Atlanta, GA’s Fox Theatre staff barely had time to restore the venue back to its glorious natural state, before the rowdy Widespread Panic crowd shuffled inside to once again transform the legendary theater into a modern-day battlefield. As the sold-out venue hosted an action-packed performance the night prior, hardly a soul was seated in “blind anticipation” on the second night of this momentous New Year’s run. Widespread Panic took the stage starting casually with a slow-tempoed “Porch Song” to the wild approval of the awaiting audience. JoJo Hermann’s keys and voice took over for a spectacular cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Chunk of Coal”, which hasn’t been played since the first night of the 2016 New Year’s run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Dave Schools bounced merrily around JoJo’s pristine piano sounds. Maintaining the holiday spirit, the boys aced a progressively building “Christmas Katie”, which besides the title contains the lyrics “Jingle bells, electric lights” as well as “They’re Dancers, and Blitzens, and angels on high.” A blazin’ “Action Man” whipped the audience into a frenzy, before resettling into the end of “Christmas Katie” with an extra jam section. The intensity knob was cranked to full throttle as “Radio Child”—in the words of John Bell—absolutely “ELECTRIFIED!” Jimmy Herring was unleashing a cataclysmic energy with a speed and fury unforeseen even in the ancient elder scrolls that told of his days as a young wizard. The tempo subsided momentarily for John Bell to captivate with a sentimental “Gradle”, before the band lit the stage on fire with a traditional barn-burning conclusion to the first set with three crowd-favorite originals. JoJo Hermann was a man possessed throughout the next two songs. “Cotton Was King” continued the end of the first set’s festivities, with the exalting jubilee of build-ups and breakdowns, as well as the lyrics acclaiming that, “Every night is New Year’s Eve!” JoJo continued to dominate the acoustic with an upbeat “Big Wooly Mammoth”, as Dave Schools pummeled out his bottom end notes. To close the first set, the boys dropped right into “Love Tractor”, more affectionately known as “Fuck Truck”. The band departed the stage as the ushers and theater staff ran to the designated fire extinguisher locations in a chaotic hassle to try to put out all the spreading fires. During the setbreak, a city engineer was called in to ensure the structural integrity could withstand so many people jumping up and down at once.After confirming with the engineer that the venue’s structural integrity remained intact, the boys strolled back on stage to nail a sexy “Hatfield”, with Sonny Ortiz leading the tune with his drum kit. John Bell bounced back and forth between wild lunacy and incredible lucidity, with his passionate improvised lyrics describing his childhood and growing up with the rainmaker Charlie Hatfield. Keeping the original classics rolling, the band nailed a complete “Surprise Valley” before segueing into the dizzying musical maelstrom that is “Tie Your Shoes.” Another smooth transition led into an ethereal “Blue Indian”. The boisterous crowd chanted in harmony during the breakdown, “We gotta party goin’ on, many spirits strong!” A short pause gave the audience time to collect themselves before the opening notes to “Rebirtha” whipped them once more into a ravenous frenzy. The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion” emerged as a tease that eventually led into a savory “Ribs & Whiskey”. Dave Schools satisfied all the hungry ears with his metronomic bass riffs, while JoJo’s fingers danced all over his piano.Widespread Panic – “Ball Of Confusion” Jam[Video: MrTopdogger]Schools continued to dominate leading the musicians through an aggressive version of Vic Chestnutt’s “Sleeping Man” with his howling vocals. Jerry Joseph’s heartwarming song of brotherhood “Climb to Safety” was executed flawlessly before a bawdy “Tall Boy” closed the second set. Returning for their encore, Widespread Panic kept the original tunes flowing, with a mellow “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” from Everyday. Duane Trucks introduced the saw-blade cutter “Provin’ Ground” from the band’s second album, in which a spirited John Bell mystified. The intensity built to a climax with an unstoppable Jimmy Herring, which left many audience members frozen in stone until hours after the show ended. To end the second night of heat, the Panics concluded the show in the same way that they opened with a “Porch Song” from their debut album. The jam was intensified with a faster tempo, and marked the first time that the song was done twice in its entirety during the same show. The combination is now being commonly referred to as “Front Porch / Back Porch”.Widespread Panic – “Proving Ground”[Video: MrTopdogger]With three sets en route for tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebration, who knows what lies in store for the greatest band on the dang ol’ planet. (and considering the situation, finest band on the moon as well). The grand finale lies ahead, stay safe good people as the next gunna be the best one of the year!Head to Widespread Panic’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing informationSetlist: Widespread Panic | The Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 12/30/2018Set One: (Front) Porch Song > Chunk of Coal, Christmas Katie > Action Man > Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Gradle, Cotton Was King, Big Wooly Mammoth > Love TractorSet Two: Hatfield, Surprise Valley > Tie Your Shoes > Blue Indian, Rebirtha > Jam > Ribs & Whiskey, Sleeping Man, Climb To Safety, Tall Boy Encore Pickin’ Up The Pieces > Proving Ground > (Back) Porch Song Notes – First time ‘Porch Song’ has been played twice in entirety at same show; Opener was the slow version– ‘Chunk of Coal’ LTP 12/29/16 Ryman (106 shows)– ‘Ball of Confusion’ jam out of ‘Rebirtha’
