Release Date: Dec 15, 2014
Record label: Evil Teen
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Southern Rock
Gov't Mule's show on Halloween 2008 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts has since become a legendary one among the group's many fans. The Mule's first set that night was what one might expect from this hard-rocking outfit led by guitarist Warren Haynes, and included a powerful instrumental version of the Grateful Dead's "St. Stephen," but it was the second set, the portion issued here, that placed this concert as a thing apart.
In today’s flagging industry climate, band anniversaries are less a cause for celebration and more about inherent capitalism. From remastered editions and reissues of seminal or even also-ran releases that feature demos, B-sides and live cuts, to over-priced box sets packed with ephemera and often little else of note, it’s refreshing to see American jam band Gov’t Mule take a more fan-friendly approach in honoring their two-decade history. Rather than reissue their self-titled 1995 debut, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Jorgen Carlsson and Danny Louis have begun a series of live archival releases that span the group’s vast repertoire showcased through their live performances.