The Shelf



Shelf candidates are songs from the song possibilities list that aren't getting any plays this year. When a song goes missing over a tour it certainly doesn't constitute a shelving, but I'll keep it on notice by listing it out. Before the next run, songs that have been sidelined for two years are placed on The Shelf to keep the rotation relevant.

There are a few exceptions, and while there's no science to the way they drop songs, there's certainly a method to their madness. Songs that are debuted during a special run but aren't played again, like 'Burning Down The House', don't belong on either list after a few tours and are lost in Purgatory. Some songs only played once or twice, like 'Lean On Me', are recent enough to stay on the list, even though they're not in rotation. Once a song goes missing for 2 years, is it on the shelf? I don't make the rules, but the current rotation is just that.

Fall 2016 New Additions To The Shelf:

Originals:

  • Down 
  • Clinic Cynic 
  • True To My Nature

Covers:

  • Gimme Some Lovin'
  • Glad 
  • I'm A Man
  • Do What You Like
  • Help Me Somebody
  • Spoonful 
  • Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
  • Baby, Please Don't Go 
  • Earache My Eye
  • Hit It And Quit It 
  • Strange Brew 
  • Wishbone 
  • I Wanna Be Sedated 
  • Green Onions 
  • Lake Of Fire
  • Familiar Reality
  • A Little Help From My Friends
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • Happy (Pharrell Williams) 
  • Happy (Rolling Stones)

The Shelf Updated: October 17th, 2016


Summer 2016 New Additions To The Shelf:

Originals:
  • Sleepy Monkey
  • Counting Train Cars
  • Don't Wanna Lose You
  • When You Coming Home
  • Casa Del Grillo
  • Dirty Side Down
  • Time Zones
  • Entering A Black Hole Backwards
  • Time Waits
  • Crazy
  • Travelin' Man
  • Bayou Lena
  • Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)
  • Tortured Artist
Covers:
  • Sultans of Swing
  • Cocaine
  • I Want Candy
  • Can't Get Enough
  • Stag-O-Lee
  • Are You Ready For The Country?
  • Help Me
  • Burning Down The House
  • Come On
  • Spill The Wine
  • None Of Us Are Free
  • Tipitina
  • (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
  • Devil In Disguise
  • You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
  • Sometimes
  • Time Waits For No One
  • Plastic Jesus
  • Knockin' 'Round The Zoo
  • Last Dance
  • Astronomy Domine Jam
  • Dark End of the Street
  • I've Been Working
  • Light Is Like Water
  • House Of The Rising Sun
  • I Put A Spell On You
  • Chest Fever
  • Time Fades Away
  • Coach
  • It's All Over Now
  • Carmelita
The Shelf Updated: June 16th, 2016



Spring 2015 New Additions To The Shelf:

Originals:

  • Free Somehow
  • Dark Bar
  • L.a.
  • You'll Be Fine
Covers:

  • This Cruel Thing
  • Geraldine And The Honeybee
  • That Don't Make It Junk
  • Success Yourself
  • Wet Trombone Blues
  • Superstition
  • Born On The Bayou
  • Susie Q
  • I'm Losing You
  • Time Is On My Side
  • Clap Hands
  • Somewhere In Time
  • Dang Me
  • Across The Universe
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  • Midnight Special
  • Fortunate Son
  • Keep On Chooglin'
  • Mystic Highway
  • The Old Man Down The Road
  • Mountain Hideaway
  • Bad Moon Rising
The Shelf Updated: March 13th, 2015



Spring 2014 New Additions To The Shelf:

Originals:

  • Dark Day Program
  • Walk On The Flood
  • Her Dance Need No Body
  • Jaded Tourist

Covers:

  • Fire On The Mountain
  • For What It's Worth
  • Nights In Wight Satin
  • Basically Frightened
  • The Harder They Come
  • Feelin' Alright
  • Riders On The Storm
  • Down On The Farm
  • Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
  • Waitin' For The Bus
  • Do What You Like
  • Mama Told Me Not To Come
  • Wild Thing
  • Born Under A Bad Sign
  • Crippled Inside
  • Easy Wind
  • Nobody's Fault But Mine
  • Sympathy For The Devil
  • All Along The Watchtower
  • Green Onions
  • Fairies Wear Boots
  • Strange Times
  • Just Kissed My Baby
  • New Speedway Boogie
  • Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
  • Blue Sunday
  • Peace Frog
  • Godzilla
  • I'm Losing You
  • Iron Man
  • Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
  • Love And Happiness
  • On Your Way Down

Off The Shelf:

