Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes: "When I switch to my ’59 Les Paul, there’s something magical there that you just can’t replicate"

Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes in action (Image credit: Jay Sansone)

How do you keep a band together for 25 years? According to Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, it ain’t easy.

“We’re very lucky to have the musical and personal chemistry we’ve got,” he says. “We still enjoy hanging out and traveling with each other, which I can’t say is the case for a lot of bands who’ve been together a long time. If you can keep a band together that long, the chemistry and communication becomes telepathic. There’s a lot of stuff we do on stage that people would think was rehearsed, but it’s all off-the-cuff because we’re in the same headspace.”

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.