The return of Widespread Panic: Aspen favorite ends hiatus, announces Southern, MidWest spring tour

No word on summer dates in Colorado or at its famed Red Rocks ... yet

By Real Aspen
Real AspenJanuary 8, 2013

John Bell
Photo by Troy Hooper in Oakland, Calif. 2011
Dave Schools
Photo by Troy Hooper in Oakland, Calif. 2011

Nashville, Tenn. – After a yearlong hiatus, Widespread Panic has announced dates for their much-anticipated 2013 Spring Tour. The tour marks the first time the legendary sextet will tour featuring their full electric set up since 2011. To help celebrate the long-awaited return to the road, Widespread Panic will include intimate, fan favorite venues during select stops this spring.

The tour begins with two nights at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Mo., on April 9 and 10 and wraps with two nights in Nashville, Tenn., at The Woods at Fontanel on May 3 and 4. Other cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Louisville.

Fans recently had a taste of what they have been missing when Widespread Panic played a rousing sold-out New Year’s Eve show at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. The prior evening, the band wowed the crowd during their annual Tunes For Tots benefit. To date, Tunes for Tots has raised over $900,000. for music programs in Georgia public schools.

In early 2012, Widespread Panic embarked on their first-ever fully acoustic “Wood Tour”. The tour featured select, small venue performances in four cities — including Aspen for back-to-back nights at the Belly Up — over 11 dates. In October of 2012, the band released Wood, a special edition 3LP boxed set and double live CD, featuring selections from the special tour. Wood was very well received in the press and the fan reaction was overwhelming.

After 27 years, Widespread Panic (John Bell, Dave Schools, Todd Nance, John “Jojo” Hermann, Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz and Jimmy Herring) is as strong as ever as they continue to break attendance records at major venues throughout the U.S. Stay tuned for more dates.

Widespread Panic 2013 Spring Tour Dates

April 9, 10 – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO

April 12, 13 – UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL

April 14 – Orpheum Theater – Minneapolis, MN

April 16, 17 – The Palace Theater – Louisville, KY

April 23, 24 – Township Auditorium – Columbia, SC

April 26, 27 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Alpharetta, GA

May 3, 4 – The Woods at Fontanel – Nashville, TN

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