Widespread Panic will no longer tour following a New Year’s Eve show at the end of 2016.
Widespread Panic, who celebrates 30 years together as a band this year, have decided that after this year, they will no longer tour. Fans will be happy to know that they still intend to play short runs like their famed Red Rocks run, and festivals like the New Orleans Jazz Fest, but will no longer go off on extensive tours.
Speaking with Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger, Jo Jo Hermann, the band’s keyboardist, said “We’re really wearing it out this year because we’re basically going to call it touring-wise after this year; we’re not going to tour anymore.” He made sure to emphasize that the band is not retiring or breaking up. “We’re still all brothers and still going to play together. … It is really not that big of a deal, I don’t think.”
Widespread Panic is currently in the middle of their spring tour, which takes them through the South and Midwest, ending with a sold-out three-night run in Chicago May 5 to 7. Following about a month off, they head back out on a 20-night summer tour, which kicks off June 17 in Rogers, Arkansas and includes a sold-out three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado June 24 to 26 and three nights in Las Vegas July 8 to 10 before closing out in Los Angeles on July 16. Tickets for many of their shows are still available. They have no further dates scheduled, but have hinted at a New Year’s Eve show.