  • Wish You Were Here
  • Suzie Q
  • Born On The Bayou

The Shelf Updated: February 27th, 2014

Shelf Candidates:

Originals:


Covers:


The Shelf Updated: April 4th, 2013

Spring 2013 New Additions To The Shelf:

None

Off The Shelf:


Shelf Candidates:

Originals:


    Covers:


    The Shelf Updated: April 4th, 2013


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    Fall 2012 New Additions To The Shelf:

    The Shelf Updated: December 10th, 2012

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    Spring 2012 New Additions To The Shelf:

    None

    The Shelf Updated: January 24th, 2012

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    Fall 2011 New Additions To The Shelf:

    None

    Shelf Candidates:

    Originals:


    Covers:

        Other Songs Hiding Out This Summer:

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            Summer 2011 New Additions to The Shelf:


            Shelf Candidates:

            Originals:


                Covers:


                    Other Songs Hiding Out This Spring: 

                    • A of D
                    • Crazy
                    • Glory
                    • Vacation
                    • And It Stoned Me
                    • Can't Find My Way Home
                    • Dirty Business
                    • Don't Be Denied
                    • Flat Foot Flewzy
                    • Green Onions
                    • Let's Get The Show On The Road
                    • On Your Way Down
                    • Pusherman

                    The Shelf Updates: June 18th, 2011

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                    The Shelf Updates: February 2nd, 2011

                    Shelf Candidates:

                    Covers:


                    Originals:


                    Other Songs Hiding Out This Fall:

                    • A of D
                    • Crazy
                    • Glory
                    • Vacation
                    • And It Stoned Me
                    • Can't Find My Way Home
                    • Dirty Business
                    • Don't Be Denied
                    • Flat Foot Flewzy
                    • Green Onions
                    • Let's Get The Show On The Road
                    • On Your Way Down
                    • Pusherman

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                    Spring 2011 New Additions to The Shelf:

                    None
                    Shelf Candidates:

                    Covers:



                        Originals:


                            Hiding Out This Summer:

                            • Dirty Business
                            • On Your Way Down
                            • The Shape I'm In
                            • Trouble
                            • A of D
                            • Casa Del Grillo
                            • Dream Song
                            • Three Candles

                            The Shelf Updates: September 9th, 2010

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                            Fall 2010 New Additions to The Shelf:

                            This Masquerade (LTP 11/14/2009)

                            I'll admit it: After the curtain fell on the 10/31/09 costume ball in Austin, Texas, the ever-so-appropriate luster of Widespread Panic covering Leon Russell's 'This Masquerade' was lost on me. It took checking the message boards, perusing lyrics and sheet music, watching George Benson youtubes and even re-watching 'The Exorcist' to find meaning in the selection. Solidifying that anything's set to happen on Halloween night in Panic-Land, the patiently paced and idiomatic debut of 'This Masquerade' would naturally lead into a rocking 'Postcard.' The juxtaposition between jazzy 7th- and then power chords, left many of us scratching our masks- checking Panicstream to wonder if it were a 'Phantom Of The Opera' song... for it to reappear out of a space jam two weeks later in Oakland was yet another piece to the puzzle. The music itself is indicative of confusion, and although that mysterious song has since fallen out of rotation, perhaps the craft of that choice and those lyrics ring louder today: "To understand the reason why we've carried on this way, we're lost in a Masquerade."

                            Riders On The Storm (LTP 07/19/08)

                            If you didn't believe John Bell could channel the spirit of Jim Morrison on stage like a scene out of Wayne's World 2, check out 'Time Is Free' from Loveland, Colorado. Certainly no stranger to reference, JB infused this one with Morrison's blood, rapping on 'The End'. The band teasing 'L.A. Woman' and 'Riders On The Storm'- mimicking Jim's preeminent chemical-vision. Similar juices were flowing in 1996 on Halloween, when Widespread Panic first covered 'Riders On The Storm.' That show would later fit into the Porch Songs series of the Widespread Panic Soundboard Archive, teeing-up the New Years Run performance in 1997, and unexpectedly reappearing for the very rainy NOLAWEEN-EVE of 1999. Often times a tease (Jojo) will signal their willingness to bust-it-out, ala 10/21/05 & 11/03/05. Those subsequent meanderings would come full circle, rearing a comeback amidst the new WP era a ghastly 457 shows later. Almost rotation ready in 2006, it was played some 30 shows apart at the helm of varying lineups. Out of the three I've seen- Charlotte '06, epic Sunday Red Rocks of 2008, and a Portsmouth performance with the talented and sightly Anne Marie Calhoun on fiddle, I simply can't remember anything... Those were the days- ha! In the words of Jim Morrrison, "I actually don't remember being born, it must have happened in one of my blackouts." I had a hard time moving the song from the rotation list to the shelf this spring, what with such staggering occurrences, but here we are- 2 years later... without a 'Riders On The Storm.'

