Win Widespread Panic Tickets! [Update with Winners]

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With all the fanfare surrounding U2's upcoming record-breaking performance at Busch Stadium, we'd like to take this moment to draw your attention to another rarefied titan of live music: Widespread Panic, whose 25th Anniversary Tour comes to the Peabody Opera House on October 12th. The kings of jam from Athens, Georgia have long transcended the rote mashing associated with the genre by infusing a huge number of musical styles into surprisingly tight-knit compositions. It's not exactly punctual music, but there is no denying the appeal.

Tickets for the Peabody show go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m., but we have three pairs to give to a few folks before they even hit the market.

Update: Congratulations, Amy, Grat and Tobin! Check your email for details on how to collect your tickets.

To win, tell us which of the band's fifteen previous St. Louis shows had your favorite setlist and why. Diehards already know why that is much, much easier to do than you might think. Hey: Bet that Off Broadway show in November of 1989 was a good time!

Please note:

  • Leave your entries in the comments below, and be sure to include an email address so we can contact you if you win.
  • Winners will be selected by the strength of the argument (i.e. the comments that demonstrate the most passionate fandom).
  • The contest will close at 6 p.m. today, July 14th.
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twoarmeddej
twoarmeddej

04/21/00 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.  First set brought some standard issue songs, but also some rarities in C. Brown and The Waker...I always got a kick out of seeing Mikey sing on Waker because it was so rare for "panic" to sing.  Fishwater woke everyone up to close the first set (Sonny went nuts on drums) and also sent the message that they were bringing the heat in the second set. 

Second set was definately my highlight of this show...opened up with All Time Low > Travelin' Light (JJ Cale cover) > Ain't Life Grand > Bowlegged Woman > Blight (Schools got filthy on this...definately the dark side of the six headed beast) > Surprise Valley > Drums > Surprise Valley > Red Hot Mama > Love Tractor (always a fun set closer).  Encore = Dream Song > Cream Puff War (rowdy way to close the show and leave folks wanting more). 

Have a listen to the 4/21/00 show here: http://panicstream.com/streams...

The Fox is such a great venue and so ornate, but I'm anxious to see what the Peabody has to offer.  Trying to remember where all the lever are. 

dejarnette@gmail.com

Gratparsons
Gratparsons

Fox Theatre July 30th 2006. this particular show was special to me bacause i lived in mississippi at the time. i drove up for the Memphis shows which were the two days prior to the Fox show. i met someone there (complete stranger) who asked if i had a place that he could crash. i told him it should be no problem and he seemed like a cool guy. after telling him this, he told me that he didnt really need a place to crash but rather that he had a free ticket third row center stage for the show in st louis and had no one to give it to. him asking me for a place to stay was him finding out if i was a cool enough person that he could hang out with at a show. so thew next day after the memphis show i drove up to st louis. my first time here since i was probably ten years old. the setlist was awesome and i couldnt have asked for a better time in the beautiful Fox. the day after the show i found out that itr was their guitarist George McConnells last show with the band. Although im the biggest Mikey fan, this kinda made the show even more special to me. i now live in st louis and cant wait for this show! email address is gratparsons@gmail.com

Craig
Craig

My first Panic show was Mississippi Nights in 1992 and that was great, so we went to the Blue Note in Columbia, Mo two days later which was also very nice....the rest is history as they say.

The 2006 Fox Theater was an important day in Panic history as it was Georges last show ever with WP and featured John Keene on guitar and Pedal steel!.  But the best setlist due to the rarity and coolness of songs has to be that  American Theater 97 show.. Sandbox, Junco Partner both very rare. Plus they used the "love tractor" for their live CD. Also Happy> Pusherman and Nobody's loss... Great show all around.

I've seen every WP show in St. Louis since 92 except the Wash U. show. (I was slacking).  Plus many others too!  Looking forward to adding the New Peabody to the list. Thanks.

Tobin
Tobin

Fox Theatre 05/05/05.  Their first show in St. Louis after the death of Michael Houser.  I vividly remember his guitar sitting in the middle of the stage as a very touching memorial.  Don't remember the whole set list, but do remember "Tall Boy" opening the second set, and the rarely played (at least anymore) Dear Mr. Fantasy.

tobin024@gmail.com

davbak
davbak

4/21/2000 was the best WSP show I've ever seen in St. Louis.. You could feel the old balcony in the Fox swaying up and down during RHM > Love Tractor. I'm pretty sure that was the night Schools wore a Blues Jersey and informed the crowd either before the second set or the encore that the Blues won their play off game. Of all the shows (WSP and otherwise), that show will always stand out.

Madeline
Madeline

July 30, 2006 at The Fox. What an epic opener!! How can you not have high hopes for the entire show with "Disco" getting you fired up? Loved "Weight of the World" in there. Funky at its' finest!

mgscr3@mail.missouri.edu

Amy B
Amy B

Not sure I was as appreciative of the actual setlist because it was 20 years ago but I have to go with the VERY FIRST time I saw WSP, which was at Mississippi Nights as an opener for Blues Traveler (9/11/91) just after their self-titled CD came out. I came to see Blues Traveler rock the house, but once Panic played I never wanted them to stop. I left a huge Widespread fan, and still am to this day. A close second would have been the show "in the round" at Westport Playhouse in '94. Shows at The American were fantastic as well. I have seen them every time they have played STL since and am sooooo glad they are finally returning after nearly four years gone. Can't think of a better way to kick of the new Peabody! My email address is amy@amyburger.com 

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