The composer is even altering two of the numbers for the latest West End incarnation. Lloyd Webber told The Daily Mail: “Today Rum Tum Tugger should be a street cat and so that gives us a great dance opportunity and I must say that I never liked what I did with Growltiger’s Last Stand…so we’re having a go at that.” View Comments We’re positively purring at this news! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is returning to the West End this Christmas. The tuner will play a limited three month engagement at the London Palladium, beginning in early December. Casting will be announced shortly. Cats ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, where it won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one that will ascend to “the heavyside layer.” In their desire to be chosen to rise above to cat heaven, each cat sings his or her story. Cats features the Billboard top 40 hit “Memory.” The production will be based on the current U.K. touring show, which all the original creative team are involved with. Director Trevor Nunn, designer John Napier, choreographer Gillian Lynne and Lloyd Webber will be overseeing the transfer, with Chrissie Cartwright, long term associate director of Cats, working with Nunn and Lynne in re-directing the production for the Palladium.
Wellington Police notes: Friday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016: Friday, February 19,Â 2016â€¢3:33 a.m. Michael L. Sims, 64, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with discharging a firearm within the city of Wellington limits.â€¢7:10 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢9:20 a.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 200 block N. B, Wellington by known suspect. He was detained and released.â€¢11:38 a.m. Jonathon M Hensley, 24, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 62 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢12:27 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 900Â block E. Lincoln, Wellington.â€¢1:42 p.m. Officers minor in possession of alcoholic liquor and interference with law enforcement in the 1500Â block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢2:19 p.m. Jesus Duran, 20, Arkansas City, Kans. was arrested, charged and bonded with minor in possession of alcoholic liquor and interference with law enforcement officers.â€¢4:55 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 1400Â block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Tommy L D Farley, 23, Wellington and Gerald T. Ybarra, 63, Wichita.â€¢5:29 p.m. Officers investigated operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and no proof of insurance in the 1400Â block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢5:40 p.m. Horacio Gutierrez-Villegas, 47, Tulsa, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for operating a motor vehicle without a valid driversâ€™ license and no proof of insurance.â€¢9 p.m. Officers investigated restricted driving permits in the 300 block N. Olive, Wellington.â€¢9 p.m. Juvenile female, 14, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driversâ€™ license violation.â€¢9:06 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1200 Highland Court, Wellington.â€¢9:48 p.m. Officers took a report of a disturbance in the 1800Â block E. 16th, Wellington.Saturday, February 20, 2016â€¢12:58 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of known suspect in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.â€¢1:17 a.m. Kelsey J. Garmon, 23, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with theft.â€¢10:42 a.m. Jayden S. Kniffen-McDonald, 18, Bentley, Kans, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 54 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢11:01 a.m. Gina R. Morgan, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢11:08 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of medication and jewelry in the 700 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢2:42 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 1600Â block W. 8th, Wellington. The vehicle was recovered.â€¢5:20 p.m. Channing C. May, 23, Adrian, Texas was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.â€¢7:50 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Philip D. Hennig, 66, Wellington.Sunday, February 21, 2016â€¢2 a.m. Daniel R. Thompson Jr., 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective taillight.â€¢5:42 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.â€¢11:30 a.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Daniel T. Moore, 36, Mannford, Okla. and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Dakota A. Davis, Caldwell.â€¢12:05 p.m. Officers investigated duty of a known driver to report an accident in the 2000 E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢3 p.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 2000Â block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢4:10 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 2000Â block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢4:10 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢4:59 p.m. Daniel T. Moore, 36, Mannford, Okla. was arrested, charged and confined with theft.