Widespread Panic Returns – 2005 Tour Dates Announced

Widespread Panic is back. In a bold and shocking move by one of the most successful touring rock bands, Widespread Panic left the road at the close of 2003. This was the first hiatus for the band in 19 years of non-stop touring and record-breaking sold out dates throughout the country. Today, after 15 months, they announced their long-awaited return to the stage by posting their first round of tour dates on their website at www.widespreadpanic.com. Fans who have been anxiously waiting for this announcement are expected to quickly snatch up tickets for these concerts, prompting most shows to sell out almost immediately. The tour, kicking off in late March, will coincide with the release of their new live album recorded at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2003. Widespread Panic Live At Myrtle Beach will arrive in stores February 22, 2005 on Sanctuary Records/Widespread Records.

The anticipated homecoming will kick off with three dates at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Widespread Panic first headlined the Fox in 1993 and has since sold-out every one of their 13 shows at the venue, more than any other band in the history of the theatre. Tour dates will also include three dates at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall (their first appearance at the venue), three dates at the majestic Chicago Theater, two nights at Altel Pavilion in Raleigh, NC and back to Jazzfest in New Orleans (where they previously set an attendance record in 1999).

As an additional bonus, the spring tour will include performances at smaller, theater-sized venues to give the fans a more intimate performance experience. Widespread Panic is forgoing their usual shed-sized venues in direct response to overwhelming requests from their longtime supporters. Concertgoers will not only have the chance to see the band more up-close and personal than usual, they will also be surprised with a revamped stage show using top of the line technology.

Tour Dates:

March 24, 25 & 26 Atlanta, GA

Fox Theater

March 29 Chattanooga, TN

Civic Coliseum

March 30 Cincinnati, OH

Taft Theater

April 1 Detroit, MI

State Theater

April 2 Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Music Hall

April 3 Bloomington, IN

Indiana Univ. Auditorium

April 5 Milwaukee, WI

Eagles Ballroom

April 7, 8 & 9 Chicago, IL

Chicago Theater

April 12 Boston, MA

Agganis Arena

April 14, 15 & 16 New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

April 17 Philadelphia, PA

Tower Theater

April 19 Washington, DC Constitution Hall

April 20 Salem, VA

Salem Civic Center

April 22 & 23 Raleigh, NC

Altel Pavilion

April 24 Columbia, SC

Three Rivers Festival

April 26 Columbus, GA

Columbus Civic Center

April 27 Tallahassee, FL

Leon County Civic Center

April 29 New Orleans, LA


April 30 Dallas, TX Brady Theater

May 3 Kansas City, MO

Starlight Theater

May 5 St. Louis, MO Fox Theater

May 6 Louisville, KY Louisville Gardens

May 7 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center

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