WIDESPREAD PANIC | 06.23 | COLORADO

Words by: Ann Svilar :: Images by Chris Monson

Widespread Panic :: 06.23.07 :: Red Rocks Amphitheatre :: Morrison, CO

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Dave Schools - WSP :: 06.23 :: Red Rocks
Passing by pointer fingers and t-shirts that read, "You Don't Need a Miracle, You Just Need $45.50," I was reminded that a Saturday night Widespread Panic ticket at Red Rocks is a highly coveted thing. Widespread Panic holds the record for the most sold-out shows at the Amphitheatre. For Panic on the Rocks you must be resourceful and have a good friend in line at 4:30 a.m. with a tarp. For such events, year after year, the excitement, the energy and the whiskey flows.

There are some things a person comes to expect from a Saturday night Panic show here. You expect the setting sun casting its pink glow on those red rocks followed by the glittering city lights of Denver in the background. You expect to have a good time and trouble breathing when you climb the mile-high steps. What you can't predict is what kind of performance you'll get. After Michael Houser's death a variety of people have helped the band keep moving forward. Hats off to George McConnell because it simply isn't easy to fill a dead man's shoes. Saturday night at Red Rocks has been very different since our dear friend Mikey passed on.


Jimmy Herring - WSP :: 06.23 :: Red Rocks
I suppose such pressure would cause any sensitive human being to want to run off to Costa Rica for the rest of his life. The unsure footing of a lead sound with less finesse would cause any fan to criticize what's happening on stage. The pattern I've seen at Saturday night Red Rocks shows is this: some good old tunes mixed with songs from their two most recent studio albums, Ball and Earth to America, all lacking that Houser flair.

This was my first time seeing Jimmy Herring since he joined the group at the beginning of fall tour. "Is this going to be a latest album promotional night?," I asked a friend standing next to me. He assured me it would not be, and he was right. Out of a 25-song night only two were from the last five years. Every song in the first set was created before 1999. Saturday night felt like we were hearing a bit of Houser channeled through a friend, and the friend was Jimmy Herring.


John Bell - WSP :: 06.23 :: Red Rocks
What we have now is Panic's "Third Skin." Herring is a man used to "stepping in," having toured with the likes of Aquarium Rescue Unit, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Allman Brothers Band and others. I saw what looked like his three-ring binder cheat sheet behind one speaker. The night was like a fine chili. It stewed, but needed to simmer until it was almost a boil, and then, somewhere in the middle of a massive guitar-ripping shakedown during "Airplane," Panic rose to a boil and all the flavors came out.

If you are a seasoned Panic fan, you've heard these songs before. Houser was like home cooking - you'll never get it better. McConnell was a diner substitute - good, appreciated, but not quite the same flavor. Herring isn't Houser, but Herring IS an undeniably great guitar player who fits this band remarkably well. With a quiet demeanor, he didn't even have a microphone set next to him on his paisley rug. Favoring high notes during solos, he made these old songs sound full. I watched John Bell shimmy his legs in excitement, turning with a smile towards Herring repeatedly all night.


Edie Jackson :: 06.23 :: Red Rocks
I couldn't believe how much cleaner it all sounded. In fact, the entire night felt different in many ways, including Edie Jackson standing stage right as the evening's sign language interpreter. One thing that sets Panic apart from other jam bands is their deep lyrical well. At a Panic show, you won't hear fluffy songs that make you want to spin around with your hula-hoop. Thankfully. I wondered what it would be like to only read lyrics off of someone's hands and never hear the music. What other fine details would be noticed about the performance that maybe the rest of us miss?

As the night waxed on, it seemed that establishing Herring as a lead guitarist was the band's immediate goal. After the first four songs, Herring nearly always took the lead. What I missed Saturday night was JoJo Hermann's solos. He took a few but it wasn't the JoJo show. At times, he faded into the backdrop, where I don't like to see any keyboardist go, and certainly not JoJo.


