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It's the most eagerly anticipated Dave Matthews Band event of the year; when we, the good people of Antsmarching.org, give you the winning NCAA Basketball bracket. All you have to do is copy, enter your office pool, and profit. Of course you're welcome, don't be silly. We're here to serve you. Here you go!
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!
We aren't going to focus on where or who didn't get shows on the 2014 Dave Matthews Band Tour. Lets talk about the structure of the shows.
DMB will play 2- set shows. The wording of the announcement is ambiguous as to the exact layout, but it appears it will be an acoustic set & an electric set (that's not set in stone either). But just the possibility of seeing full band acoustic songs should make you leap for joy...and tickets. Full band acoustic shows are very rare, so the possibility to see a few songs like that is truly a 'can't miss' opportunity.
If you were pondering a draw back in your tour schedule, welcome to the tour increase side of the isle. We will see you on tour!
The Dave Matthews Band kicks off their 2013 Summer Tour in The Woodlands May 17. The band did a sound check last night (we won't spoil, or depress you depending on your disposition and some of the replies in the Texas), so things seem set to go.
For those that didn't catch the fall 2012 tour, it will be your first chance to catch the bulk of the songs from Away From The World. You can still pick up tickets for upcoming shows from the official site, so feel free to pick up a few shows along the summer after you realize that this tour is pretty good.
And as always, we have our award-winning set list game and you can follow along with the fans on line in the message boards for that show (check the tour forum), and of course there is the The Ants Twitter where we will have live tweeters from every show (depending on cell coverage) giving you a blow-by-blow of the show and the atmosphere. If you're not following the Ants Twitter, there's no excuse... unless you don't have Twitter. That's a valid excuse.
Enjoy the tour!
As we have done for quite now, we do the leg work for you, the non-NCAA basketball fan, by picking the winners for you. Since this years selection Sunday falls on St. Patrick's Day, we decided to present the picks in Limericks! They're not really limericks, per se, they just rhyme, but just go with it. So, just follow along and fill our your bracket with our winners right here!
In a move that practically no one saw coming, the Dave Matthews Band summer tour is officially on! Look, I'm not going to write up a big spectacular like last time, you already know where they're playing and when - so here's the shows.
These are the two important things you didn't know Friday, according to some new guidelines for ordering tickets:
Priority Show Selection As a Warehouse member you will be able to select one show per tour for which you may be chosen to receive priority treatment for seat assignments.
There is no guarantee that your priority selection request will be confirmed, however seniority (every single year of continuous membership) will increase your opportunity to receive priority treatment.
Opt out of lower price levels During the ticketing request period you will be able to opt out of consideration for certain lower price levels, such as GA Lawn or GA Rear Field if you so wish. Opting out may reduce your chances of being confirmed for tickets to the show if Warehouse inventory is limited at higher price levels.
These two points are very good news for Warehouse Members (told you it was a good thing), at the very least fans should get one primo seat for a show.
Dave Matthews Band kicked off their 2012 Winter Tour with a first; the band performed Away From The World in its entirety. This is the first show where DMB played an album completely. And they practically played it straight through.
Fans were expecting a heavy dose of AFTW, but this was a surprise (the good kind). Debuting were Drunken Soldier, Belly Full, and a full-band version of Broken Things (previously played at a Dave and Tim show). Other than that, there were not any shockers, but when you have a show with an entire album, do you need more shockers? Well, some do, but we've grown accustomed to them by now. Reaction from fans has been quite positive (so far). The tour continues with another show at IZOD and then DMB plays Jimmy Fallon on December 3.
In case you forgot, the Dave Matthews Band 2012 winter tour begins November 30 (which is most likely today if you're reading this on time) in East Rutherford, NJ. The tour begins with a Sandy Relief show; proceeds are going to benefit those effected by the "super storm" that devastated the East Coast.
The tour - 15 shows running until December 22 - is in support of Away From The World the latest DMB album. Expect a solid rotation of those songs to appear at the shows, and that means the live debut (hopefully!) of Drunken Soldier, Broken Things (in a full-band show), and perhaps even the Dave solo song Belly Full. As for what else? Who knows... Stefan once again teased fans by mentioning on his Twitter that he's hopeful that Monkey Man - a song from the infamous Lillywhite Sessions and never performed live - would make a debut some day. Will it be this tour? You'll just have to check out a show to find out.
