Widespread Panic Plays Classic Show, Gives Birthday Nod To Van Morrison In Nashville Opener [Photos/Videos]

first_imgWidespread Panic – “Diner”[Video: 6910835]Widespread Panic – “Blue Indian” (Partial)[Video: Brady Turner]For a full list of WSP’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN | 8/31/18Set One: Pleas > One Arm Steve, Better Off, Holden Oversoul > Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Send Your Mind, Happy > Space Wrangler (75 mins)Set Two: Flicker > Jam > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > I’m Not Alone, Diner > Ribs & Whiskey, 1 x 1 > Drums > Cease Fire > Surprise Valley, Blue Indian, Surprise Valley (99 mins)Encore: Pigeons (9 mins)Widespread Panic | Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN | 8/31/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images On Friday night, Widespread Panic returned to the stage for the first time since LOCKN’ Festival with their first of three nights at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN this weekend. The first night contained nothing but classic heaters, nearly all being originals.The boys retook the stage with a nasty version of “Pleas” highlighted by Jimmy Herring‘s scorching guitar licks. “Pleas” segued directly into “One Armed Steve”, the comical tale of JoJo Hermann joining the band as sung by JoJo himself. For the first time since Mexico and only second time this year, the band dove into “Better Off” and, after a brief pause, executed a mean rendition of Space Wrangler cut “Holden Oversoul”. From there, the mad scientists of rock and roll transitioned dreamily into a smooth “Christmas Katie” and then directly into an electrifying “Radio Child”.Next, the band celebrated Van Morrison’s birthday with a version of his “Send Your Mind”, the only cover of the night, led by John Bell’s honest, standout vocals. Panic jammed “Happy”, an extended instrumental ditty, before closing the first set with a sentimental ode to the late Mikey Houser in the form of “Space Wrangler.”After a brief set break, the band returned to their devastation of Nashville with “Flicker”, a cut from their lesser-known  2008 album, Free Somehow. With a saucy interlude jam in between, bassist Dave Schools led the music into a sexy “Bear’s Gone Fishin’”. The nonstop flow continued with a suave transition into the “I’m Not Alone”’, a heartwarming take from 1999’s Til’ the Medicine Takes. Next, the band paired two crowd-favorites, taking “Diner” into “Ribs and Whiskey” for a salivating musical snack. John Bell tantalized during “Diner” with a memorable rap that involved waking up cold on a park bench and stumbling into a diner for a hot cup of coffee in the early morning hours. With JoJo at the helm, the boys told the infamous tale of Sugarman and the collapse of the Clear Creek Bridge with a gritty version of “1×1”.Most of the band left the stage as the percussionists hammered out an abusive “Drums” section before returning for a chilling “Cease Fire”, from their most recent album, 2015’s Street Dogs. To finish the second set, the band crafted a delicious acoustic sandwich that placed an ethereal, hauntingly sung “Blue Indian” in the middle of “Surprise Valley”. Finally, Widespread Panic returned with a frantic barrage of psychedelia on a lengthy “Pigeons” encore.The rock and roll wizards will reappear again tonight with their second of three nights in Nashville. Be safe and look after one another ladies and gents, see you there.Below, you can watch a selection of fan-shot footage and check out a gallery of photos from Widespread Panic’s Nashville opener courtesy of photographer Daniel Ojeda.Widespread Panic – “Send Your Mind” (Van Morrison cover, Partial)center_img Widespread Panic – “Space Wrangler” (Partial)last_img

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