Dave Schools & Domingo Ortiz :: 06.23 :: Red Rocks
Old faithful "Chilly Water" splashed the night air with rock & roll during the second set. Always a crowd pleaser, "Chilly Water" is about as old and classic as you can get with Widespread Panic. It is the first song on their first studio recorded album, Space Wrangler, released back in 1988 by Landslide Records. Landslide is a humble Georgia-based company that hasn't made as much noise as some labels, but they have done an incredible amount for Southern music. The roots of Widespread Panic run deep.

As big a presence as his bass sound, with hair that just seems to be getting unbelievably longer, Dave Schools plucked us into a "Barstools and Dreamers" sandwich that included "Machine" then back into "Barstools," where our three-night set break pleaser, DJ Logic, joined them. Logic stayed with them into "Dying Man," which became a brand new bright candle with him spinning alongside. Having DJ Logic rule the set break made it feel like the first set ran into the second. By the time we reached drums, I realized I hadn't left my post in the fifth row all night. Finally, what sounded like it was going to be "Arlene" turned into a grand "Red Hot Mama," closing the second set with everyone dancing and pumping their fists.


John Bell - WSP :: 06.23 :: Red Rocks
The encore consisted of "The Take Out" and "Smoking Factory," a Smiling Assassins song that pleased the crowd around me but I found musically and lyrically flat. "Porch Song" followed. It's a song I love but I wish they'd pull it out of rotation, just for one tour, so I could revisit it with new enthusiasm. We could see a pretty mandolin sitting next to JB's left leg all night. After taking a sip from his drink, JB spun around with the mandolin draped over his shoulder and rested it against his chest, singing, "The last place to go" as he drove the band to the "End of the Show."

In the parking lot, discussing highlights of the show and meandering back to our cars, someone slapped a sticker on my friend's back that said, "Bye George, I think they've got it," a play on the Sherlock Holmes catchphrase. Those are harsh words, but as Schools has said, "It's about chemistry." Personally, I like McConnell and I hope to hear him working on new projects in the future. But, the chemistry was evident Saturday night in the full sound of the songs and the smiles on the boys' faces. There was a light in old Panic fans eyes that was refreshing to see. Jimmy Herring, please don't go anywhere. This is Panic's "Third Skin" and we like what we hear.

06.23.07 :: Red Rocks :: Morrison, CO
Set 1: Pigeons > Better Off, All Time Low, Down, Party At Your Mama's House > Blackout Blues, Pickin' Up The Pieces, Airplane > Rock
Set 2: Pleas > Chilly Water, Thought Sausage, Aunt Avis > Second Skin > Greta > Barstools and Dreamers > Machine > Barstools and Dreamers*, Dyin' Man* > Jam* > Drums* > Red Hot Mama*
E: The Take Out > Smoking Factory > Porch Song, End Of The Show

* with DJ Logic on turntables

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Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 01:22PM
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Chaloupka

Panic has the biggest balls in the business!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 7/2/2007 01:23PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Domingo should do some sort of solo album or project that revolves around him. I'm sure it would own!

karacter0 Mon 7/2/2007 01:38PM
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karacter0

Wish I was there! Herring is like Warren Haynes. Stick him on stage with any of the cult bands and he will not let you down. I thought what I saw from WP at 'roo this year was 100% better than what I saw at the rocks during last years run.

Ratdog misses you, Jimmmy!

Marcsmall Mon 7/2/2007 01:55PM
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Marcsmall

All 3 shows were fucking amazing...Jimmy Herring tore the place to shreds...Talk about having your face melted, on the first night we sat in Row 1, directly in front of Jimmy and had our jaws dropped the entire night. IMHO, he is the best guitarist out there today. JH on his worst night is better than most in the jamband scene on their best.

paulygparty Mon 7/2/2007 02:07PM
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Aaaaouuuuuuuu!!!

Werewolves of London!!!

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 02:12PM
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sunnbear

Jimmy Herring fits well with the band. A new energy that I haven't seen in a few years. Check out his "Project Z" cd. It's pretty fuckin' good too!

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 02:22PM
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nice review... Widespread needs to play CMAC in canandaigua. its the most downlow place you can go and its in western NY. A place that they have never played (i dont think)...
PLEASE!!!!
i would go to the bethel show but i cant make it back home in time from 10k.(DAMN IT!)

