2011 has been a year of colossal proportion for Widespread Panic. Celebrating 25 years as a band, the celebrated cast of Athens natives has set out to be sure that spreadheads nationwide are satisfied before the road hiatus hiatus that is looming. Over the course of their tenure, the boys have graced the lionized Red Rocks Amphitheatre stage a staggering 39 times…that is until last weekend when the number ticked to 42.
But 2011 has not come without its rough spots, most notably being the loss of long time equipment manager, setlist coordinator, friend and Widespread family member, Garrie Vereen, who tragically took his own life shortly after the band celebrated its 25th Anniversary in February. But as families do, the band has come together in an effort to forge ahead in the wake of the loss.
Ian Rawn had the opportunity to talk with bassist Dave Schools just hours before he would take the stage with his comrades in Morrison to discuss Widespread and Red Rocks things of the past, present and future.