Widespread Panic

Philips Arena

Atlanta, GA

Dec 31, 2009

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I had a blast on New Year’s Eve ringing in 2010 with Widespread Panic at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. With a New Year’s show for the ages and a ton of friends and family to share it with, I don't think I could’ve had a better time. Now I just can't wait to listen to the recording.

During the course of the two day run, it seemed like every conversation I had ended up centering on when the next Multi Track Archive release will be coming out. Although appropriately evasive with my responses, this topic certainly put me in an archive frame of mind.

So, here I was, up early on 1/1/10...and on the heels of an incredible show with a legitimate archive question running through my mind. Combining these two thoughts together, "Instant Classic" Multi Track came to mind...and before I had a chance to reject that idea, I had already crossed my fingers and thrown it to Chris Rabold. And, wouldn't you know it...instant resonation. Chris' only concern was the overall production time a traditional Multi Track release would require would not be available due to scheduling constraints, etc. After going back and forth a bit about what level of quality he could achieve in a shorter period of time, we felt comfortable we could land in a much better spot than the familiar current 2 track option and therefore, release an enhanced recording. After assuring each other that roughly a week's delay would be ok if the reason was honorable, we decided to make it happen.

So, Happy New Year all over again. The Widespread Panic 12/31/09 New Year's Eve show will be available in Multi Track format next Monday, January 11, 2010. Pre-order your copy now!

Horace Moore

P.S. 12/30/09 the first night of the New Years run is up and available in Download and CD format now! Order both nights together and Save 15%
Show Notes:
  • Set 1 "Acoustic"
  • Her Dance, Up All Night, Ophelia, Gotta Be Startin' Somethin, Tallboy, I Wish, Moondance, and Bust It Big w/ The Mega Blasters on Horns

Dave in AZ 1/15/2010 8:42:35 AM

"Look, I love WSP, been a big fan since the mid-90s. And I love the availability here of the soundboards. However, if you are going to charge an extra three dollars for this show (4 cds) then there should be a three dollar discount for the fall tour shows with ABB since those were only 2 discs. I will purchase anyway and go to as many shows in 2010 as I can, but come on ... Remember, its only us Die-hards who are buying the boards in the first place."

jackstraw 1/12/2010 1:29:35 PM

"so far I've only heard the first set... four times incredible good sound and even better performance! "crazy"...i'll hear it a fifth time & thousand times more Thank you WSP & please come to europe. That would be really CRAZY..."

Dave 1/12/2010 8:01:46 AM

"P.S. I think I woke up around 10:13 New Years Day and I assure you this old world wasn't the same!!!!"

Dave 1/12/2010 7:57:14 AM

"There is not a whole lot to say about this.....you'll laugh at that statement in a minute.....I was in Athens when they were getting started....saw MANY shows...have followed them around...New Years is my one annual event that MUST NOT be missed....I went to Denver last year and said it was better than the year before in ATL...The first night started with a bug in my juice when someone decided to steal my jacket(a very special one at that!)....(Hundreds of Dead shows along with a host of others) not to mention all of the Panic shows.....I have never had that happen so my mind was a little off if you know what I mean!! As all hardened road warriors do I accepted the reality of the situation and LET IT GO!! On with the show!!! Great sets!!! Great time with friends (Zach - Bryan - Martin,wherever the hell you were) I mean WOW! It ended up being a great warm up show for the experience that was to come...Enough on that! Dec. 31 2009.......started out the day with a little food and beer and waited with a huge smile on my face!! I knew this one was going to be special!!!!** Be patient as I explain.... You see, a couple of years ago I lost a marriage and my health.... I was just shy of being in a wheelchair until the doctors found that my bones were dying and the first step was to replace my hips with titanium new ones....what a blessing...alot of depression.....suicidal thoughts....loss of income etc, etc, life. Panic has helped heal me in many ways! As my friend and I were scouting out our seats ( left of stage 2nd tier)we decided to go get a better look as there were not many people in the arena yet. Let me stop now and say that when I got home my girlfriend (who stayed home but bought me the tickets for Christmas)asked me what the single most impressive thing about the whole experience was.....this is what I said.... As Bryan and I were scouting (left of stage at a great diagonal on the second tier) we ran into the handicapped section were we met a man named John Lee....This man was there alone, in a wheelchair. He had lost the use of his legs in an accident. His resolve and positive attitude about life and this particular experience were unbelievably positive!!!! I knew we were staying there for the night!! Along came another soldier of fortune...a blind man who was there by himself...I was amazed....I hope in reading this you are starting to get a sense of what was coming over me!!... So.....Let's Get Down To Business ... shall we ... Vacation>Expiration Day.........OH SHIT...talk about hitting home!!! The rest was icing. Little Kin.....Blackout.....pick your head up off the floor!!!! Happy new year!!!! So you Wanna" get Somethin' Started.....hmmm....WoW!....and it continued to snowball into what will be an all time great!!Blue moon = Moondance...I mean!!!! The Megablasters were great as always!!!! The tribute songs were an honor to be a part of..R.I.P. Vic.... MJ...a Stevie Wonder song?! No sense in Wondering!....An un believable sequence of events!!!!! Somewhere before the second set break I was handed one of those things "that taste so very, very nasty in my mouth".....and as fate would have it..................They played it!!!!.... I hope that you have stood the test of reading this.....it stands to reason that at least for me this was a very special event!!! Not only for the fantastic musicianship but for those great moments when all things came together to help me see again!! Thank You John Lee!!!! The point is this>>>>it is the people that make the beautiful things happen.....keep believing!!!!"

Alex The Cat 1/11/2010 9:56:04 PM

"It was my 13th show on the 31st on a blue moon. Best panic i've ever seen. Best I've heard with jimmy and I'm a huge jimmy fan as it is."


Setlist at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA on Dec 31, 2009

Set One

Let's Get Down To Business 390


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Wondering 301


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Already Fried 438


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Tortured Artist 365


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Clinic Cynic 339


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Crazy 463


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Vacation 582


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Expiration Day 306


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Holden Oversoul 321


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Porch Song 215


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Set Two

Little Kin 392


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Space Wrangler 511


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Impossible 493


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Jack 417


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Action Man 303


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Her Dance Needs No Body 493


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Up All Night 253


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Ophelia 223


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Pigeons 517


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Set Three

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 663


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Tall Boy 277


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Arlene 619


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Surprise Valley 1138


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Driving Song 259


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Disco 492


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Driving Song 171


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Rock 453


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I Wish 264


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Moondance 435


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Bust It Big 543


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Chilly Water 891


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Walkin' After Midnight 268


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Protein Drink/Sewing Machine 740


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