Thread: Mule In Candler Park Atlanta

axeman - 6/3/2018 at 01:47 PM

Was anyone at the Candler Park Mule show last night?

I hate to have another thread like this but I need to discuss. I appreciate the fact that Warren always tries to bring it and make every show a good one but I have to say I was shocked at the amount of rust last night. I realize this show was in between tours so I am sure this was just one of those nights. But still. It was a beautiful night outdoors in the park and while the band was its usual tight powerhouse unit self for the song sections, for the most part, the solos were just not happening. Warren's Thorazine Shuffel solo, I hate to say, was stunningly limp. Most of the night was sort of like that during the solo sections. Again, not trying to be a Debbie downer, and I am sure come Europe they will be just fine, but I am still sort of in shock because seeing Mule outdoors in a tree-filled park on a summer night I sort of expected the atmosphere to inspire the band a bit. It was perfect. Maybe a little too perfect in that the band was tired/too laid back. Surprising.

With all of that said there were highlights. The Railroad Boy opener was great. I really enjoyed that one. Warren really has such fantastic tone and it accentuated the riffs on this song so well. Always happy to hear Rocking Horse. I liked the Smoke On The Water tease and solo section in Sco-Mule. I expect there have been and will be points where Warren really takes off on this part. The Tupalo Honey was very nice. Melissa was well done. Was happy to hear how well Warren sang Melissa. The Mountain Jam was nice too and had a lot of nice dual harmony.

Anyway, not trying to dump on Mule, but I would love to hear thoughts from anyone else who went to the show as I was really pretty shocked at how they seemed to struggle to get any solos going on such a perfect night.


hotlantatim - 6/7/2018 at 05:06 PM

I was there and I think I enjoyed it more than you. I rolled in right as Mule hit the stage, so I missed the high heat & humidity but I think I missed some good music though.

My enjoyment of Mule is normally driven by setlist and I liked this one alot. I honestly like hearing as many songs that are ABB or that the ABB played at some point or sound like ones he could have written for the ABB....I got Rocking Horse, Soulshine, Banks of the Deep End, Melissa, Mountain Jam and a couple others that fit that bill. Tupolo Honey was just divine.

I also may not have been paying as close attention as you were as I was bouncing back/forth from the middle of the crowd to the back to hang with my Wanee / HTW crew including Jamgram, Erin, Syd and others. I can't recall being floored by too many solos but didn't exactly find them lacking....just typical Warren. The segue into the best part of Smoke on the Water (guitar solo and instrumental middle) was great.

Glad Benji Shanks & Tommy got on stage but I would have liked them to have kicked into a One Way Out closer with those 3 to end it. They had another 10-11 minutes and seemed to be doing a mini-Allman Bros set.


IF - 6/8/2018 at 03:06 PM

Gov't Mule 2018-06-02 Candler Park, Atlanta, GA

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=599666

Gov't Mule
Candler Park, Atlanta, GA
June 2, 2018

Setlist

01 Railroad Boy (Revolution Intro)
02 Thorazine Shuffle
03 Mule
04 Revolution Come, Revolution Go
05 The Man I Want To Be
06 Rocking Horse
07 Banks of The Deep End
08 Sco-Mule (w/ Smoke on The Water Jam)
09 I'm A Ram
10 Soulshine >
11 Tupelo Honey (Soulshine Reprise)
12 Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
-encore-
13 Melissa > *
14 Mountain Jam (Melissa Reprise) **

* with Tommy Talton (guitar)
** with Tommy Talton and Benji Shanks (guitar)

Recorded with DPA 4021's (ORTF, ~ 55 ft. f/ stage, center, 6.5 ft. high) > SD Mixpre-6 @ 48 kHZ/24 bit
All post production with Logic Pro X
Recorded by D. Fries


axeman - 6/10/2018 at 02:32 PM

quote:
I was there and I think I enjoyed it more than you. I rolled in right as Mule hit the stage, so I missed the high heat & humidity but I think I missed some good music though.

My enjoyment of Mule is normally driven by setlist and I liked this one alot. I honestly like hearing as many songs that are ABB or that the ABB played at some point or sound like ones he could have written for the ABB....I got Rocking Horse, Soulshine, Banks of the Deep End, Melissa, Mountain Jam and a couple others that fit that bill. Tupolo Honey was just divine.

I also may not have been paying as close attention as you were as I was bouncing back/forth from the middle of the crowd to the back to hang with my Wanee / HTW crew including Jamgram, Erin, Syd and others. I can't recall being floored by too many solos but didn't exactly find them lacking....just typical Warren. The segue into the best part of Smoke on the Water (guitar solo and instrumental middle) was great.

Glad Benji Shanks & Tommy got on stage but I would have liked them to have kicked into a One Way Out closer with those 3 to end it. They had another 10-11 minutes and seemed to be doing a mini-Allman Bros set.



It’s funny, I agree with your take here. Great set lists, loved the “ABB set” and guests and the Smoke on the Water parts and Tupelo Honey were standouts for me as well.

As I said the songs and vocals were well played but it was the solos that were off and that’s was what was surprising and disappointing to me. I was there by myself so watching long between-tours solos was a bit harder.


axeman - 6/10/2018 at 02:33 PM

If - thanks for posting the show!


DeadMallard - 6/10/2018 at 05:10 PM

Thanks for opinions. Very interesting to read.


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