On Saturday night Widespread Panic will be joined by special guest Steve Winwood
for a performance at Lockn'
Festival in Arrington, VA. However, this won't be the first time the legendary
multi-instrumentalist has sit in with the Georgia rockers. Let's look
back at one of the key performances from the very first Bonnaroo in 2002.
When the lineup for the first Bonnaroo was announced, there was no doubt that
were aiming to attract jam fans. Bonnaroo 2002 brought together nearly every major
the jam scene including Trey Anastasio (Phish was on hiatus at that point), Phil Lesh
Friends with Bob Weir, moe., The String Cheese Incident, Galactic, Gov't Mule and
Widespread Panic. The event drew approximately 70,000 attendees to Manchester with
promotion after selling out in only 11 days. Even Rolling Stone had to take notice
dubbed the first Bonnaroo "the most ambitious event of the summer."
Widespread Panic was given the honors of headlining two nights of Bonnaroo '02 with
full sets each night. The band made the most of the opportunity by welcoming a bevy
guests for memorable sit-ins. Sadly, Bonnaroo '02 would be among guitarist Michael
Houser's last performances with the band before he succumbed to cancer. Our favorite
moment of Widespread Panic's sets on The Farm at the inaugural 'Roo was when the band
was joined by musical legend Steve Winwood and saxophonist Randall Bramblett for
takes on Traffic's "Glad" and "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys."
Screenshot video of the entire Widespread Panic set from June 22, 2002 featuring the
Winwood/Bramblett sit-ins ("Glad" starts at 28-minute mark and "Low Spark" kicks in
37:45) can be viewed here:
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the "Tall Boy" > "Testify" > "Tall Boy"
in the day on June 22, 2002 featuring Dottie Peoples and the People's Choice Choir.
Thankfully, there's pro-shot footage available of that collaboration:
[Published on: 9/4/14]