This poster is RARE and hard to find. 17″ x 25″ and is on cardboard stock paper. It now comes with a SECOND poster, an alternate version printed on thin paper with a sticker covering the part that originally advertised the free show on April 18th, instead now it advertises the Panic In The Streets home video. So you get two very cool WSP posters! If you are interested in just the thin poster we have that one listed on its own as well. WSP : 27 years ago this week, a singer everyone called J. A bass-playing future journalism school dropout and a guitarist nicknamed Panic for his bouts with anxiety went looking for a drummer for their next gig. After striking out with the usual suspects around Athens, Georgia, the three friends made an eleventh-hour call to a high-school band mate of the guitar player living in Atlanta, thinking he might still have his kit handy. A few days later, Todd Nance rolled up to the house at 320 King Avenue shared by John Bell, Michael Houser and David Schools in an old, beat-up white Maverick, his drums crammed into the back. After a night of rehearsing, the new quartet hopped onstage together for the first time the next day at the old Mad Hatter Ballroom to play a short set that opened with the Buffalo Springfield classic For What Its Worth. Widespread Panic was born. Within the year, Domingo Sunny Ortiz, a drummer new in town from Austin, Texas, began turning up at their regular Monday night gigs at the Uptown Lounge and never left. As weekly gigs morphed into regional tours, the band began to forge a sound unto themselves, a combination of Housers unorthodox guitar playing, Bells coarse growl, Nances rock-steady drumming, Schools lead bass playing, Ortizs multi-textured percussion coupled with a collective commitment to playing original songs from the outset and a willingness to walk the improvisational high wire night after night. Landslide Records came calling and Space Wrangler, Widespread Panics debut album, dropped in September 1988, the first copies of which were hand-delivered to the band by Col. Bruce Hampton, an area shaman, bandleader and early mentor. Former Dixie Dreg T Lavitz manned the keyboards for the bands self-titled follow-up released on Capricorn Records in July 1991, but it really wasnt until John Jojo Hermann a native New Yorker-turned-Mississippian equally snapped by the likes of Professor Longhair and Terry Adams – claimed the chair the following spring that the band felt like a true ensemble. With a new songwriter, vocalist and worthy onstage foil in Hermann in the fold, the bands lineup was set. The celebration for their first live album, Light Fuse, Get Away, drew more than 100,000 fans for a free show in downtown Athens and is still considered one of the largest CD-release parties in music history. By 2002, the band was one of Americas best and most sought-after rock acts, but rock n roll fairytales inevitably take a tragic turn. Michael Houser, Panics founding guitarist and inscrutable core, developed pancreatic cancer. The guitarist remained rooted at stage right until a few weeks before his death, delivering a spine-tingling, tear-jerking performance for the bands headlining spot at the inaugural Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival. Eight weeks after leaving the road, Houser was gone, taking with him a unique musical signature that fans affectionately dubbed The Lingering Lead. An era was over. It wasnt until the summer of 2006 – when John Bell placed a call to an old friend to see if he might be interested in joining the band – that the wheels were put in motion for a new chapter in Widespread Panics history to begin. Jimmy Herring was no stranger to Widespread Panic when he got the call inviting him to join the band. A veteran of the Atlanta music scene, Jimmy first crossed paths with the band in the late 80s as the lead guitarist for Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. From the first flurry of notes at his very first show with the band the opening night of a four-show run at Radio City Music Hall that kicked off the bands 2006 fall tour Herring has re-energized Widespread Panic in the best way possible: by restoring a signature guitar sound to their music, returning a sense of balance to their ensemble and enabling the band to continue to incite, amaze and move people closer to joy. Nothing gold can stay, and no band understands that lesson better than Widespread Panic, but with Herring now in his seventh year in the fold and the band fresh off an ten-month hiatus and ready to roll, theres a palpable sense of renewed purpose and commitment and a rejuvenated enthusiasm within the band. That vibe the feeling that anything can and may happen is back with Widespread Panic. And it feels good. The item “Widespread Panic RARE Concert Poster Athens, GA Light Fuse get away w FREE POSTER” is in sale since Saturday, November 26, 2016. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Music Memorabilia\Rock & Pop\Artists W\Widespread Panic”. The seller is “oddtoe” and is located in Hayward, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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