Dr. Arvin Scott

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Widespread Panic
2005-12-30
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA.

Set 1:

01. Second Skin >
02. Rebirtha
03. Driving Song >
04. Vacation >
05. Driving Song
06. Love Tractor
07. None of Us Are Free >
08. Climb To Safety

Set 2:

09. You Should Be Glad >
10. Pigeons
11. Don’t Wanna Lose You
12. Chilly Water >
13. Drums * >
14. Hatfield * >
15. Chilly Water
16. Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys >
17. All Time Low >
18. Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys >
19. Rock
20. Space Wrangler

Encore:

21. Doretha
22. I’m Not Alone

* Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

Source: Schoeps CCM4’s > Oade m148 > SD 722 > SD 722 @ 24/96 (FOB/~40ft/DFC)
Taped by F. Sulloway. Thanks for the patch! Transferred and Seeded by Martin Medley.

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Widespread Panic
12/30/03
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA

1: Love Tractor, Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi), Surprise Valley, Blue Indian, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Climb To Safety*, Pilgrims, Arleen, Hatfield, Give

2: Sometimes, Pigeons, Visiting Day, All Time Low, Fishwater > Drums** > Space Wrangler***, Mercy*** > Jam***, Greta, Barstools and Dreamers, Travelin’ Light

E: Doreatha > Surprise Valley > Porch Song

* with Chuck Leavell on keyboards
** with Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Yonrico Scott on percussion
*** with Chuck Leavell on keyboards, Derek Trucks on guitar

[‘Honey, Don’t You Want a Man Like Me’ and ‘867-5309/Jenny’ raps by Dave during ‘Arleen’; ‘You Better Run’ tease by JoJo before ‘All Time Low’; ‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun’ tease by Dave after ‘Drums’; ‘The Other One’ jam after ‘Mercy’]

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2002-nye

Widespread Panic
December 30, 2002
Phillips Arena,
Atlanta GA

Set I
1. Crowd/Tuning
2. Action Man
3. Give ->
4. Rock
5. Stop-Go
6. Rebirtha
7. Old Neighborhood*
8. Down*
9. Arleen**
10. Ophelia**

Set II
1. Crowd/Tuning
2. Slippin Into Darkness->
3. Barstools and Dreamers
4. North
5. Suprise Valley
6. Love Tractor->
7. Drums***
1. Henry Parsons Died
2. Christmas Katie**
3. Get In, Get Out**
4. Travelin’ Light**

5. Encore Break
6. Trouble
7. All Time Low

* with Randall Bramblett on soprano saxophone/tenor saxophone
** with Kevin Hyde on trombone, Randall Bramblett on soprano saxophone/tenor saxophone, Tom Ryan on tenor saxophone/baritone saxophone, Wayne Postell on trumpet
*** with Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[‘Surprise Valley’ false start by Todd before ‘North’; ‘Out On The Weekend’, ‘Solidarity’, ‘Three Little Birds’, and ‘Time Waits’ raps by JB during ‘Stop-Go’; ‘Satisfied’ rap during ‘Barstools and Dreamers’; ‘Godzilla’ tease before ‘Henry Parsons Died’; Soundcheck (with Randall Bramblett, Kevin Hyde, Tom Ryan, and Wayne Postell): ‘Pilgrims’, ‘I Wish’, ‘And When I Die’, ‘Blind’ (2 times), ‘Ophelia’]

Source: Neumann u89(hyper/DIN)->Apogee Mini-Me(48k)->D8
Taped by Tim Markham, mics courtesy of Trey Woodruff

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Widespread Panic
04/02/00
Classic Center
Athens, GA

1: Porch Song* > Hatfield*, Tall Boy*, Machine > Barstools and Dreamers*, This Part Of Town**, Sleeping Man**, Radio Child, Imitation Leather Shoes

2: Bear’s Gone Fishin’*** > The Waker****, You’ll Be Fine***, Big Wooly Mammoth > Driving Song > Love Tractor > Drums***** > Driving Song > Pigeons > Blackout Blues

