Widespread Panic Performs ‘Aunt Avis’ On ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’ On This Date In 1997


In 1997, Georgia rockers Widespread Panic released Bombs & Butterflies, their fifth studio album. The band made their second ever appearance on the NBC talk show Late Night With Conan O’Brien on this date in 1997 to perform one of the singles from the LP, “Aunt Avis.”

Widespread Panic debuted their take on Vic Chesnutt’s “Aunt Avis” on September 9, 1995 and the song has been a live staple since. John Bell & Co. laid down a studio version in 1996 at producer John Keane’s studio in Athens. The group followed the performance of “Aunt Avis” on Late Night by releasing a video for the tune directed by Billy Bob Thornton on June 21, 1997.

Panic made four appearances on Late Night during O’Brien’s term as host. In 1995 they played “Can’t Get High,” a 1998 visit featured a performance of “Can’t Get High” and a 2005 visit saw WSP rock “Action Man.” Watch Widespread Panic’s performance of “Aunt Avis” from June 19, 1997:

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[Originally Published: June 19, 2017]

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