Widespread Panic opened up their three-night run at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI, last night, and the band wasted no time in honoring the late Tom Petty on what would have been his 67th birthday.
Panic kicked off their opening set with a cover of Petty’s classic “You Wreck Me,” a debut for the band, and the first frame featured staples like “Weight of the World” and “Action Man,” along with a “Machine” that included a “Barstools & Dreamers” tangent that itself featured a “Thank You Falettingme Be Mice Elf Again” rap.
Set two opened with “Old Neighborhood” and featured a couple of nods to ZZ Top with “Waitin’ for the Bus” and “Jesus Just Left Chicago.” Night one would later round out with an encore of Murray McLauchlan’s “Honky Red” and their own “Ain’t Life Grand.”
See the full setlist below as it appears in our Box Scores section, along with fan-shot video of Panic’s Petty cover. The band returns to the Riverside Theater stage tonight for round two.
The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
Set I: You Wreck Me^, Weight of the World, Machine > Barstools & Dreamers^^ > Machine, Travelin’ Light, Visiting Day, Big Wooly Mammoth, Aunt Avis, B of D, Action Man
Set II: Old Neighborhood, Makes Sense To Me, You Should Be Glad, Waitin’ For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago, Mercy > Jam > Bust It Big > Drums > Rock, Protein Drink / Sewing Machine
Enc: Honky Red, Ain’t Life Grand
^First time played (Tom Petty)
^^with Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again rap