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Published: 2011/09/14

Your Chance to Interview John Bell in NC, Update on Panic’s Future

Photo by John Schulze

The University Sustainability Office at North Carolina State University is hosting a contest that will allow one lucky winner to interview Widespread Panic’s John Bell in person on Saturday, September 24 and then attend the group’s show at Raleigh Amphitheater that evening. In order to enter, one needs to submit a question for Bell to the NC State University Sustainability Office Facebook page regarding “an issue of sustainability (society, economy, environment) – which is a pretty broad term and we encourage you to explore the depths of it with your question.” The person who is selected will get to ask JB that question directly and also will win a pair of tickets to the show that evening (with the complete rules below).

In other Panic news, the Boston Herald has posted an interview with the group’s Dave Schools. In the article he talks about the group’s decision to take a break following its Panic En La Playa event. Schools explains, “I’m calling it a sabbatical, sort of a research -vacation. We are gonna take a bit of a break. I’m freshly married. We have guys who have kids who are about to go to college, and no one wants to witness their kid growing up through Skype, though I guess it’s the modern way. People want to feel they’re not living a double life all the time. When you’ve been on the road for 25 years, you go, ‘Where am I?’”

As for the likelihood that the band will return, Schools pegs the odds as “Greater than 50 percent. You want the next time you get together to create some new music to be real-ly fresh and not seem like something that’s expected of you. That’s not the most conducive way to create new music. Everyone can go off and spin around with their own ideas, and then a year or so later, show up with a bunch of great stuff.”


NC State University Sustainability Office

1) Must “like” the NC State University Sustainability Office Facebook page:
2) Must write a question on the wall of the “Ask JB a Question” Facebook event
3) Question must relate to an issue of sustainability (society, economy, environment) – which is a pretty broad term and we encourage you to explore the depths of it with your question.
4) All entries must be received 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21.
5) Winner must email with contact information by 9:00 a.m. Friday, September 22.


There are 5 comments associated with this post

Charity September 14, 2011, 11:06:39

JB, how do you feel we as Americans could improve society to encourage better recycling and green missions and to make the planet more sustainable?

Jim September 14, 2011, 13:12:47

Phish takes a break, then everyone else takes a break. Gotta love it though. Keeps the tunes groovin’ and not so repetitive. Can’t wait for the Indy show!

Will September 14, 2011, 15:47:39

JB, Do you think all the hot air that Obama blows out of his mouth is hurting this environment tremendously? His constant travels on Air Force One doesn’t help as well. He turned out to be just another hack politician..

Dave September 14, 2011, 17:44:21

JB, where are the Chucktown dates?

Mike September 15, 2011, 15:22:26

I have to say that if less Widespread Panic meant more Stockholm Syndrome, then I am all for sabbaticals, hiatuses and vacations.

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