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Go ahead, Panic

Kings of jam here Saturday.

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After a year off from touring and finally taking a breath after losing band co-founder Michael Houser to cancer, Widespread Panic has roared back in 2005 with a new live album and a powerhouse tour that began in the spring, plus plans to go into the studio early in 2006. And the Georgia-based jam band, which usually (at least around here lately) plays outdoor venues, will go inside for a general admission jam at Alltel Arena on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Showtime is 8 p.m. All seats are $30.75 plus service charges through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or 975-9000) or the arena box office.

Fans well-familiar with Panic’s usual shows can anticipate almost anything: for example, one concert here a few years back featured a 30-minute opening set, an hour or so break and then a two-hour jamming finish. You can get an idea of a typical Panic show via the Internet at www.livewidespreadpanic.com, where live recordings of selected concerts can be downloaded.

“Live at Myrtle Beach” is the newest WP release, which critics have hailed. The group is hitting the Midwest and Southern U.S. circuit after major shows on the East and West coasts earlier this year, as well as headlining spots on the major music festivals. The band recently entered into the Top 15 of Pollstar’s Top 50 chart of best-selling tours of 2005, based on gross ticket sales.


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