WSP: Tour/Album

WIDESPREAD PANIC ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR
To Play Fan Favorite Halloween Show in Asheville for the First Time

Widespread Panic
Widespread Panic will commence their fall tour with two nights at the Fed Ex Arena in Memphis, TN on September 21 and 22. They will then head west for three days in Oakland, CA, moving on to Oregon, Colorado, through the Midwest to the Florida Coast and finally capping off the fall leg of their tour with two nights at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, AL. This year's infamous Halloween show will take place in Asheville, NC for the first time. Halloween is inevitably one of most anticipated shows of the year as the band is known for their outrageous stage productions and costumes. Past years have included themes such as Mars Attacks, where a space ship crash landed onto the stage, and a Mardi Gras themed Bourbon Street.

Earlier this year Widespread Panic recorded their 10th studio album in the Bahamas with producer Terry Manning (Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, and Al Green) at his Compass Point recording studio. The CD is tentatively slated to be released at the end of the year on Widespread Records. This will be the first release with the band's new guitarist, the legendary Jimmy Herring, who recently joined the band in Fall 2006. Herring has played with such luminaries as The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends and the Aquarium Rescue Unit.

Panic kicked off this year's summer tour playing their 6th headlining slot at Bonnaroo, a festival that has grown to draw over 90,000 fans. In addition, Sony recently released a Choice Cuts CD featuring a hand picked selection of classic tunes from Panic's formative years on Capricorn records. Widespread Panic is also honored to contribute the John Lennon song "Crippled Inside" for the Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur CD which is out now on Warner Bros. Records in conjunction with Amnesty International.

Widespread Panic tour dates available HERE.

http://www.widespreadpanic.com/

[Published on: 8/21/07]

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tourmaniac starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 11:06AM
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tourmaniac

Panic is where it's at for sure. See everybody out there this fall!

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 11:07AM
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sunnbear

Cannot wait for the new stuff with Jimmy Herring. WSP has a new energy and purpose. See ya'll in Oakland!

Road To Shambala Tue 8/21/2007 11:13AM
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Road To Shambala

See ya in the Spring fellas. Glad I got to see them @ Radio City.

tuna1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 11:15AM
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ASHEVILLE= Party!!!!!!!!

bigfro Tue 8/21/2007 11:51AM
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bigfro

We only play NYC once a year. C'mon guys. give the apple some love

cocheese Tue 8/21/2007 11:51AM
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cocheese

what the hell was up with the tickets for the Ryman run this morning? did they sell out in 3 seconds flat???? that was some BS. were there just 7 tickets? kinda makes miss the ole days when they weren't as popular.

raiducks503 starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 12:17PM
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raiducks503

The LA run this Summer was insane.. If you have the means, check out 6-30-07. Can't beat the second set......

Was able to get all tickets pre sale this year for Fall.

Portland>Eugene>Seattle>Seattle

(4th row Jimmy side for Eugene)

Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

data Tue 8/21/2007 12:28PM
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Man, with all the extra charges by Ticketmaster I ended up paying $200 for four ticket in Seattle, bullshit!!!!

Marcsmall Tue 8/21/2007 12:50PM
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Marcsmall

Can't wait for those CO dates...just got my tix this past weekend...So close to the Fort, these should be ragers!!

TravlynnJoe star Tue 8/21/2007 12:51PM
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HOPEFULPHAN starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 01:21PM
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KPLMMJ Tue 8/21/2007 01:36PM
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ryman tix were gone in less than 30 secs this morning...apparently there only about 50-100 in the allotment, hope i get some throught ticketmaster

vida421 Tue 8/21/2007 02:12PM
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vida421

MORE SABBATH!!!!!!!!!!!

threef starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 02:25PM
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I can't wait to see the Boys in the Love Land. Because where there is love the is hope and I am hopeing for a good old colorado throw down. Bring it on!

kirkbrew starstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 03:57PM
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kirkbrew

Not exactly psyched for another WSP record. Wonder if it will sound anything different from the previous 9?
However – the positive thing about it will that it will be on their own label. Next step – their own ticket sales!!! I really would like to see a band with a big following (like WSP) and a stadium band (like U2 or Radiohead) cut Ticketmaster out of the mix. I bought 3 tickets for Wilco for $10 each and my final charge was $60! WTF!?!?

