Photo by Zach Peltier via @govtmule on IG
After two rocking nights at Connecticut’s Westville Music Bowl, Gov’t Mule closed out their first string of performances in over a year on Sunday, complete with a sit-in by rock-vocalist-supreme Ann Wilson of Heart.
Mule’s first set was bookended by the traditional “Railroad Boy” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold was the Ground,” and even included Haynes’ signature Allman Brothers tune “Soulshine.”
However, the fans gathered at the Westville Music Bowl knew the show would really begin during the second half when Wilson would take the stage.
And the vocalist didn’t disappoint, coming out swinging with Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” From there, Wilson sang on Memphis Slim’s “Mother Earth” and Willie Dixon’s “You Shook Me.” Two more Zeppelin tunes followed – “Black Dog” and “No Quarter” – and the collective even paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with the ballad “Luna.”
As her last tune, Wilson nodded to her legendary run with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers Heart, and served up a riveting “Magic Man.”
Gov’t Mule closed out the run on their own with their own “Bad Little Doggie” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “How Many More Years;” they encored with Robert Johnson’s “32-20 Blues.”
Check out the full setlist and a clip of “Immigrant Song” with Wilson below:
May 2, 2021
Westville Music Bowl, New Haven, Conn.
Set I: Railroad Boy, Thorazine Shuffle, Soulshine, Painted Silver Light, Fool’s Moon, Birth of the Mule, Stone Cold Rage, Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground
Set II: Immigrant Song^, Mother Earth^, You Shook Me^, Black Dog^, No Quarter^, Luna^, Magic Man^, Bad Little Doggie, How Many More Years
Enc: 32-20 Blues