Keep and eye on the message boards and follow us on Twitter for live, real-time updates from the shows on the breaking set list news and notes. Should be a fantastic tour, see you on the road!
The long speculated Dave Matthews Band winter tour is officially announced. According to the Official Site, DMB is heading out on what is basically a winter tour (I know, Winter doesn't start until December 21, just go with it) beginning November 30 in New Jersey at the IZOD center and runs until December 22 (winter!) in Philadelphia.
The Warehouse members can purchase tickets beginning on October 4, the rest of you slugs have to wait until October 19.
The real break for the 2012 Dave Matthews Band tour is toward the middle of July, after the West Palm Beach shows. But in a rarity for DMB, the band has four days off before heading to the arena formerly known as Deer Creek to continue the 2012 tour.
So what do the stats look like so far? If you're not familiar with the stats page in Tour Central, we'll break it down. Slowly. So far, in the 19 shows, 80 different songs have been played. The only full covers have been All Along The Watchtower and A Whiter Shade of Pale, but the most memorable by far was the Brass Monkey performance from Night 2 at Jones Beach.
As of this story, two shows are rated at 4.66 - the highest of the 19. Hartford night 2 and Virginia Beach share the honor (for now). And not surprisingly, Halloween is at both shows. Halloween has five plays thus far, and all the shows are rated at 4.35 or higher by you, the fan. Blossom is the lowest Halloween show so far.
- A Fan heard the entirety of the new 2012 DMB studio album (compliments of Steve Lillywhite). Every song is "new", and the three songs being played this summer, Mercy, Goucho, and Sweet are all on there (and in a row).
- Dave played a surprise solo show in Greenwich on May 26 prior to the Full-Band show in Hartford
- Nine songs debuted this weekend, including The Stone to open the weekend, and Halloween as the penultimate track.
Returning to the glory that is "rotation" were Beach Ball and You Never Know two of the most underrated and awesome songs out there. Seven and #41 are worth a mention because both are great, and there are actually people out there that don't like Seven so I like to mention it a lot to tick em off. I'm a salt-in-the-wound guy.
Tour continues May 19 (most likely tonite if you're reading this timely) in Dallas.
So between those clips, the awesome doc Hello Again from the 2010 tour, and the live tweeting we will feature from the show on the antsmarching.org twitter, you all should be sufficiently prepared to crash Ants by the second song of the show. That's another way of saying that the anticipation for this tour is pretty sky high. You know where to follow along by now, so we'll see you all as you watch along with the set list for the first show!
OK, maybe don't. But have you ever thought about what the tapers do to facilitate your Dave Matthews Band experience? After all, it was tapers that greatly assisted the spread of DMB, first from campus to campus, and continuing today from continent to continent. Tapers spend, well, lets just say way too much money to record these shows, and the vast majority are up on the internet the following day (or sometimes a few hours later). Gone is the old tradition of the "two week rule" (where fans waited 14 days prior to asking about a show).
So maybe instead of hugging a taper, you should instead give em a little space. Tapers arrive very early to venues, and set up their gear to get optimal sound. If you happen to be near one, maybe give em a little extra space? 9 our of 10 tapers don't bite, and are quite friendly, but no one really likes to have their gear bumped or trampled upon. So an extra step or 2 won't deter your DMB experience. The tapers are going to be the way that we hear quality recordings of the new songs quickly, so lets give all the tapers some props, and also some space.
There's a fine art to determining what will be played, which is why we have our very own Set List Game! If you've never played it before, it's pretty simple, just try and guess what song(s) will be played during the show. And you receive bonus points for predicting a song in the exact place in a show when it's played (which the kids call "spotting"). Enter your picks in, and then you can follow along during that given show in the thread for that show in the forum.
There will be fabulous prizes awarded for whomever does the best in the set list game, so best of luck in picking your songs!
