Gov’t Mule w/New Bassist, DVD, Tour

 

Band relocates annual
year-end NYC residency as well.

By Blurt Staff

 

 

“It’s not one of those groups that can make a change
overnight.”

 

 

That’s Warren Haynes, in a statement released this morning.
The Gov’t Mule frontman is explaining the arrival of new Mule bassist Jorgen
Carlsson. He replaces Andy Hess, on board since 2003.

 

 

When founding bassist Allen Woody passed away in 2000,
Haynes continues, “We were faced with the daunting task of replacing a one-of-a-kind
musician, which I’m sure was challenging for Andy, who did a wonderful job and
brought his own personality into the music. Jorgen’s style is somewhere between
Woody’s and Andy’s. He brings some of Woody’s aggressive spirit back although
he is very much his own man.” Carlsson was born in Sweden
and has been active as a session musician and studio owner since arriving in
the US
in 1991.

 

 

Founded by Haynes, Woody, and drummer Matt Abts in 1994 as a
power-trio, Hess was eventually brought in to fill Woody’s shoes after the
bassist’s death in 2000. Later, keyboardist Danny Louis joined as a full-time
member in 2003. With Hess leaving to pursue other opportunities, Haynes sees
the addition of Jorgen as connecting the past and future of Gov’t Mule: “Having
worked with Jorgen over the last several months, we are very excited to explore
some new directions while at the same time going back a little closer to our
roots.”

 

 

In more Mule news:

 

 

On September 16th, Gov’t Mule will release the double live
DVD The Tale of Two Cities, which
spans the entire preceding era of the band with Andy Hess on bass. It is
composed of two complete shows filmed the first date of the fall 2004 Deja Voodoo tour and the last date of
the winter 2006 High and Mighty tour.

Gov’t Mule’s Kinder Revolution fall
tour begins on October 30 and runs through November 22nd, and includes
performances on Halloween at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, two night stands at
the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis and the Fillmore in San Francisco, shows at
the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, CT,
and more. Following the tour, Gov’t Mule will, for the seventh year in a row,
celebrate the new year with a series of performances in New York City: two
acoustic shows on December 27th and 28th at the Angel Orensanz Center in the
Lower East Side, then two electric shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom on
December 30th and 31st, with the New Years’ Eve show featuring the traditional
three sets.

 

 

 

The group traditionally does a stand at NYC’s Beacon Theatre
at year’s end, but due to the on-going renovations at the Beacon the events had
to be temporarily relocated. According to the Mule camp, “Much consideration
was taken into choosing these venues. The band has always wanted to play Angel
Orensanz, a former temple which is a visually and acoustically superb room, and
jumped at doing so when the opportunity presented itself. The Hammerstein
Ballroom, with its extremely accessible location as well as its mixture of
seated balconies (both reserved and general admission) as well as its expansive
open floor, will appeal to all of our fans needs. With its location in midtown Manhattan, and its close proximity to public
transportation to New Jersey, as well as the
Long Island Railroad and Metro North, it is one of the more convenient venues
in New York City
to reach.”

 

Gov’t Mule Tour
Dates:

 

Thurs 10.30 Flynn Theatre Burlington, VT
Fri 10.31 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
Sat 11.01 Smith Opera House Geneva, NY
Sun 11.02 Carnegie Music Hall Homestead, PA
Wed 11.05 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
Thurs 11.06 Madison Theatre Covington, KY
Fri 11.07 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Sat 11.08 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT
Sun 11.09 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA
Tue 11.11 Royal Oak Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Wed 11.12 The Venue Hammond, IN
Thurs 11.13 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Fri 11.14 Pantages Minneapolis, MN
Sat 11.15 Pantages Minneapolis, MN
Sun 11.16 Harrahs Voodoo Kansas City, MO
Wed 11.19 The Orpheum Flagstaff, AZ
Thurs 11.20 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Fri 11.21 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Sat 11.22 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Sun 12.27 Angel Orensanz New York, NY
Mon 12.28 Angel Orensanz New York, NY
Wed 12.30 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Thurs 12.31 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY

 

 

[Photo Credit: Jay Blakesberg]

 

 

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