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Episode 45 - This Is Not Episode 46
March 24, 2015

Yes, this episode is introduced as Episode 46 in the podcast. Math is hard; just ask Joe M. Anyway, we kick off the new year with an hour-long catch-up session that touches on all things tour, 2-sets, and of course, some healthy Alpine speculation.

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2015 Tour Will Feature Guests

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 8:29pm on Wednesday, Apr 29th, 2015

With not a lot of time before the 2015 tour, the official site announced that there will be special guests appearing during the 2015 Dave Matthews Band tour. Unlike the 2014 tour where people popped up randomly (and not randomly eventually), this time around it appears that guests will be announced ahead of the shows. The first guest is long time fan favorite Bela Fleck. The banjo virtuoso will appear at SPAC and in Colorado. So if you're not planning on those shows and you haven't seen Bela with the boys now is your chance to plan ahead.

a flier says that "DMB has invited a few of their favorite guests" to pop in this summer. So if they are announced ahead of time as Bela is, that's great. If not we can think of 3 reasons that could be bad. So keep an eye out and look for more guests to be announced. And we can hope they'll be of the Bela caliber.

236 Comments           DMB2sets2015

DMB to play Letterman

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in TV Appearances at 12:22pm on Monday, Apr 13th, 2015

Dave Matthews Band is heading back to David Letterman. The band will perform in May. That is David Letterman's last month of shows. DMB is touring in May - in case you forgot - so it will likely be on an off day. The other question is what will they play? You probably forgot that DMB is allegedly in the studio. And if you believe everything you read on the interwebz the album is done (it's not). But regardless the odds are that you will hear a 'new' song on Letterman sometime in May.

          DMB Letterman

Van Halen to open most of 2015 DMB tour

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 7:27am on Wednesday, Apr 1st, 2015

The big question concerning the Dave Matthews Band 2015 tour has been the format. The Warehouse announced it would indeed be two-sets, but some venues have made it clear that there are opening acts at some shows. We know now how that will shake out. At most shows - not all - [i]Van Halen[/i] will be the opening band for DMB.

The classic rockers - which are featuring David Lee Roth on vocals again - have long been DMB fans so this isn't a complete shock. VH has dropped subtle hints recently, from drummer Alex sporting a DMB shirt at a performance to Eddie doing a brief Shake Me Like A Monkey interpolation during Panama at a show in early February. The big question is what songs will they guest on with DMB? Maybe Eddie jamming out on Jimi Thing? A David Lee Roth and Dave duet on Spoon? Only time will tell.

The DMB/VH tour starts May 13 in Texas.

UPDATE: Yes, this was an April Fool's joke. And not a great one at that. But it worked! Sorry to those that were fooled :/


LIve Trax 33 has a never heard before song

Posted by Sean Balogh in Live Releases at 7:37am on Thursday, Mar 26th, 2015

Remember all those times youve thought Man, DMB used to do all those sound checks, and some really phenomenal songs have come out of them! [Resounding fan favorite Good Good Time was written during a soundcheck, then performed that night] SURELY they have some recordings of those tunes, if only theyd release them!

Well, if youd said that you are one hell of a psychic because thats exactly what the Dave Matthews Band is doing trying to do. The latest iteration in the LiveTrax series (#33, for those who lost count) is announced and boy, what a doozy. Most of DMBs two night stand at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (1.30.1995 & 1.31.1995) out there in Providence is being pressed to disc as we speak, and theres a lot to talk about.

First, the good:

- The unreleased, unknown, totally-zero-info sound check jam. Sure, its last on the track listing. That just makes it easier to find. Despite the lack of any information I think its safe to assume its a pretty set-and-written-with-lyrics song that never saw the light of day. Think Mansfield Jam that wasnt played during the show.

- This Jimi. Its been called the best of all time. Yeah yeah yeah, I know. Jimi is overplayed. But keep in mind this isnt a 2013 or 2014 era stalefest. Its a young, still fresh Jimi. Oh, Roi plays a bit of George Clintons We Want The Funk in the outro. Just listen to it first.

- An early 95 set has literally zero bad songs. They didnt exist yet. And this release includes a complete set from the second night, in addition to a selection from the previous night to round out the second disc. For 13.99 you get 18 songs, plus that soundcheck jam. If that doesnt get your heartbeat rising, you should admit yourself to a hospital.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there is a new DMBLive show as well! It's also a 1995, and it's amazing. An acoustic set from 4.5.95 at the Academy in New York featuring the first #40 and What Will Become Of Me. This is one of the greatest release days in DMB fandom history.

You can order both and save 15% - and they're are some phatty phat pajamas you can throw in the cart too. The t-shirt is pretty sweet too; it has the set list written out old-school taper style. And for you sound geeks, you can get LT 33 in 24 bit FLAC, which is nice.

We're not going to tell you how to spend your money, but if this is the type of release/bundle you want more of, you have to speak with your wallet. Both shows are outstanding.

