Widespread Panic Kicks Off Beacon Theatre Residency In New York City

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Widespread Panic began a five-show residency at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on Thursday night. The band delivered a pair of career-spanning sets before encoring with a Tom Petty cover and a beloved original.

Panic last played the Beacon on April 23, 2003, which was the second show of a two-night stand. The band previously made their debut at the venue on April 24, 1997 and performed a three-night run spanning July 17 – 19, 2001. On Thursday, the sextet opened the residency with “Porch Song” and then treated fans to a wild ride of “Rebirtha” into “Greta” into “Stop Go” into “Little Lilly.” Last night’s “Stop Go” spanned 13 minutes and included a “That Don’t Make It Junk” rap from John Bell. WSP ended the frame with a “Proving Ground” featuring “Bust It Big” within and “Action Man.”

“Steven’s Cat” got the call to open the second set and led into a “Solid Rock” jam before Panic kicked into a cover of Neil Young’s “Walk On.” Next up was “Blight” which gave way to the first “Help Me Somebody” in nearly a year. From there, WSP uncorked “Fishwater” and the classic “Pilgrims.” A cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” and golden oldie “Conrad” closed out last night’s second set. Panic said farewell with an encore of Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me” and their own “Tall Boy.”

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Proving Ground > Bust It Big > Proving Ground Captured by Fred Ramadan

Pusherman Captured by Fred Ramadan

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Fishwater Captured by Fred Ramadan

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Setlist (via PanicStream)

Set One: Porch Song, Rebirtha > Greta > Stop Go > Jam > Little Lilly, Proving Ground > Bust It Big > Proving Ground, Action Man (69 mins)

Set Two: Steven’s Cat > Solid Rock Jam > Walk On, Blight > Help Me Somebody > Fishwater, Pilgrims, Pusherman, Conrad (80 mins)

Encore: You Wreck Me, Tall Boy (10 mins)

Notes: ‘That Don’t Make It Junk’ rap during ‘Stop Go’

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