Widespread Panic put their spin on The Andy Griffith Show during their Halloween show in Asheville as the group decked out the stage to resemble Floyd’s Barber Shop in Mayberry and some members dressed as a specific character from the show.
John Bell played the part of Floyd meanwhile JoJo was Aunt Bee, Sunny was Otis, Jimmy Herring and Dave Schools played the part of Earnest T & Co and drummer Duane Trucks went as Santa.
As they typically do, Panic dipped into their cover repertoire on this night, starting off with The Dillards’ “Dooley,” a debut for the band. The song originally debuted on The Andy Griffith Show. The bluegrass tune was played by Panic along with Nicky Sanders on fiddle. Sanders, who sat in the previous night, would also hang around for “Driving Song” and another Andy Griffith themed cover, “There is a Time.” Following “Dream Song” with Sanders, the band brought the Andy Griffith theme full circle by playing “The Fishin’ Hole,” the theme song to the show. “Love Tractor,” also with Sanders, closed the set.
Returning for set two, the band quickly switched into Pink Floyd mode, kicking off with a trio of Floyd tunes including a debut of “Have A Cigar” and “Young Lust” as well as “Wish You Were Here.” Later in the set, the band also debuted a cover of “I Shot the Sheriff” before bringing Sanders out for a closing rendition of “Expiration Day.”
The three song encore featured Sanders once again joining the band for a take on Neil Young’s “Journey Through the Past,” the first for the band since March 14, 2014 as well as their own “Postcard,” the first since June 27, 2014. The run closed with a debut of “I Fought the Law.”
Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:
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Andy Griffith Show theme, stage designed to look like Mayberry (Floyd’s Barber Shop); Stage lighting first set was black & white
Set I: Ain’t Life Grand > Jam > Bust It Big > All Time Low, I’m Not Alone, Space Wrangler, Dooley^*, Driving Song* > There Is A Time*^ > Jam* > Driving Song* > Dream Song*, The Fishin’ Hole^, Love Tractor*
Set II: Have A Cigar^, Wish You Were Here, Young Lust^, Bowlegged Woman, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Jack, Proving Ground, One Kind Favor > Drums > Jam, I Shot The Sheriff^ > North, Expiration Day*
Enc: Journey Through The Past*$, Postcard*$, I Fought The Law^*
Notes: *with Nicky Sanders on fiddle ^first time played $Last time played 3/14/14 $$Last time played 6/27/14
JB: Floyd Duane: Santa JoJo: Aunt Bee Sunny: Otis Jimmy & DAS: Earnest T & Co