Spring tour was announced many months ago so I have had lots of time to prepare for Widespread Panic coming to the region for a good week of shows. I didn’t pre purchase any tickets because I was not 100% on my schedule or if I could find anyone that wanted to go with me. As the shows go closer I could see that work and school would take up my time not allowing me to see a show during the week.
The last show in this area was at Pier Six in Baltimore. From my new house it is about 1:30 hours, a huge time saving compared to living in Stafford. The one good thing about the Sunday night show was that traffic is not yet that bad. Once summer hits, 95 will be a mess on the weekends and everyone is either heading to or from the beach by car. This allowed me to take a nap and get well rested for the show to come.
For a late April show the weather was very chilli. Everyone was wearing jackets and preparing for the mid-50’s that it would get down to. Being on the water lowers the temperature that much more. Another weird thing about the water was the number of boats I saw in the harbor. In fact people where sitting on each flanking pier to watch and hear the show.
The show itself was a good one. One of the other fans had a t-shirt that said “Never Miss a Sunday Show” and let me tell you that was some sound advice. There was one slow spot in the first set and around the drums of set 2 was weird. But all in a all worthy performance by the guys with Duane Trucks still sitting in on drums.
One of the highlights from this show was all the covers. They have certainly been played before but I thought the selection and shear number played made this show spectacular. Standouts included Pusherman and the show stopping Ballad of John and Yoko. A few years ago when I saw them at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, they played this the second night of the run. I could only see one show and I picked the night before. I kinda thought I got some vindication when they played that the other night.It was a great performance and I am glad I went. The show ended just before 11pm but I didn’t manage to make it home till 1am. 250th show by my count as well so that makes it a little more memorable. See you all on the road.
Set 1 starts at 7:41pm
01. Holden Oversoul
03. Tickle the Truth
05. The Poorhouse of Positive Thinking
09. Blackout Blues
set over at 8:46pm
Set 2 start at 9:17pm
02. Mercy >
03. Jam >
04. Big Wooly Mammoth
05. Chainsaw City (Little Women cover)
06. Blight (brute. cover) >
07. jam >
08. drums >
09. Pusherman (Curtis Mayfield cover)
10. May Your Glass Be Filled
11. No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature (The Guess Who cover)
walk off stage at 10:38pm
Encore starts at 10:41pm
12. Dream Song
13. The Ballad of John and Yoko (The Beatles cover)
house lights at 10:54pm