Panic Plans Year-End Gigs, Live DVD
For the fourth year running, Athens, Ga.-based jam band Widespread Panic will ring in the New Year at Atlanta's Philips Arena.For the fourth year running, Athens, Ga.-based jam band Widespread Panic will ring in the New Year at Atlanta's Philips Arena. The group will perform Dec. 30 and 31 at the 17,100-capacity venue. Tickets priced at $48.50 are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.
Although no supporting artists have been announced, past events have boasted guest appearances by the likes of Derek Trucks, Vic Chesnutt, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dottie Peoples and the People's Choir, Colin Butler, Count Mbutu, and Yonrico Scott.
On Jan. 1, DirecTV's "Freeview" will begin airing a version of Panic's "Live From the Backyard in Austin, TX." Filmed July 20 during a three-night stand at the Texas capitol's 4,300-capacity Backyard, the footage comes from the forthcoming DVD release of the same name, due Feb. 4 via Sanctuary Records/Widespread Records.
In anticipation of the release, DirecTV will air the concert each weekend throughout January. The DVD version will feature one disc boasting more than two hours of performance, and a second with 90-minutes of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
In addition, a pair of the band's previously released home videos, 1991's "Live From the Georgia Theatre" and 1998's "Panic in the Streets," were recently re-released by Volcano Records in a single package. Directed by actor/director/musician Billy Bob Thornton, the former has been out of print for some time. On DVD, the latter -- captured at a free 1998 concert that drew 100,000 to Athens to celebrate the release of the band's album "Light Fuse, Get Away" -- adds the Thornton-directed video for "Aunt Avis," which features Chesnutt and actress Laura Dern.