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Dave Matthews Band Announces 9th Studio Album

Posted by Jen Henson in Album News at 5:37pm on Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2018

With the Dave Matthews Band’s near constant production of new music the possibility of an album is always up in the air. However, album rumors solidified late 2017 when Dave Matthews mentioned to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he and Carter Beauford had been recording in the studio. He said that he hoped to have “something” out at the beginning of the year. At this point, there was no official news of a 2018 tour or even if the band would get back together after their 2017 break. News of Dave and Carter in a studio gave the Dave Matthews Band community hope that exciting things were on the horizon. On January 15, 2018, the album became official when the band announced that there would indeed be an album released this year and that a free physical copy or download would come with each tour ticket purchased for the 2018 summer tour. A few weeks later Dave Matthews gave a brief interview with Radio One. Dave hinted at what we might hear on the album. He explained that his current songs are about friendship, love of family, love of the world and love of each other. Following that theme, Dave stated that he thought that Black and Blue Bird and Samurai Cop would appear on the upcoming album.

The band’s social media continued to plug the tour and free album but remained silent on any details. That silence was broken, not by the band, but by Stand Up producer Mark Batson. On March 6, 2018 Batson took to Instagram to share his excitement about the upcoming Dave Matthews Band album. Batson confirmed that he was one of several producers and continued to interact with fans by replying to comments and dropping tidbits of information. Batson repeatedly used the hashtag #WeBeginTheSame leading people to believe that may become the album title. Batson also shared that he had heard songs that featured Butch Taylor and LeRoi Moore, that there would be bonus discs, and that he had specifically heard Idea of You and a song called That Girl is You. Batson described the tracks and Dave’s playing as epic, emotional, passionate, and the best DMB this century! The majority of these Instagram posts have been deleted leading many to believe that Batson’s impromptu conversation with the fans was not only unsanctioned but did indeed contain accurate information about the album. Before the posts were deleted, AntsMarching forum user chadizzy1 was able to consolidate Batson’s remarks. Once again, silence followed these posts and the fans were left to wonder what was going on with the album and whether it would be completed before the summer tour began.

This time that silence was broken by official news. As of today, Dave Matthews Band’s ninth studio album finally has a name and a release date. And no, unfortunately it’s not called "What Album?" The album entitled “Come Tomorrow” has at least four different producers including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo and Rob Evans and will be released on June 8, 2018. "Come Tomorrow" is currently available for pre-order which include bonus discs and options to include vinyl copies, DMBLive Vinyl releases and even a Limited Edition Cassette Tape.

While the contents of the bonus disc were listed in the Warehouse Store, the track list for the album remains a mystery. From what has been revealed by Dave Matthews, Mark Batson and other rumors swirling around the album, it sounds like the tracks will be mostly recognized and road tested material. With the tour and album date so close, so many questions remain. Will the band continue its record of debuting number one albums? When will the first single be released? Will there be a violinst on tour with the band? It’s all speculation at this point. Hop on over to the AntsMarching forums to join in the ponderings while we wait for the next bit of news to be released. In the meantime, everybody sing with me now, “Save tonight and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll be gone…”

Ants Podcast 88: The Night Before, Indeed!

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:14pm on Thursday, Feb 8th, 2018

Matt and Joe mix it up over "The Night Before" performance, and just how ominous that designation was. Joe went to the show (of course he did), so we have first-hand intel on how the band sounded, and what the reception to the Boyd-less Dave Matthews Band was. We try our hand at broadcasting this one on Facebook Live, but don't worry Periscopers, we haven't forgotten about you. We take your questions as we head into this anxiety-inducing break before the summer tour.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Ants Podcast 87: Checkin Out, Boyd?

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 1:14pm on Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2018

On the eve of Dave Matthews Band's performance the night before the Super Bowl, violinist Boyd Tinsley took to Twitter to announce that he will be stepping away from the band for a break. Joe's in Minneapolis for the show (of course), so he and Matt jump on an emergency Skype call to talk this over and try to analyze what this means for Boyd, and the band as a whole, going forward. You won't want to miss this one.

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Dave Matthews Band confirms Boyd Tinsley's Break from Touring

Posted by Jen Henson in Band Member News at 12:59pm on Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2018

Yesterday evening violinist Boyd Tinsley sent shockwaves through the Dave Matthews Band community when he announced that he would be taking a break from the band and touring. In his tweet, Boyd stated that he needed to take a step back to focus on his family and his health.

