Columbia, South Carolina
Photos by Andy Tennille
Starting a two-show run at the Township Auditorium with a scorching “Holden
Oversoul” certainly set the tone for Widespread Panic’s return to Columbia, SC, but the
band didn’t step off the gas, tearing through a strong first set with a sweet “Smokestack
Lightning > Chest Fever.”
“Travelin’ Man > Vacation” was about the only respite from the rock in the second set, with “Heroes” getting things cranked back up and dropping into a huge “Impossible.” “Pleas > Mr. Soul” was very, very nice, and the encore – “Expiration Day” and “Action Man” – was the perfect way to close it.
Night two started much the way its predecessor did, with “Travelin’ Light” hot out of the gate. Todd sang a great version of “Down,” and “Walk On” appeared on the set list for the first time since The Tabernacle during last year’s Wood tour.
The second set was one you write home about. “Tall Boy > Hatfield > Sewing Machine” to open, short pause in and out of “Tickle the Truth,” but after that it was off to the races with “Stop-Go > Genesis, Happy > Airplane > Let's Get The Show On The Road > Postcard.” The “Quarter Tank” and “Zoo” were just gas on the fire.