There aren’t enough words in the human language to describe Col. Bruce Hampton. This night was certainly not a tragedy. While heartbreaking, it was strangely beautiful. Only the Colonel could gather the most legendary musicians of our time to celebrate his life, then leave it behind to join the stars in the sky. He had the distinct honor of playing his own memorial service—an experience no other species is capable of. It was during the encore, the very last notes, that the universe got its mojo back.
Thank you Col. Bruce Hampton, for the endless laughs, life lessons, and career-shaping wisdom you’ve shared with your musical community. The jam scene would not be anywhere that it is today without your guidance.
A Celebration Of Col. Bruce Hampton
The Fabulous Fox Theatre
01 Announcement On Fox Theatre Institute By Hattie Tyler Neal/Darren Stanley/Dante Harmon/Duane Trucks/Kevin Scott/Carter Herring 02 Jam/Introduction By Jon Waterhouse > 03 There Was A Time Oliver Wood/Darick Campbell/Kevin Scott/Duane Trucks/Matt Slocum 04 Postcards From Hell Oliver Wood/Darick Campbell/Kevin Scott/Duane Trucks/Matt Slocum/Susan Tedeschi/Tyler Neal 05 Sing About It Oliver Wood/Darick Campbell/Kevin Scott/Duane Trucks/Matt Slocum/Susan Tedeschi/Tyler Neal/ Danny Wytanus/Joey Sommerville 06 Feelin’ Good 07 Jon Waterhouse Introductions Tinsley Ellis/Yonrico Scott/Denny Walley/Jake Peavy/Brandon “Taz” Niederauer/Duane Trucks 08 Oh Pretty Woman 09 Shake Your Hips 10 Jon Waterhouse Introductions Vince Herman/Drew Emmitt/Jeff Mosier/Jeff Sipe/John Popper/Duane Trucks/Kevin Scott 11 She Caught The Katy 12 Workin’ On A Building 13 Black Bottom 14 Jon Waterhouse Introductions Dave Schools/Todd Snider/Peter Buck/Duane Trucks 15 Play A Train Song Dave Schools/Peter Buck/Duane Trucks/T Hardy Morris 16 Stupid Preoccupations Dave Schools/Todd Snider/Peter Buck/Duane Trucks/T Hardy Morris/Tinsley Ellis 17 Jon Waterhouse Introductions Dave Schools/Chuck Leavell/Jon Fishman/Jeff Sipe/Peter Buck/Karl Denson 18 When You Come Back Next Time You Gotta Stay 19 Jon Waterhouse Introductions Kevn Kinney/Karl Denson/Jon Fishman/Chuck Levell 20 Rip This Joint 21 Jon Waterhouse Introductions Kevn Kinney/Karl Denson/Jon Fishman/Chuck Levell/Warren Haynes 22 Compared To What 23 Good Mornin’ Little Schoolgirl 24 Trouble Everyday 25 Jessica John Bell/Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Duane Trucks/Derek Trucks/Jeff Sipe/Matt Slocum 26 Time Is Free 27 Trondossa John Bell/Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Duane Trucks/Derek Trucks/Jeff Sipe/Matt Slocum/ Susan Tedeschi 28 Smokestack Lightnin’> John Bell/Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Duane Trucks/Derek Trucks/Matt Slocum/ Susan Tedeschi/Danny Wytanus/Joey Sommerville 29 Don’t Cry No More John Bell/Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Derek Trucks/Matt Slocum/Bruce Hampton/ Johnny Knapp/Kevin Scott/Susan Tedeschi/Danny Wytanus/Joey Sommerville 30 *Basically Freightened > John Bell/Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Derek Trucks/Matt Slocum/Bruce Hampton/ Johnny Knapp/Kevin Scott/Susan Tedeschi/Emil Werstler/Jeff Mosier 31 Fixin’ To Die > Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Derek Trucks/Matt Slocum/Bruce Hampton/Johnny Knapp/Kevin Scott/ Susan Tedeschi/Emil Werstler/Jeff Mosier/Danny Wytanus/Joey Sommerville/Karl Denson 32 Space Is The Place > Dave Schools/Jimmy Herring/Duane Trucks/Derek Trucks/Matt Slocum/Bruce Hampton/Johnny Knapp/Kevin Scott/Susan Tedeschi/Emil Werstler/Jeff Mosier/Danny Wytanus/Joey Sommerville/Yonrico Scott/John Fishman 33 I’m So Glad
Encore: All The Musicians 34 Zambi > 35 Turn On Your Lovelight 36 Outro
* With Happy Birthday Bruce Hampton
Show Notes: Here is my stab at both the setlist and the musicians who participated. I may have some mispelled names. I may not have included every musician who may have played on certain songs,but hopefully someone took some complete notes. I did try and keep track the best I could, but my mind may have been in other places, especially at the end of the show.
