Carrot Top Guests With Widespread Panic On This Date In 2001
Comedian Carrot Top is a longtime friend of Georgia rockers Widespread Panic dating back more than 30 years, when both artists were coming up through the ranks in the deep south. Carrot Top is also a skilled percussionist who has sat-in with Panic 22 times between 1997 and 2018. One of those guest appearances took place 19 years ago tonight as Carrot Top aided Todd Nance and Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz on “Drums” at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
“Back in the lean glory days—late ’80s and early ’90s—Carrot Top and us would play in the same club in South Carolina. We’d almost always share dressing rooms. We noticed that somebody had been drinking our beer and eating our food, and we couldn’t figure out who was doing it. So we set a trap [with beer] and caught Carrot Top coming into our dressing room munching on our grub. That’s how we met. To this day, it’s always fun to go to Vegas, check him out and have him come to our shows,” Ortiz told Vegas Seven in 2014 about Panic’s friendship with Carrot Top.
Carrot Top’s first appearance with Panic went down at Tampa Performing Arts Center in Tampa on July 23, 1997, when he sat-in on “Drums.” Ever since 2006, the comedian’s seven most recent sit-ins with the band have all taken place in Las Vegas. Most of Carrot Top’s collaborations with Widespread Panic were during “Drums,” though he sat-in on “Chunk Of Coal” on June 28, 2000, “Travelin’ Light” on July 11, 2001 and a bevy of tunes on October 14, 2013 and October 30, 2006. He also added to “Surprise Valley” on July 3, 2007, “Climb To Safety” on October 23, 2010, “Coconut” on July 16, 2011, “Life During Wartime” on July 12, 2013, “Porch Song” on July 13, 2013 and “Life During Wartime” and “Chainsaw City” on March 27, 2015. Carrot Top’s most recent appearances took place at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, where he sat-in on “Magic Carpet Ride” on October 29, 2017 and “Chilly Water” on October 27, 2018.
Setlist (via Everyday Companion)
Set One: Disco > Dyin’ Man > Henry Parsons Died > C. Brown, Hatfield, Help Me Somebody > Rebirtha > Ride Me High > Imitation Leather Shoes
Set Two: Wondering > Sleeping Man > Space Wrangler, Casa Del Grillo, Tall Boy > Drums* > Porch Song > Blue Indian > Blackout Blues
Encore: Hope In A Hopeless World > Cream Puff War
* with Carrot Top on percussion
[Originally Published: June 15, 2016]