Widespread Panic Closes Milwaukee Run With 1st ‘Ace Of Spades’ Cover Since 2017

The Motörhead cover came as part of a rare double encore.

By Nate Todd Oct 24, 2022 3:47 pm PDT

Widespread Panic rolled through The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Sunday to cap a three-night stand at the venue. Panic busted out a Lemmy Kilmister classic, as the band’s cover of “Ace Of Spades” by Motörhead saw action for the first time in nearly five years.

WSP kicked things off with “Hope In A Hopeless World” followed by “Weight Of The World.” Then, a take on the Grateful Dead’s “Cream Puff War” was fit into “Holden Oversoul.” Next came a run of “Contentment Blues,” “This Part Of Town” and “Can’t Get High.” A great pairing of “Hatfield” and Jerry Joseph’s “Climb To Safety” closed the set.

Crew member Steve Lopez came out for another Jerry Joseph tune, “Chainsaw City,” to get the final frame of this year’s Milwaukee run underway. Next, “Second Skin” commenced a three-song sequence that also featured staple original “Rebirtha” and Panic’s rendition of Van Morrison’s “Send Your Mind.” The sextet then delivered the Allen Toussaint-penned “On Your Way Down” for just the sixth time before “Proving Ground” gave way to the Buffalo Springfield great “Mr. Soul.”

The frame continued as Duane Trucks and Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz showed off their copious skills on “Drums.” The evening’s “newest” (2010) original offering “Saint Ex” came next ahead of a solid ending featuring “Tall Boy,” “Action Man” and Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers, Guns And Money.”

Widespread Panic had a double encore in store for Brew City fans. First, the band played vintage song “Pilgrims” and the evening’s second Neil Young tune, “Last Dance.” The sextet saved the rarity for last, as they returned to the stage for “Ace Of Spades.” Sunday marked WSP’s sixth take on the tune as per Everyday Companion. The previous version came almost five years to the day on October 27, 2017. Watch Panic’s “Ace Of Spades” from October of 2017 below:


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Setlist (via PanicStream.com)

Set One: Hope In A Hopeless World, Weight of the World, Holden Oversoul > Cream Puff War > Holden Oversoul, Contentment Blues, This Part of Town, Can’t Get High, Hatfield > Climb To Safety (63 mins)

Set Two: Chainsaw City*, Second Skin > Rebirtha > Send Your Mind, On Your Way Down > Proving Ground > Mr Soul > Drums > Saint Ex > Tall Boy > Action Man > Lawyers Guns & Money (98 mins)

Encore: Pilgrims, Last Dance (19 mins)

Encore2: Ace of Spades (4 mins)

  • * w/ Steve Lopez on percussion
  • – 6th time they have sandwiched ‘Cream Puff War’ with ‘Holden Oversoul’
  • – ‘Ace of Spades’ LTP 10/27/17 Las Vegas (159 shows)
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