Widespread Panic Announce Their Long-Awaited Return to the Road After an Unprecedented 15 Month Hiatus
New Live Album Widespread Panic Live At Myrtle Beach To Coincide With Start Of Tour
Concerts Expected To Sell Out Quickly As Fanatical ‘Spreadheads’ Clamor For Tickets

Photo by Danny Clinch
Widespread Panic is back. In a bold and shocking move by one of the most successful touring rock bands, Widespread Panic left the road at the close of 2003. This was the first hiatus for the band in 19 years of non-stop touring and record-breaking sold out dates throughout the country. Today, after 15 months, they announced their long-awaited return to the stage by posting their first round of tour dates on their website at www.widespreadpanic.com. Fans who have been anxiously waiting for this announcement are expected to quickly snatch up tickets for these concerts, prompting most shows to sell out almost immediately. The tour, kicking off in late March, will coincide with the release of their new live album recorded at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2003. Widespread Panic Live At Myrtle Beach will arrive in stores February 22, 2005 on Sanctuary Records/Widespread Records.

The anticipated homecoming will kick off with three dates at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Widespread Panic first headlined the Fox in 1993 and has since sold-out every one of their 13 shows at the venue, more than any other band in the history of the theatre. Tour dates will also include three dates at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall (their first appearance at the venue), three dates at the majestic Chicago Theater, two nights at Altel Pavilion in Raleigh, NC and back to Jazzfest in New Orleans (where they previously set an attendance record in 1999).

As an additional bonus, the spring tour will include performances at smaller, theater-sized venues to give the fans a more intimate performance experience. Widespread Panic is forgoing their usual shed-sized venues in direct response to overwhelming requests from their longtime supporters. Concertgoers will not only have the chance to see the band more up-close and personal than usual, they will also be surprised with a revamped stage show using top of the line technology.

Despite their time off, Widespread Panic continued to release live CD’s throughout 2004 including Night of Joy, the acoustic leaning Über Cobra (both recorded at 2003’s Myrtle Beach, NC concerts at the House of Blues) and most recently the Halloween themed Jackassolantern.

Look for Widespread Panic’s new release Widespread Panic Live At Myrtle Beach in stores on February 22nd and the return tour to begin in March, see tour dates below.

Tour Dates:
March 24, 25 & 26 | Atlanta, GA | Fox Theater
March 29 | Chattanooga, TN | Memorial Auditorium
March 30 | Cincinnati, OH | Taft Theater
April 1 | Detroit, MI | State Theater
April 2 | Cleveland, OH | Cleveland Music Hall
April 3 | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Univ. Auditorium
April 5 | Milwaukee, WI | Eagles Ballroom
April 7, 8 & 9 | Chicago, IL | Chicago Theater
April 12 | Boston, MA | Agganis Area
April 14, 15 & 16 | New York, NY | Radio City Music Hall
April 17 | Philadelphia, PA | Tower Theater
April 19 | Washington, DC | Constitution Hall
April 20 | Salem, VA | Salem Civic Center
April 22 & 23 | Raleigh, NC | Altel Pavilion
April 24 | Columbia, SC | Three Rivers Festival
April 26 | Columbus, GA | Columbus Civic Center
April 27 | Tallahassee, FL | Leon County Civic Center
April 29 | New Orleans, LA | Jazzfest
April 30 | Tulsa, OK | Brady Theater
May 3 | Kansas City, MO | Starlight Theater
May 5 | St. Louis, MO | Fox Theater
May 6 | Louisville, KY | Louisville Gardens
May 7 | Asheville, NC | Asheville Civic Center

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[Published on: 12/17/04]

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