We don't need to remind you that this is a big year for DMB; with a new album coming out (eventually), the big question is, "what will be played this year?" The first tour of the year is usually a peek at what we have in store (but not always). To help facilitate you, the fan not at the show, the good members of Ants+ will be at every DMB show this tour tweeting from the Ants Twitter. They will be tweeting specific things that you'll find interesting, not just what song is played. So if you're not following the Ants Twitter, get on the bandwagon! Those tweets, along with tweets from other fans, will pop up on our real-time-set-list feed that will pop up prior to the show. Just stay on the main page (that'd be the one you're reading this from) and the set list app will appear a bit before the show begins.
Check back every day this week as we count down to the first day of the 2012 tour!
Dave Matthews Band will headline the inaugural River's Edge Music Festival, located on Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN. DMB will play on June 24 while Tool will headline on June 23. Tickets go on sale April 13. More information and the full lineup is available at the festival's official site.
The Warehouse announced the ticket confirmations for the Dave Matthews Band 2012 tour, and it sure seems like there's a lot of happy campers (and non-campers). Just by the reaction of fans, ticket confirmations seem to be "up"; the new system of "checking the box" as it's creatively known on the message board seems to at the very least gotten people in the door for a show.
The other thing that will be "interesting" (which is another way of saying fairly hilarious) is the new policy of the Pit. With The Pit tickets now being picked up at the venue with a photo ID, once has to wonder if the #1 complaint from the 2010 tour - people sneaking into the pit - will finally be resolved? Of course, there's people out there that are going to get railed with or without proper Pit Tickets, but the general idea is that it will limit those sneaking into the Pit (which is a good thing).
For the rest of the normals, the Citi pre-sale begins March 5 (that's today), and the normal ticket sale starts sometime after that... but really, if you're not in the Warehouse by now, I can't hear your complaints about tickets anymore. You should know better.
The lesson learned is that sometimes, the rumors are pretty darn accurate. The Official Site announced the 2012 Dave Matthews Band summer tour. No real surprises for the tour, except that perhaps that for what is to be an "album tour", the schedule doesn't seem overly long. There is also a big break after the West Palm Beach shows - and then the band will make its way out to their annual Gorge stop.
The other big news, that is not a shock whatsoever, is the official announcement of Steve Lillywhite as the producer of the soon-to-be-released DMB album. We don't need to re-hash Lillywhite's previous work, such as walking on water, curing the sick, and producing Big Country - he may have done some DMB work too (we're efforting info on that). You'll note that the info is rather sparse; as in nothing much.
So... what's up with the album? We're sure you've all heard the rumors that we have heard too, that it's done. Is it? Well, first lets just say, there are many different stages of 'done' when it comes to records. One man's done is another man's 'post-production'. And another's 'we just need lyrics here'. But given the announcement, you can bank on the album progressing much more rapidly than you (or any of us) ever imagined.
The Warehouse ticketing begins February 16, so you have a day to get everything in order for that. And yes, Antsmarching.org will indeed return to West Palm Beach for our annual parties! We will not, however, be at our usual stomping ground, the PGA National (they have a conflict that weekend). We will announce our hotel "soon", so keep your eyes pealed for that and get ready to order those tickets!
Dave has made his semi-off year a productive one. He has lent his voice to African artist Vieux Farka Touré and his song All The Same. You can check out the song over at
you tube (Dave starts in around 1:30, but go ahead and give it a listen and don't skip ahead; it's got a nice swing to it).
Matthews and Soulive's Eric Krasno are featured on the Malian's (that means from Mali) 2011 album The Secret. You can pick it up over at six degrees records. To learn a bit more about this artist, check this out.
The most frequently asked question is now answered. Yes. The Warehouse announced that single-day tickets are available for the Chicago and Atlantic City Dave Matthews Band Caravan stops. The single-day tickets are $85, however, please note that there is no re-entry for single day tickets. VIP single-day tickets are also available for $325.
The first Caravan stop is in a bit over a month in Atlantic City.
Few tours wear the nostalgic tag for those that were not there like Fall 1998. Not that the tour wasn't beloved by those in attendance; it's worth noting that management selected a
show from this time frame as the first in the Live Trax Series. 12.19.98 also got a release, and was the first live performance by DMB to stream over the internet. Yes, way back then people actually streamed video. As time goes by, the outcry for more releases from this time period increases.
