Widespread Panic Release 2001 Red Rocks Run
Widespread Panic have released their entire 2001 run at Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The shows have been issued as the 14th installment in the band’s two-track live series, Porch Songs. Panic headlined Red Rocks from June 22-24, 2001. All three shows have been made available on CD, MP3, and WAV at LiveWidespreadPanic.com.
As band archivist Horace Moore explains:
The pilgrimages to Red Rocks have certainly been life-changing for both Widespread Panic and their fans. As fans, we seem to be innately aware of our great fortune of being able to continually fuel our dreams with great music, old and new friends, and the fantastic scenery of an incredible venue. Those trips are never complete though without at least one pause during the run to check in on reality and discover that…Yes, I really am at Red Rocks…and so is my band. Again. And I still don’t ever, ever, ever want to leave!
As always, keep in mind that when listening to these Porch Song releases, what you’re really hearing is a recording of what came through the house speakers the night of the show…so there is no post-show engineering opportunity to dial in each instrument and vocal to perfection as there is with the Widespread Panic Multitrack Releases. So, what you’ll occasionally find on these Porch Song recordings is a bit of digital noise, static and maybe even a quick drop out resulting from the onstage recording process and/or the ravages of tape degradation. For this release, we’ve selected a show that’s once again pretty damn clean…except for the third night where we had to cut the Pleas opener and deal with a couple of random spots later on…but to get there…as always, we’ve preserved what we could, doctored up what we’ve been able to…and, in this ongoing process, have refused to let a minor blemish or two prevent the spreading of this amazing music. So, sit back, settle in and let Widespread Panic take you on another incredible journey.
The shows feature the debut of “Don’t Tell the Band,” sit-ins by Luther and Cody Dickinson and an appearance by Cecil Daniels. The run also featured the first “Action Man” with lyrics and the band’s only “Boogie Chillen.” Panic has sold out Red Rocks more than any other band.