Ath1 starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 02:23PM
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I've been going to Panic shows for a very long time now and can honestly say that I'm enjoying them now more than ever. I miss Mikey terribly and I think George did a fine job with what he was asked to do. However, Jimmy has obviously invigorated the band and fans alike. Red Rocks was simply a wonderful weekend and I hope that this incarnation of the band lasts a very long time.

umphkabump Mon 7/2/2007 03:21PM
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beadiamondsomday starstar Mon 7/2/2007 03:25PM
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beadiamondsomday

if you havent seen panic w/ jimmy yet fine, most of us probably have and it just seems a little late to be making a review in this tone, especially late to make gmac references. and shelving porch for a tour, yea right?!!?
and btw JIMMY PUT DOWN THE HOLLOWBODY THE STRAT IS ALL WE NEED BRO

Wild Turkey Mon 7/2/2007 03:32PM
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Wild Turkey

First thank you George for melting my face during Y.S.B.G. in Tahoe last year. Now, Jimmy is the MAN!!!!! After many awkward years, the best band in the biz has assembled to reign supreme. RED ROCKS RULES!

happydestiny Mon 7/2/2007 03:43PM
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happydestiny

ooooooohhhhhhhhh god damn!

These shows were the heat
sleepingman>impossible>sleepymonkey

'nuff said
see you boys again in charlotte

Tall starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 04:11PM
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Tall

"...like home cooking - you'll never get it better".
Brilliant.

raiducks503 Mon 7/2/2007 05:50PM
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raiducks503

Just got back from Los Angeles. Hit their 3 day run @ the Orpheum. The shows were without a doubt the best I have seen WSP play in years. Jimmy is the man. I thought it was gonna be tough for JB to sing since he had the biggest grin on his face the whole time.

WEREWOLVES OF LONDON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God I only hope they come NW in the Fall.

kaiserbun starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 05:59PM
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nice old school setlist, that looks like something from alate 90s show. glad to see that everyone is talking good about herring. he's been one of the best for a while, listen to some of the stuff he did with phil's band. really good

gazzy starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 06:20PM
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gazzy

Great write up, and great photos. One of the best weekends on the rocks that I have had. Wow, Jimmy smokes some serious stuff. He practically dominated the shows and it was AWESOME. Great shows, great memories, and I can't wait until my next shows, Get on board, this rocket is taking off.

blower starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 08:04PM
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Widespread Mutha Fucking Panic!!!!! Where are the haters? The best in the business right now. The heat!!!!!!!!!!

powernet Mon 7/2/2007 09:09PM
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powernet

PANIC IS F-CKNG NASTY AS HELL

powernet Mon 7/2/2007 09:09PM
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powernet

PANIC IS F-CKNG NASTY AS HELL

NickSoda starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 10:13PM
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NickSoda

I wish I could have made it out to see this run but 'sconsin (yea sconsin, haha) is a decent drive from the 'rocks'. The Bonnaroo mega-set was awesome as hell, so was being 1st row, but I can only imagine how sweet this must have been. At least there's livepanic!!!

andvon starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/2/2007 10:35PM
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andvon

Panic at the Backyard this weekend! anyone else going? I'm ready for yet another weekend of serious face melting!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 03:49AM
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Herring should not shred when he plays barstools, it just is not right to my ears. This is my favorite band for over 20 years. I have lost some interest, Herring is fantastic, but not for me with my panic. Hurling 100 notes a minute at me, does not make me feel magic. I salute anyone who is still enlightened by Panic, I hope that you always feel this way.
pieces. M...

golfer648 starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 05:20AM
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the best in the biz...love these guys...herring can shred whatever he wants to...he backs off when he needs to and they sound unbelievable...rock on!!!!!!

canoftunapudding Tue 7/3/2007 05:59AM
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What's sign language for "HATFEEEEOOOOW"

I agree with you miles. Sometimes less is more.

cocheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 06:19AM
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cocheese

i feel ya on the JoJo thing brah. he's always been my number attraction in the band since he joined. at the 'Roo i kept wondering if he was even up there, was anyone up there other than Jimmy. still i really enjoyed the show. i hope they find a good medium, and i'm sure they will. WIDESPREADMOTHAFUCKINPANIC!

dannymo starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 07:19AM
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moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 08:16AM
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moephishH2O

Good read. I like what I'm Herring :-)

BooneRes star Tue 7/3/2007 08:31AM
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saba Tue 7/3/2007 09:15AM
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saba

damn i hate that it has been so long since i've been back.

