Gov’t Mule prepares new album, summer shows

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With a new album on the way, Gov’t Mule have begun mapping their summer tour. Led by Warren Haynes, the jam band favorites will make several stops in New England, including Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on Friday, May 31. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $35 to $55, will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

Though no official release date for the band’s follow-up to 2009’s By A Thread has been set, it is expected to arrive in stores before the tour. When not on the road, Gov’t Mule spend much of 2012 recording the album at studios in Connecticut and Los Angeles.

In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock earlier this year, Haynes said he is expected the yet-to-be-named album to be released in mid-May or the beginning of June.

“It’s very different than anything we’ve done,” said Haynes of the forthcoming release. “We’re very excited about it. It’s almost finished and it’s turning out great. Some of the things that we’ve talked about already – there’s one song that we recorded in honor of the 40th anniversary of “Fresh” by Sly and the Family Stone. There’s another song that we recorded in honor of the 40th anniversary of the breakup of Free and there’s a song that is not about, but it is kind of a tribute to Levon Helm and the sound of the Band. So all three of those are very different than anything that we’ve done.”

Gov’t Mule will also bring their “Prepare to Shout!” tour to the Newport Yachting Center on Thursday, June 6. Tickets for the show, which is part of the Newport Sunset Music Series, are now on sale through Ticketmaster for the advance price of $35.50. The tour will kick off in Maine at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland on May 30 and also stop at Ives Park in Danbury, Connecticut on June 2.

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