                            Superstition (LTP 07/19/08)

                            I'm effectively playing Devil's advocate by moving 'Superstition' to the front of the shelf prior to Fall Tour. If you weren't aware, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band played the Stevie Wonder number with Dave Schools (After 'Cissy Strut', wink wink) on their 'Down and Dirty' DVD, and Panic featured a live cut from Mud Island '99 on 'Another Joyous Occasion' (featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band). And these guys happen to be playing with Widespread Panic on Halloween this year in New Orleans... Be that as it may, 119 shows have passed since the last one at Lakewood Amphitheatre in 2008, the longest break since debuting this funky, Mutron driven keyboard party in New Orleans (with members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band). They've only done it 3 times without special guests, and it's been 4 years since DDBB played with them, yadayadayada... 'writing's on the wall', ya dig? See you in NOLA! 


                            Coming Soon: Time Waits For No One / Entering A Black Hole Backwards

                            How's It Gonna Be??

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                                Covers:

                                    The Shelf Updates: June 6th, 2010



                                    Summer 2010 New Additions to The Shelf:

                                    Fishing (LTP 11/29/2008)

                                    169 shows later they bust Fishing out for a special show in Asheville (Thanksgiving '08), along with Counting Train Cars... Fishing came complete with a 'Her Dance Needs No Body' shout out, and was played pretty darn well. Some people are against it, but I'm a fan of mixing it up, so it's too bad this song went right back on the shelf. Supposedly they've been practicing it, but Fishing has collected dust. People like this song, I hope they play it sometime with Jimmy on the White Stratocaster, but goodbye for now

                                    Do What You Like (LTP 11/5/2008)

                                    This Blind Faith cover dates back to 1987... Rotating at a decreasing rate before a loooong break- 5 years later and 751 shows (read: touring asses off) at The Temple Theatre in Tacoma, Washington. Fast forward to the infamous Palace Theater run of 2006. George's gear has been replaced by Sam and John Keane's, as the bustout door opens up, letting in a jammed out Do What You Like. If you liked that, you'll love the Jimmyness of this version, complete with a 'Take 5' intro that melds with DWYL perfectly; last played at the Murat in 2008.


                                    Help Me Somebody (LTP 6/27/2008)

                                    Word... a hopped up Jojo version of NRBQ's Help Me Somebody was a real pleasantry in Raleigh 2 years ago when they decidedly ripped the shed/heads off of Walnut Creek. I caught another one at Red Rocks 2 months later and that was !rowdy!, but it's been crickets ever since. Alas, the year is 2010 and we'll be waiting on a brand new day for this one.


                                    Hope In A Hopeless World (LTP 11/5/2008)

                                    If you google Hope In A Hopeless World the first three hits are Widespread Panic related. They've really made Mavis Staples' old man; Pops Staples' cover their own, aptly demonstrating the breadth of this here catalog. It also appears on Bombs & Butterflies, and pardon the pun but it's been a Panic staple since 1996. This begs a rotation question... where's the SOUL at? This one has gone the way of None Of Us Are Free and Dark End Of The Street. LTP 115 shows ago at... wait, we've heard this before: the Murat. Sheesh, November 08 will break a song.

                                    Spoonful (LTP 7/5/2008)

                                    That spoon, that spoon, that Spooooonful! The throwback, 'Spoonful' portmanteau is a glorious thing, adding a little smog to a set with it's driving modal intensity. We all know Jimmy's no stranger to hopping on stage with Derek, Warren, the rest of the Allmans or the Dead for an old, dirty Willie Dixon number, nor is Widespread Panic. Nor the folks in Upper Darby, having been treated to another spoonful of... whatever, and with John Keane sharing duties, taboot. The song has meandered since, but it's been a long while since 07/05/08, so it's safe to say she's getting kicked from the list.

                                    Sympathy For The Devil (LTP  7/8/2008)

                                    This one pains me.... Rewind to 04/21/2007 for an NMAS co-bill of epic proportion (Note: Dickinson on guitar is missing from the track list). Remember when Walnut Creek was the shit? It had, after all, only been 475 shows since Panic last played Sympathy For The Devil for the lucky fuckers in New Orleans, LA, on 10/29/2000. It goes to show, there's a time and a place for everything, especially this one.

                                    Wish You Were Here (LTP 6/20/2008)

                                    Exactly.

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                                    burnthday