pokycheese starstarstarstar Tue 8/21/2007 09:14PM
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pokycheese

I hate the service and "convenience" fees associated with MoneyMaster, but it's the only way for me to get my Panic tix so I'll have to deal. Like Filo was saying I really have no choice because I want to see Panic tear my face off

lvcheese Tue 8/21/2007 09:20PM
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‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 04:37AM
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yeah panic needs to do what SCI did.
own their own label and exclude ticket bastard from the sales of tickets.
this album will be different I guarantee it. with herring on it, and the fact the guys are getting older, it will certainly be different. I am really happy it will be on widespread records :)))

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 07:07AM
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RothburyWithCheese

If you like Jimmy Herring check out FrogWings!!!

cmaxwell starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 07:40AM
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I actually am against the addition of more business ventures to Panic. On paper, they sound great and I think of them as wonderful. But Brown Cat has always found a way to make the simple difficult, and the two bands who blazed some of these trails have quit touring. I kinda wonder if Phish and SCI would still be touring hard if not for having to manage their additional band interests. Simply put, I'd rather have my Panic for longer than with all the bells and whistles.

wsp10 Wed 8/22/2007 08:43AM
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wsp10

OH YEAH THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN. LESS THAN 29 DAYS UNTIL THE TOUR GETS STARTED IN MEMPHIS..BELLE ST AFTERWARDS IS GOING TO BE INSANE. ALSO OUTFORMATION PLAYING AS AN AFTER SHOW..ALREADY GOT MY FLOOR SEATS FOR SAT. NIGHT. HAVE TO DRIVE UP AFTER WORK ON FRIDAY. MIGHT JUST SHOW UP FOR THE SECOND SET ON FRIDAY NIGHT. SEE YOU ALL SOON..

Rickymullet Wed 8/22/2007 09:33AM
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Marcsmall Wed 8/22/2007 09:47AM
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Marcsmall

Rickey--c'mon, Jimmy Herring has more talent in his little pinky finger (which he uses astonishingly well) than most musicians do in their entire body on their best nights (Trey Included).

Rickymullet Wed 8/22/2007 10:14AM
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lvcheese Wed 8/22/2007 11:16AM
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lvcheese

Ricky- Have you seen WSP with Jimmy? It is amazing. I understand if you just don't like Widespread. I wasn't dedicated to WSP before Jimmy came around and really couldn't get into them. Now, I will travel hours to see the boys. It's incredible what Herring has already done for Panic and it is only going to get better as he tours and practices with them. I am so pumped for this tour I can't concentrate on school. People that live near Memphis, Ashville, and Birmingham should not miss those shows. I will be at them all.

Peace and much love

richromeo starstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 11:27AM
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So what's your point Rickymullet? Every jamfan I've met has a few bands they just don't get, you can't please everybody. That's one of the nice things about there being so many diverse jam bands out there. I can think of plenty of bands that have a big following that I "just don't get" (Phish, SCI, mainstream acts like Rush, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan), but they obviously provide happiness for a lot of other people, and that's just great with me. I don't waste my time reading articles on them just to comment to their fans that I don't like their band. Be happy for those of us who do get it that we can go to their shows and buy their CD's and take some joy from their music, as you do with the bands you do "get".
It's easy to say one jamband owes its success to an earlier band, as a lot of folks said of Phish in the 90's. But there's plenty of Phish fans who never "got" the Dead, so that's not really true, is it? I don't see tons of old Phish tour shirts being worn at Panic shows, that's fer sure. Will next week's big jam act only succeed b/c SCI just folded? One of the better Phish shows I do have is from a 1990 show in a small club where Trey dedicated 'Jagermeister' to their friends in the opening band, WSP. These guys rose up in the scene together (Panic formed in the mid-late 80's), each in their own way. I think what irks me about your comments (enough to write this long diatribe anyway) is that there's an obvious flaw in your reasoning....you admit only hearing their CD's and live recordings, but have never seen them. Hell, I didn't get the Dead or their music until I got to a show and took in the whole experience. At its best this scene shares the common theme of bands willing to take risks, improvise and create unique live music moments and events, with the audience being participants rather than mere observers; in other words it's all about going to a SHOW, my man, and sometimes it takes more than one to catch the magic.
A big part of this scene for me is the ethos behind it when it's at its best, and part of that to me has always meant "live and let live". You might as well be one of the straights popping up here just to say you don't get any of these hippie bands with their 20 minute songs, boring noodling and never sounding live the way they do on their CD's. Or jump on a NASCAR website and tell their fans you're not into watching those Neverending Left Turns. Why rain on our parade? Believe it if you need it, if you don't just pass it on....

