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Published: 2014/01/01

Panic Welcomes Old Friends in Return to Philips Arena for NYE

After spending their past few New Year’s Eves in North Carolina (2011, 2012) and Colorado (2010) Widespread Panic returned to their state of origin last night. The group performed at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia where they had last taken the stage together for NYE on December 31, 2009. Like that show, last night’s performance featured a guest appearance by the Megablasters horns, who appeared for much of the second and third sets. Panic has typically debuted cover songs on New Year’s Eve and last night was no different. The group opened with a cover of Neil Young’s “Journey Through The Past” and also performed first-ever takes on Young’s “Time Fades Away” the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House” and a version of “Let The Good Times Roll.” Old friend Randall Bramblett guested on “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” during the first set and also joined Panic and the horns for such selections as “Devil In Disguise,” “Tail Dragger,” “Bust It Big” and “You Should Be Glad.” Paul D’augustino joined Panic and the horns on keys during “Surprise Valley” while Madison Smith, Eric Bice and John Switzer appeared on percussion for “Spill The Wine.”

The complete setlist appears below, drawn from our Box Scores section.


Widespread Panic
Philips Arena Atlanta, GA

Set I: Journey Through The Past^, Don’t Be Denied, Time Fades Away^, And It Stoned Me, Expiration Day, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety

Set II: Holden Oversoul, Who Do You Belong To?, You Got Yours, Papa’s Home, Old Neighborhood**, Angels On High**, Devil In Disguise**, Tail Dragger**

Set III: Burning Down The House**^, Let The Good Times Roll**^, Bust It Big**, Jack > Chilly Water > Surprise Valley, Pilgrims, Surprise Valley%, Spill The Wine%%, You Should Be Glad**, Love Tractor

Enc: Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Ain’t Life Grand

John Bell acoustic during first set *with Randall Bramblett on sax **with the Megablasters on horns
%with the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys
%%with the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys & Madison Smith, Eric Bice, John Switzer on percussion
^ First time played


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