The rockers say they "fully support the actions" which led to 200 people being arrested at shows of theirs last weekend...

Veteran southern rockers WIDESPREAD PANIC have come out in support of police and authorities following a crackdown at shows of theirs last weekend (26-28 April) which saw 200 fans arrested.

The band have also issued condolences to the family of a fan who appears to have died from a drug overdose.

“We fully support the actions taken by local police to eliminate drug dealing and underage drinking at all Widespread Panic concerts,” they said.

“Thousands of fans attend Widespread Panic shows equipped with only an appreciation for the music, and respect for their fellow concert goers; this is the responsible type of behaviour learned first in the home, and then carried into public, social situations.

The band added: “In response to the reported overdose Saturday evening at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, the band, management, and crew members of Widespread Panic send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young lady.”

As reported yesterday on NME.COM, the swoops came on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 26-28) as the band played to over 30,000 fans in total in Pelham, Alabama. About half the arrests were on felony drug charges, with the rest coming for minor drug offences and drinking charges.

The fan who died was Erica Robins Young, 29, of Chattanooga. She collapsed around 10pm on Saturday but people continued to dance around her before she was finally dragged from the stands and given cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She had suffered an apparent Ecstasy overdose.