The shows were well known and beloved mainly for the inclusion of Tim Reynolds. Prior to his 2008 return to the band, this was the last full-run of shows he did with Dave Matthews Band. Additionally, Bela Fleck, Jeff Coffin, and Greg Howard all made stops at shows, plus Maceo Parker, Mitch Rutman (who was a tech for DMB back then), Warren Haynes, Joshua Redman, and the rest of the Flecktones. So if you're a fan of the band with guests, this is the time period for you.
12.3.98 is the seeming front runner for a release if fans had their way, and with good reason. The show reads like a "best of" album more than a show. Interestingly, a song that got a lot of play then, but has recently taken a hiatus, was Tripping Billies, with 26 plays. The shows were Before These Crowded Streets heavy, as one might expect. It's the inclusion of guests that makes this tour stand out; this was the first tour to incorporate Tim in the bands music, and his style, meshing with Bela Fleck guesting on most shows, really gave the band a sound that struck a chord (get it?) with fans.
We really hope you listened to us last year. Because unless you were in a pool with some stupid Dook fan, you won it with our picks. We're ready to deliver the wins again this year, because we care that much.
So without further adieu, here are the 2011 NCAA tournament winning picks!
Well... have you had the pleasure of seeing TR3 live yet on their 2011 tour? What are you waiting for? The Tim Reynolds fronted band is still on tour around the country. And if they are in a 10 hour drive of your humble abode, you owe it to yourself to check them out.
There aren't too many bands that put on a live show quite like TR3, from the hard rocking sounds to the hilarious banter from Tim (yes, he talks!), to the crazy happenings at the show, it's well worth the price of admission. The tour - with some Tim solo acoustic dates around New York mixed in - continues up into June, so you can segue from TR3 right to Dave Matthews Band for their first Caravan stop. Check em out if they're in your neck of the woods! The TR3 tour continues through Florida with a stop at the Seminole Casino on March 11 outside of Ft. Lauderdale.
Of note are the DMB related acts. Yes, the boys are indeed headlining all three days of the festival. Additionally, "special performances" are scheduled by Carter, and Stefan (separately), and a Dave and Tim acoustic set is also scheduled. The full lineup is available here.
Tickets for members of The Warehouse go on sale March 14. The rest of you slugs can start purchasing tickets on March 25, unless you have a Citicard, then the sale begins on March 21 (see the caravan website for details).
Radio DJ Colin Cowherd and his team of producers and call-screeners have devised a 64-"team" tournament similar to the NCAA Basketball tournament, only with musical bands. So naturally they want you to vote for your favorite bands in the match-ups. Dave Matthews Band has drawn a #12 seed, taking on #5 Bon Jovi in the first round match-up.
Yes, I know, we all know, DMB deserves a higher seed, blah blah blah. It's all a publicity stunt anyway, so the seeding doesn't really matter (although it's worth pointing out that #12's always knock off #5's in real life). To cast your vote for DMB, follow the link here. Even if you don't usually vote in these things, it'll certainly tick everyone off if DMB makes a big run; and that alone, for the humor of it, got my vote. It should get yours too.
To date, Summer 2000 remains the most anticipated Summer tour by the Dave Matthews Band. The anticipation for the album that eventually became The Lillywhite Sessions was elevated, and as far as fans thought, everything was sanguine in Charlottesville (if you really want to rehash it, you can read here).
Reality may be what it is, but nothing will change the fact that the 2000 summer tour was one of the greatest ever. All tours, past and future, are measured against the last summer where fans were still optimistic and not as jaded as today. How good was the tour? There have been three year-2000 releases from the Live Trax Series, and the vast majority of fans would still like three or four more.
Songs from the 2000 sessions debuted that summer; Raven, Sweet Up And Down, Grey Street, Grace Is Gone, and Busted Stuff, along with a few others that had been heard in some other manner previously; JTR, Digging A Ditch, and Bartender. The band also performed a few #40's, and the last full-original #36 appeared in 2000. The songs morphed along the way, and by the end of the tour, most had fairly set lyrics. Even the living legend himself, Al Green sang with the band. How great was the tour? This was the lowest rated show from the year via the Ants members, and that was mainly on technical grounds. Wouldn't you like to see a set like that today?
