photo by Josh Timmermans (via Widespread Panic on Facebook)
Widespread Panic played a three-night run at Florida’s St. Augustine Amphitheatre over the weekend, offering two sets each night and nodding to the family of late Panic fan Pace Taylor, whose family was in attendance on Saturday night. Taylor passed away after a Panic show in Memphis, TN, earlier this summer.
The run kicked off on Friday with a show that featured a guest spot from Panic crew member Steve Lopez on percussion on “Chainsaw City” in the second set, which opened with the first “Don’t Wanna Lose You” since March 2014. Lopez would return on Saturday evening for “Slippin’ Into Darkness.”
Saturday’s second set began with a cover of Talking Heads’ “Heaven” in memory of Taylor, whose mother Jen recently shared a correspondence she had with Panic’s John Bell concerning her son and his appreciation for the band. In her letter, Jen writes “I’m not sure what I wanted to say other than Thank You. Thanks for loving my boy through your music even though he was just one of millions who worship you with their sweat on a Friday night. Thank you for being a part of our family and for spinning the soundtrack that will always define our kid.” Read the full note and Bell’s response via PanicStream here.
Panic’s weekend in Florida closed out on Sunday with the band dusting off a few tunes, including their first “Do What You Like” since September 2014. The night rounded out with a surprise second encore (so surprising that JoJo Herman didn’t make it back out on stage) of “Porch Song.”
See the full setlists from the weekend below. Panic are off the road for a bit until they kick off a short fall run next month with three nights in Milwaukee and three more in Las Vegas around Halloween. See the band’s full schedule here.
St. Augustine Amphitheatre, St. Augustine, FL
Set I: Disco, Wondering, Glory, Action Man, Junior, C. Brown, Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Fishwater
Set II: Don’t Wanna Lose You* > Chainsaw City^ > Genesis, Up All Night > Hatfield️ > You Got Yours, Ride Me High > Jam > Tie Your Shoes > Contentment Blues > You Wreck Me
Enc: Expiration Day, Love Tractor
Notes: *Last time played 3/27/14 ^with Steve Lopez on percussion
Set I: Time Zones > Who Do You Belong To?, Tall Boy > Jam, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Pigeons, Me and the Devil Blues, Sundown Betty > Slippin’ Into Darkness*, All Time Low
Set II: Heaven, Ain’t Life Grand, Holden Oversoul, Life During Wartime, Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home > Blue Indian, Big Wooly Mammoth > North
Enc: Honky Red, Climb To Safety
Notes: *with Steve Lopez on percussion
Set I: Little Kin > Sell Sell, Dirty Side Down*, Sleeping Man, You Should Be Glad, Rebirtha, Pilgrims, Space Wrangler
Set II: Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Last Straw, Bear’s Gone Fishin’, Can’t Find My Way Home^, Greta > Surprise Valley > Drums > Proving Ground > Do What You Like^^ > Proving Ground > Surprise Valley, Last Dance
Enc: Nobody’s Loss, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
Enc 2: Porch Song
*Last time played 3/2/17
^Last time played 9/15/17
^^Last time played 9/13/14