E1: Success Yourself******, End Of The Show*******

E2: Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys********

* with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion
** with John Keane on pedal steel
*** with Anne Richmond Boston on vocals
**** with Anne Richmond Boston on vocals, John Keane on banjo
***** with Bently Rhodes on percussion, Carlton Owens on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion
****** with Daniel Hutchens on guitar/vocals, Eric Carter on guitar
******* with Daniel Hutchens on guitar/vocals, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Eric Carter on guitar, John Keane on pedal steel, Mike Mills on keyboards
******** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, John Keane on pedal steel, Mike Mills on keyboards

[First ‘Imitation Leather Shoes’; Slow ‘Porch Song’; ‘Satisfied’ rap during ‘Barstools and Dreamers’; ‘Third Stone From The Sun’ jam after ‘Drums’; Soundcheck: ‘The Waker’ (with John Keane), ‘Success Yourself’, ‘End Of The Show’ (with Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter); Last ‘Success Yourself’ – 10/30/95, 453 shows]

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Widespread Panic
December 30, 2000
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA

Set I
01 One Arm Steve >
02 Thought Sausage >
03 Barstools and Dreamers
04 Wondering >
05 Little Lilly >
06 Driving Song >
07 Arleen >
08 Driving Song >
09 Climb To Safety

Set II
10 Intro Tuning
11 Give >
12 Pigeons
01 Tuning
02 Space Wrangler >
03 Greta >
04 Stop Breakin’ Down Blues *
05 Flat Foot Flewzy * >
06 Drums ** >
01 Drums Jam ** >
02 This Part Of Town *** >
03 Fishwater **** >
04 Chilly Water ****

Encores
05 “That’s what that extra 50 cents on your ticket was for”
06 Blue Indian *****
07 Tall Boy

Notes:
* with Tinsley Ellis on guitar
** with Charlie Pruet on percussion, Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on drums, Roy Wooten on percussion
*** with Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, John Keane on pedal steel
**** with Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion
***** with John Keane on pedal steel

Source: (fob/dfc) AKG 481 (DIN @ 7′) > Oade m248 > G-P ADC-20 > Tascam DA-P1 @ 48 KHz
Taped & Transferred by: BobbyHurley

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Widespread Panic
Phillips Arena
Atlanta, GA
December 30, 1999

Set I
01. One Arm Steve
02. Pigeons >
03. Surprise Valley >
04. Pigeons
05. C. Brown >
06. Walkin’ (For Your Love)
07. Blight
08. Greta
09. Travelin’ Light

Set II
01. Disco >
02. Wondering >
03. The Waker
04. Weight Of The World*
05. Christmas Katie* >
06. Arleen* > Jam** >
07. Drums*** >
08. Drums*** >
09. Drums and Bass*** >
10. Proving Ground**** >
11. Big Wooly Mammoth**** >
12. Proving Ground****
13. Climb To Safety

Encore I:
01. Coconut*****
02. Makes Sense To Me*

Encore II:
01. Let’s Get The Show On The Road

* with Dirty Dozen Brass Band
** with Count Mbutu on percussion, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
*** with Charlie Pruet on percussion, Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Guarav Maholtra on percussion, Terrence Higgins on percussion
**** with Count Mbutu on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Guarav Maholtra on percussion
***** with Charlie Pruet on percussion, Dirty Dozen Brass Band

[‘Third Stone From The Sun’ tease by Dave after ‘Drums’; ‘Jingle Bells’ tease by JoJo during ‘Big Wooly Mammoth’; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band opened]

Source: [FOB] AKG483 > Oade m248 > HHB
Known Transfer: SHN > WAVE > CD > EAC > FLAC(level 6)

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Widespread Panic
10/28/01
Kiefer Lakefront Arena,
University of New Orleans,
New Orleans, LA

Set 1:

1. Disco >
2. Love Tractor
3. Walkin’ (For Your Love) >
4. Don’t Be Denied
5. Blight >
6. Machine >
7. Barstools and Dreamers
8. Proving Ground >
9. Worry >
10.Proving Ground

Set 2:

