Widespread Panic: 50 Things You Didn’t Know

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Widespread Panic turned 25 this year; formed in 1986 (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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The band was named for Houser's once-frequent panic attacks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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John Bell and Michael Houser met in 1981 in their dorm at the University of Georgia. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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John's full name is John Farmer Bell (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Mayor John Hickenlooper proclaimed Friday, June 27 "Widespread Panic Day" in the City and County of Denver. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In honor of Widespread Panic's 25th Anniversary, the State of Georgia's Senate & House of Representatives each passed resolutions to commemorate the achievement. On February 15, 2011 members of the band stood before the General Assembly to be recognized and honored for their music, service, charity and longevity.
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...and Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia) at 17. (Photo by Matt Carmichael/Getty Images)
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2008: Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
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2008: Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
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They have released: 11 studio albums... (Photo by Matt Carmichael/Getty Images)
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In 2003, Widespread Panic sold out 2 nights at New York's Madison Square Garden and in 2005 sold out 3 nights at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in 2005 in NYC.
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They have only 1 compilation album vs 5 archive albums. (Photo by Matt Carmichael/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic has joined the effort to rebuild post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans by sponsoring a house in the Lower 9th Ward area of the city through the Make It Right foundation; inspiring their fans to spearhead a house of their own, 'The House that Widespread Panic Fans Built'.
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☻Widespread Panic holds attendance records at major venues across the country, including - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (1999) single one day attendance record 63,000. - Red Rocks Amphitheater in Golden, CO - 2011 marked WP's 35th sold out show. Three nights sold out in 7 minutes in 2011 - Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA; December 31st, 2006 marked the band's 15th sold out show at Philips Arena. In honor of this milestone, A permanent banner has been raised displaying the achievement and naming them the arena's house band. The Official count is now at 17. - Lake Front Arena in New Orleans, LA; October 31st, 2002 was proclaimed "Widespread Panic Day" in New Orleans, LA by Mayor C.Ray Nagin. - Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham, AL; 17 Sold out Shows
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In 1997 Houser started playing seated only at all shows (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Feed People Through Music is a volunteer organization that hosts food drives at shows to benefit the local food bank in that market. To date, FPTM has collected over $100,000, 16 tons of food in 30 cities. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Bell has helped raise over $2 million for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) research. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Herring is the only member not considered to contribute vocally. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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According to gorankem.com Ain't Life Grand is the song favorite of the fans. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic ranked among the top 50 grossing touring acts for eight years running. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The band has an extensive online fan base -their website currently averages over 400,000 hits a day. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic's self-titled album was released by 3 record labels: capricorn records, Warner Bros. records, and later re-released by Zomba Music Group. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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In the beginning, Mike, JB, & Dave performed around Athens as a trio, occasionally utilizing local drummers. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Panic signed with Landslide Records in 1987. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic signed with Capricorn Records in January 1991. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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That same year Billy Bob Thornton directed the movie Widespread Panic: Live from the Georgia Theatre. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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They headlined two nights of the 1st annual Bonnaroo Festival, drawing a crowd of 70,000. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In early 2002, guitarist Michael Houser was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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Michael Houser died on August 10, 2002. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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Only one month and 2 days after his last performance in Cedar Rapids IA. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In 2003, Ball was released, the first studio album without Houser. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In honor of Widespread Panic's 25th Anniversary, the State of Georgia's Senate & House of Representatives each passed resolutions to commemorate the achievement. On February 15, 2011 members of the band stood before the General Assembly to be recognized and honored for their music, service, charity and longevity. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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Free "CD release party" for light fuse, get away, was one of the largest release parties in history with an estimated 80-100,000 fans. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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The band received gold certification for their concert DVD Live at Oak Mountain. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In 2006 Jimmy Herring joined the band as lead guitarist. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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60,000 fans watched their May 9, 2006 show at Atlanta's Fox Theatre live in theatres across the country. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In 2008 Widespread Panic began to release vintage concert performances from the Widespread Panic Archives. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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The same year Widespread Panic was introduced into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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In 2009 they teamed with the Allman Brothers to co-headline a summer and fall tour. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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In 2010 the band announced they would be going on hiatus in 2012, looking forward to going out on a high note after their 25th anniversary. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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The band is known for never playing the same show twice, Garrie Vereen, member of the band's road crew explains this process in the DVD The Earth Will Swallow You. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic has a policy where they ALLOW fans to tape, trade, and to a limited extent freely distribute their shows. This process has allowed them to gain such a strong national following. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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JoJo has toured with 3 bands! Widespread Panic, JoJo's Mardi Gras band, and the Smiling Assassins. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Todd Nance released 3 albums with the band Barbara Cue. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic has 15, 954 followers on twitter. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Facebook out dupes twitter by 244,061, coming in at 260,015 likes on the book. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic's self-titled album was released by 3 record labels: capricorn records, Warner Bros. records, and later re-released by Zomba Music Grou. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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To celebrate they are counting back the 25 years by releasing one show a week via the archive podcasts on itunes!. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Widespread Panic is known to be from Athens Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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However Houser grew up in N.C. and Bell in Ohio. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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