Road To Shambala Wed 8/22/2007 12:29PM
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Road To Shambala

Admirable job Richromeo. You could have simply pointed to the fact that WSP and Phish played together on the HORDE. For those of you in your 20's or younger may never have heard of it but it stands for Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere. Sound familiar? Basically its what this jam scene came from and strives for.

Like who you like, love who you love, hate who you want, its all good, Just don't try and kill my buzz with your assanine (jambase needs spell check) comments.

I wouldn't get off the shitter to go to a DMB show but fortunately for me I don't have a enough time to hop on the boards and bash them when an article comes up.

"It takes more than going down to your local video store and renting Easy Rider to become a rebel."

cmaxwell Wed 8/22/2007 01:12PM
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Panic doesn't owe Phish shit. They were doing big things well before the Phish hiatus. And they owe the Dead about the same amount Phish does. The Dead and the Allmans blazed this jam trail, and I feel Panic has done them well with the music they have put out there. Phish did big things and sort of fell off when the bad drugs and ego got into their band.

Marcsmall Wed 8/22/2007 01:50PM
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Marcsmall

rickey--yes, to answer your question I think JH makes this a completely different band. Better in just about every aspect. It's now the Jimmy Herring Band, featuring Widespread Panic. 90% of the show is Jimmy just tearing the whole damn thing to shreds. He has really brought out the best in the other band members and has really upped the ante as far as the quality of musicianship. The interplay between him and Dave Schools is really top notch.

Marcsmall Wed 8/22/2007 01:52PM
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Marcsmall

Rickey---Go to www.PanicStream.com to hear for yourself

vida421 Wed 8/22/2007 02:31PM
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vida421

who cares about haters...i didn't even read what the cat wrote...but, f'm anyway...stooopid is, as stupid does...

LuvMuscle777 Wed 8/22/2007 03:04PM
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jimmy rocks but to say he brings the rest of the boys to another level is wrong. George just brought them down a few notches. obviously youre all too young to remember the band's namesake. We miss you Mikey!!!!!!!!!!!! p.s. jimmy does melt my face off

Flat5 Wed 8/22/2007 03:55PM
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Flat5

MY band is better than your band

Marcsmall Wed 8/22/2007 05:35PM
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Marcsmall

Did some college kid just call me "too young"? Funny, but I've been going to Panic shows since '92.

richromeo starstarstarstar Wed 8/22/2007 07:40PM
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It takes a whole box set to appreciate Stevie Ray? Isn't there just a greatest hits CD I can pick up?

;-)

cuttyfives Wed 8/22/2007 08:56PM
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man, i really need to see JH w/ Panic so I can drop my $.02...

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 03:36AM
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I have an analogy.
If Trey had been replaced with Steve Vai, then you know how it feels for an old school panic fan to have his bands guitarist replaced with Herring. My first show was in 1989.
I was just getting used to GMAC, then they kicked him out.
The day they did that I was at the show in Louisville, and Sam Holt and John Keane filled it. That was really un-expected magic!!! Herring plays to damn fast for my tastes. I am just used to the old ways I guess. peace.

River Thu 8/23/2007 04:55PM
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timgregan starstarstarstar Thu 8/23/2007 08:17PM
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i have seen jimmy herring play with panic on all three tours he's done since joining the band and must say he has upped the ante in a major way. from radio city/fall to baltimore/spring to philly/summer he has proven himself to be the perfect person for the job. go see widespread panic. they will blow your f'n mind.

hellyeah Fri 8/24/2007 12:44AM
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beerman, do you think the feds can search you just cause the band you are watching signed some "shit", as you say. research your rights a little bit if you do things you need to worry about. i believe some local law people in some southern state may have set up stings and called it operation panic or something to that effect during a tour some years ago, but you can't possibly believe panic would be actively working with law enforcement to up drug busts at their own shows. wow!

