After nearly 30 years, Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic took a well-deserved and well-earned break from their relentless touring schedule for most of 2012. Luckily for their ever-loving, ever-devoted fanbase, the break only lasted one year, but compared to their usual schedule that must have seemed like a lifetime.
The spring, Widespread Panic got back on the road, and on Sunday they'll be arriving at Flagstaff's Pepsi Amphitheatre for their only show in Arizona. Describing a Widespread Panic show is difficult--it's an experience that the fans and friends in attendance all share, and the only way to grasp that unity is to be a part of it.
Back on the road, and with some newly written music in their sets, Widespread Panic seems to be in full swing already. Up on the Sun caught up with bassist Dave Schools ahead of the band's arrival in Flagstaff, and he offered us his insights on their fans, bootlegged recordings of concerts, and the band's belief in giving back to the people who have given them so much.