Widespread Panic Cover The Band and the Stones, Celebrate John Bell’s Birthday
Photo via Widespread Panic’s Facebook page
Widespread Panic’s spring tour continued this weekend. As previously reported, the veteran group surprised fans by offering free, official live streams for their weekend via their social media channels.
Last night, Panic performed at Minneapolis, MN’s Orpheum Theatre. The show fell on frontman John Bell’s birthday and had an overall festive feel. During their encore, Panic also performed their new cover of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” electric for the first time. Panic debuted the song in Denver, CO last February during their acoustic Wood Tour but had yet to rework the number for their electric setup.
In addition, on Saturday Panic celebrated the music of The Band at Chicago, IL’s UIC Pavilion. At the end of their encore, the group covered “Ophelia” and segued into another Band tune, “The Shape I’m In.” While Widespread Panic has performed both songs in the past, the move was particularly noteworthy with the anniversary of Levon Helm’s passing in clear site. (Helm died on April 19. 2012).
Widespread Panic will perform at Louisville, KY’s Palace Theatre tomorrow.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s shows as their appear in our Box Scores section
Friday, April 12, UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL
Set I: From The Cradle > Imitation Leather Shoes > Bowlegged Woman, C. Brown, Carmelita, Papa Johnny Road, Second Skin > Goin’ Out West > Proving Ground
Set II: Pigeons, Can’t Get High, Pleas > Ride Me High > Driving Song > St. Louis > Climb To Safety > Driving Song > Protein Drink / Sewing Machine
E: Me & The Devil Blues, Conrad
Saturday, April 13, UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL
Set I: Heroes, Space Wrangler > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, This Part Of Town, Saint Ex, You Got Yours, Happy > Hatfield, Chunk Of Coal, Henry Parsons Died
Set II: Love Tractor > Who Do You Belong To?, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Action Man > Jack, Stop-Go, Surprise Valley > Pilgrims, Chilly Water
E: Blue Indian, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In
Sunday, April 14, Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, MN
Set I: Radio Child > Makes Sense To Me > Wondering, Angels On High, Rebirtha > City of Dreams, Dyin’ Man, Walkin’ (For Your Love), You Should Be Glad
Set II: Holden Oversoul, Give > Bears Gone Fishin’ > Red Hot Mama > Blight > Airplane > Impossible > Vampire Blues > Mr Soul
E: Dirty Side Down, You Can’t Always Get What You Want* > Ain’t Life Grand
*First time played electric