This afternoon the band posted from the Dave Matthews Band Facebook page and stated: "Boyd has been a member of the family since the band began and we want him to focus on his health and get better. We support his decision to do this and we’re sending positive thoughts his way."

This statement comes on the heels of a full summer tour and new album announcement. At this point, it is unclear what the band intends to do about Boyd's position. Although there have been countless musical guests and even a flag bearer on stage with the band over the years, there has never been a guest violinist.

But we may not have to wait too long to see what plans might be in the works. Dave Matthews Band is headlining tonight's The Night Before [the Super Bowl] Concert in St. Paul, MN. What was a one-off show now holds the Dave Matthews Band community’s attention as we wait to see if anyone will be added to the show’s lineup. However, with what may have been an unplanned for decision, a lack of fiddle player tonight may not necessarily equate to a missing violinist on the summer tour. If you have a musician in mind that you think may be able to temporarily fill that gap join the discussion on the AntsMarching Forums.

Boyd's tweet stated that he needed to take a break "for a while," which definitely doesn’t sound permanent. We know from recent tweets that Boyd was looking forward to touring with the band. Out of respect for Boyd and his family's privacy, we won’t speculate on health issues. But we here at AntsMarching do offer thanks to Boyd for all of his years with the band and wish him good health and a speedy recovery.
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Boyd Tinsley stepping away from Dave Matthews Band

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Member News at 6:01pm on Friday, Feb 2nd, 2018

Boyd Tinsley is "stepping away" from the Dave Matthews Band. Tinsley announced via Twitter that he was "wrestling with a decision" regarding his status with the band. Tinsley said, "I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while. I will miss you guys & my brothers in the band but I’m somewhat worn out & need 2 spend more time with my family & 2 bring more balance to my life. Thanks 4 ur Love"

You can see his tweet in full at the link.

Boyd first appeared with the band as a featured guest in 1991, and then officially joining the band in April 1992. Regardless, Tinsley is regarded as a founding member of the band and a key contributor, including a co-writing credit on the band's first Grammy winning song, So Much To Say. We wish Boyd all the success in his time away; and more importantly, thank you Boyd, for all you've done for DMB and us fans.
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Ants Podcast 86: Back on the Horse

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:43am on Wednesday, Jan 17th, 2018

Urgent Podcast Alert! Major announcements in the Dave Matthews Band World, and it’s time for us and them to get back on the horse for tour time. We have completed our year of #notour punishment and are rewarded with official dates for a DMB Summer 2018 Tour. And if that wasn’t enough, the rumors have been officially confirmed now; this year (summer) will bring a new album. We couldn’t be more excited so we had to call an emergency podcast. We just had to talk about how the 2018 tour shapes up, venues included (and more importantly excluded), ticket price changes, and of course the new album. Plus a few Periscope viewer questions.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Dave Matthews Band: 2018 Summer Tour Dates! New Album!

Posted by Sean Balogh in Tour News at 8:12am on Tuesday, Jan 16th, 2018

WOAH! Good morning, sleepyhead! It's been a while since we've had some excitement come from the Dave Matthews Band camp, and boy did they kick off the rust in a big way! The band announced the end to the longest hiatus of their career this morning so let's break it down.

First and foremost, there's a new Dave Matthews Band album coming down the pipe. The band's as of yet unnamed 10th studio album will be released "this summer" according to the band's website. We can only surmise it will feature many of the songs we've seen poke their heads out at concerts going back for a few years now. With Away From The World turning 6 this year, Dave and company certainly had a lot of time to tinker with some tunes.

Now that that's out of the way, let's turn to the important stuff: the summer tour. Once again, our troop of heroes will be crisscrossing most of the country this summer. As had been strongly rumored, the tour will begin on May 18th with a one night stand in The Woodlands, Texas. Swinging through the south includes your opportunity to see these guys in Dallas on May 19th, Austin on the 22nd, Atlanta on the 26th, Orange Beach for their 35th stop total in Alabama on the 27th, a wild ride back to Brandon MS where they assure me they have broadband internet and then ending the month of May in in the home state of Walmart, Rogers, Arkansas on the 30th.

They don't waste any time though burning through the months of June and July though, as they get back to a lot of their familiar stops for one night stands including Bugettstown, PA, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Syracuse, NY, Bristow, VA, Mansfield, MA, Hartford, CT, a quick jaunt across the border for a weekend in Canada before returning back stateside. June and July also see six two night residencies at the same places you've seen them before. Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NHm BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, Northerly Island in Chicago, the professionally named Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indiana, and lovely Saratoga Springs, New York have all gotten two nights previously before heading south for their routine get-away in sweaty West Palm Beach, Florida.

