Widespread Panic’s Crazy Halloween Covers


On Saturday, Widespread Panic will treat a capacity crowd in Asheville, North Carolina to one of their signature Halloween performances. Past Panic Halloween shows have seen the band both debut and bust out an incredibly diverse batch of covers ranging from Albert King to Frank Zappa. The band usually shocks and awes fans on Halloween and we don’t expect anything different this year.

For today’s Throwback Thursday we look at five of our favorite, and most out- of-left-field Widespread Panic Halloween covers. We begin with John Bell showing off his rap skills on Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” from 2002 and continue with full-on Metal Panic as the band debuts a cover of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica in 2007. The list rolls on with the Georgia rockers’ take on the CCR classic “Born On The Bayou” from 2008 and a singalong version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” featuring an amped up crowd in 2009. For the finale, watch the Dirty Dozen Brass Band aid Widespread Panic on a romp through Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage” that includes a quick turn through “Wild Thing” from 2001.

“Hot In Herre” (Nelly) – 2002 [Starts at 1:50:00]


“Enter Sandman” (Metallica) – 2007 [Starts at 1:36:00]


“Born On The Bayou” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) – 2008 [Opener]


“Come As You Are” (Nirvana) – 2009

“Joe’s Garage” (Frank Zappa) > “Wild Thing” > “Joe’s Garage” – 2001

Stream Widespread Panic’s Halloween run from home via Nugs.TV.