Widespread Panic is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. They have been together since 1986 and have released 10 studio albums, 12 live albums, and numerous compilations. The band is known for their improvisational live performances and their eclectic mix of musical styles, which include Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk, and hard rock.
Widespread Panic has toured extensively throughout their career and has played to millions of fans around the world. They have held the record for the most sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
The band has had a few lineup changes over the years. Michael Houser, who played guitar and sang on some of the band's early albums, died of pancreatic cancer in 2002. Todd Nance, who played drums on most of the band's albums, left the band in 2016 and died in 2020.
The band's current lineup includes:
John Bell (guitar, vocals)
Dave Schools (bass)
Duane Trucks (drums)
Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz (percussion)
John "JoJo" Hermann (keyboards)
Jimmy Herring (guitar)
Widespread Panic is still going strong today and continues to tour in 2023 and record. They are one of the most popular and respected jam bands in the world and have had a lasting impact on the music scene.