WIDESPREAD PANIC ANNOUNCE FINAL TOUR DATES FOR 2005
Tunes for Tots Benefit Concert on December 29 at the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta
New Years Eve Shows on December 30 & 31 at Philips Arena in Atlanta
Band Prepares To Enter The Studio In 2006 To Record New Album
Widespread Panic announce their final tour dates for 2005, which are their annual New Year's Eve shows on December 30th and 31st at Philips Arena in Atlanta. They will also play a benefit for Georgia children's music education they have titled Tunes for Tots at the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta on December 29th. Tickets are currently on sale now for the Philips Arena shows through www.ticketmaster.com and tickets for the benefit concert will also go on sale through Ticketmaster on Saturday December 3rd.
In what proves a rare opportunity for fans to see the band in a smaller venue, Widespread Panic will play a one-night benefit they have labeled Tunes For Tots. 100% of the net proceeds from the show will go directly toward Georgia children's music education programs. Widespread Panic holds the strong belief that music education is integral to the education and advancement of children, encouraging development of personal expression, appreciation of ideas, celebration of cultural awareness, the sharing of emotions, and giving overall purpose to life. The band also agrees with recent research findings that art education works to support more traditional academic studies, as well as being a worthy pursuit in its own right. As educational budgets are often cut in government spending, arts programs are often the first to go, making it necessary for benefits such as their Tunes For Tots to fill in the gap and allow music programs to continue for all children at every economic level.
Tickets for the benefit will be $101 for general admission and $301 for a limited number of VIP tickets. The VIP tickets will include a reception with the band prior to the show complete with hors d'ouevres, a premium open bar, and early entry into the venue.
After a 15-month hiatus beginning in 2004, Widespread Panic hit the touring trail with a renewed spirit in 2005. They headlined many of the summer's major festivals, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Jazzfest, Jazz Aspen, 10,000 Lakes and Vegoose. Setting sales records along the way, the band sold-out within 5 minutes in Chicago, 4 minutes in Asheville, 12 minutes in Louisville, 14 minutes in Atlanta (where more than 90,000 ticket requests were turned away) and they played three sold-out nights at Colorado's Red Rocks amphitheatre, where they hold the record for having the most sold-out concerts. The band was also invited to play Farm Aid for the first time this year, along with Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Dave Mathews.
Widespread Panic will enter the studio in early 2006 to record their first studio album since 2002's Ball. Working with producer Terry Manning, the band plans to release a CD of all new tracks slated to hit the street in early summer of 2006. Plans are also in the works for a tour likely to commence surrounding the release.
Widespread Panic continued to release live CD's throughout 2004 (on Widespread/Sanctuary Records), much to the delight of their fans, including Night of Joy, the acoustic leaning Über Cobra (recorded at 2003's Myrtle Beach, SC concerts at the House of Blues) and the Halloween themed Jackassolantern. Earlier this year, they released Live at Myrtle Beach (earning three stars in Rolling Stone) and appeared on CNN Headline News and the Conan O'Brien show.