Widespread Panic :: 10.31.05 :: Thomas and Mack Center
Words by Kayceman
There is no single show on the Widespread Panic calendar that evokes as much anticipation as the Halloween event. Add to the equation that they were playing in Las Vegas with a full day of post-festival rest available for fans to recharge, and you have yourself one seriously amped-up crowd. This is why the first set was such a letdown. Had it been a normal night with the Pan, the "Love Tractor" opener, first-time "Born Under A Bad Sign," first "Vampire Blues" (Neil Young), and Dirty Dozen-infused "Weight of the World" closer would have gone over huge. But this wasn't any night; this was HALLOWEEN! Where was the dark and dirty? Instead we got light and fluffy ("Papa Johnny Road," "Bayou Lena," "Old Neighborhood").
WSP with DDBB :: 10.31.05 :: Las Vegas :: By Casey Flanigan
As I roamed the Thomas and Mack while The Crystal Method reworked rock classics, I found myself growing a bit pissy. I mean come on fellas, this is a major night for music, and we all have raging rock on the mind. It's not that the songs weren't played well in the first set, things just never fell into gear. Things never got confusing or hairy... Point being: there were many who came to get all sweaty and riled up, but things were way too PG in the first set for Vegas Halloween.
JB - Widespread Panic :: 10.31.05 :: Las Vegas :: By J. Miller
As The Crystal Method was tweaking Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," it was almost a no-brainer. And when Schools took the stage, it seemed clear they were going to segue right into "Superstition" with the band supplemented by the Dirty Dozen horns. Now this is what we came for. Dressed as some type of elf, JB began to lean on the sound, filling the arena with his soulful cries.
Schools was dumping bomb shells, and George was in the spot - things were turning around. After a set-peaking "Arleen" with JB tossing in both a "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Ribs And Whiskey" jam that finally found the beast firing on all cylinders, the Halloween covers crept back out. Both "Spirit In The Dark" and "I Put A Spell On You" featured the fine, expansive vocal work of John Bell before a dirty "Fishwater" ended what appeared to be a somewhat short Set II.
WSP with DDBB :: 10.31.05 :: Las Vegas
By John Smrtic
The triple-encore of Dan Penn's "Dark End of the Street," "Nowhere To Run," and fan-favorite "Coconut" were just enough to make the show sufficient. However, just as things got going, it was over. Sure, it was a good show, but it didn't stack up against Halloweens of years past, 2003's Madison Square Garden included. In retrospect, it seemed odd that the festival show to close Vegoose was so inspired, but such is life. They can't all be homeruns, and coming off one of the best festival experiences of the year, it was difficult to leave Vegas anything but satisfied!
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