Their mid-summer vacation ends sharply though with a two night stand outside Denver, Colorado, followed by a night in Oregon, the typical three nights over Labor Day Weekend at The Gorge, and then three more west coast shows at Stateline, Nevada, Mountain View, California, and Los Angeles, California.

But wait there's more! Any ticket purchased through The Warehouse, Ticketmaster, or the venue will be accompanied by the option of either a digital download of the forthcoming album or a physical CD.

Warehouse ticket request period is open now. Did you keep your membership last year for the #notour? Public on sales in February 2nd.

The Major surprises? There are a handful, like no KC or STL and other misses. But two really take the cake: No Alpine (once again), and reserved ticket prices have leaped from $95 to $115, 21% increase (lawn prices look to have stayed the same.)
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DMB 2018 Summer Tour Dates - Latest Rumors

Posted by Sean Balogh in Tour News at 5:07pm on Saturday, Jan 13th, 2018

Hey gang! Hank Williams, Jr. once asked if everybody was ready for football and while his Monday Night Football opening song's been replaced we can paraphrase that tune with some "Are you ready for some DMB!?" It's mid-January, which means the Dave Matthews Band 2018 Summer Tour schedule is leaking like a sieve. Some dedicated and in-the-know users are sharing what they can over on our forums with fellow Ants, so let's gather around the campfire and spill what's been said. Is everybody here? Good. Without further ado, let's speculate:

It looks like the Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour 2018 is shaping up to be more of the status quo tour schedule as past years. The earliest date to be rumored is, once again, the typical (of recent years) tour start in Texas in late May. One night each for Austin and The Woodlands (May 18th & 22nd), and then heading over to southern Alabama (May 27th). (I hear most of the hotels down there have indoor plumbing by now, if that's what suits you.) Of interesting note, if the rumors stay true, the Alabama venue (Wharf in Orange Beach) only holds fewer than 10,000 fans. A small venue (kind of) overlooking (a creek that feeds into) the Gulf of Mexico sounds like a unique experience as far as Dave Matthews Band concerts go.

The month of June is shaping up to see a lot of the regular tour stops with a stop at Blossom Music Center outside Cleveland, OH (June 2nd) and a return to the highly rated Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse, NY (June 5th or 15th). Also a two night stand at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH (June 12/13th) (the band made their first stop there only two years ago in 2016.) Both Camden, NJ and Hartford, CT are fighting to claim the June 15th/16th weekend, only one can win out.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre I guess decided to give this year the old college try to open up for business/concerts. But hasn't planted its feet as dates for it have been very dynamic, ranging from July 4th weekend (both before and after) and early August (get ready to sweat.)

Moving through July there aren't too many shows being leaked yet. An annual trip to DeerCreek (July 6/7th) looks to be happening. But the gang has been known to take a month off mid-summer, and they probably will need a few weeks off after their annual stop at the picturesque Saratoga Performing Arts Center in touched-by-God beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY (firm July 13/14th). Known as a venue prone to double encores and high energy setlists with rare songs, a two week break of no rumored dates following SPAC wouldn't be much a surprise, and just prior to heading south to Tampa (July 25th) and West Palm Beach (July 27/28th). However, the break is a little bit of a departure from the norm as their mid-tour vacation traditionally has come after the West Palm weekend, and not before. (The break could still follow the Florida run with a potential Alpine date to follow.)

Rounding out the summer is a rumor (more of a not-yet-officially-announced) of a Labor Day/Dave Weekend at The Gorge back out west in Washington (Aug 31-Sep 2nd) and then south to Shoreline Amphitheater in the Bay Area (Sep 8th).

There are likely quite a few stops that haven't leaked and will be announced. For those geographically challenged of us, there seems to be a huge swath of the country not being included in leaked tour dates. The entire central US and west coast, from Arkansas out to California, hasn't been lucky to have rumors floating around (save for that lone Shoreline Amphitheater concert). Maybe they're just better at keeping secrets out there. (Don't keep secrets, help a hippie out!)

There's also some speculation floating around of an unnamed winter show in New York City sometime in either January or February, but it looks like we're running out of time on that one. And looming way off in the distance is Farm Aid which allegedly will see Misters Matthews and Reynolds return to Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT (not Comcast Center, that's in Massachusetts. Don't show up to the wrong one, folks.)

