First time on vinyl. 6 disc box set. In looking at how this September 1997 tour was structured, this could have been a show to skip…or maybe not. This was the fourth show in a row to open the tour, on a Monday night, involved crossing an international border, at a real small place, so it might be real crowded.
All of that could keep some from making the trip, but for others, those were exactly the reasons to go...and possibly collect the rewards for doing so. The band just seems to have a knack to know when the fans have gone out of their way and really paid some dues to make it. Or when a local crowd gets it. In either case…and in terms of this Montreal 1997 show, both cases…Widespread Panic gets off on that and then seems to go that extra mile.