1. Old Neighborhood,
2. Sandbox >
3. Conrad
4. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys* >
5. Use Me* >
6. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys* >
1. Drums** >
2. Jam***
3. Bear’s Gone Fishin’*** >
4. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys***
5. Driving Song >
6. Big Wooly Mammoth

Encore:

7. End Of The Show,
8. Give

* with Col. Bruce Hampton on guitar, Karl Denson on saxophone
** with Bently Rhodes on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Karl Denson on percussion
*** with Bently Rhodes on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[First ‘Old Neighborhood’; ‘Time Waits’ and ‘Satisfied’ raps during ‘Barstools and Dreamers’; ‘The Other One’ jam after ‘Drums’; ‘Amazing Grace’ rap by JB during ‘Big Wooly Mammoth’; The Codetalkers opened]

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Widespread Panic
10/27/01
Keifer Lakefront Arena,
University of New Orleans,
New Orleans, LA

Set 1:
1: Surprise Valley >
2: She Caught The Katy
3: Climb To Safety
4: One Arm Steve
5: Mercy >
6: The Waker
7: Greta >
8: Fishwater
9: Makes Sense To Me*

Set 2:
1: Cynic
2: Action Man
3: Imitation Leather Shoes
4: The Earth Will Swallow You >
5: The Harder They Come
6: Time Is Free** >
7: Drums*** >
1: Drums & Bass
2: Red Hot Mama*** >
3: I’m Not Alone
4: Sometimes
5: Bowlegged Woman

Encore:
6: Nobody’s Loss >
7: Cream Puff War

* with Daniel Hutchens on vocals, Eric Carter on guitar
** with Col. Bruce Hampton on guitar/vocals
*** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[Only ‘Cynic’; ‘We Want The Funk’ tease and ‘Eminence Front’, ‘I’ll Be There’, and ‘Let’s Get It On’ raps during ‘Bowlegged Woman’; The Codetalkers opened; Last ‘The Earth Will Swallow You’ – 10/17/90, 1367 shows]

Source: AKG 483 (din, 17cm) > Oade M248 > AD500e 44.1 $
Taped from: frt row of tapers section DFC
Taped & Converted by Carl Beck

Notes $- set 1 source: MG 210 > Lunatec V2 > ADC20 48.1 c/o Eric W.

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Widespread Panic
10/26/01
Keifer Lakefront Arena,
University of New Orleans,
New Orleans, LA

Set 1:
1: Papa Legba
2: Pigeons
3: Stop-Go >
4: I Walk On Guilded Splinters >
5: Papa’s Home >
6: Tall Boy
7: This Part Of Town
8: Just Kissed My Baby
9: Space Wrangler

Set 2:
1: Bayou Lena
3: Ain’t Life Grand
4: All Along The Watchtower >
5: Rebirtha > Jam* >
6: Arleen** >
7: Drums*** >
1: Drums & Bass >
2: New Blue
3: Ride Me High >
4: Chilly Water >
5: Mr. Soul

Encore:
6: City of Dreams
7: All Time Low

* with Irving Mayfield on trumpet
** with Bill Summers on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Irving Mayfield on trumpet
*** with Bill Summers on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[Only ‘Bayou Lena’, Only ‘New Blue’; ‘Solidarity’ rap by JB during ‘Stop-Go’; ‘Night People’ rap during ‘Just Kissed My Baby’; ‘No Time’ jam after ‘All Along The Watchtower’; Los Hombres Calientes opened]

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Widespread Panic
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Alpharetta, Georgia
9/25/2010

Disc I 1st Set

01 Crowd
02 Porch Song (Slow) >
03 You Should Be Glad
04 Tallboy
05 Cotton Was King
06 Sharon
07 Thought Sausage >
08 Travelin’ Light
09 Jaded Tourist
10 *Red Hot Mama >
11 *Drum Solo >
12 *Arlene* >
13 *Red Hot Mama

Disc II 2nd Set

01 Crowd/Tuning
02 Jam >
03 Disco >
04 Diner >
05 Pilgrims
06 #From the Cradle >
07 #Ain’t Life Grand
01 Drivin’ Song >
02 Postcard >
03 Drivin’ Song >
04 Like a Hurricane** >
05 Chilly Water >
06 Pigeons >
07 Chilly Water