Andrew W. starstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 09:29AM
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O1Roggae Tue 7/3/2007 09:31AM
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O1Roggae

widespread is one of my favorite bands to see live and since herring i think they are improving every show they play together

Marcsmall Tue 7/3/2007 09:45AM
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Marcsmall

Miles and Tranceful---I have no idea where you are coming from. With all due respect to Mikey Houser, Jimmy is the best guitar player this band has seen. You can actually HEAR the high end solos now. You don't like shredding? Well then maybe you should go see a band like DMB or John Butler Trio. Maybe even go check out a few Jack Johnson shows. These guys are at their peak right now. The best they have ever sounded. This is rock and roll, kids. Better get it while it's hot.
Peace

Cleofus Tue 7/3/2007 10:24AM
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Cleofus

can anyone do a Panic review without having to make comparisons to Houser. Get a life, he's dead. Move on.

Dan24Man starstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 10:29AM
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I absolutely agree with Miles. I've been a fan for 10+ years and I miss Mikey. I never cared for George, and Jimmy is a decent fit so I wont complain too much, but that guy has got to slow down and add some actual phrashing to his riffs, and not just rapid fire notes at us all night. It's cool sometimes, but he sounds more like a machine than a musician with soul. I like to hear pauses and breaks, and feeling in my solos. Now I was at Red Rocks and loved it all in all. Hope to see the boys in the NW this fall.

Rickymullet Tue 7/3/2007 10:31AM
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theterriblebob starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 10:31AM
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theterriblebob

JIMMY HERRING:: one of the most important guitarists of the turn of century!! from jazz is dead, to the dead, to panic, and all points in between, this guy is a big part of the reason why improvisational rock music, as a genre, is still being enjoyed on such a large scale with hundreds of successful national touring bands, and a handfull, such as panic, in the multi million $ range....

..ive seen him play in so many of his own bands, not to mention guest spots, special apperances, and oh ya... when he takes over the reins of some of the late great hall of fame heroes and drives them to new hights... and to me, he's invigorated much more than just what he's playing, when he's playing it... but the spirit of a genre, or music itself...

WillieWampus Tue 7/3/2007 11:12AM
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WillieWampus

That's called a fuggin Nightmare bdouglaswood!!

blower starstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 11:48AM
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JH has the skills. It really allows them dig deep into their bag of goodies. I agree though that he could back off a little sometimes. Don't need to unleash the big guns all the time. He does hit the signature licks so I certainly aint gonna complain .

cocheese Tue 7/3/2007 12:33PM
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cocheese

i like that idea bdouglaswood, that might be very a nice combo there.

cliftonhanger420 Tue 7/3/2007 02:01PM
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i agree that panic needs to come to western new york, either canadaigua or darien lake or something. they rock and jimmy herring rocks. i hope they jimmy sticks with them for awhile. houser is gone and nothin's gonna bring him back, i'm not sure the details with george but i thought it was a bitter end, so embrace herring because he is the man. if you don't like it, stay home. more tickets for those that want to be there and enjoy the music. peace.

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marcsmall>>> I do not expect you to understand.
I was in the georgia theater in 1989-90 and other smaller venues during the beginning. This band had my SOUL for years, if you like JH rapid fire style then good for you. as I said in my post
I salute anyone who is still enlightened by Panic, I hope that you always feel this way.
pieces. M... Dan24Man you are so right on!!!

PS>> and one more thing MARCSMALL, I do not need your stupid ignorant suggestions on what music to see, I know what is my style and what isn't. You should try to shut up more often I get sick of your posts. YOU GO SEE DMB YOU TOOL

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 02:16PM
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sorry everyone, everytime I post something from my heart about any music>> Marcsmall<<, manages to ridicule it.
I get pissed because I am not just spouting crap, I am sharing my genuine thoughts. I have seen wsp over 100 times and I do not need to be told what bands may be right for me. sorry again, I get the negative people under my skin only rarely. pieces ya'll

Marcsmall Tue 7/3/2007 02:45PM
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Marcsmall

Miles---I don't understand why you are so angry....Hopefully you can come to terms with it.