          LT 33 DMB Lupos

Ants Podcast 45: This Is Not Episode 46

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 2:17pm on Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015

Yes, this episode is introduced as Episode 46 in the podcast. Math is hard; just ask Joe M. Anyway, we kick off the new year with an hour-long catch-up session that touches on all things tour, 2-sets, and of course, some healthy Alpine speculation.

As always, this week's episode is available on Stitcher, which is an awesome app for podcasts if you aren't familiar. If you don't have one of those iPhone things, it's likely the best way to listen on the go! Of course, it's also listed on iTunes as well. Do us a favor and rate & review us on the iTunes store to get us up on top of the charts! Free to share your thoughts in the discussion thread, as well. (Click the comments bubble below)

We hope you enjoy this latest episode of the Ants Podcast.


The 2015 NCAA Tournament Picks Are In!

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Columns at 8:41pm on Sunday, Mar 15th, 2015

As we do every year, we here at Antsmarching.org give you the winners for the NCAA tournament. And those that recall will tell you that yes, we have indeed given you the keys to the castle before and many an Ant has won their office pool with our assistance. We don't do this for financial gain; we're not here to make money, just to make friends. So without anymore lead in, follow this link to see who gets the pleasure of losing to Kentucky in the National Title game!

          Free NCAA Tourn Picks Ants

Doc on Gorge Coming Soon

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Random Appearances at 7:10am on Thursday, Mar 5th, 2015

A new documentary about the iconic Gorge Amphitheater is on it's way. The appropriately titled Enormous tells the fascinating history of how one of the most well known concert areas in the world came about; all from a small winery in the middle of nowhere that needed a hook to get people to come out there. What better way than to build an amphitheater? And yes, there will be Dave Matthews Band in the doc. Both Boyd and Dave are interviewed, and there will be concert footage from DMB. In fact, you can say that the entire idea to do the project stemmed from DMB; a viewing of DMB Live at The Gorge inspired the folks to make the film.

The trailer is "fixin'" to be ready to go, so as of now you can head over to the above link and sign up & they'll shoot you an email when it's all set. So sign up and get ready for a compelling look at one of DMB's favorite venues, The Gorge.

Source     21 Comments           Enormous Gorge Doc

Warehouse 10 v 3 Tracklisting Announced

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Live Releases at 9:01pm on Wednesday, Feb 18th, 2015

The Warehouse announced the track listing for the 3rd Warehouse 10 disc. You may recall the format expanded from an 5/8 a few years back. The 8/10 disc is as follows:

DIVE IN 6.13.09 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
LET YOU DOWN (acoustic) 2.01.97 Eisenhower Hall, West Point, NY
STOLEN AWAY ON 55TH AND 3RD (acoustic) 7.26.14 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
PROUDEST MONKEY 5.30.14 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
BABY BLUE 8.14.10 InTrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET (acoustic) 5.31.14 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
BUTTERFLY 9.23.06 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

and for those with 3+ years...
DANCING NANCIES 6.05.09 Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
JIMI THING (acoustic) 2.1.97 Eisenhower Hall, West Point, NY
SAY GOODBYE 7.31.98 Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, CT

So, if you're not hip to the game, that's 2 songs that are Dave and Tim, with Stefan also on acoustic bass (Let You Down and Jimi Thing). This is the 1st Dave and Tim songs to appear on a Warehouse disc. The Jimi Thing also features What Will Become of Me on the outro. Butterfly was an especially nice version, dedicated to Dave's mom (she was in the crowd somewhere). From the 2014 tour, two songs that were gems of the acoustic tour, Pay For What You Get and Stolen Away get nice multi-track releases. Making it's release debut is Baby Blue; and this one is practically full band with a beautiful accompaniment from Rashawn. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention that Boyd shines on Dive In and Say Goodbye. As always, the announce occurs way before the actual shipping, so it probably won't be in your hands for another month or so, but in the meantime just sit back and ponder the chill nature of the disc.

          WH 10v3 DMB

DMB Heading Back to Europe

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 7:12am on Tuesday, Feb 3rd, 2015

The Dave Matthews Band is finally heading back to Europe. For the first time since 2010, DMB jumps the pond to play some shows according to The official site. The European tour begins in October, and the band will be making its first stop in Poland while there. They also hit their usual run of countries, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, and ultimately in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Additionally, the band will play an extra show in Mexico on March 16 (the day after the previously scheduled show) and for the first time DMB heads to the Middle East. On October 8, DMB heads to the United Arab Emirates for a show in the growing tourist Mecca.

Keep an eye out for ticket info at the main site.

          DMB Europe 2015

Dave To Raise the 12th Man Flag

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in at 9:16pm on Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015

Seattle resident Dave Matthews will participate in the raising of the Seattle Seahawks 12th man flag, according to reports. If you're not hip to the fact, Seahawks fans are known as the '12th man' because they're so annoyingly loud it's like they are another player on the field. Pretty creative, ain't it?

The Flag Raising ceremony will be at the Space Needle on January 29 at 9 am. That's Pacific Time since they're on Pacific Time and all. The Seahawks take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl February 1.

UPDATE: Here's the video if you missed it


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