Last night of a three night run in LA is always a great time to see Panic. LA is one of those really weird musical cities, especially for heads, but that doesn't stop WSP from totally ripping the place apart. The show was at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown LA. Downtown is like Tijuana with Skyscrapers, it's what things would be like if the Mexicans won the war. On one mile of city streets you can see about 6 run down theaters, dozens and dozens of closed shops and the poorest quality food you can imagine. And right in the middle of it is the beautiful Orpheum. This is a great theater, remenicent of days past with dignity and class. It's small, ornate and packs an oppressive usher and security staff.
Got to the show about an hour before showtime after lingering in exhaustive traffic. Some of the lot spreadheads were as filthy as I've ever seen but things were in good spirits so we went with it.
Widespread Panic !!
06/30/07 Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA
1: From The Cradle, One Arm Steve > Henry Parsons Died, Tortured Artist > All Time Low, Travelin' Man > May Your Glass Be Filled > Can't Get High, Holden Oversoul > Walkin' (For Your Love)
2: Postcard > Greta > Ain't Life Grand > Mercy > Werewolves of London > Drums > Jam > Maggot Brain > Imitation Leather Shoes, Vampire Blues > Conrad
E: The Take Out > Don't Be Denied > Porch Song
[Last 'Werewolves of London' - 04/26/02, 367 shows]
From the cradle started things off real nice with JB warming us up with some sweet vocals. Nice and quiet, then the band just tears right into it. I can't give a song by song anaylsis as I'm not familiar with most of their repetoire, as vast as it is. Seeing Panic is like hearing a sheet of pure uncompromised sound for 4 hours. It's fuckin' relentless.
Having Jimmy there, letting him loose, he's a lion roaring through the crowd. His sonic waves as so powerful you feel every note. Jimmy is one of the great quitar players of today, his performance and musicianship is unparalled. Yet what really makes him so good to my ears is his dedication to the music. He is the ultimate workhorse and an asset not for the band but for the music. Jimmy hears every nuance of a song, he brings out the true song like few musicians can do. Things you hear that were never written into the song, things that you recognize as pure natural elements. Building blocks of the song if you will. That's a huge reason why PLQ was so damn good. They made the songs come to life like none other. It's in the details! Jimmy was pure lightning, soaring through the thunderstorm that is Panic.
Everyone else in the band was in top form as well. You know that have a new bright energy in them. They were all pushing the envelope further and further. Schools, the mamoth was playing his heart out and acting as the perfect counter to Jimmy. JB sang so well with great power and feeling. His voice has really grown on me, it's quite impressive.
Highlights were -- Walkin' for your love
Greta was perfect
Ain't Life Grand>Mercy
Werewolves of London set the audience on fire!!
Conrad was the perfect burning down the house moment
An amazing show all around, Panic is one of the best touring bands around these days. Whether you dig or not they bring it hard, and that is enough to respect them.
Right after the show ended and the band left the stage, the house lights went up and instead of the usual post show music being played, the PA went up to full volume and Talkin' Head's Burning Down the House started playing erupting the audience into a huge dance party. Everyone gettin' down to it..all the smiles and limbs bobbing around...it was fantasic. What a great way to end a show.
As we were walking out of the venue cheers were going throughout the lobby as everyone screamed joy leaving the building. This happened 3 times as we were leaving. One of my favorite things about a great show. When the energy is so strong it doesn't end when the show does.
I like that panic fans are dedicated....they fuckin love that band.
>>I like that panic fans are dedicated....they fuckin love that band.
YES WE ARE & YES WE DO!!!
Possibly the biggest highlight of them all was Maggot Brain. I was unfamiliar with this cult classic tune, and now Jimmy Has made it one of my peak Panic moments
you used words i have used throughout my touring days with Panic, pre 2001. And even though i've distanced myself from them since, the SanDiego review from GDad got me fired up again. Listened to this show the other day and yes, FurE, Maggot Brain is the stand out.
Travelin'Man>MYGBF>Can'tGetHigh sounded very nice on the source i heard.
Cradle. I like that nice and mellow path out of the gate.
And you got WB,NM to open in SD. Nice.
Great read, LH!
yes thanks LH
Thanks LH...always have loved reading your reviews..
Jimmy extremely focused not overwhelming when he don't need to be..but when he does step in.. relentless comes to mind..
WSP...Its musical fresh powder for him to ski down..
I think that should replace pacifiers as accessorie of choice at WSP shows...
Herring and Schools..
Gets pretty breezy down there in the Jerry Pit..
>>.Its musical fresh powder for him to ski down..
Like that LH..
I've been lucky enuf to have touched the cyberhem of the garment of some pretty astute music appreciators..
And have seen-heard a few good musicians play as well...