[UPDATED] Widespread Panic Goes To Heaven & Hell At Halloween Run Finale



Widespread Panic drew their 2016 Halloween Run and Fall Tour to a close Sunday night with their third show in as many nights at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The band’s first set featured a “Heaven” theme and stage design and set two was “Hell.” Throughout the concert Panic performed a number of songs debuted on past Halloween nights and once again encored with a Black Sabbath tune – making it eight shows in a row.

ZZ Top’s “Waitin’ For The Bus” opened the concert, just as it did when it made its debut on Halloween 2009, and was followed by their “Jesus Just Left Chicago.” Dressed as the Disney Haunted Mansion Ghost, frontman John Bell led the six-piece through their “Happy,” “Angels On High” and “Goodpeople” ahead of a take on Talking Heads’ “Heaven.” The theme continued with “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” before “Tall Boy” and “Ain’t Life Grand” brought the Heaven set to a close.

The stage was turned over to reflect the Hell themed second set that started with the help of percussionist Steve Lopez on “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” a cover that made its debut on Halloween 2002. Later came a take on Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues,” which was first played on Halloween 2005, and Ramones’ “Beat On The Brat” which was performed once prior on Halloween 2003, backed by Ramones’ classic “I Wanna Be Sedated” which also made its debut that night. “Chilly Water” opened up to include Dr. John’s “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” into “Bust It Big” before returning to close out the song. A debut cover of Nirvana’s “Lithium” closed out the Hell themed second set.

The first encore started with a bust out of The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen” which had only been covered once before on Halloween 2000, marking a 1,140 show gap. For the eighth night in a row, Panic then covered a Black Sabbath song as part of their encore, choosing to break out “Paranoid” for the first time since it was debuted 2,809 shows ago on Halloween night in 1987. The two songs were followed by WSP returning to the stage for a second two song encore, closing the night and the run with “Postcard” and “End Of The Show.”

Full Show Audio (Taped by Bennett Schwartz / Shared by JamBuzz)

Setlist (via PanicStream)

Set 1 (Heaven Theme): Waiting For The Bus* > Jesus Just Left Chicago, Happy, Angels on High, Good People, Heaven, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Hallelujah, Tall Boy, Ain’t Life Grand (64 mins)

Set 2 (Hell Theme): Slippin’ Into Darkness**^, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers***, Vampire Blues****, Henry Parson’s Died, Beat On The Brat*****, I Wanna Be Sedated*****, Chilly Water > I Walk On Guilded Splinters > Bust It Big > Chilly Water, Lithium****** (83 mins)

Encore 1: Soul Kitchen*******, Paranoid********

Encore 2: Postcard, End of the Show (21 mins)

  • * FTP ~ 10.31.09 ~ Austin
  • ** FTP ~ 10.31.02 ~ NOLA / ^ Steve Lopez on Percussion
  • *** w/ Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) rap
  • **** FTP ~ 10.31.05 ~ Las Vegas
  • ***** FTP ~ 10.31.03 ~ NYC / The Ramones (LTP 880 shows)
  • ****** FTP ~ 10.30.16 ~ Broomfield / Nirvana
  • ******* FTP ~ 10.28.00 ~ NOLA / The Doors (LTP 1,140 shows)
  • ******** FTP ~ 10.31.87 ~ Athens, Ga / Black Sabbath (LTP 2,809 shows)
  • Costumes – JB: Disney Haunted Mansion Ghost, Dave: Ozzy, Jimmy: Earth Man (Co. Rockies), Duane: Hulk Hogan, JoJo: Gilligan, Sunny: The Devil, Edie: Peacock