As previously confirmed, The Band will once again be playing in support of the NFL's Super Bowl. This year brings them to Minneapolis, Minnesota for The Night Before concert, held at the indoor arena in town on the Saturday night of Super Bowl Weekend (Feb 3rd) (somebody thought long and hard on the whole “night before” name.)

Do we really need to do a disclaimer in a write-up specifically about rumors and speculation? Listen, planning a cross country tour of one of the biggest bands on the road is not like planning your route through the grocery store (or maybe it is.) Dates and venues change as they try to work in everything they can.

Want to follow along with the rumors? Have some inside intel on a tour date? Come share with other dedicated fans (Anonymously is an option). Head over to the 2018 Rumor thread. Thanks to Ants member Chadizzy1 for the unofficial title of rumor curator.

However, if tradition holds, all of our worries will be put to rest relatively soon, tour announcements tend to be released around the end of January (*cough* this week please.) Until then, I'll be in the Route-50 Parking Lot at SPAC, waiting for everybody else to show up.

Dave and Tim Performing on Beach with Guests as half US snowed

Posted by Jen Henson in Tour News at 9:19am on Saturday, Jan 13th, 2018

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds are back in Mexico for three nights of music. Last year's three night stand brought us a number of liberations. After a hearty Antsmarching.org campaign, Dodo was liberated on night two from a seven year hiatus. The Best of What's Around and Fool to Think were liberated from a 14 year Dave & Tim hiatus. And The Song that Jane Likes and Stay (Wasting Time) were liberated from an 18 year Dave & Tim hiatus. Raven, Dive In, Help Myself, and Eh Hee were also on the Dave & Tim liberation list. (Last Years Shows) Was this to make up for the no tour? Or was this specific to Mexico weekend?

Well so far, this year has not proved as ‘liberating', however it has been exciting in a different way. The addition of opening acts and surprise guests has opened the door to more of a Dave Matthews & Friends atmosphere. In 2017 , Vusi Mahlasela guested on two songs Mother of Africa and Everyday. He ended up being the only guest over the course of three nights.

Last nights show, Carlos Malta joined Dave and Tim on What Would You Say. This was followed by a Tim and Carlos jam reminiscent of last year's opportunity to watch Tim and Hamilton de Holanda play sans Dave at Jones Beach. Carlos remained on stage to play Lying in the Hands of God and Jimi Thing. Dave then invited Bela Fleck on stage and quipped that playing the banjo might not be the coolest thing that a kid can do but look at him now; jamming on the Mexican Riviera in front of a crowd of thousands on the beach and even more watching from home. We agree that watching Bela Fleck play Typical Situation and Lie in Our Graves is cool indeed.

The main set, of what is normally an intimate Dave and Tim show, ended with six musicians on stage as Dave invited the rest of the Bela Fleck Trio to join them. Antonia Sanchez and Matt Brewer rounded out the group and #41 and All Along the Watchtower closed the set.

At this point, one can only speculate if tonight's opening act Joseph will be invited onstage and, if so, what songs might pop up? If you couldn't make it to Mexico, you can play along from home with the AntsMarching Setlist Game. With Brandi Carlile opening tomorrow, Spoon will almost certainly be on everyone's set. You can receive real time set updates by downloading the DMB Hub iphone App or following Antsmarching on Twitter. You can also join fellow Ants forum users to discuss the sets in real time

There are fair share of rumors still circling Mexico. In addition to opening acts, speculation of Butch Taylor being heard/spotted around. It would seem that it's just wishful thinking, but if true, this would make the second appearance for Butch Taylor in as many years after a nearly ten year break.

Tour dates are about to drop for the full band. What does this year have in store for Dave Matthews Band? Only time will tell. Stay tuned to AM.org for news and updates as they happen.

Blenheim Painted series available for pre-order

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 6:20am on Saturday, Nov 25th, 2017

Dave Matthews great tasting wine is back with its annual "Painted" series - featuring a hand-drawn design by Dave Matthews himself. The "Painted 2016" features a red and a white - the red is a 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot blend, whereas the white is 59% Sauvignon Blanc, 31% Viognier, 10% Chardonnay. These wines are very popular and extremely drinkable - very smooth with a balance of sweetness and age to give you a great wine experience.

The pre-order runs until December 1, and as always they feature a great selection of swag - including a pre-order that features a Chicka Pig board! The t-shirts and sweatshirts are also very high quality, so if you need a comfy shirt that's a solid choice. Act quickly!
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