It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart, that I dedicate this recordng and upload in memorium to a great friend of mine, Col. Bruce Hampton. After seeing him perform for almost 30 years, I will miss him immensely. He has meant SO MUCH to both myself and the Atlanta Music Community, and the entire National Music Community for that matter! He was one of a kynd! You certainly went out in the right place among your family, fellow musicians, friends, and adoring fans.
RIP my dear friend Bruce. I Love You and will always cherish our friendship!
Source: Schoeps CCM4V’s>Lunatec V2>Benchmark AD2K>Sound Devices 722 (24/44) FOB/DFC/KFC/ZFC/AARP Orchestra Center Section, Row K, Between Seats 107 And 108, 6′ High Recorded By: Z-Man
Widespread Panic and Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Another Joyous Night Of Joy
The Missing Album
Unreleased WSP/DDBB collaborations left out of Another Joyous Occasion and Night of Joy
The Track List
She Caught The Katy 1999-06-25
Red Beans 1999-06-29
Just Kissed My Baby 1999-07-16
Vampire Blues 2005-10-31
It’s All Over Now 1999-07-21
Knockin’ Around The Zoo 2001-11-01
Joe’s Garage > 2001-10-31
Wild Thing > 2001-10-31
Joe’s Garage 2001-10-31
Ball of Confusion 2001-10-31
Happy Child 2001-11-23
House Of The Rising Sun 2001-11-23
Red Hot Mama 2001-11-23
Respect Yourself 1999-12-31
Feelin’ Alright 1999-12-31
Love Is the Drug 2003-10-31
Time Warp 2003-10-31
Spirit In The Dark > 2005-10-31
I Put A Spell On You > 2005-10-31
Dark End Of The Street 2005-10-31
Nowhere To Run Nowhere To Hide
Makes Sense To Me 1999-06-27
Hope In A Hopeless World 1999-07-27
June 25th, 1999
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Set 1 (end):
01 – KBCO intro
02 – Rebirtha->
03 – Heaven->
04 – Dyin’ Man
05 – dj 1
06 – dj 2
07 – Pigeons
08 – Love Tractor
09 – dj 3
10 – dj 4
11 – Blue Indian
12 – Party At Your Mama’s House
13 – Ain’t Life Grand
14 – dj 5
15 – dj 6
16 – +Superstition
17 – +She Caught The Katy
18 – dj 7
19 – +Coconut
20 – KBCO outro
Guests: + with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Notes: — ‘Cars’ jam before ‘Heaven’ — ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ jam after ‘Love Tractor’ — Soundcheck: ‘Worry’, ‘She Caught The Katy’ — The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opened
WIDESPREAD PANIC – MORE FROM MIKEY
01. Mike’s 1st tune 91 Rehearsal
02. Pleas (Mikey on Vocals) 91 Rehearsal
03. Country Sex Song 89 Rehearsal
04. Conrad 5/87 Studio
05. Quarter Tank of Gasoline 1/92 Studio
06. Gimme 1/92 Studio
07. Who Do You Belong To? 1/92 Studio
08. She Was the Sun, He Was the Moon 98 Studio, Mikey with Bloodkin
09. Sing About Love 98, Mikey with Bloodkin
10. Fishwater (Featuring “Marathon Mikey) 3/91
11. Just Kissed My Baby 3/91 Studio
12. Jack 3/91 Studio
13. Worry 3/91 Studio
14. Guilded Splinters 3/91 Studio
15: Born To Die (excerpt) (“Born To Die” is Fixin’ To Die”)
The Vereen and Widespread Panic Families again wish to thank the many, many friends who have shared their Love and support during the strange, sad time following Garrie’s passing two months ago.