It all changed after 2000. To the point where fans today that were not around then don't even realize how special 2000 really was. There were not organized chants for songs, there was not massive pee-breaks for songs from certain albums, the band just played, and fans sat there and enjoyed it. The band has been on quite a special run since 2008, with fantastic tours in '09, and '10 as well ('06 and '07 are underrated as well, but that's for another debate), but everything will always be compared to that magical summer of 2000.
It was a week later than some claimed they would be, and they're not exactly all announced, but the Dave Matthews Band has announced some dates for their 2011 festival tour.
According to The Warehouse, DMB will play June 24-26 in the "northeast/Mid-Atlantic" (we have no idea where), and July 8-10 in the Midwest. There will also be shows in August and September in the "coming soon" area of the country. According to bookings listed at a certain campground, one of those "coming soon's" is in a state named after a President (hint: Zachary Taylor doesn't have a state named after him).
The festival tour also has a name: Dave Matthews Band Caravan. Has a nice ring to it. As for the rest of the info, the only thing worth noting is that DMB is indeed headlining all nights of their performances. The rest of the acts, and the actual spots, will be announced... wait for it... wait for it... soon.
Tim Reynolds other band, TR3, hits the road for a 3-month tour beginning in March. If you've never seen Tim play on his own live, this is a great opportunity to check him out if he's in your area. You can check out his tour dates here. And if you're in the greater Central Florida area, I'll see you at the show at the Plaza on March 10th. Don't miss out!
TR3 is one of the more entertaining acts you can ever see live; not only in terms of music but also in entertainment value. And for a 3-piece band, they put out a big sound live. And yes, Tim does talk. You'll just have to go check him out for yourself to hear what he has to say.
After the 1999 Dave and Tim tour, fans wondered if the acoustic duo would ever tour again. The crowds got a bit vociferous at times, and it was pretty clear to anyone who heard a recording from '99 that Dave was melancholy with the persistent song name screaming. A rumor started late in 2002 that Dave would indeed try another small tour of colleges. It came as quite a surprise when the announcement came that Tim would be joining him for a 2003 acoustic tour.
Those looking to hear some of the newer songs played acoustically were not disappointed. Four songs from Everyday were played; although Fool To Think was the only one to make an acoustic debut. The real winner was the Busted Stuff album, with seven songs played. Grey Street, Busted Stuff, and Big Eyed Fish all debuted in acoustic sets on the tour. Gravedigger from Dave's at-the-time-upcoming solo album continued to be played after first debuting in 2002. Also, Stay Or Leave was officially first played on the acoustic tour (it had a debut in 2002 as a tease). The song Oh also had a tease after getting teased a few times in 2002 as well. A few rarities made their way into sets, notably Blue Water Baboon Farm.
The DMBLive series features a show from the tour, in Boone, NC and features Blue Water, Help Myself, and Grey Street. Another show that was professionally recorded via videotape but not released (yet) was the Purdue University show. Overall, the crowds were much more benign than in past years, and a hit all around. The 2003 tour, especially the crowds, facilitated all the future Dave and Tim shows from that point.
The band traveled as far south as Athens, GA, and back up north in New York, including a stop at the infamous Wetlands Preserve. A new song emerged during this time period, #36. Dave says he wrote it in sound check the day the inspiration for the song Chris Hani was killed (which would be April 10, a show, by the way, that is available from DMBLive), however it did not debut until the 14th.
Losing a crucial member of the band certainly wasn't easy, but the band fine-tuned their sound during the spring of 1993, and continued to spread the music throughout the southeast. The Spring season wrapped up with a show we first learned about from the book Step Into The Light. It was an odd booking, but not uncommon for the band back then. DMB performed at a Debutante Party in the back yard of a house in Lawrenceville, GA.
With the 2011 tour on hiatus, we thought this would be a good time to re-examine some past tours in Dave Matthews Band history. We will periodically add a new tour in throughout the year - as featured at the current tour in tour central . We begin with an oft-overlooked-yet-crucial tour in DMB history; Winter 1995 .
DMB co-headlined the 1995 winter tour with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. The plan was for the two up and coming bands to rotate headlining, with each band playing the role of featured act in their strongholds across the country. The tour began in Burlington, VT, a rather famous show due to a guest spot from Trey Anastasio.
