Widespread Panic is no stranger to Cincinnati, Ohio. From their first performance at the old Ripley’s in 1989, to their performances at Cincinnati Zoo, Bogart’s, US Bank Arena, Taft Theater, and Riverbend Music Center over the years. However on Tuesday Sept 21, the men of Widespread Panic played their first concert at PNC Pavilion. PNC is a newer outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 4100 located 10 miles East of Cincinnati on the Ohio River. PNC shares the same venue grounds with Riverbend Music Center. Widespread Panic has played Riverbend Music Center in 1998, 2000, and 2005. Tuesday night would be a more intimate evening with the band as they played the smaller capacity PNC Pavilion. Many of the fans in attendance had been to shows at Riverbend, but this would be their first experience at the two-year old PNC Pavilion. Everyone was pleased to know that there wouldn’t be a bad seat in the house and they would experience Widespread Panic up close and personal.
As the sun started to set on one of the last hot and humid days in Cincinnati, (show time temps were near or at 90) the crowd mingled out front and caught up with old and new friends. The ticket stated a 7pm start time, but any fan of Widespread Panic knows that this time usually ends up being a rough estimate. True to form Widespread Panic took the stage around 7:20. As they took the stage the general admission crowd grabbed their spots to settle in to a night of music that only this band can deliver. The crowd would not only get the first Widespread Panic show ever performed at PNC Pavilion, they would also get the first “Chest Fever” to open a show. Chest Fever, a cover from the famous musical group, “The Band”, set the crowd off into a frenzy and everyone knew they were in for a solid evening of Panic. Many expected a few songs off of their newest release Dirty Side Down, but as it would turn out the band would only play one song from the album. Overall the show was a great night of early, mid and late classic Widespread Panic. Chest Fever and Bowlegged Woman were the highlights of the first set. The second set highlights were the cover of Bill Wither’s ‘Use Me Up’, as well as the Conrad>Old Neighborhood>Drums>Jam>Hatfield>Ride Me High> Climb To Safety. There were a few times in which the band didn’t seem together and there were a few missed notes, but to nitpick the little things is pointless. The men of Widespread Panic are true professionals and always deliver a great night of music that makes people dance. And as always, the people you meet and run into at a Widespread Panic show are some of the best people around. It’s always a pleasure to attend a Widespread Panic concert and walk out with a smile on your face.
Widespread Panic – 9/21/10 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, Ohio
Set 1: Chest Fever^, Papa Johnny Road, Walk On>Gimme, Holden Oversoul>Bowlegged>Don’t Wanna Lose You>Wonderin*>Blackout* (70 Minutes)
Set 2: Stop Go>Imitation Leather Shoes>Use Me,Her Dance Needs No Body>Conrad>Old Hood>Drums>Jam>Hatfield>Ride Me High>climb to safety (85 minutes)
Encore: Clinic Cynic, Weight of the World
^ First time to open a show *JB on acoustic
STREAM THE SHOW HERE (Thanks to the guys at Panicstream): Widespread Panic – 9/21/10 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, OH
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