Encore:

08 Crowd/Tuning
09 @This Cruel Thing >
10 #Blight
11 #Protein Drink >
12 #Sewing Machine

* With Dr. Arvin Scott On Percussion
# With John Keane on Pedal steel
@ With John Keane on Guitar And Vocals

Source: Schoeps CCM4V’S(din)> Lunatec V2> Benchmark AD2K> Sound Devices 722 (24/48)
Recorded By: Z-Man

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2001-07-27

Photo courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

Widespread Panic
07/27/01
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre,
Pelham, AL

1: Conrad, One Arm Steve > Barstools and Dreamers, Action Man, This Part Of Town, Greta > Christmas Katie > Let It Rock > Radio Child

2: Disco > Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Driving Song > Blight > Driving Song > The Waker > Last Dance > The Harder They Come* > Drums* > Fixin’ To Die, Low Rider > Love Tractor

E: Ride Me High > Dream Song

* with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[First ‘The Harder They Come’; ‘Alabama Bound’ rap by JB during ‘Let It Rock’; ‘Fire On The Mountain’ jam before ‘Drums’; ‘Here Comes The Sun’ tease by Dave after ‘Drums’]

This show is available as an official WP Archives Multitrack release

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Photos courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

Widespread Panic
2001-07-28
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Pelham, AL

Set I

01. Postcard >
02. Ophelia >
03. Coconut >
04. L.a. >
05. Impossible >
06. Mercy >
07. Worry
08. Dear Mr. Fantasy >
09. Imitation Leather Shoes

Set II

10. Casa Del Grillo
11. Surprise Valley >
12. Down On The Farm
01. Holden Oversoul >
02. All Time Low >
03. Arleen* >
04. Drums** >
05. Astronomy Domine Jam* >
06. All Along The Watchtower* >
07. Fishwater*

Encore:

08. crowd
09. Down
10. Ain’t Life Grand

* with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion
** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Peter Jackson on percussion

[‘Hey Jude’ tease by Dave after ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’; ‘In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed’ tease during ‘Holden Oversoul’; ‘Ribs And Whiskey’ rap by JB during ‘Arleen’; Last ‘Down On The Farm’ – 04/17/99, 250 shows]

Source: AKG 481 > Oade m248 > mod. SBM-1 > PCM-M1 @ 48.0khz
Location: fob, dfc

Transferred, Edited, & Seeded by D.P. Swint

2001-07-28

This show is available as an official WP Archives Multitrack release

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~from JamBase’s Most Important Shows of the Decade

As far as anyone knew, this was it. By all accounts, Sunday, April 28, 2002 at Pelham, Alabama’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre appeared to be Widespread Panic lead guitarist and co-founder Michael Houser’s last concert. It was the final night of a brief eight-show spring tour that felt like, and in many ways was, the “Goodbye Houser Tour.” Although not an official word had been uttered, most fans knew that Houser had contracted pancreatic cancer, and one could tell just by looking at him up close onstage that his time was drawing near. Although he would bravely perform seven more shows as he began the spring tour two months later, at this point, Sunday at Oak Mountain looked like the final one.

The venue, set in the heart of Panic Country, was packed with 10,000 serious fans and there was a tension and energy hanging in the humid Alabama air unlike anything I have personally ever experienced. The band rose to the occasion; from song selection (there wasn’t a dry eye during the “Trouble” encore) to execution to the Jerry Joseph guest appearance, it was nearly flawless and one of the best shows of the band’s legendary career. But it was more than just that. It was the way the weather coincided with the music, making it feel like bandleader John Bell had created rain during “Cortez The Killer.” It was the undeniable sense of community. It was the bittersweet, sad-yet-grateful feeling for the opportunity to say goodbye properly and rage it one more time. It was the weight of it all. Standing at Oak Mountain, bitter tears and warm rain washing over one’s face, wrapped in arms from friends both old and new, truly believing this was the final Houser jam, it felt like we were part of history on that day. (Kayceman)

~and a JamBase interview with JB years later

Q: You know there was something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and if it’s none of my business that’s fine, but I was thinking about that Sunday night show at Oak Mountain. For a lot of people who were sort of paying attention, they thought that it could potentially be the last time Mikey played. I mean I thought it was at least a possibility because the tour was ending, and that show was very over the top in my opinion. So I’m curious, what did you guys say to each other before you went on stage? I’m assuming you guys were under the impression that maybe Mikey might not be around for the next tour. Was that in your thought process at that time?

