Widespread Panic Offers ‘Airplane,’ a Carrot Top Cameo For Halloween
Widespread Panic officially closed out the second annual Vegoose music festival last night at Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena. Though technically October 30, the veteran live band celebrated Halloween a day early with an eclectic mix of covers (as is their tradition). After opening its set with Contentment Blues, Widespread Panic offered the Doors People Are Strange, which then segued into You Should Be Glad and John’s Other Jam. The group later nodded to R.E.M.s spot on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot by offering its Can’t Get There From Here, before running through Wars Slippin’ Into Darkness (which the group debuted on October 31, 2002). Perhaps most intriguing, Widespread Panic performed Michael Housers signature Airplane for the first time since the guitarists untimely passing before slipping into Morning Dew for the first time since January 14, 1989. During its encore, Widespread Panic also offered its first reading of Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercers That Old Black Magic and its first cover of Radar Love since Halloween 1996. Nodding to its setting, Widespread Panic invited out none other than Carrot Top during a drum jam leading out of Proving Ground. Widespread Panic will perform at Austin, TXs The Backyard on November 2.
Be sure to visit Relix’s Cold Turkey later today for Widespread Panic’s favorite Halloween memories.