Widespread Panic Offers More Bust Outs & Honors Michael Houser At Milwaukee Finale

Widespread Panic wrapped a three-night stand at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Sunday. The band once again busted out a number of rarely played songs, including a cover performed in honor of late guitarist Michael Houser.

A trio of classics, “Bear’s Gone Fishin’” > “I’m Not Alone” > “Driving Song,” opened up the first set followed by the band’s first performance of “Breathing Slow” in 2017. Next came the first WSP performance of “Walk On” since they covered the Neil Young original on September 11, 2016. The rest of the set saw Panic offering takes on “Good People” > “Worry,” followed by “Nobody’s Loss,” “Walkin’ (For Your Love)” and the closing “Space Wrangler.”

The final set of this year’s WSP MKE run kicked off with Talking Heads’ “Papa Legba” segueing into “Party At Your Mama’s House” which later landed on “Ribs & Whiskey.” The set progressed with “Better Off” and a rendition of “Fishwater” that fit “Ride Me High” within. Frontman John Bell then led the group through a bust out of “Held Me Somebody” marking their first cover of the NRBQ song since September 14, 2014 (a 196 show gap). “Rebirtha” and “E On A G” followed the bust out.

The final song of the set was cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” The emotional closer featured a silhouette of late Panic guitarist Mikey Houser projected on the screen behind the band as they played the classic for the first time since Halloween 2015 (a 108 show gap). Young’s “Don’t Be Denied” began the finale’s encore and longtime favorite “Porch Song” closed out the run.

Widespread Panic returns to the stage for their three-night Halloween run in Las Vegas starting this Friday, October 27. Watch audience-shot video clips from last night captured by below:

[Wish You Were Here]

[Walk On ]

Setlist (via PanicStream)

Set One: Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > I’m Not Alone > Driving Song > Breathing Slow, Walk On, Good People > Worry, Nobody’s Loss, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Space Wrangler (76 mins)

Set Two: Papa Legba > Party At Your Mama’s House > Ribs & Whiskey, Better Off, Fishwater > Ride Me High > Fishwater > Help Me Somebody, Rebirtha, E on a G, Wish You Were Here (95 mins)

Encore: Don’t Be Denied, Porch Song (14 mins)


  • Walk On LTP 9/11/2016 Philadelphia (44 shows)
  • Help Me Somebody LTP 9/14/2014 Phases of the Moon festival (196 shows)
  • Wish You Were Here (with Mikey silhouette on screen) LTP 10/31/2015 Asheville (108 shows)