When thinking of bands that inspire a fanatical following, Widespread Panic surely must make the list. Like the Dead Heads of the past, Spread Heads are more than willing to drop everything to follow their band to as many shows as possible. For those that may have wondered what’s behind such devotion, Saturday’s show could have provided some answers.
With some 30 years under their belt, WSP has a massive catalog to choose from. Instead of a standard setlist repeated from town to town, every show is unique. For fans, there’s always that anticipation – what will this show bring?
Plain and simple: Widespread Panic brought a killer show.
Despite the heat and the late start, WSP proved that they deserved their reputation as one of the best jam bands around. From the moment they took the stage with ‘Makes Sense to Me’ through the wrap-up with ‘Barstools and Dreamers,’ the first set was a solid performance that had the crowd of 3700 on their feet.
And things only got better with the second set. The cover of WAR’s ‘Slippin’ Into Darkness’
kicked things off, flowing into ‘Little Kin’ and ‘All Time Low’. The slow version of ‘Porch Song’ was outstanding, and although it was hard to beat, WSP gave it a good try with the cover of Tom Waits’ ‘Goin’ Out West’.
As someone waiting and hoping for ‘Big Wooly Mammoth,’ the second set ended with a wish unfulfilled, but the encore more than made up for it. With the ‘supermoon’ overhead in the night sky and a massive photo of the moon on the screen behind them, WSP brought out ‘Werewolves of London’ for the first time since Halloween 2011. Well worth the wait, ‘Werewolves’ rocked the show out in style.
The only disappointment was the show ended too soon.
The band: John Bell (guitars, vocals), John ‘JoJo’ Hermann (keyboards, vocals), Jimmy Herring (guitars), Todd Nance (drums, vocals), Domingo S. Ortiz (percussion, vocals), Dave Schools (bass, vocals)
- Makes Sense to Me
- Bust it Big
- Solid Rock
- Little Lily
- Cotton Was King
- Thought Sausage
- Barstools and Dreamers
- Slippin’ into Darkness
- Little Kin
- All Time Low
- I’m Not Alone
- Porch Song
- Goin’ Out West
- Henry Parsons Died
- Werewolves of London