I last heard it. That song is evocative of childhood: the far from perfect family, the man so far away from the child he used to be. And the telling was poignant.



Then the energy gets amped up again for Lola and finally, Grace Potter comes out to do this very changed up version of Honky Tonk Woman with Warren. I liked that she was given most of the vocal duties and I think Warren started out singing only because the timing and the cadence of the song needed to be set. I think it always takes two or three times to get a new song down fully right. But you know, no matter the errors, the risk taking and the uniqueness of the song is worth any thing that may be lost from rehearsal to actually performing it for the first time. I also thought that Warren should sing the line about meeting a divorcee (or laying a divorcee in some versions) but that Grace should sing most of the rest. Tina Turner's version does employ some gender switches that make sense for a female singer. Again, the song's quirks were forgotten at every chorus cause people were digging the song and everybody was singing it. Warren and Grace look and sound great together and I am thrilled that her band is the opener for the whole tour.


I will tell you in a nutshell that the whole second set blew me away. I was glad to hear Blindman because I was then able to remember to breath. One song after the other was perfectly executed and held my complete attention. Danny did the Unring the Bell sounds wonderfully, and Andy, well he is the best. I had no problem hearing him all night and he is a pleasure to watch. I love the way his guitar work punctuates and balances Warren's guitar work. Matt's solo was spectacular. He's been playing around with some new toys and new patterns.




I was very glad to hear Nothing Again. I think this song is the so called sleeper song off High and Mighty. At first it didn't do anything for me. Eventually it clicked in as an important song off the cd. I was glad to hear it played at a venue that was close to sold out. The people from the house loved that the place was so filled. Really, one of the ladies sounded so happy that the band brought such a great crowd.



I think You know What I Mean has to be one of my most favorite political songs. Not only that but the song has elements of irony and sarcasm that I can appreciate. Then add in the Levee Breaks portion and I can say I love these two songs together. Warren started out Come On Into My Kitchen with a sweet extended slide solo and then goes bam into Possession. I don't think I've heard those two songs together in a long while. My favorite line is: "And I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long" - of course his baby's done gone. But it's the use of language that makes that line stand out, not its meaning. It was a very refreshing way to bring Robert Johnson to the table.

Ok, then the mood gets heavier and Warren starts to play some esoteric, psychedelic type sounds, introducing the song Ive been waiting for. I have been waiting for it since I heard it Buffalo at an outdoor festival a few summer's ago. Fallen Down to the Other One Jam and back. Something about it reminds me of Dreams; the magical feel, the anticipation, the promise of the music. Fallen Down is my favorite Warren penned tune. At the Mishawaka solo show Warren talked about writing this song and that it had too many verses. He said that one day in the shower it finally occurred to him how to shorten it so that it would be palatable for audiences. Of course being the lyrics junkie that i am, I hope one day he will bring the other verses to us, though he may end up needing to use a teleprompter for it. LOL. I also loved the song Temporary Saint. It has this ominous bass line that makes one wonder, what kind of love is this? The lyrics then proceed to tell you.



Unring the Bell got me up to dance again and then Blindman. As I said, I was finally able to breath by then. LOL. I've heard 30 Days in the Hole a number of times but this version was the absolute best. I recall looking up the lyrics to it one day recently because I never really got the meaning of the song. Well, at Proctor's I finally got it. :-) LOL.

All in all the three shows I saw stand among the best I've ever seen by this band.

Just a few words on the CT show. I did love that show too and found many highlights to it. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, On Your Way Down, Sco-Mule and Brand New Angel stood out as well played that night. And I loved hearing She Said to Tomorrow Never Knows as well.

Finally, I do want to say that I was very fortunate to meet so many new people, see people I've known and just don't hang out with enough and was especially happy to meet some more of the Mule Army, Philzone and ABB folks. Those encounters made all the shows just perfect in and out and all over. Anyone who I missed I look forward to the next show we can hang together at.





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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 07:44 AM
Nice, Ang....

Almost makes me feel like I was at all three shows with ya!

LONG LIVE THE MULE!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 07:16 PM
Angelemerald,
Reading a post such as yours, is one of the reasons I visit this site. Beautiful. For those of us who attended the show,your post is a wonderful memento. And for those that didn't get to see the show,they can experience it vicariously through your eyes. Thanks.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 08:20 PM
Thanks Bessie and MFG. I'm blushing. :-)

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 10:08 PM
Hi Ang,
I agree with so much of what you said about the show - I loved it and the theater was indeed beautiful! Getting to hear Fallen Down was a highlight, as was Grace with Warren on Honky Tonk Women. They both seemed like they were having so much fun!
Sorry I couldn't get to say hi - I looked for you ,but next time for sure?
My husband's first show was a good one! We got to go down to the far left seats by Warren.
The crowd was great, too.
We got to say hi after too. I managed to get a set list & have it signed. Warren is the absolute best!

 

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  posted on 10/10/2007 at 10:23 PM
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Hi Ang,
I agree with so much of what you said about the show - I loved it and the theater was indeed beautiful! Getting to hear Fallen Down was a highlight, as was Grace with Warren on Honky Tonk Women. They both seemed like they were having so much fun!
Sorry I couldn't get to say hi - I looked for you ,but next time for sure?
My husband's first show was a good one! We got to go down to the far left seats by Warren.
The crowd was great, too.
We got to say hi after too. I managed to get a set list & have it signed. Warren is the absolute best!


I wish he would be more available at the shows I go to in NYC. The only time I met him was at the signing for High and Mighty.

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