Widespread Panic Plays ‘Tickle The Truth’ At The Fox In Atlanta
Watch the first "You Got Yours" opener, a sequence mixing "Bowlegged Woman" and "Smokestack Lightning" and more from night three in Atlanta.
Widespread Panic performed the penultimate concert on a rescheduled four-night New Year’s Eve run at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre last night. Friday’s show saw the band dust off “Tickle The Truth” for the first time since 2019 and contained a pair of interesting song sequences as well as a surprise opener.
Panic began their third of four nights at The Fox with “You Got Yours.” The Bombs & Butterflies cut had never appeared in the opener slot previously. Guitarist Jimmy Herring then played the riff that led into a raucous “One Arm Steve” before John Bell told the story of “Hatfield.” It was time for bassist Dave Schools to have a turn in the vocal spotlight for the ensuing “Sleeping Man.” Widespread Panic rolled through classics “Stop-Go” and “All Time Low” next. The former featured a bluesy jam that was heavy on the bass with Schools propelling the song as the audience roared its approval.
“All Time Low” was followed by “Tickle The Truth,” back in the mix after 80 shows and nearly three years on the shelf. Panic then launched into the dynamic instrumental “Party At Your Mama’s House,” which gave way to the blues-tinged “Ribs And Whiskey” set closer.
Widespread Panic used groovy instrumental “Disco” to lay the groundwork for a well-jammed “Bowlegged Woman” to kick off Friday’s second set. The sextet expertly worked Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightning” within “Bowlegged Woman” in a segment they had never pulled off in the past. JB then sang oldie “C Brown” with passion and conviction ahead of a “Driving Song” sequence encompassing “Cease Fire” and “Jamais Vu” from 2005’s Street Dogs, which still stands as the band’s most recent studio album.
Last night’s second set concluded with the JoJo Hermann showcase “Greta” and fan favorite “Henry Parsons Died.” For the encore, Widespread Panic said farewell with the shuffling “Blue Indian” and Vic Chesnutt-penned song suite “Protein Drink”/”Sewing Machine.” The six-piece returns to The Fox tonight to end the four-night run in Atlanta.
View fan-shot videos from last night’s show below:
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Setlist (via PanicStream)
Set One: You Got Yours, One Arm Steve > Hatfield > Sleeping Man, Stop-Go > All Time Low, Tickle The Truth, Party At Your Mama’s House > Ribs and Whiskey (80 mins)
Set Two: Disco > Bowlegged Woman > Smokestack Lightning > Bowlegged Woman, C Brown > Driving Song > Cease Fire > Jamais Vu > Driving Song, Greta > Henry Parsons Died (74 mins)
Encore: Blue Indian, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine (17 mins)
- – First time ‘You Got Yours’ has opened a show
- – ‘Cars’ tease during ‘You Got Yours’
- – ‘Tickle The Truth’ LTP 8/23/19 Nashville (80 shows)
- – ‘Norwegian Wood’ tease by Jimmy during ‘PAYMH’
- – ‘Jessica’ tease during ‘Ribs and Whiskey’
- – ‘JB quotes ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ before ‘Smokestack Lightning’
- – ‘If I Needed Someone’ tease by JoJo after ‘C Brown’