happydestiny Fri 8/24/2007 10:24AM
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happydestiny

portland>eugene>seattle(x2)>boise>missoula>ogden

panics 'Goin out west where they appreciate me'

see ya'll pacnw spreadheads this october

gratefullygreg starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 03:59PM
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It is indeed an interesting era we live in. When I was a young partier, I saw the requisite number of Grateful Dead shows, my last being the Warlock shows in Hampton VA. And the old saying, "there is nothing like a grateful dead show" has never been truer. They were much more than just a touring rock band, it was a true subculture. I am by no means saying that have not really enjoyed some phish, panic, and sci shows. Lots of fun and energy. But my point about "there truly isnt anything like a Grateful Dead show" is based on one simple fact. When those guys were at their bottom or at their peak, they were always trying to highlight other bands. To get their own crowd to appreciate all forms of music. And yes I 100% believe that phish, panic, sci, all needed the dead because the dead built an enormous fan base of Music Fans; of all genres. When they stopped many older fans left the scene, you can see I left way before they stopped because of other life issues. But because Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billie, Mickey, and others had a desire to enjoy it all, many acts have benefitted. I mean acts like Allison Kraus and Union station or Nickel Creek, or Dale McCoury. What the dead did, was again create a huge fan base, basically by being all of these bands in one, and having a huge critical mass of music, energy, love, and lifestyle. When the Dark Star crashed and poured its light into ashes, the ashes rose from the dead. The Phishes, Panics, Allison Kraus'. I would never take away from these bands talents or hard work as I enjoy many of them. But as young folks you need to learn that lesson from Jerry and Cowboy Neal, open your mind dont close it. Especially if you are still under 30. That is way too young to close your mind. Research Mickey Hart writing the intitial beginnings of Playing in the Band. It is a good story about openning your mind to the possibilities of what is defined as music. Levon Helm and the Band were another great teacher of what music can be. Music comes from the rhythm underlying life itself. Soak it up, dont close it down. My old fart 2 cents worth. Peace, have fun, watch out for each other cause there many that want to bring you down.

gratefullygreg starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/24/2007 04:05PM
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It is indeed an interesting era we live in. When I was a young partier, I saw the requisite number of Grateful Dead shows, my last being the Warlock shows in Hampton VA. And the old saying, "there is nothing like a grateful dead show" has never been truer. They were much more than just a touring rock band, it was a true subculture. I am by no means saying that have not really enjoyed some phish, panic, and sci shows. Lots of fun and energy. But my point about "there truly isnt anything like a Grateful Dead show" is based on one simple fact. When those guys were at their bottom or at their peak, they were always trying to highlight other bands. To get their own crowd to appreciate all forms of music. And yes I 100% believe that phish, panic, sci, all needed the dead because the dead built an enormous fan base of Music Fans; of all genres. When they stopped many older fans left the scene, you can see I left way before they stopped because of other life issues. But because Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billie, Mickey, and others had a desire to enjoy it all, many acts have benefitted. I mean acts like Allison Kraus and Union station or Nickel Creek, or Dale McCoury. What the dead did, was again create a huge fan base, basically by being all of these bands in one, and having a huge critical mass of music, energy, love, and lifestyle. When the Dark Star crashed and poured its light into ashes, the ashes rose from the dead. The Phishes, Panics, Allison Kraus'. I would never take away from these bands talents or hard work as I enjoy many of them. But as young folks you need to learn that lesson from Jerry and Cowboy Neal, open your mind dont close it. Especially if you are still under 30. That is way too young to close your mind. Research Mickey Hart writing the intitial beginnings of Playing in the Band. It is a good story about openning your mind to the possibilities of what is defined as music. Levon Helm and the Band were another great teacher of what music can be. Music comes from the rhythm underlying life itself. Soak it up, dont close it down. My old fart 2 cents worth. Peace, have fun, watch out for each other cause there many that want to bring you down.

honeynutt Wed 10/3/2007 02:23PM
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honeynutt

Jimmy with creative control on the new album will be a breath of fresh air!! cant wait to see the songs the put out for the new record...

honeynutt Wed 10/3/2007 02:34PM
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honeynutt

i get where your going gratefullygreg with some of your article but what are you trying to say about the panic's phishes and bands like umphreys... music is ever changing and ever evolving... the grateful dead was one of the best bands in history... yea jerry forgot lyrics, yea they had off nights but that magic that made ppl cross a continent to see them is what its all about... the dead existed in a different era and they set the ground work but i just dont get what you are saying about the premiere jambands of today... thanks for sharin your opinion!