Widespread Panic Pulls Out Of H.O.R.D.E.

In a statement issued Tuesday by the band, the group claims that the H.O.R.D.E. camp did not honor agreements it made with the band about the bill for the tour and the times the band would take the stage.

"We had a deal since March and only this week learned the tour organizers weren't going to live up to it. We have to move on at this point," the band's management declared.

For a band that played the first two years of the H.O.R.D.E. tour, the decision to sever ties with the rolling festival was a difficult one.

"The members of Widespread Panic apologize to all their fans for this very disappointing and painful turn of events," the statement says.

The tour still boasts appearances by Neil Young, Soul Coughing, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Kula Shaker, Ben Folds Five, Morphine, Beck, and Primus. Widespread Panic had provided a link to H.O.R.D.E.'s retro-60s feel of years past, when acts like Lenny Kravitz, Black Crowes, and the Dave Matthews Band graced the stage.

This year it will be up to Young and H.O.R.D.E. founders Blues Traveler (who will turn up for a handful of dates) to fly the roots rock flag.