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A Hard Core Fan Sums Up the State of DMB

Posted by AntsMarching.org Staff in Columns at 7:40am on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The term "Hardcore" fan is loosely defined. The reality is that you are a hardcore fans if you consider yourself one. If you'd asked me in 2003-4 how many hardcore fans are at every show I'd say around 10%. In 2013 we learned that the actual number was closer to 25%. We realized that when we noticed a down-tick in attendance in correlation with fans specifically saying they were traveling less.

But is that 25% too low? Look around at a show. If there are 100 people surrounding you how many are singing along to Black and Blue Bird? Wouldn't you have to be pretty hard core to have that one down? Is 25% too low? A number bandied about this week is 40%, and honestly it's not a stretch to think that at a given show with 15,000 people there are about 6000 there than consider themselves "hardcore".

Not every hardcore fan feels the same way about the present state of the band, but we did invite feedback. And we got it. A fan with a lot of traveling under his belt has taken the time to write an 'open letter' style message to the Dave Matthews Band, and certain DMB members that are more vocal socially. Give Mark's open letter a read here. You might not agree with all of it, or any of it, but then again you might think you wrote it yourself. But it's the voice of a fan who is willing to spend his hard earned money to follow a band around the country. Or at least he did.

UPDATE: We are all about balance and someone wanted to provide a counter to the thoughts of Mark. Ryan thinks that it's the hardcore fan over-analyzing DMB. Read his take here

Regularly Scheduled Tour Thoughts Column Debuts

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Columns at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We have been approached from time to time about publishing columns. The answer is always yes. So if you do have some thoughts, and they are written in a non-sucky way, feel free to email them away (my first name -AT-this website). One of our Moderators, Sean, came up with an idea of a running column about the tour. I asked him to wait a few shows to get a flavor of the tour, and by golly we've got a flavor!

The premiere column is here, where fittingly enough Sean discusses the first 4 shows, including the Arkansas show. Enjoy!
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The Lovely Ladies are Back

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 12:01am on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The good news is the Set List Game just got a lot easier.

The bad news is that according to a poll on the Message Board over 85% of you did not want to see the Lovely Ladies return in 2015.

We're not saying we were watching on Periscope, but for a second there we thought C. Montgomery Burns was on stage. It was probably just an echo.

The Tour continues May 20 in Mississippi just outside Memphis.
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Ants Podcast 46: Tour Time Minus One

Posted by Joe Maliszeski in Podcasts at 11:49pm on Monday, May 18th, 2015

Can you hear me? Is this thing on? It’s summer time which equals tour time and there’s plenty of exciting stuff to discuss that we crammed into this latest podcast. Webcast, New Songs, DMB2SETS, First 3 Shows Reviews, New Album News, etc. Golden Pipes MC and Host Matt is roaming all over Europe so we attempt to bring a podcast to you without the help of Mr Podcast. If you’re seeing this then we did something right!

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.
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Blenheim Series Vol 2 Available

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Brand at 10:56pm on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The great winery Blenheim Vineyards is making available another select series of Dave and Tim performances. Painted Series Vol. 2 is yours for free with $50 worth of wine or merchandise. Proudest Monkey, Satellite, and Warehouse are the selections. The songs are from 1.22.97 in Erie, PA.

If you've missed our constant pimping of Blenheim, well, look around. We only do it because the wine is Fantastic; so basically you're getting 3 free songs for ordering some delicious wine. So what are you waiting for? Give it an order!
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The 2015 DMB Tour Begins

Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Tour News at 12:09am on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Dave Matthews Band 2015 tour kicked off. To the surprise of some (most) {pretty much everyone}, the #2sets were similar to the 2014 #2sets. Making an appearance was the new song Black and Blue Bird. Also of note were Raven which only had 3 plays in 2014 and Water Into Wine which had 4 plays in 2014. Incidentally, we refer to that song as Water/Wine Jam in Tour Central because we're old school like that.

The tour continues in Texas on Friday and Saturday in Dallas and Houston, respectively.

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.
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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.

UPDATE: The Letterman performance will air May 8, taping May 7.
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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 you’ve 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 they’d release them!”

Well, if you’d said that you are one hell of a psychic because that’s 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 DMB’s 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 there’s a lot to talk about.

First, the good:

- The unreleased, unknown, totally-zero-info sound check jam. Sure, it’s last on the track listing. That just makes it easier to find. Despite the lack of any information I think it’s safe to assume it’s a pretty set-and-written-with-lyrics song that never saw the light of day. Think Mansfield Jam that wasn’t played during the show.

- This Jimi. It’s been called the best of all time. Yeah yeah yeah, I know. Jimi is overplayed. But keep in mind this isn’t a 2013 or 2014 era stalefest. It’s a young, still fresh Jimi. Oh, Roi plays a bit of George Clinton’s “We Want The Funk” in the outro. Just listen to it first.

- An early ’95 set has literally zero bad songs. They didn’t 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 doesn’t 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.
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