Widespread Panic Completes Tom Petty Trifecta With “Room At The Top” Debut [Photos/Audio/Videos]

Widespread Panic Completes Tom Petty Trifecta With “Room At The Top” Debut [Photos/Audio/Videos]

The saltiest captains on a rockin’ sea, Widespread Panic returned to St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a remaining Sunday night time send-off. The oldest metropolis in America isn’t any stranger to the Good People group and warmly welcomes these with a will to get bizarre. Converging by the carload, followers reveled in its Spanish-inspired structure and pristine seashores, providing an early sunny getaway for these from close by and Northerners determined for summer time.

In North Florida, Tom Petty reigns supreme, and Widespread Panic as soon as once more paid tribute to the fallen Rock & Roll Hall of Famer with a 3rd consecutive Tom Petty encore—this time round, a never-before-played Petty tune.

Dave Schools wrestled the legendary beast of “Rebirtha” into the opening slot of the primary set earlier than “Little Lilly” climbed via the bed room window for a bass-thumpin’ rendezvous. Without stopping, Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz drove their percussive hearse into the graveyard, main the funeral procession via “Henry Parsons Died” with a Bloodkin-inspired morbid fascination.


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JoJo Hermann’s piano danced a saucy tango with Jimmy Herring throughout “Cotton Was King” till an instrumental “B of D” made a sudden look on the debutante’s ball. Baiting their hook, the Panics swung a large arc to solid their trusty lure, “Bear’s Gone Fishin’”, into the sting of the ocean.

After a fierce struggle, Schools reeled in a whopper “C. Brown”, assuaging the anxiousness related to Sunday scaries and the top of a three-night run with family and friends. Cranking up the voltage to finish the primary set with an incendiary, Panic donned “Halloween Face” and hell adopted with it.

Wasting no time, WSP uncorked a “Chilly Water” to open the floodgates of the second set. Water flew on cue to chill off the now-sunburnt viewers. While the viewers scampered to refill their water rations after joyously spraying them within the air, JoJo moved into the piano introduction of “Greta” and reworked the rabid viewers into veritable howlin’ beasts.

Without lacking a beat, Dave Schools melded the melody into a brand new type, introducing Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy”. The crowd participation was proper on the cash as they oohed, aahed, and sang in good unison—no less than when their mouths weren’t agape from Herring’s guitar barrages.

Returning to their very own intensive catalog with a trio of classics, WSP soared although “Surprise Valley” and made area and time for Duane and Sonny to duel with out interference. The second instrumental of the night time, “Party at Your Mama’s House”, gave JB an opportunity to relaxation his pipes earlier than the frontman, outfitted together with his slide, fired up the grill for a scorching “Ribs and Whiskey”.


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As the second set wound down, Talking Heads’ “City of Dreams” supplied JB ammo for his arsenal, notably the geographically applicable second verse about how “the Spaniards lived for gold…” in addition to the at all times raucous line shouting out “Southern U.S.A.” During a present south of the Mason-Dixon line, just a little Southern satisfaction at all times lights a hearth below the viewers.

For the fourth time up to now yr and solely the fifth time in a decade, WSP reeled in a mighty efficiency of “Fishing”—a tune that reemerged throughout final summer time’s Red Rocks finale to the appreciation of the whole fanbase. As JoJo’s fingers slid throughout his keyboard, Herring cracked open a “Tall Boy” with a refreshing guitar introduction, quenching the thirst of the group who willingly donated their water provides to start with of the set.

Just like they’d achieved the previous two nights, Widespread Panic encored with a music from native legend Tom Petty. On Night 1, they introduced forth the Florida rocker’s “Running Down a Dream” for the eighth time ever. On Saturday, Panic pollinated a imply “Honey Bee”. Shaking off all predictions like a busted NCAA bracket, Widespread Panic debuted “Room on the Top”—a TP music that has been included in raps and teases, however by no means performed by the band outright.

To end out the weekend in St. Augustine, Panic navigated their ship into extra acquainted waters with a conclusive efficiency of the beloved “Porch Song”.

Next up, WSP is headed to the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico for Panic en la Playa Doce on April 14th–18th. The lineup is stacked, and it’s positive to be the happiest place on Earth for that weekend. Until then… take care!

Widespread Panic – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL – 3/24/24

Widespread Panic – “Greta”, “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic) – 3/24/24

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Widespread Panic – “Bear’s Gone Fishin’” – 3/24/24

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Widespread Panic – “Fishing” – 3/24/24

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Widespread Panic – “Ribs And Whiskey” – 3/24/24

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Widespread Panic – “Room At The Top” (Tom Petty) – 3/24/24

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Setlist (by way of PanicStream): Widespread Panic | St. Augustine Amphitheatre | St. Augustine, FL | 3/24/24

Set 1 Rebirtha > Little Lilly > Henry Parsons Died (BloodKin), Cotton Was King, B of D, Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > C. Brown, Halloween Face (62 minutes)

Set 2 Chilly Water, Greta > Dear Mr Fantasy (Traffic), Surprise Valley > Drums > Surprise Valley, Party At Your Mama’s House > Ribs and Whiskey, City of Dreams (Talking Heads), Fishing > Tall Boy (95 minutes)

Encore Room At The Top (Tom Petty), Porch Song (11 minutes)

– LTP ‘Dear Mr Fantasy’ 1/14/23 PELP (48 exhibits)
– FTP ‘Room At The Top’ (Tom Petty)

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