Widespread Panic Nod to Las Vegas in Tribute-Filled Halloween Finale
October 30, 2017
Widespread Panic wrapped up their Las Vegas run with a third and final show in Sin City, as they paid homage to the town hit hard by the tragic events earlier this month.
Walking on stage to the intro to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the band (dressed as various versions of Hunter S. Thompson and other characters) launched into “Home on the Range” for the very first time as well as Link Wray’s Blow contribution “Rumble.”
Later on in the first set, the group dug out an original for the first time in fifteen years when they played “Don’t Tell the Band” for the first time since June 25, 2002, marking a gap of over 1,000 shows between performances.
The second set again revisited the “Home on the Range” theme as Jimmy Herring (also dressed as Hunter S. Thompson) took the lead on the song out of the “Proving Ground” jam and before the first cover of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” with Carrot Top joining in on percussion.
In the encore, Panic again returned to the theme of the night as JoJo Hermann this time took the lead on “Home on the Range” out of “House of the Rising Sun” (last played June 24, 2014). The debut of Free’s “All Right Now” brought the night to a fitting conclusion before the band departed.
Here’s a look at the setlist:
Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV
Set I: Intro to Fear and Loathing (video), Home on the Range%, Rumble^ > Henry Parsons Died, Vampire Blues, Don’t Tell The Band*, Use Me, Up All Night, Shut Up And Drive, Conrad
Set II: Chilly Water, Tail Dragger, Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, Proving Ground > Home on the Range (instrumental) (no vocals-Jimmy lead), Magic Carpet Ride^ > Jam > Drums > Cease Fire > City of Dreams, Mr Soul
Enc: House of the Rising Sun%% > Home on the Range (instrumental), All Right Now^^^
%First time played (From the movie Where the Buffalo Roam with Hunter S. Thompson played by Bill Murray
^First time played
^^First Time Played, with Carrot Top on percussion
^^^First Time Played, with JB vocals only *Last time played 6/25/02
%%Last time played 6/24/14
JB: “The Dude” w/ ‘Wrong Movie’ on back
Dave: Hunter S. (w/ hat)
Jimmy: Hunter S. (w/ goggles)
Sunny: Chef (Southpark)
JoJo: Hunter S. (w/ cig)
Duane: Dr Gonzo
Stage: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas