Happy Birthday John Bell | Pro-Shot JB & Friends 2001

By Scott Bernstein Apr 14, 2015 12:25 pm PDT

We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Widespread Panic guitarist/vocalist John Bell. JB’s distinctive voice, unrelenting rhythm work and earnest songwriting has been at the heart of Widespread Panic’s music as he’s helped guide the band to an impressive 29-year career thus far. The Cleveland-native is still going strong and we can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for JB.

[Photo by Ian Rawn]

In honor of Bell’s birthday let’s look back at a “JB & Friends” performance from January 6, 2001 at the House Of Blues in Orlando, FL. JB was joined by special guests Kevn Kinney, Julius McKee, Buck Williams, Fredrick Sanders and Kevin Harris at various points of the 90+ minute performance. Pro-shot footage featuring a soundboard audio recording circulates and is a perfect watch for a lazy afternoon.

Set: Let’s Get The Show On The Road, Gradle, Sleepy Monkey, I’ve Got A Feeling, Indian Song, Blue Indian, Underground Umbrella*, Pass On, Time Waits, Let’s Go Dancing, Chattahoochie Coochie Man**, Me And The Devil Blues**

Encore: When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God***, Space Wrangler > Long May You Live

* with Julius McKee on sousaphone
** with Buck Williams on harmonica
*** with Fredrick Sanders on keyboards, Kevin Harris on saxophone

[SMA Benefit; JB and Kevn Kinney; JB solo for ‘Let’s Get The Show On The Road’, ‘Gradle’, ‘Pass On’, ‘Time Waits’, ‘Space Wrangler’, and ‘Long May You Live’; Kevn Kinney solo for ‘Let’s Go Dancing’; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also appeared; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s set featured JB on vocals for ‘It’s All Over Now’, ‘Christmas Katie’, ‘Use Me’, and ‘I Walk On Guilded Splinters’ and JB and Kevn on vocals on vocals for ‘Superstition’]

[Setlist via Everyday Companion]

Widespread Panic returns to the road tonight to begin the second leg of Spring Tour at Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina. As always, the band is providing free live audio of the show via LiveWidespreadPanic. Tune in below starting around 7:30 p.m. ET:

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