Widespread Panic made their triumphant return to St. Augustine over the weekend with three shows at the beloved St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The tale of “Never Miss A Sunday Show” rang true as the southern rock cohorts delivered their final night of original rockers, eclectic covers, and extended jams galore. As the band shies away from the traditional tour formula, multi-night runs with Widespread Panic have become few and far between. Sunday night’s magic was a testament to the band’s dedication to consistently evolve, weaving rarities in and out of a perfectly crafted set of songs.
Following a reliable “Love Tractor > Ain’t Life Grand” opener, Widespread Panic shifted gears into its first rare song selection, “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues,” which has only been played 22 times since its debut in 2015. “Angels Don’t Sing The Blues” was followed by “Wondering” from 1993’s Everyday. From there, the band picked things up with a wild “Christmas Katie > Radio Child” jam, that led into “Pleas.” “Holden Oversoul > Bust Bit Big” concluded the first set.
Widespread Panic’s second set opened with a cover of War‘s “Four Cornered Room,” which hasn’t been played since 2/23/16 in Norfolk, Virginia (86 show gap). The second set highlights continued with “Time Zones,” a song that appears on their 2006 Earth To America but has trickled out of rotation in recent years, and a cover of brute.‘s “Blight.” The encore brought out a stellar version of the band’s 1988 Space Wrangler single “Coconut,” another rarity in the Widespread Panic rotation, followed by Ain’t Life Grand‘s “Blackout Blues.”
Thanks to YouTube user Fred Ramadan, you can enjoy the following video highlights:
Following Hurricane Irma and the destruction left in its wake, Widespread Panic’s shows in Florida this weekend were initially up for cancellation. Happily, St. Augustine was not as severely affected by the storm as other Florida cities and the performances were able to go on as planned. However, the band still took the opportunity to ask that fans help those affected by Hurricane Irma by donating non-perishable foods and money to Feeding Northeast Florida all weekend long. Donations can also be made here.
Setlist: Widespread Panic | St. Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine, FL | 9/18/17
I: Love Tractor > Ain’t Life Grand, Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Wondering, Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Pleas, Up All Night, Holden Oversoul > Bust It Big
II: Four Cornered Room (War)*, Diner > Goin Out West (Tom Waits), Time Zones, Surprise Valley, Cease Fire, Blight (brute.) > Drums (Surprise Valley reprise), North (Jerry Joseph)
E: Coconut, Blackout Blues
LTP: 2/23/16 Norfolk (86 shows)
[photo via Instagram user @liveandlisten]