Widespread Panic Halloween | Debuts & Bustouts A Plenty

Update: Head here for a full gallery of photos from Ian Rawn.

Widespread Panic celebrated Halloween at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado this year, where they debuted five new covers and busted out four other songs. The stage at the venue was set up like a mine shaft and the members of the band sported costumes that included John Bell dressed as an elf, David Schools dressed as a miner and Jimmy Herring dressed as a knight.

[Photo by Ian Rawn]

The Georgia rockers debuted one new cover, Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold,” during a 77-minute first set chock full of heavy rotation staples. Widespread Panic paid tribute to the late Jack Bruce by opening the second set with a cover of Cream’s “Strange Brew.” Keyboardist JoJo Hermann then led the band through “Greta,” before Panic busted out “Dirty Business” for the first time in 150 shows. Bill Bass assisted on percussion for “Imitation Leather Shoes,” which led into the debuts of “Hit It & Quit It” (Funkadelic) and “D’yer Maker” (Led Zeppelin). After a “Drums” segment, WSP dusted off “Arleen” for the first time since March’s Panic en la Playa. Cheech & Chong’s “Earache My Eye” was the evening’s final cover debut and led into the return of Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf.” The heavy metal classic had been mothballed by John Bell & Co. for 996 shows (last time played = October 27, 2000). The show came to a close with a three-song encore that included a cover of Willis Alan Ramsey’s “Wishbone,” which hadn’t been played in over two years.

[Photo by Ian Rawn]

Take a listen to Widespread Panic’s debuts of “Heart Of Gold” and “D’yer Maker” thanks to taper Jim Madry:

Head to PanicStream to stream last night’s show.


Set One: Pigeons, Old Neighborhood, C. Brown, Rebirtha > Chunk of Coal, Weight of the World, Heart of Gold^, Big Wooly Mammoth, Red Hot Mama, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine (77 mins)

Set Two: Strange Brew^^, Greta > Jam > Dirty Business* > Jam > Imitation Leather Shoes**, Hit It And Quit It^^^, D’yer Maker^^^^ > Drums > Drums & Bass > Arleen***, North > Earache My Eye^^^^^ > Sweet Leaf**** (99 mins)

Encore: Wishbone*****, Action Man, End of the Show (17 mins)

^ FTP (Neil Young)
^^ FTP (Cream) in tribute of Jack Bruce
^^^ FTP (Funkadelic)
^^^^ FTP (Led Zeppelin)
^^^^^ FTP (Cheech & Chong)
* LTP 2/17/12 Aspen (150 shows) w/ Big Bad John (Jimmy Dean) rap & Steve Lopez on percussion
** w/ Bill Bass on percussion
*** LTP 3/21/14 Playa Tres (56 shows)
**** LTP 10/27/00 NOLA (996 shows)
***** LTP 2/17/12 Aspen (150 shows)
Rocky Mountain High jam (JoJo) out of Rebirtha
Without Todd; Duane Trucks on drums entire show

[Setlist via Panicstream.com]