Widespread Panic Honors Chris Squire & Bill Withers At Red Rocks

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Widespread Panic concluded this year’s traditional three-night stand at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado on Sunday night. Yesterday’s performance was the band’s 48th consecutive sold-out show at the iconic outdoor venue and featured tributes to YES bassist Chris Squire, who recently passed away, and newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Bill Withers.

When in #Colorado … Solo mission to #WideSpreadPanic at #RedRocks . Raddest venue ever.

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Duane Trucks first, and if all goes according to plan according to plan only, Red Rocks run as Widespread Panic drummer started off with a set that mixed classic originals and a double dose of The Band covers in “Ophelia” and “The Shape I’m In.” Pianist CR Gruver of the New Orleans Suspects was the weekend’s first guest as he added keys to “It Ain’t No Use,” a jam out of “Drums” and “Ribs & Whiskey” towards the end of Friday’s second set. Opening night came to a close with a three-song encore that included two new songs – “Cease Fire” and “Jamais Vu” -as well as a cover of Tom Waits’ “Goin’ Out West.”

On Saturday, Widespread Panic offered a career spanning show that featured a guest appearance from old friend Bill Bass on percussion for the start of a “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” > “Tie Your Shoes” > “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” encore. The run’s second show also included a shout out to the Grateful Dead with a cover of “Cream Puff War” on the night Fare Thee Well started in Santa Clara. Last night’s finale contained a handful of rarities as Panic dusted off “B of D” after 78 shows, “Breathing Slow” after 40 shows, “Degenerate” after 52 shows and “Vacation” after 38 shows. “Vacation” was part of a three-song encore that also included Widespread Panic’s second-ever version of “Lean On Me” by Withers. The band also jammed on “The Fish” by YES as a likely tribute to Squire.

Widespread Panic kicks off a three-night stand in San Antonio on Thursday.

Here’s a clip from the soundboard of CR Gruver’s guest spot from Friday night via wspanicbrad:

Watch fan-shot footage of the “Lean On Me” debut from New Year’s Eve:

Widespread Panic Red Rocks ’15 Setlists (via Everyday Companion)

Friday:

Set One: Pilgrims > Pigeons, Wondering > Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, Proving Ground > Chilly Water > Proving Ground, Pickin’ Up The Pieces > North

Set Two: Makes Sense To Me, Dyin’ Man, Conrad, Shut Up And Drive, Blight > Life During Wartime, It Ain’t No Use* > Drums > Jam* > Ribs And Whiskey*, Walk On, Ain’t Life Grand

Encore: Cease Fire, Jamais Vu > Goin’ Out West

Entire show with Duane Trucks on drums
* with CR Gruver on keyboards

Saturday

Set One: Surprise Valley > Junior > Old Neighborhood > Bust It Big > Cotton Was King, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Steven’s Cat, Honky Red > Surprise Valley > Love Tractor

Set Two: Let’s Get Down To Business, Little Kin, Barstools and Dreamers, Saint Ex, Airplane > Rebirtha > Jam > Drums > Diner, Blue Indian, Holden Oversoul > Cream Puff War > Holden Oversoul

Encore: Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys* > Tie Your Shoes > Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

Entire show with Duane Trucks on drums
* with Bill Bass on percussion

Sunday

Set One: The Take Out > Porch Song, Street Dogs For Breakfast, Sleeping Man, Can’t Get High > Who Do You Belong To?, All Time Low > Rock, B of D > One Arm Steve > Jam > Use Me

Set Two: Let’s Get The Show On The Road > Up All Night, Sell Sell, Chainsaw City, Degenerate > Jam > Driving Song > I’m Not Alone > Driving Song > Breathing Slow > Drums > Jack > Impossible > Imitation Leather Shoes

Encore: Lean On Me > Vacation, Stop Breakin’ Down Blues

Entire show with Duane Trucks on drums
[‘The Fish’ jam after ‘Drums’]
[‘James Bond Theme’ tease during ‘Diner’]