Widespread Panic Shares ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’ Appearances
Widespread Panic continues to mine their archives for gems shared in recent days on the band’s YouTube channel. Among the latest clips unearthed by Panic are their first three appearances on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
All three videos feature the classic lineup of guitarists John Bell and Michael Houser, drummer Todd Nance, bassist Dave Schools, keyboardist JoJo Hermann and percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz. Conan hosted Late Night from 1993 through 2009.
Widespread Panic made their Late Night With Conan O’Brien debut on April 6, 1995. The Athens-based band was on tour in support of Ain’t Life Grand and were joined by the horn section from house band Max Weinberg 7 for a performance of “Can’t Get High.”
Check out WSP’s “Can’t Get High” from 1995:
The sextet returned to New York City’s 30 Rock on June 19, 1997 for their second Late Show performance. Panic treated the national audience to “Aunt Avis,” a song written by Vic Chesnutt that appeared on the group’s Bombs & Butterflies LP.
Watch Widespread Panic perform “Aunt Avis” on Late Night in 1997:
Just one year later, Widespread Panic was back on Late Night. This time, the veteran jam act covered JJ Cale’s “Travelin’ Light,” a song that has been part of their live repertoire since the band’s early days.
See Panic’s version of “Travelin’ Light” from their August 4, 1998 appearance on the show: