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Published: 2012/03/01
by Bill McAlaine

Widespread Panic, The Fillmore, Denver, CO – 2/10-2/12

Photo by Fred Rice

“Never miss a Sunday show,” or so the WSP fans say, and tonight would be no exception in keeping up with the tradition. The band came out with a handful of classics to get things going: “Hope in Hopeless World,” “Porch Song” and “Ain’t Life Grand.” We were then treated to what I guess could be called the time series of songs with “Time Waits for No One,” “Time Waits” and “Time Zones.” Todd stepped up on vocals next with a new Warren Zevon cover, “Carmelita,” which they just started playing this year. I loved this song immediately. An old school version of “Visiting Day” ensued next, which led into “Blackout Blues” and “Makes Sense to Me” to close out the first set. A very well rounded set, but it would be the second set that would be my favorite of the weekend.

An ever appropriate Colorado song, “Surprise Valley” opened it up. This really came off spectacular in this acoustic format and led us into the truly beautiful “Pilgrims.” Next the boys decided to bust out my favorite song/version of the weekend, “Contentment Blues.” This sounded awesome acoustic and there was some different kind of magic surrounding this version. It then actually segued into a brand new song, “Let’s Roll.” I don’t have much history or feedback on this one, but I really enjoyed it. Traffic’s “Low Spark” kept this enthusiastic crowd on its feet grooving as hard as ever. The Houser favorite “Airplane” was a nice treat and drifted into a rare “Dream Song,” which is in my top ten list of all time favorite Panic songs. Bassist Dave Schools, though allegedly having had the flu this weekend stepped up hard with a heavy version of Vic Chestnut’s “Blight,” with “Blackout” and “Makes Sense to Me” to close it all out. This was just an excellent set all around.

As we awaited our third three song encore of the weekend, the boys were soon to step back out and cap this weekend off. The JB ballad, “When You Coming Home” was beautifully played, and was followed by the Jimmy Cliff song, “Many Rivers to Cross.” I was really hoping to hear this one, and it was pure beauty filled with a soul, and emotion that only JB could only pull off with his magnificent vocal style. What came next was probably the most least expected song I thought we would ever hear. With the room quieted down, the opening chords began, but it wasn’t until JB started singing, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” that we knew what we were about to hear. The crowd went into frenzy. This would go down as the first time the band had played this Stone’s classic, giving us one more great surprise. Well, never miss a Sunday show. What a show it was. What a weekend. I couldn’t have asked for a better way for the band to send us off, for another year. There were still three more shows in Aspen before the band called it quits for the rest of the year. I wish them the best, as we all know they deserve the time off. See ya at the next one everybody!!

02/12/12 The Fillmore, Denver, CO

1: Hope In A Hopeless World, Porch Song, Ain’t Life Grand, Time Waits For No One > Time Waits > Time Zones, Carmelita, True To My Nature, Visiting Day, Makes Sense To Me
2: Surprise Valley > Pilgrims, Crazy, Contentment Blues > Let’s Roll, Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys, Airplane > Dream Song > Blight > Travelin’ Light, Blackout Blues
E: When You Coming Home, Many Rivers To Cross, You Can’t Always Get
What You Want
[Only Let’s Roll, Only You Can’t Always Get What You Want]

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