Over the course of the next 25 years, 10 studio albums, nine legitimate live releases, more than a dozen video/DVD efforts and countless audience-taped concert recordings, Widespread Panic has become one of America’s most beloved and supremely talented Jam bands, adroitly combining Southern Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Prog into an exquisite sonic gumbo.
Although Houser’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2002 was a devastating blow, Widespread Panic soldiered on, employing George McConnell and then Jimmy Herring to fill Houser’s considerable shoes as lead guitarist.
During the band’s three-decade run, they’ve notched some pretty impressive stats, including 42 sold-out performances at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre and 17 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena, a record at both venues; after setting the record at 32 in 2008, Denver’s mayor declared June 27 “Widespread Panic Day.” The record release party for Widespread Panic’s first live album, 1998’s Light Fuse, Get Away, was a free concert in downtown Athens and wound up attracting nearly 100,000 fans.Last year marked the band’s first completely acoustic tour, which was documented on 2012’s Wood; this spring, Widespread Panic resumed touring after taking one of the longest road breaks in its history.
WIDESPREAD PANIC plays Sunday, Sept. 22 at Taft Theatre downtown. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.