JB: Well, we’d already talked about it, and the plan was that Spring Tour would have been it.

Q: Right, that’s the impression I was under so…

JB: Well I’m not sure if the decision had already been made there, but fairly quickly after that he said, “I want to go out and play as long as I can.”

Q: Right, so leading up to that show, when you guys are going on stage, and there was a chance this might be the last time you’d get to play music with Houser, how does that situation play itself out?

JB: Well, you gotta know we were still… it’s something we’d been doing since ’81.

[Very long pregnant pause. More than what JB said, it was the way he looked – staring out the window, not exactly tearing up, but you could see the emotion in his eyes. This was the most powerful moment of the interview – the moment between words, where the thought was floating in the air, in his mind – between the two of us as we spoke of Houser.]

JB: Playing-wise, I felt no difference except for possibly some things where you just realize that he’s playing great, and you go, “Hey, it’s not just a great night; this could be… you know… this could be… the last great night.” But he’s playing his heart out till the last minute, and he was really on. And then there’d be some songs, I think, probably like, I don’t know, “Ain’t Life Grand” – there were certain tunes. And a couple times I remember him getting a little choked up, or maybe a microphone wasn’t working, who knows, but then I’d be singing it by myself and thinking, “Wow, this is about to happen just like this anyway.” We knew the possibilities. And he had his family out with him, and he was really digging it. I know he felt the most normal when he was playing. He wasn’t listening to his heart beat real fast or getting freaked out or anything. So I think it was like we were taking it as another gig, but now this was something totally different.

Widespread Panic
04/28/02
Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Pelham, AL

Set 1
1.) Let’s Get Down To Business (04:47.25)
2.) Action Man (04:29.27)
3.) Makes Sense To Me (04:19.23)
4.) Pusherman -> (12:46.61)
5.) Diner -> (13:36.66)
6.) Ride Me High* (09:40.47)
7.) Genesis** (08:13.33)
8.) Holden Oversoul (08:09.01)
9.) Conrad (09:20.19)

Set 2
1.) Chilly Water -> (06:19.72)
2.) Visiting Day -> (06:33.35)
3.) Chilly Water (04:47.55)
4.) Blue Indian** (05:32.61)
5.) Driving Song -> (07:18.74)
6.) Breathing Slow -> (04:08.08)
7.) No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature North*** (07:07.28)
8.) North*** (12:23.62)
9.) Cortez the Killer*** -> (17:43.17)
10.) Drums**** -> (01:32.40)
1.) Drums**** -> (21:57.52)
2.) Walkin’ (For Your Love) (05:39.13)
3.) Papa’s Home (08:34.35)
4.) Ain’t Life Grand (06:24.28)
5.) Crowd (01:17.51)

Encore:
6.) Trouble** (04:06.06)
7.) Down (04:20.62)
8.) Postcard (10:31.58)

* with John Keane on guitar
** with John Keane on pedal steel
*** with Jerry Joseph on guitar/vocals
**** with Brad Rosen on percussion, Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[‘Nicaragua’ rap by Jerry Joseph during ‘North’; Particle opened]

AUDIO SOURCE:
{Schoeps MK41+KC5+CMC6(XY) -> Oade M148} +
{Neumann AK30+LC3+KM100 (split 2′) -> Oade M148} ->
Soundcraft Spirit Notepad 4-Channel Mixer -> mod SBM1
Recorded By Mike Falcon and Ben Morrison
Digitally Remastered and Transfered to CD BY Doug Oade

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Widespread Panic
04/26/02
Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Pelham, AL

Set 1:
1.) A of D -> (03:49.36)
2.) Cream Puff War -> (03:09.61)
3.) Fishwater (11:03.67)
4.) Walk On (07:48.45)
5.) Gradle (04:46.00)
6.) Travelin’ Light (07:07.47)
7.) Junior* -> (10:26.07)
8.) C. Brown** (10:02.13)
9.) The Take Out* -> (02:22.01)
10.) Porch Song* (03:37.26)

Set 2:
1.) Bowlegged Woman (08:57.46)
2.) Climb To Safety -> (05:48.29)
3.) Little Lilly -> (07:00.49)
4.) Werewolves of London -> (06:03.06)
5.) Imitation Leather Shoes (05:25.58)
6.) Space Wrangler -> (08:20.59)
7.) Vacation -> (12:56.10)
8.) Drums*** -> (17:25.40)
1.) Jam**** -> (06:22.38)
2.) I Walk On Guilded Splinters**** -> (10:28.29)
3.) Me And The Devil Blues***** (09:36.58)
4.) Give* (05:59.73)

Encore:
5.) Can’t Find My Way Home (05:04.47)
6.) Sometimes (04:37.11)

* with John Keane on guitar
** with John Keane on pedal steel
*** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion
**** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Robert Randolph on pedal steel
***** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, John Keane on guitar, Robert Randolph on pedal steel
[‘Werewolves of London’ played during a full moon;
‘Night People’ rap during ‘Fishwater’;
‘You Better Run’ rap by JoJo during ‘Junior’;
‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ rap by JB during ‘Bowlegged Woman’;
Robert Randolph & the Family Band opened;
Last ‘Werewolves of London’ – 06/01/96, 591 shows]

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AUDIO SOURCE:
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{Neumann AK50+LC3+KM100 (XY) -> Oade M148} +
{Neumann AK30+LC3+KM100 (split 2′) -> Oade M148} ->
Soundcraft Spirit Notepad 4-Channel Mixer -> mod SBM1
Recorded By Mike Falcon & Ben Morrison
Digitally Remastered and Transfered to CD BY Doug Oade

2002-04-26_27_28Photo by Kenji Sone

Thirteen years later I still listen and remember and Im still amazed at what went down at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in 2002. That spring tour was a quick, close to home, 10 day, 8 show tour that was obviously manufactured as a farewell for their friend and our favorite guitarist. it was a chance for him to rip it up with his friends eight more times and vice versa. And as a fan, a chance for us to say thank you for everything.

All the stars aligned for the last three shows to take place in Pelham, Alabama too, a band/fan favorite venue. That stage was rocking as much as that bridge connecting the two lots outside. The fuzz was thick in the lots but when you made it to the right side of those turnstiles what took place is nothing short of pure Panic magic and now Panic lore.

I personally am mentally incapable of living through a late April without jamming these shows and emotionally reflecting on these three nights. Maybe it was the song choice in sync with the moon phase on Saturday night. Maybe it was those Saturday night encores where they sincerely seemed to ask for help as we were all looking for a brand new day and a brand new way to help. And JB in his lowest voice adding some Amazing Grace lyrics at the end. I mean swing low sweet chariots low voice. The next song you could hardly hear the band over the crowd as he somehow got the words out about meeting a friend, playing guitar, dreaming of being stars and playing all night in DBD.

Sunday…wow. By all accounts our Last Dance with Panic as we knew them. Maybe it was the lighting show in the distance to accompany Cortez. One thing was evident, from the first song to the after show house music, it seemed that the mission of the band was clear- to get down to business, to stop playing games, to quit with the lame pretense and tackle that which shackled us all of the pressing business. The business of the band, the business of their friendship, the business of allowing the fans in on it, and the business of life and death and honoring a man with an incurable disease. They more than tackled it.They officially communicated to us what was going down that night the best way they knew how, through their music. The song choices, the way the lights hit Houser, switching up the lyrics in Postcard to reflect the unfortunate circumstance. It was a Houser showcase.

This show was our official press release finally confirming the rumors. It was the epitome of conflicted emotions, the best of times and the worst of times. How could we feel so blessed to have been a part of it and not want to be anywhere else on the planet that night yet hope like hell something like this would never ever happen again?