Garrie’s departure has officially been ruled suicide by the Chief State medical officer. Finally. Presumed details can be found through other “official” news sources; I submit that Garrie found himself in an acute and foreign mental / emotional state of being, and after an extreme and irreversible series of moments, we lost a wonder-full guy.
Obviously, due to the very personal and incomplete nature of the investigation up to this point, it would have been inappropriate to elaborate beyond the original statements presented on the Widespread Panic website.
Fortunately, a long awaited ruling by the case officers, as well as uninformed speculation by a very few did not prevent the most important process to take place. Healing. It will be a long undertaking, but the result will be one that Garo’s Family, Friends, and Garrie himself deserve. Thank you for your continued best wishes for this happier outcome.
Garrie Vereen was a man generous with his laughter, Love of Family, and an enviable gift for revealing strangers as friends to be discovered. You will be sadly and sweetly missed, Garo.
Thanks to all who continue to share the Power of his Kinship.
Sincerely, John Bell
From WidespreadPanic.com following the tragic events of Feburary 16, 2011:
These have been sad, sad days since Garrie’s too soon and sudden passing.
Along with my usual internal mutterings, the phrase “salt of the Earth” is also coming through. Looking up the meaning in today’s words, it translates “Those of great worth and reliability.” That was Mr. Vereen. From the moment he pulled his truck up to our Band house on King ave. to help schlep gear in 1986, Garrie became the ambassador for Widespread Panic to the rest of the music world. He set the example for loyalty, candid honesty, working hard, and a readiness to laugh at any appropriate moment. We benefit from his un-wavering example because he was being all that, and I sincerely submit that he was and is the best of us.
Cub scout troop leader, Habitat for humanity contributor, swimming pool chicken fight champion – Garrie was also the go to guy outside of the rock and roll arena. One of many friends described him as the “neighborhood fix-it man,” helping put things (anything) back in working order when he knew he could be of help.
Back in the day, Garo built a stage for a party out in the country. We came around the next afternoon to pick up our gear, and Garrie was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse for his son, Colin – the stage had been transformed.
Bottom line – He Loved his Family, his work, making friends, having friends make friends; be it structures or relationships, Garrie really liked to build things.
Garrie has been such a good friend to so many; a lot of tears, stories, and healing are now being shared forever. Please remember though, for Garrie and Windy’s Family, especially the littlest ones, re-entry into a “normal,” happy life is hard to imagine right now. As smart as these kids are (and they’re freaky smart), all they can be asked to fathom is that their Dad’s not coming back from this “permanent road trip” (that was nine year old Everett Vereen’s analogy).
Thanks to all who continue to offer the Vereen family their support while respecting the private and delicate nature of these moments and days to come.
We all miss you, Sir.
The Vereen Family Trust has been set up at
First American Bank & Trust
300 College Avenue,
Athens, GA 30601
For people wishing to send memorials via paypal for Garrie they may do so by making a payment to paypal user-id: VereenFamilyTrust@gmail.com.
01 – E on a G
02 – Action Man
03 – Big Woolly Mammoth
04 – Tears of a Woman
05 – This Part of Town
06 – Down
07 – Imitation Leather Shoes
08 – Give
09 – Little Lilly
10 – Thought Sausage
11 – Casa
12 – Clinic Cynic
13 – Old Joe
14 – Visiting Day
I created this fileset sometime in 2000 from a variety of DAT and CDR sources while attempting to create a “flawless” version of these demos.
I used a Sony PCM-R500, and a Marantz CDR-615 to create the original master CDR.