Peace

yemmw Tue 7/3/2007 03:30PM
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yemmw

Luther D.>Herring?! What a fucking joke. Sorry for being an ass. Thats just my opinion.

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/4/2007 08:45AM
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yeah, marcsmall, Im ok now. just was a stressy day.

Papa J.D. Wed 7/4/2007 09:19AM
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The arguement should end now. If you loved Panic with Mikey, right on. If you love Panic with Herring, right on. If you don't like Panic, why the hell do you bother wasting our time with B.S. Go do something productive. I loved Panic then, I love Panic now. Looking forward to the Chi Theatre, if it's anything like last year, hold on to your hats 'cause the roof is gettin blown off. Peace. Happy Fourth. Hope you have a better day Miles. Everybody be smart and safe out there today. Tip your cap if you see one of our soldiers. If you see one of our politicians who sent them to Iraq, kick him in the ass. Papa's off with daughter to the parade. BYE.

RothburyWithCheese star Wed 7/4/2007 11:11AM
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Marcsmall Wed 7/4/2007 01:29PM
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Marcsmall

Miles---good to hear....have a good 4th of July

karacter0 Wed 7/4/2007 04:03PM
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karacter0

Sorry, kraphead. Not every band can fit the excitement of a 45 minute theremin solo into each show.

...and what about those keller cover songs! Wowie. That's right Keller, don't bother with learning the melody, just sing any words that you know ;)

EVILFUNK Wed 7/4/2007 04:09PM
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EVILFUNK

Wish id' made this show!

Houser may have been a bit less evolved technicaly than Herring but he had lots of soul. if you think about it they have almost opposite bags but they both did/do a killer job (if you ask me). if there was anyone better than Herring for the job who would it be? (Warren?) George was cool but a little too refined for my WSP ear.

I know that when Widespread Panic play with Jimmy they all feel that they have to play thier best...players like Jimmy have that effect on musicians because we see and hear how good we can be ourselves if we work as hard as Herring has. I think this band is going to explode creatively working with Him. im ready for the best WSP yet.

revjones starstarstarstar Wed 7/4/2007 06:39PM
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just got home from red rocks thru vegas. my god. these guys are absolutely on fire right now. everyone remember the old days when it was high-fives, big smiles, and hysterical screaming in the lobby after shows? yeah. that again. Planet Hollywood was a ZOO last nite. rock and roll. it's great to see the band and it's fans so happy again. always miss Mikey, but thank god for Jimmy Herring. he saved the band.

WIDESPREADMOTHERFUCKINPANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

conrad22 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 03:02AM
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As most have already said, WP is smoking right now. And Miles, i hear and understand 100% of what you are saying. We have all grown up listening to the lingering lead that was Mikey, and his sound and tone were so amazing and dark. And yes, sometimes less is more. However, Jimmy has brought a new found energy to this band that has been missing since 7-2-02. By the way, JB is howling at the rate of his early days. And does Dave Schools ever miss a beat, the guy is spot on every night. I am not going to tell you whats sounds good and what you should hear, but id consider giving Jimmy another show or two. He has come a long way since his first tour last fall. I havent heard this much fire and passion from them since oak 02.

WillieWampus Thu 7/5/2007 06:58AM
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WillieWampus

SOLDANO IS BACK!!!!! WORD TO YOUR MOTHER!!!

canoftunapudding Thu 7/5/2007 07:42AM
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Unfortunately, Houser is gone and there will never be another like him. If there was someone like him, people would still bitch because it's NOT Houser. I think George would fit well with Beanland. He's not a bad guitar player, Panic clearly just wasn't his niche. Jimmy is a professional player, more technical that Houser and George. I can't get into alot of Jimmy's solos though. He's just spitting out notes instead of slowing it down. By doing a monster shred, it buys him time to plan his next riff instead of just letting it happen. That's what I've noticed. I'll still go see Panic, will always love the guys, but I won't travel half-way across the country anymore to see them play. Definitely worth checking out if they visit a nearby city.

gibson78 starstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 09:30AM
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Thanks for the review. It's so hard to see Panic these days, everyone wants a ticket, but it sounds like the magic is still there.

