Watch Widespread Panic Play ‘Time Is Free,’ ‘Low Spark’ & ‘Love Tractor’ At Red Rocks In 2016
The flood of Widespread Panic official videos shared by the band on YouTube recently includes a memorable 27-minute segment from their 2016 Red Rocks finale. Panic unveiled footage featuring the run of “Time Is Free” > “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys” > “Love Tractor” that ended the second set at the famed Morrison, Colorado venue on June 26, 2016.
While David Earle Johnson wrote and first recorded “Time Is Free,” the song was brought to the jam scene by Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Panic debuted their take on “Time Is Free” on October 30, 1993 in Nampa, Idaho and played 30 additional versions through December 30, 2019. The Red Rocks rendition was the sextet’s first “Time Is Free” since January 27, 2015 — a span of 106 shows.
Widespread Panic followed “Time Is Free” at Red Rocks in 2016 by covering Traffic’s “The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys.” The title track from the English rock band’s iconic 1971 LP has been part of the Widespread Panic live repertoire since the group’s early days. Jimmy Herring treated fans at Red Rocks to a stellar guitar solo as part of “Low Spark” on June 26, 2016.
The six-piece dropped from “Low Spark” into original “Love Tractor” to end the final set of their three-night stand at Red Rocks in 2016. “Love Tractor” takes its name from another Athens-based band that came through the ranks around the same time Panic did. Widespread Panic included a studio version on their self-titled 1991 LP.
See Panic crush “Time Is Free” > “Low Spark” > “Love Tractor” on June 26, 2016 below: