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Tickets to go on Sale for Widespread Panic's 25th Anniversary Concert
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Tickets to go on Sale for Widespread Panic's 25th Anniversary Concert

Widespread Panic, among many things, has become legendary for their live performances and loyal fanbase. To kick off their 25th Anniversary, Widespread Panic has announced two shows on the original site where they first performed as Widespread Panic. The band will perform at the Classic Center Theatre in their hometown of Athens, GA on February 10th & 11th.

In 1995, The Classic Center opened on the same spot where the Mad Hatter Ballroom originally stood in Athens. In 1986, drummer Todd Nance joined the group, and after toying around with potential new monikers, they decided on Widespread Panic. The name was inspired by the nickname of late founding member and lead guitarist Michael Houser, who they called Panic. Their debut performance took place on February 6, 1986, with a lineup that consisted of Houser, Nance, John Bell (guitar/vocals) and Dave Schools (bass).

That core nucleus, with the addition of percussionist Domingo “Sunny” Ortiz later that year and keyboardist/vocalist John Hermann in 1992, stayed together until Houser succumbed to cancer in 2002. The group welcomed guitar virtuoso Jimmy Herring in 2006 and have remained an unstoppable force, breaking attendance records in major venues throughout the U.S.

Tickets for the Athens shows are $50 and will go on sale on January 8th at 9 a.m. at the Classic Center box office at 300 N. Thomas Street in Downtown Athens, via phone at 706.357.4444 or www.ClassicCenter.com.

 

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