EVILFUNK Thu 7/5/2007 10:01AM
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EVILFUNK

canoftunapudding ~ yeah...thats Jimmy...calculating while he shreds. i thought he slowed alot of this stuff down for the Dead gigs. i bet the WSP dudes want him to just shred it up like the old days with ARU where you would have these monster players all bassically overplaying alot of the time but really making it work well...not everyones cup of tea.

jasonthehead starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 11:44AM
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Panic haters....better run out and get your Cheese tickets while you can! Time is running short to get your hoop on. At least you still have Dave and O.A.R.!

Jimmy Herring is supremely talented and Panic is so completely rejuvenated with him onstage, yet he's still finding his place in the band. Their catalog is massive so he needs some time to work all the way through these songs 5-10 times (or more) in the live setting before finding the right comfort level. He's a sick ass guitar player with his own unique style, give it some time, open your mind and ears and let it happen. If it doesn't, then find something else to float your boat and keep the hate OUT! If Herring's worked for GD's catalog (and I assure you, it did) then it will surely work for Panic's. FRI 6/29 at the Orpheum: "Contentment Blues>Proving Ground"...enough said. I have the paint peels from the walls of the theater to prove it....$5.95 a piece on eBay right now.

BTW, I have said it before and will say it again....you can't compare Herring or GMac with Houser (see Herring/Haynes/Trey/Karan/Kimock compared to Jerry, or Herring/Haynes/Trucks compared with Duane Allman) because the leads in these songs were written/created and structured BY Houser. They are his original creations which often flew out of his heart and fingers in an improvised, live setting back in the days when these songs were first being written and expanded. It's Houser's sound we've grown to love on most of Panic's original material and no one is going to come in and sound exactly like him. Sometimes that's a good thing! Call me the blasphemer, but Houser IS NOT GOD! What do you want, Sam Holt out there copying Houser's sound note for note on every song, so you can close your eyes and pretend that cancer doesn't kill, that people we know and love won't eventually leave this earth for a better world, that all good things must come to an end, sometimes for the sake of beginning something even better?

Wake up...I'm going to poke you if you don't wake up!

Seriously, people who rip on Panic have no clue what good music is. tranceful_delight being the KING of them all. He's got this predisposition to rip on Panic just for the sake of ripping on Panic, and that's pretty much all he does on this board as far as I can tell. Too bad he didn't take me up on the invite to meet me and my friends at the Orpheum last weekend. His weak brain and narrow mind would have been strengthened and expanded into the proper shape to actually appreciate good music. :)

BTW...Keller would be lost onstage with Panic. Try using those loops on "Space Wrangler" buddy. KW's solo shows have become the most tired act on the scene. Thankfully he's wised up and is playing with full bands more often.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 12:02PM
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edie jackson is hot. what is the sign language move for "donkey punch"?

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 03:08PM
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miles, personally i disagree w/ you but i know what your saying and you said it in a respectful manor. i love all sorts of jambands and whats that wrong w/ DMB not that i go do runs or more than one night ever, WHO REALLY THINKS CARTER BEAUFORT IS A BAD DRUMMER when warren is playin w/ them, or any electric guitar really, they rock

Atlien Thu 7/5/2007 05:24PM
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If my opinion, Herring is on one level, and the rest of Panic is on another. It's really because Todd (I only know one drum fill) Nance doesn't have the chops to take the band anywhere. No matter how hard Jimmy wants to explore, Todd keeps him stuck on the ground. Time to recruit Jeff Sipe and take WP into the 21st Century for real!

petemora starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/6/2007 07:16AM
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Is it me or is Dave Schools getting even more widespread?
That bass looks like a ukelele in his arms. This is my favorite band of all time but I would like to see big dave make an attempt at taking care of himself.

jonathanleeder Fri 7/6/2007 08:43AM
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dreadyknowsbest starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/6/2007 09:03AM
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Herring has made wsp a super metal jam band. they forgot about the blues and giveing me a chance to take a piss, there gonna lose me right now , there gonna lose me.....and yes schools is as big as a double wide.

