U.S. Braces For Widespread Panic
Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic will take to the road again this spring for a U.S. tour that will keep them east of the Mississippi. The run will kick off April 9 in Madison, Wis., and will viGeorgia-based jam band Widespread Panic will take to the road again this spring for a U.S. tour that will keep them east of the Mississippi. The run will kick off April 9 in Madison, Wis., and will visit 14 cities. Two-night theater stands in nine cities are on tap for the trek, which wraps May 16-17 in Indianapolis.
In addition to the spring shows, the band has also confirmed a three-night June 27-29 stand at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. That visit will come in the midst of a summer tour, dates for which are still being laid out, according to the band's management.
Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale between Saturday (Feb. 8) and March 15. The Red Rocks dates go on sale May 10. See the tour page on the band's official Web site for detailed information.
The tour will begin a few days before the release of the band's as-yet-untitled forthcoming album. Due April 15 from Widespread Records/Sanctuary, the set will be comprised of all new material, none of which has previously been played live, contrasting with past releases from the extremely popular live band.
It will be the band's eighth studio album and first since the passing of founding guitarist Michael Houser, who died in August from complications related to pancreatic cancer. Guitarist George McConnell (Beanland), a longtime friend who toured with Panic last year, has joined the band and has been recording with Panic in Athens, Ga.
Widespread Panic's last studio album, 2001's "Don't Tell the Band," debuted and peaked at No. 57 on The Billboard 200. The album has sold 145,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Widespread Panic's tour dates:
April 9: Madison, Wis. (Exposition Hall)
April 11-12: Chicago (UIC Pavilion)
April 15-16: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
April 17-18: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
April 19: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
April 22-23: New York (Beacon Theatre)
April 25-26: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)
April 27: Charlotte, N.C. (Center Cityfest)
April 29: Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Civic Center)
April 30: Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon County Civic Center)
May 6-7: Kansas City, Mo. (Uptown Theatre)
May 9-10 Birmingham, Ala. (new venue)
May 13-14: Louisville, Ky. (Palace Theatre)
May 16-17: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
June 27-29: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)