Widespread Panic’s three-night, tour opening run at The National in Richmond, VA came to a close last night as the band delivered two sets of acoustic material. Kicking off the show with the familiar “Chilly Water,” Panic moved through cuts such as Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues,” which has remained a staple in WSP’s live show. The “devil” theme continued with the next song, JJ Cale’s “Devil in Disguise” which the band debuted during their Halloween run in New Orleans.
The closing stanza of the first set included the Ain’t Life Grand track “Airplane” as well as Lennon’s “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” continuing with The Beatles theme set the night before, when the band covered “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” for the first time.
Entering the final set of the run, Panic drew on more familiar material with an acoustic spin to them. Songs such as “Porch Song” and “Surprise Valley” both showed up along with a cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Use Me.” “Three Candles” from Free Somehow also made its first appearance in a setlist since 2010.
Widespread Panic encored with three songs, “Nobody’s Loss” as well as The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and the WSP classic “Ain’t Life Grand” to bring the show to a close.
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:
The National Richmond, VA
Set I: Chilly Water, Me and the Devil Blues, Devil In Disguise, Up All Night, Time Fades Away, Walk On, Old Joe, Chunk of Coal, Airplane > The Ballad of John and Yoko
Set II: City of Dreams, Three Candles^, Porch Song^^, Down, Quarter Tank of Gasoline, Use Me, St. Louis, Surprise Valley, Blue Indian, Walkin’ (For Your Love)
Enc: Nobody’s Loss, You Can’t Always Get What You Want > Ain’t Life Grand
Notes: ^Last time played 10/27/10 ^^slow version [Wood Tour]