Stream, Download, Video, Setlist & Capsule Review: Widespread Panic @ Chicago Theater, 10/28/11

Widespread Panic
Chicago Theater
Chicago, IL
October 28, 2011


Send Your Mind, Disco, Walkin' (For Your Love), Up All Night, North, One Arm Steve > Action Man, Thought Sausage, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers

Impossible, Saint Ex > Stop-Go > All Time Low > Papa's Home > Tie Your Shoes > Drums > Bass & Drums > Tie Your Shoes > Ride Me High > Pilgrims > Ribs and Whiskey > Blackout Blues

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down > Baby, Please Don't Go, Makes Sense To Me

Signs Of Life: After three fairly straight readings of classic tunes to kick things off, Herring's solo in "Up All Night" started to achieve lift-oft for the eager first night audience

First Set Highlight:  Unexpected and mutli-faceted jam out of "One Arm Steve" transitioned seamlessly into "Action Man".  "Machine" > "Barstools" was funked out closer as a close second,

Jams: Second set was full off 'em.  Several over-the-top solos in "Stop-Go" and funky, yet loose segues from "Ride Me High" into "Pigrims", which seemed to return prior to "Ribs & Whiskey"

Best Moment:  Jamming in all phases of "Tie Your Shoes" was superb, but coming out of the first verse and into drums, was thrilling, featuring "Not Fade Away" themes from the rhythm section while Herring dropped NFA hints and some "Blue Sky"-like Allman Brothers teasing.  Sounded like an unearthed ABB song for a while.

Biggest surprise: After a show filled with standard issue songs, Panic dropped two first time seen (for me) covers in the encore, "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" was the type of arrangement that Panic excels at... breakdown and reinvention, where "Baby Please Don't Go" continued rollicking blues licks from the "Blackout" set closer.  "Make Sense To Me" was perfect capper.

Summary: Eager to see what next two nights in Chicago bring.  Everybody in fine form and taking good risks.  Great flow to second set and really the whole show.

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