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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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There are 9 comments associated with this post

Bill McAlaine March 4, 2012, 00:05:15

Editing note. Makes Sense to Me closed out the 1st set, and Blackout closed out the 2nd set, not both in both sets. Not sure how this got mixed up…..whoops. Thanks for reading as always!!

Bill McAlaine March 4, 2012, 00:07:23

In above note I am referring to the 3rd night and 3rd page.

Scott Wyait March 4, 2012, 01:19:55

Seriously this is the review you print for an end of an era. The acoustic sound was subtle. I teach 7 th grade & this review is rythmic remenecant of thier book reports. This was the first time in God knows how many shows I’ve seen ever hearing it. They closed out the set strong with great versions of

John Wilson March 4, 2012, 07:01:17

Bill, Holy cow! This is written very poorly. I suggest that you take an active voice in your writing. Also, I find that reading what I have written, out loud and to myself, actually helps a lot. On the other hand, if you got paid for this submission, more power to you. I am sad to see that the written language is in decline. Shame on and its editors.

Traci March 4, 2012, 11:36:26

Great review Bill! Just as I remember it!

Bill March 4, 2012, 11:43:26

Scott, I commented on the new style and arrangement of the band in several different ways. Not just by saying it was subtle. I also don’t understand your last 2 sentences. If they are quotes, you may want to note that, as its hard to understand YOUR writing. John, please feel free to write a better review. I do this for fun and have been for only a year. I am not paid, as I do this on my free time. I write it from the perspective of a true fan, not a literary genius. Eitherway, Thanks for reading and responding. All criticism is good criticism when you are learning…..Bill

ben March 5, 2012, 09:54:34

good article bill. thanks for bringing me back

Peter March 5, 2012, 21:36:29

Nice review Bill. I thought the writing was great, other than the edit issue you talk about above, it really brought me back to the shows. Funny that the guy claiming to be a teacher can’t spell “reminiscent” or “their.” Maybe he should get a new career.

dragen March 6, 2012, 10:35:34

They closed out the set strong with great versions of.
The best part of the music was.
WPS are the best band in the.
J. Bell brings on the heat better than.

dragen March 6, 2012, 10:36:04

Any of those other bands can’t.

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