Widespread Panic Covers Neil Young & Tom Petty As Part Of Old School Birmingham Finale


Georgia rockers Widespread Panic concluded a two-night stand in Birmingham on Saturday night. The band dug deep for a pair of covers they hadn’t performed since 2015 and 2016 respectively, as part of their Saturday performance at the BJCC Arena. Panic put the focus on older material. “Blight,” a song co-written with Vic Chesnutt that was first performed by the band on October 27, 1995, was the most recently debuted original played on Saturday.

Panic kicked off the first set of classics with a run of “Ribs & Whiskey,” “Send Your Mind, “Proving Ground” and “Walkin’ (For Your Love)” ahead of a “Holden Oversoul” the group jammed into “The Last Straw.” Next up was the instrumental “B Of D,” along with a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers Guns & Money.” WSP brought the penultimate set of the run to a close with “Ain’t Life Grand.”

Saturday’s second set began with the first cover of Michael Stanley’s “Let’s Get The Show On The Road” since October 26, 2016. Then, keyboardist JoJo Hermann led “Blackout Blues.” Up next was an improv-heavy sequence combining “Who Do You Belong To?” and “Mercy” ahead of “Weight Of The World” and “Big Wooly Mammoth.” Then, “Papa’s Home” led into the evening’s drums and bass segment before Panic wrapped the set with “Stop-Go” > “Blight” > “Climb To Safety.” For the encore, Panic treated fans to three songs written by other artists. First was “Trouble” by Cat Stevens, which was followed by covers of Tom Petty’s “Honey Bee” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.” Widespread Panic hadn’t performed “Rockin’ In The Free World” since October 25, 2015.

Widespread Panic returns to the road next month for three nights in Washington, D.C. Check out videos from Saturday’s concert:

[Rockin’ In The Free World | Captured by Fred Ramadan]

[Honey Bee | Captured by Pat Hatcher]

[Big Wooly Mammoth | Captured by Pat Hatcher]

[Mercy | Captured by Pat Hatcher]

[Let’s Get The Show On The Road | Captured by Karl Childers]

[Stop-Go | Captured by Fred Ramadan]

[Lawyers Guns & Money | Captured by Fred Ramadan]

Setlist (via PanicStream)

Set One: Ribs & Whiskey, Send Your Mind, Proving Ground, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Holden Oversoul > Jam > The Last Straw, B of D, Lawyers Guns & Money, Ain’t Life Grand (60 mins)

Set Two: Let’s Get The Show On The Road^, Blackout Blues, Who Do You Belong To? > Jam > Mercy > Weight of the World, Big Wooly Mammoth > Papa’s Home > Drums > & Bass > Stop-Go > Blight > Climb To Safety (107 mins)

Encore: Trouble, Honey Bee, Rockin’ In The Free World^^ (18 mins)

Notes: ^ LTP 10/26/2016 Ames (43 shows), ^^ LTP 10/25/2015 Milwaukee (122 shows)

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