Widespread Panic will close out 2005 with a Dec. 30-31 run at Atlanta’s Philips Arena and will also drop by the city’s Roxy Theatre for a Dec. 29 benefit for Tunes for Tots. Tickets for that gig go on sale Saturday (Dec. 3), with all proceeds earmarked for music education programs in Georgia.
The Athens, Ga., based band will hit the studio in January with famed producer Terry Manning to begin work on its next album, which is expected for a summer release. It will be the follow-up to 2003’s “Ball,” which has sold more than 101,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Breaking a 15-month hiatus that began in 2004, Widespread toured for much of the year, including stints at Lollapalooza and Farm Aid.