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Published: 2013/11/01

Widespread Panic Busts Out New Covers

Widespread Panic performed at New Orleans, LA’s UNO Arena last night to celebrate Halloween. In typical fashion, the band debuted a number of covers that covered the spectrum of influence for Panic.

Opening with The Yardbirds’ “Drinking Muddy Water,” Widespread Panic delighted the New Orleans crowd during the first set with versions of “Tallboy,” “Heroes” and “Bowlegged Woman” along with first time covers of JJ Cale’s “Devil in Disguise” and “Cocaine.” The band took a break after the 71-minute set, and returned for a second set that opened with War’s “Spill the Wine” which transitioned into the WSP original “Pigeons.”

After the live staple “Ain’t Life Grand,” the band dug deeper into the bag of covers, debuting a version of Muddy Waters’ “I Got My Mojo Working.” The Strangeloves 1965 classic “I Want Candy” appeared after “Rebirtha” as well as Sonny Boy Williamson II’s “Help Me.” The most bizarre of covers came at the end of the second set, as the band broke out metal rockers Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades,” which was also mashed up by Umphrey’s McGee during their 2012 Halloween show.

The band also took the time to dress up for the occasion, with John Bell dressing up as Spock, Jimmy Herring as a biker, Dave Schools as a zombie, JoJo Herman as Kenny Powers and Liberace, and Todd Nance as King Tut. The stage took on an Egyptian theme. Panic returns to New Orleans tonight for the second of three shows at UNO Arena.

Here’s a look at the setlist from last night:

Widespread Panic, October 31, 2013, UNO Arena, New Orleans, LA

Set One: Drinking Muddy Water*, Holden Oversoul, Tallboy, Blight > Coconut, Heroes, Impossible, Bowlegged Woman, Devil in Disguise**, Cocaine***

Set Two: Spill the Wine****, Pigeons, Ain’t Life Grand > I Got My Mojo Working*****, Disco, Rebirtha > I Want Candy****** > Drums > Fishwater, Help Me*******, Ace of Spades********

Encore: All Time Low > Surprise Valley > Cream Puff War


  • FTP The Yardbirds (1967)
    • FTP JJ Cale (1982)
      • FTP JJ Cale (1976) w/ ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ tease
        • FTP War (1970) w/ the crew on flute, keys, and percussion
          • FTP Muddy Waters (1957)
            • FTP The Strangeloves (1965)
              • FTP Sonny Boy Williamson II (1963)
  • FTP Motorhead (1980)

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