Promontory Rider starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/6/2007 09:15AM
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Promontory Rider

DI is here and spreading
Dreadlock Inhalation
"Choking on Dreadlocks"
Know your rights as a concert goer!
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breckenridgejam starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/6/2007 11:31AM
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"At a Panic show, you won't hear fluffy songs that make you want to spin around with your hula-hoop." Great Quote, descent article... I just got caught Panic in Vegas on the 3rd and the show was an absolute heat bomb, leaving me totally blown away! Keep up the good work boys and I look forward to the ChiTown shows.

Deji starstarstarstar Fri 7/6/2007 01:30PM
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Why do panic fans whine like little bitches? 99.9999999% of you idiots can not play a guitar but you want to bitch about Jimmy Herrings style!!! What is wrong with you people? The truth is hard to swallow but Jimmy brings the heat to the band. Get over the pedal with Mickey, he was a great guitarist but nothing compared to Jimmy. What crap would you guys listen to if Jimmy didn't join Panic? String Cheese, that band sucks more than P-Groove sucks my left nut!

I hope Jimmy Herrings brings the head for the years to come. Jojo for PRESIDENT!!!

WillieWampus Fri 7/6/2007 01:54PM
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Deji:
I hope Jimmy Herrings brings the "head" for the years to come.

GROSS!!!

lvcheese Sat 7/7/2007 01:07PM
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Marcsmall Sat 7/7/2007 05:27PM
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Jimmy Herring is 1000000x the guitar player that Houser was. I am sick of people giving someone undeserved credit just because they happened to pass away. If you take away the fact that Houser is no longer with us, and the emotion that comes with that, and just look at it objectively, there is no comparison.

acomma Sun 7/8/2007 06:30PM
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sounded like quite an epic show. i could have done without the SCI bash though, however subtle it was.

WillieWampus Mon 7/9/2007 06:33AM
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The SCI bash was perfect. Queue "End of the Road" by Boyz to Men.

acomma Mon 7/9/2007 07:35AM
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ya well SCI is just as respectable as panic, i didn't see the need to bash them. and the comment was also completely irrelevant, the reviewer was just spilling his bias, which he has the right to do, but for a review, stick to the band and show being reviewed.

cuttyfives Mon 7/9/2007 08:54AM
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dude, is your face pressed against a window or does it look that way naturally>

letshavesomefun Mon 7/9/2007 10:35AM
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acomma Mon 7/9/2007 02:18PM
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acomma

it's natural baby, a little jealous are we?

Weezer starstarstarstar Mon 7/9/2007 07:05PM
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I agree that Herring can sound a little bit mechanical, with all his rapid fire notes. It's impressive on some tunes (and hats off to him for it - cuz it's some badass playing), but for certain songs he might should let the music breathe a little and blend with the overall sound of the band instead of shredding every tune to death.

karacter0 Mon 7/9/2007 08:04PM
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Anything that Spreadheads lack in musical taste is certainly redeemed by their marked belligerence.

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Bluedevilfan56 starstarstarstar Tue 7/10/2007 12:24PM
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Jim Herring fits wsp i like the addition if hes smart enough to play with them that is , Panic owns and putting a bad ass like herring is only fitting

cmaxwell starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/10/2007 03:40PM
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And I suppose those deep expressions by Keller about port-a-potties are over the top excitement. Nice post douchebag!