JB said later, ” “Hey, it’s not just a great night; this could be… you know… this could be… the last great night….and he was really on,” speaking of Houser. Then he didnt hear him for a minute in ALG, assuming Houser was choked up. I dont think sweat was the only wetness dripping from his face onto his Fender Tele that night, and during ALG too. How could he not choke up? How did all of them not choke up?
JB may as well have said before the love song, Genesis, “this ones for Mike.”Maybe it was JB fully turning his head and shoulders to sing these words directly to Houser, “and now I’m feeling you inside, our heart is rolling with the tide, I hope it feels like an open ride, so let me stay with you!” Thats when about 10,000 of us facing the stage choked up. They came out into day and our skys of blue had turned to gray. But I think we were very clear to say to the band that night that we never looked away and never will.

Music and emotion are synonyms, whether it’s who is playing the music or the emotions the music invokes in the listener. And nobody expresses emotion like Widespread Panic. Its the one show I can simply think about the lyrics, his solos, and our reactions to his solos and no matter what I’m doing I get full on chills and an all arm hair salute. Its the show where the crowd noise at those key moments is just as chilling as the music. Maybe it was his solo right before the “powdered sugar in her hair…touch of a halo” Diner rap. Maybe it was the Trouble, Down, Postcard encore where the love flowed through everyone there. I think it was every freakin solo he did that night that was so smokin and emphatic as he climbed the neck of that guitar higher and higher and bent those strings like nobody else can- sending us into a state of pulsating bliss and soul shakin life each time.

A couple of months later a show ended in Iowa and he went home after probably giving his bashful wave and head nod to the crowd again. Only five short weeks after that he went on to live the Moon Times. That timeline shows me what his friends on stage, what they accomplished each show, and what we all meant to Michael Houser.

People pose the question, was your first show life changing? My second show changed it in a way where I knew that I’d be chasing shows in my free time for as long as they tour and making free time to chase shows. But it was 3 shows in late April 2002, sometime after my centennial mark, that TRULY changed my life. It was what they did and how they did it and how they let us be part of it. This was the run that shattered my perceptions of what a band/fan relationship is. It showed me what is possible through art. It gave me the consciousness that whatever life throws you, including the death of loved ones, that you can persevere. It showed me how you can face adversity with courage, composure and dignity. It was so much bigger than the music and the scene.

Im not sure why I feel the need to remind. If you were there you need no reminder. I think its that after all these years and as hard as I shook my bones and yelled and clapped it just never seems like it was enough compared to what he brought us. So I try to honor him in some way every January 6, August 10, and of course April 26-28. I feel like I owe that and so much more.

These shows were where the word family took on new meaning for me with the fanbase and it became familial with WP as well because of the way they let it play out for us.

Whether your first show was 25 years ago or last year, if you want to get lost in a run of kickass music with more emotion than you can stand, think of the circumstances and listen again to April 2002 at Oak Mountain. Get chills once more on this anniversary.

We miss you and thank you Mikey:)

Drew Davis
Widespread Panic Fan

2002-04-26aScan by Frederick Scott Phillips

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Widespread Panic
The Classic Center
Athens, GA
April 24th, 2007

Set 1

1) Intro
2) Heroes
3) Wonderin*
4) Pilgrims
5) Clinic Cynic
6) Weight of the World
7) Gradle**
8) Good People**
8) Chest Fever**
9) Pigeons

Set 2

1) Intro (Star Wars)
2) Chainsaw City
3) Junior
4) Papa’s Home
5) Life During Wartime**
6) LA**
7) Airplane (with extended jam)
8) Drums
1) I Walk On Guilded Splinters
2) You Should Be Glad**
3) Ophelia**

Encores:

4) Proving Ground
5) Makes Sense To Me
6) Proving Ground

Taped and Transfered by: Bennett Schwartz (coloartist)

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2001-oakmountain

Widespread Panic
2001-07-29
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Pelham, AL.

