Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Jenise Jensen Photography
Gov’t Mule Pays Tribute To Charlie Watts & Dusty Hill At Tour Opener At SLC’s Red Butte Garden
In tribute to the recently passed Charlie Watts and Dusty Hill, Gov’t Mule busted out a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” and ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” at Salt Lake City, UT’s Red Butte Garden last Wednesday.
The Southern-rock jam band surely didn’t waste any time kicking off their summer tour opener, who they’re co-headlining with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with a 13-song setlist. The four-piece, comprised of renowned guitarist Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson, kicked off Wednesday night with a The Staple Singers’ “Hammer & Nails,” pairing song originals “Mule” and “Banks Of The Deep End” before heading into the Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women.” The song bustout marks the group’s first setlist spot since 2011 for a total play of six times.
Sequencing next was ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” in honor of the late Dusty Hill before finishing off the set with renditions of “Man I Want To Be,” Jeff Beck’s “Freeway Jam,” and the band’s timeless tune “Soulshine.”
Gov’t Mule continues their tour tonight with a two-night run at Shakopee, MN’s Canterbury Park. For a full list of upcoming tour dates and more information, visit the band’s website.