TendaiCooney Tue 7/10/2007 06:30PM
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herring played with the dead after jerry died..... hes the fukkin man... hands down... the man wails

karacter0 Wed 7/11/2007 10:12AM
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kellerhead, you're starting to win me over. I can NOT agree with what you are saying, but at least you aren't a limp dicked push over like most of the people who post JBase these days...and you do it all with Keller stamped on you head. that takes balls.

having said that, who would make the mad dash to get give away tickets to a band that they hate? and what radio station gives away panic tickets? none in my state. You really should have gone to the show late and checked out a few tunes with Herring. they really have changed this year.

hellyeah Wed 7/11/2007 10:47AM
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kellerhead didn't burn any ticket. we all wish panic used a continuous series of loops backed by subpar nonsensical lyrics. now that would be jamming.

blower Wed 7/11/2007 11:22AM
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I agree, it really does take balls to talk shit with Keller as your hadle. But that is about it. Keller is probably the most boring show I have seen in a couple years. I would still probably go see him for free for the party. Damn what fuxstick you are!! Karachter0-very appropriate name- cause you know all of us panicfreaks have exactly the same musical tastes and none of us could possibly like any bands you like. Idiots definetly rule this site.

petemora Thu 7/12/2007 01:29PM
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I read that Keller only played solo because he had a spastic colon. He had a band in Fredricksburg, Va but kept farting in the drummer's face. Once the drummer left, he just bought a machine. Then the bassist left too, because he couldn't "lock in' with it. That and the fart smell.

RothburyWithCheese star Thu 7/12/2007 03:56PM
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RothburyWithCheese

KSGR Austin Texas.

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/13/2007 05:18AM
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It is belligerent to tell any fan of a band that they have a severe lack of musical taste. :) true.
double standards are the hallmark of many postings on jambase.
too bad. :/

standingtaller starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/13/2007 05:21AM
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I witnessed my first bad Panic show last year in Memphis, right before George exited. I wondered when JH took over- how is this thing going to pan? Another change? I have to say that at Bonnaroo this year, all doubt was removed. JH is all over it.

All Panic needs now is a stellar studio effort, let JH continue to meld with the band, bring JoJo back into the mix and BAM! we gots Panic back like the days of Mikey...

I really hope to see George do something like the Beanland days. The jam scene needs his skills.

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I suggest a double live for the next release.
Perhaps I will adjust to the rapid fire JH solos.
I really preferred the spinning blues stomp of GMAC.
oh well, I am powerless. meh.

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cmaxwell Mon 7/16/2007 12:13PM
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Panic is much less of a party than Bisco, SCI, or Phish. The only comparison numbers I could back that up with are arrest numbers, which Panic trails everyone above with and still sells more tickets. Well, except Phish which still managed one big drug bust in the past year without any touring.

Putnameter Tue 7/24/2007 11:48AM
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Jimmy Herring is a champion, I love him.

cmaxwell starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 07:54AM
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The only phish I need is Herring!

Papa J.D. Thu 7/26/2007 08:14PM
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I thought the Chi shows were fantastic. Phister, I do, however, agree with you on the point that Sunday night I saw no less than 20 people right outside the theatre with tickets to give away. Unbelievable. Some people still don't get the "Never miss a Sunday Show!!" Sorry you thought it was lame, next time you should give your tickets away to me so I don't have to sweat the presale/ticketbastard bit to get my one roadtrip a year on. I'll be back next year. 2 Nights in Minneapolis this fall? Sounds good 2me.

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Sorry for my last comment.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 07:01AM
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Shame on you Lester, but if they crashed into the ocean they could use Dave Schools as a flotation device.

AndreaScout starstarstarstar Wed 8/15/2007 10:32AM
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what is the point of hating on cheese so much anyway everyone? are you SO insecure that you have to just rip on another band that you can't understand? case and point - the author had this one-sided comment to say:

"At a Panic show, you won't hear fluffy songs that make you want to spin around with your hula-hoop. Thankfully."

does it make people feel better about their musical taste to hate on that of others? wsp and cheese are SUCH different entities, and those who spew hateful comments about other bands truly make themselves sound like real amaetures. Does it help you like Widespread more to define them as the anti-cheese? Does it make you feel better about who you are to put down others? Does it really matter?...really?

I've come to find that it's a lot easier to enjoy music when you let go of the disdain you have for that which you do not understand, and open yourself up to respecting musicians for what they do - for making others happy.

Please get your priorities straight...life's too short.

SwaniDank Fri 8/31/2007 02:32PM
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AndreaScout is right. If you are a true music fan then you would just shut up. And then bow down to Phish because they are the best band ever and everyone else is crap.