photo by Heath Robson

On Thursday night in Milwaukee, Gov’t Mule continued their spring tour with a show at Pabst Theater that ended up being a unique offering from the group, as regular drummer Matt Abts sat out the performance with “a little stomach bug,” as Mule’s twitter points out.

The band responded to the situation with several drummer-less renditions of their usual original tunes and covers, plus percussion from other members in the band and some guest drums from drum tech Stixx Turner.

The evening kicked off with two solo songs from Warren Haynes, “The Real Thing” and “Wasted Time,” before the trio of Haynes, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson took on “Hallelujah,” “Banks of the Deep End” and “Kind of Bird.” Turner then joined them on djembe for a few songs, including a cover of Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” After that, Louis took over on bass while Carlsson manned the drums for “Red House” and “Smokestack Lightning,” before the two switched instruments for The Beatles’ “She Said, She Said” and “Politician.” Turner then returned to take over drums for “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “Soulshine.” She also stuck around for the encore of “Get Behind the Mule.”

See the full setlist below. Gov’t Mule continue their spring tour tonight in Peoria, IL. See their full schedule here.

Gov’t Mule
Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI

Matt Abts did not perform due to “stomach bug”

The Real Thing*, Wasted Time*, Hallelujah^, Banks Of The Deep End^, Kind Of Bird (with In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed & Hottentot teases)^, Sad & Deep As You^^, Into The Mystic^^,  Endless Parade^^, Red House%, Smokestack Lightning%, She Said She Said&, Politician&, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (with Thank you (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) tease & lyrics)$, Soulshine$

Enc: Get Behind The Mule (with 96 Tears tease)$

* Warren solo
^ Warren, Danny & Jorgen
^^ Warren, Danny & Jorgen with Stixx Turner on djembe
% Danny on bass & Jorgen on drums
& Danny on drums & Jorgen on bass
$ with Stixx Turner on drums