UPDATE [4/3/18]: Widespread Panic has officially announced their special 4-LP re-mastered vinyl release of Light Fuse, Get Away several months after the listing first appeared on Bull Moose. The reissue is set for release on April 20, 2018, just in time for Record Store Day on April 21st.
[Originally reported 11/21/17]: Twenty years after its initial debut, one of Georgia jam-rockers Widespread Panic‘s most beloved records, live LP Light Fuse, Get Away, will be getting the official vinyl treatment. The 1998 live album, recorded over the course of several concerts in 1997, features top-notch renditions of a number of classic panic songs, including a version of “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” with Branford Marsalis on saxophone from 9/7/97 in Boston. According to a new listing from record seller Bull Moose, the Light Fuse, Get Away vinyl will be made available for purchase on April 20th, 2018, for a cost of $66.97. Pre-orders are open now via Bull Moose.
Light Fuse, Get Away is significant for the events surrounding its release in 1998 as much as for the album itself. On April 18, 1998, a week after the album’s initial release via Capricorn Records, the band closed down the streets in their native Athens, GA to put on a free album release party for their adoring local fans. However, 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.” The concert was filmed and released as a CD/DVD set of its own–the now-infamous Panic In The Streets.
The band has yet to officially announce the Light Fuse, Get Away vinyl release, although the Bull Moose listing is a reliable indicator that an announcement is forthcoming). The band will surely have more information about the special vinyl edition of their debut live album, and we’ll be sure to update you on everything you need to know once that information becomes available.
For more information on Widespread Panic’s upcoming plans, projects, and new releases, head to the band’s website.
[h/t – Bull Moose]