Photos & Setlists: Widespread Panic Turns Asheville Into Mayberry On Halloween


Images by: Ian Rawn

Widespread Panic :: 10.31.15 :: US Cellular Center :: Asheville, NC

Read a recap after the gallery.

Widespread Panic treated fans to another epic Halloween performance last night at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The band dressed as characters from the CBS television show The Andy Griffith Show and the stage was transformed into Floyd’s Barber Shop in Mayberry from the same program. The stage lighting in the first set was kept to black-and-white before all colors were used for the rest of the show. Musically, Panic debuted seven covers, busted out two songs and were joined by Steep Canyon Rangers fiddle player Nicky Sanders at various points of the evening.

After opening with a series of staples, Sanders emerged for the first cover debut of the evening, “Dooley,” a song by The Dillards which was performed on The Andy Griffith Show. Nicky stuck around for a “Driving Song” sequence that included another Dillards tune which was played on Andy Griffith – “There Is A Time.” Later in the set JB led a rendition of The Andy Griffith Show’s theme song, “The Fishin’ Hole.”

Last night’s second set started off with a triple dose of Pink Floyd covers. First up was the Widespread Panic debut of “Have A Cigar.” From there, WSP dusted off “Wish You Were Here” and debuted “Young Lust.” The rest of the closing stanza focused on originals with the first-ever Panic “I Shot The Sheriff” thrown in for good measure. Sanders came back out for the “Expiration Day” set closer. The Georgia rockers closed out the show with a three-song encore featuring Nicky on bust outs “Journey Through The Past” and “Postcard” as well as the debut of Sonny Curtis’s “I Fought The Law.”

Head here to stream an audience recording via PanicStream.

Setlist (via PanicStream)

Set One: Ain’t Life Grand > Jam > Bust It Big > All Time Low, I’m Not Alone, Space Wrangler, Dooley^*, Driving Song* > There Is A Time*^ > Jam* > Driving Song* > Dream Song*, The Fishin’ Hole^, Love Tractor* (79 mins)

Set Two: Have A Cigar^, Wish You Were Here, Young Lust^, Bowlegged Woman, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Jack, Proving Ground, One Kind Favor > Drums > Jam, I Shot The Sheriff^ > North, Expiration Day* (101 mins)

Encore: Journey Through The Past*, Postcard*, I Fought The Law^*

* w/ Nicky Sanders on fiddle
^ first time played

[Andy Griffith Show theme; Stage lighting first set was black & white; ‘Journey Through The Past’ LTP 3/14/14 Nashville (129 shows); ‘Postcard’ LTP 6/27/14 Red Rocks (100 shows)]