Fan Falls From Balcony at Last Night’s Panic Show

What a tough week it’s been for jam titans Widespread Panic. Late last week bus driver Tom Torrisi suffered a fatal heart attack while driving some of the crew to Ames and further tragedy was only avoided when a fellow crew member sprang into action and pulled the bus over safely. And then, last night at the Chicago Theatre, a man that police suspect was drunk was critically injured when he fell 15-feet from the balcony according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Widespread Panic was in the middle of their second of three shows in Chicago. At last night’s performance, the group busted out The Doors’ Blue Sunday > Peace Frog for the first time since November 28, 1998 (1,017 shows) and only the fourth time ever. JB and Co. also dusted off their version of the traditional folk tune Stag-O-Lee for the first time since November 4, 2007 (295 shows). At Friday night’s performance, the Athens-based sextet embarked on a Not Fade Away jam before drums and dug deep for the first Baby, Please Don’t Go since Halloween ’08 (219 shows).

Set 1 (7:47pm CST)
Goin’ Out West, Stag-O-Lee, You Should Be Glad, Little Lilly > Henry Parsons Died, Me And The Devil Blues, You Got Yours, Christmas Katie > Let It Rock, B of D, Conrad The Caterpillar

Set 2 (9:47pm CST)
Tall Boy > She Caught The Katy, Can’t Get High, Cotton Was King, Airplane > Greta > Fishwater > Drums > Bass and Drums > Driving Song > Arleen > Fishwater

Encore (11:13pm CST)
Peace Frog > Blue Sunday, End Of The Show, Ain’t Life Grand

[Setlist via]
[Last ‘Stag-O-Lee’ – 11/04/07, 295 Shows; ‘Third Stone From The Sun’ tease after ‘Drums’; ‘Blood & Fire’ rap during ‘Arleen’; Last ‘Peace Frog’ – 11/28/98, 1017 shows; Last Blue Sunday’ – 11/28/98, 1017 shows]

Thanks to Z-Man for this video of Widespread Panic’s Doors tribute…

Widespread Panic – Peace Frog > Blue Sunday, End of the Show, Ain’t Life Grand

Next up for Panic is their annual Halloween celebration tonight at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Monday night. WXRT will broadcast the show live over the air and on the internet. You can order DVD + HD video of the show through

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