Time Warner Cable Arena
December 31, 2011
After a trip to the west to close out 2010, it was only fitting that Widespread Panic brought things back east to close out 2011, a year for the history books for the Athens boys.
Just as anyone does, it is likely that the jam veterans take stock before the end of each year, and this year in particular was well-worthy of reflection. However, it wasn’t filled with only fond memories, perhaps the least fond being the loss of longtime equipment manager and friend, Garrie Vereen who passed away in February.
But just as Panic has proven in the past, they were survivors and rose up to continue hit the road in an effort to provide their faithfulÂ with the satisfying sounds of whichÂ — in their fans’ eyes — only they are are capable.
It was an extra-special year as well. The band did what few have been able to do when they celebrated their 25th anniversary over a two night run from Athens to Atlanta. They were celebrated by the Georgia House of LegislatorsÂ and were given the key to their native city.Â Last but not least, they officially announced that they would indeed be going on a “hiatus.”
Honest Tune has been there for many of the year’s occurrences — through show coverage, interviews and announcements — in our attempt to keep in step with a year that was filled with special moments. Simply put, we knew that we needed to be there as they closed the whole thing out in Charlotte.
Setlist (Courtesy of Panic Stream)
I: Chilly Water > Imitation Leather Shoes > Mr Soul, Cotton Was King, Shut Up and Drive, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Saint Ex > Slippin’ Into Darkness*^ > Bust It Big* > Chest Fever*#
II: Henry Parsons Died, Quarter Tank of Gasoline, Coach^^, L.a.**, Degenerate#, C. Brown##, Blue Indian##, Ain’t Life Grand%##
III: NYE Countdown, Tall Boy*, Love and Happiness*^^, Tail Dragger*, Space Wrangler > Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers, Pigeons, Up All Night*, On Your Way Down*, You Should Be Glad*#
Encore: Disco > Surprise Valley > Pilgrims > Surprise Valley > Climb To Safety
NOTES: * Mega Blasters ~ Horns ; ^ Lopez on percussion ; # John Keane on guitar, ^^ LTP 11.20.09, ** W/ Randall Bramblett, ## John Keane on pedal steel, % JB mandolin; ^^ LTP 10.13.07; Set 2 ‘Acoustic Set’
Click here to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz…
(See below for a look back at Honest Tune’s extensive 2011 coverage of Widespread Panic and side-projects)
Here is a look back at Honest Tune’s Widespread journey in 2011:
December 13, 2011: From Chilly Water to Wood Tour: An Honest Tune Interview with John Bell (Interview)
November 7, 2011: A look back at Widespread Panic in October through photos (Photos)
October 24, 2011: Panic Announces Fully Acoustic “Wood Tour” (News)
October 21, 2011: Panic bids farewell to Indy for now (Concert Review)
September 26, 2011: Return to Forever, featuring Jimmy Herring (Photos)
September 1, 2011: Coast to Coast with Stockholm Syndrome (double Concert Review)
August 16, 2011: Aquarium Rescue Unit reunites at the Georgia Theatre (Concert Review)
August 14, 2011: Past, Present & Future: an All Points in Between Conversation with Jimmy Herring (Interview)
July 15, 2011: Panic Rocks the Fox in Oakland (Concert Review)
July 6, 2011: Panic at Red Rocks: Never miss a Sunday show (Concert Review)
July 2, 2011: Red Rocks: A look backward and forward with Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools (Interview)
June 28, 2011: Bonnaroo: A Decade of Musical Decadence (Festival Review)
June 17, 2011: Summer Camp 2011: A complete package (Festival Review)
June 3, 2011: Cliff’s Notes: Hangout, 2011 (Festival Review)
April 29, 2011: Wanee 2011: As sweet as tea should be (Festival Review)
April 15, 2011: Panic kicks off Spring tour in Louisville (Concert Review)
February 26, 2011: Stockholm Syndrome: Apollo (Album Review)
February 23, 2011: Stockholm Syndrome, 2/18/11 & 2/19/11 (Photos)
February 20, 2011: Widespread Panic runs the table for 25th Anniversary — Athens & Atlanta —Â (Concert Reviews)
February 15, 2011: Video of Widespread Panic from Georgia Assembly released (Video, News)
February 11, 2011: Todd Nance and Sunny Ortiz comment on WSP hiatus rumor (News)
February 1, 2011: Jam Cruise 9: Musical Madness on the High Seas (Festival Review — Stockholm Syndrome)
January 13, 2011: Widespread Panic, 12/30/11 & 12/31/11 (Photos)
For more photos of the 12/31/11 show from our friend, Ian Rawn, click here.