“Welcome to Athens, Georgia, the home of Widespread Panic! You have made history—this is the largest CD release party ever! Don’t hurt my town!” With those equally congratulatory and wishful words, former Athens mayor Gwen O’Looney introduced perhaps the most notable Panic show ever.
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Join in this Sunday for Widespread Panic’s next installment of NEVER MISS A SUNDAY SHOW series featuring “Panic in the Streets”, from Washington Street in Athens, Georgia documenting the band’s April 18th, 1998 live album release #LightFuseGetAway ……….🧨 April 19th at 8pm ET (5pm PT) #PANICINTHESTREETS
On April 18th, 1998, a week after the release of their first-ever live album, Light Fuse, Get Away, Widespread Panic closed down the streets in their native Athens, GA to put on a free album release party for their adoring local fans. Fans from far and wide descended upon Athens, and the show quickly grew to shocking proportions.
According to the band, final attendance numbers were estimated at roughly 100,000 people, breaking Metallica‘s then-record for “largest record release party.” This show also featured the debuts of “All Time Low”, “Christmas Katie”, and “One Arm Steve”, all of which would appear on Til The Medicine Takes the following year. The concert was filmed and released as a CD/DVD set of its own—the now-famous Panic In The Streets.
[Photo via PanicStream]
Watch a clip from Panic In The Streets featuring footage of the mayor’s introduction, the mayhem around town and the band’s show-opening performance of “Disco” below.
Widespread Panic – Panic in the Streets – Mayor’s Introduction/”Disco”
Fans can also revisit the historic 1998 outdoor concert with the full-show audio available via PanicStream.
Setlist: Widespread Panic | Washington St. | Athens, GA | 4/18/98
Set One: Disco > Tall Boy > Love Tractor, Aunt Avis > Diner > Walkin’ (For Your Love), Henry Parsons Died, All Time Low, The Take Out > Porch Song > Blackout Blues
Set Two: One Arm Steve, Chilly Water, Greta > Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Arleen > Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home, Pilgrims, Fishwater
Encore: West Virginia > Space Wrangler, Ain’t Life Grand
[First ‘All Time Low’, First ‘Christmas Katie’, First ‘One Arm Steve’; Free show; ‘Light Fuse, Get Away’ album release party; Approximately 100,000 in attendance; Slow ‘Porch Song’]
[Originally published 4/18/18]