Four Night Stand at Red Rocks Highlight Widespread Panic’s Summer Tour
After spending much of 2012 on hiatus, Widespread Panic has been slowly adding headlining shows and festival appearances to their touring itinerary this year, and now the band has announced a full on summer tour, including a four-night residency at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.
The tour will kick off with the previously announced appearance at the Wakarusa Festival at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas, and will continue through a two-night stand at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Alabama July 19-20. The Red Rocks dates will be June 27-30. The band will play at least two shows in most cities on the schedule, including Knoxville, Tennessee; Raleigh, North Carolina; Alta, Wyoming and Las Vegas.
Even though there are four performances at Red Rocks this year, fans likely won’t want to wait around to get tickets. Pollstar.com reports that the three shows the band played at the venue in 2011 sold out in seven minutes. In fact, the band has played 38 sold out shows at the venue, holding the record for the most sell-outs.
These dates are in addition to the spring dates the band will embark on in April that will keep them on the road through the first week of May. Cities visited during that trek include Chicago; Minneapolis; Louisville; Columbia, South Carolina and Alpharetta, Georgia.
It should be noted that the upcoming shows will be full electric performances, as opposed to the acoustic shows the band played during the beginning of 2012, the last time they toured extensively. That tour was known as the “Wood Tour,” and live recordings from those shows later emerged as a live box set appropriately titled Wood. The album came as a double CD or triple LP set, and is the band’s most recent release. The group’s last studio album was Dirty Side Down, which was released in 2010.