Set 1:

01. Bowlegged Woman
02. Space Wrangler >
03. Walkin’ (For Your Love) >
04. Little Lilly >
05. I’m Not Alone
06. Sleeping Man
07. Don’t Tell The Band >
08. Visiting Day >
09. Henry Parsons Died

Set 2:

01. Travelin’ Light
02. Thought Sausage
03. Sharon >
04. North >
05. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues >
06. Pilgrims >
07. Diner >
08. Pilgrims >
09. Drums * >
01. Stir It Up * >
02. Give

Encore:

03. The Wind Cries Mary *
04. Climb To Safety * >
05. Porch Song

* with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ rap by JB during ‘Bowlegged Woman’; ‘Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll’ tease by Dave before ‘Travelin’ Light’; ‘Riders On The Storm’ tease by JoJo during ‘Sharon’; ‘China Cat Sunflower’ jams before ‘Pilgrims’ and ‘Stir It Up’; ‘Third Stone From The Sun’ jam by Dave and ‘Dark Star’ jam after ‘Drums’; Last ‘Stir It Up’ – ??/??/86, 1835 shows]

Source: AKG 481

2001-07-29

Photo courtesy of Widespread Panic / Brown Cat

This show is available as an official WP Archives Multitrack release

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Widespread Panic
10/27/01
Kiefer Lakefront Arena
University of New Orleans,
New Orleans, LA

SET I NOT INCLUDED

SET II:

01. Introduction from the archive 01:20
02. Clinic Cynic 05:39
03. Action Man 04:41
04. Imitation Leather Shoes 04:35
05. The Earth Will Swallow You > 05:10
06. The Harder They Come 06:13
07. Time Is Free** > 19:01
08. Drums*** > 16:12
09. Jam*** > 04:27
10. Red Hot Mama*** > 08:56
11. I’m Not Alone 06:18
12. Sometimes 04:04
13. Bowlegged Woman 10:27
ENCORE:

14. Nobody’s Loss > 05:34
15. Cream Puff War 03:38

 

* with Daniel Hutchens on vocals, Eric Carter on guitar
** with Col. Bruce Hampton on guitar/vocals
*** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion

[First ‘Clinic Cynic’; ‘The Other One’ jam after ‘Greta’; ‘Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)’ tease and ‘Eminence Front’, ‘I’ll Be There’, and ‘Let’s Get It On’ raps during ‘Bowlegged Woman’; The Codetalkers opened; Last ‘The Earth Will Swallow You’ – 10/17/90, 1368 shows]

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2002nye

Widespread Panic
12/31/02
Philips Arena,
Atlanta, GA

1: City of Dreams* > C. Brown*, Pickin’ Up The Pieces**, Stop Breakin’ Down Blues**, Nobody’s Loss, Who Do You Belong To?, Old Joe*, Porch Song

2: Thought Sausage, Wondering, Driving Song > Big Wooly Mammoth > Driving Song, Bayou Lena, And When I Die***, Blind***

3: Disco, Ain’t Life Grand, Pigeons, Greta > I’m Not Alone > Jam > Drums**** > Pilgrims > Chilly Water > Imitation Leather Shoes > Chilly Water

E: I Wish***, Climb To Safety*****

* with John Keane on pedal steel
** with Randall Bramblett on soprano saxophone/tenor saxophone
*** with Kevin Hyde on trombone, Randall Bramblett on soprano saxophone/tenor saxophone, Tom Ryan on tenor saxophone/baritone saxophone, Wayne Postell on trumpet
**** with Dr. Arvin Scott on percussion, Larry Acquaviva on percussion
***** with John Keane on guitar, Kevin Hyde on trombone, Randall Bramblett on soprano saxophone/tenor saxophone, Tom Ryan on tenor saxophone/baritone saxophone, Wayne Postell on trumpet

[Only ‘And When I Die’, Only ‘Blind’, First ‘I Wish’; Set 1 featured JB and George seated and acoustic and Dave on stand-up bass; Slide show of the band throughout the years before midnight and slide show of fans after midnight; ‘Little Drummer Boy’ tease by Dave after ‘Drums’; Soundcheck: ‘Down’, ‘Old Neighborhood’, ‘Ophelia’ (2 times with Randall Bramblett, Kevin Hyde, Tom Ryan, and Wayne Postell)]

 

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