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Published: 2017/04/16

John Bell Talks Future of Widespread Panic and Decision to Play Festivals in 2017

In a new interview with, Widespread Panic’s John Bell discussed a variety of topics centered around the band’s music festival-heavy schedule this year.

Bell talked about the decision to play music festivals, noting that the band has decided to strip down their touring to “20 to 25 shows a year” including their annual Red Rocks gigs as well as holiday runs on Halloween and New Year’s.

“This is the way we could still play together, be together and be with our families,” Bell said of the pared down touring schedule. “We ain’t spring chickens. This is the way to have the best of both worlds.”

The guitarist also discussed a possible new recording from the band, saying the group has expressed interest in putting together another album. “I think everybody’s still doing what they do; still writing separately or together, to put stuff together. We haven’t become a Widespread Panic cover band, yet. I think there is going to be new music. That is still part of the picture.”

Panic will kick off their festival run this weekend with appearances at Wanee and Sweetwater 420 Fest.

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