As we said, the plan was for the bands to co-headline. That means that DMB opened some shows. But according to fans in attendance, DMB out-performed Big Head Todd at practically every show. And in certain stops, according to fans at the show, the venue emptied after DMB's set.
As the tour moved into the Midwest, Big Head Todd's stomping ground, DMB continued to shine. The tour continued West, however some changes would be made. The Winter tour featured the last time DMB regularly opened for a band on tour, outside of some spots opening for The Rolling Stones.
Also of note during the Winter tour is the famous February shows with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and a fantastic show that is featured in DMBLive, 2.25.95.
The Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds tour that technically speaking isn't a tour begins in Seattle. The first two of the 'tour' are the special charity shows, where the $135 ticket is exchanged for a voucher to donate $150 to a charity of your choice through justgive.org. Of course, on paper, December 7th will be the last time for the good people of the greater Seattle people to see Dave for a year.
Or so... on November 30, Dave told the Seattle Weekly that the idea of playing The Gorge in 2011 isn't exactly without a doubt not going to happen. And we don't need to rehash the rumors so soon or define exactly what "tour" means or doesn't mean now, after all, we've got a full year of speculation to build up hype.
The Dave and Tim 'tour' wraps up December 11 in Las Vegas.
UPDATE: If some of you are having difficulty figuring out how to donate, use this link and follow the instructions.
The 2010 Dave Matthews Band tour got underway November 2 in Buffalo, NY. Fans got treated to a post-Halloween Halloween to close the show (it actually replaced The Last Stop according to set list scans). The tour has been anticipated by not only the hard-core fans, but the causal as well, even garnering a writeup in New York Newsday that mentioned Antsmarching.org (you have to be a subscriber to read that, but trust us, it's there).
Speaking of our little site, we are having fans tweet from all of the fall shows to give fans a sense of what's going on right there on stage, so if you don't follow the Ants Twitter, start following! Had you been following along, you would've known that our astute Tweeter noticed Dave switch guitars for the last song, meaning that whatever was there (Last Stop) got replaced.
The Tour continues November 3 (that's tonight if you're reading this on November 3) in Uniondale on Long Island.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds have extended their December tour by a few shows. According to an email from
The Warehouse, the acoustic duo will perform December 6 and 7 at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. Tickets for the event are unique; the cost is $135, however, you, the ticket purchaser, will be given a code to use at justgive.org and a voucher for $150 to donate to the charity of your choice.
VIP tickets are available for $375, with $300 going to the charity of your choosing. This is quite a unique opportunity, and with all the proceeds going to charity (and then some), even the mainstream press has picked up the story. The The Wall Street Journal even mentioned it, and has a quote from Dave in their accompanying story.
Tickets are available now via The Warehouse, with the window closing November 1. The public sale begins November 6.
And don't forget, we here at Antsmarching.org are co-hosting a party with our friends at Mix 104.1 in Boston are hosting a pre-party prior to the Beantown shows. Read up here and follow the links for more details.
Dave and Tim also performed for the 25th anniversary of Farm Aid in early October. A fellow Ant was at the event and did a nice write up perspective on the anniversary of the show (including a quote from Dave). Have a read of it here.
But wait... There's more! Don't forget there is still time to Pre-Order Live In New York City, the next DMB official release. Citi Field night 2, featuring a sharp Proudest Monkey and a partial of Blackjack, making its live debut, is available for pre-order until November 5.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will be making 3 stops in December. According to an email from The Warehouse, the acoustic duo will perform at the new 1st Bank Center just outside Denver, CO on December 9, and then two shows in Las Vegas on December 10-11 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
The Warehouse is offering rooms at Planet Hollywood, from $89-$339 depending on your disposable income. Check out the Warehouse site for more details. The ticketing window is open as of September 30, and runs until October 11. VIP packages for both locations are available for $275, and the individual tickets for the normal folk range from $85-$95 for Denver, and $89.25 for Vegas.
The 2010 summer touring stats are out, and Dave Matthews Band has turned in an impressive run once again. According to the AP, DMB came in at third on the summer tour, averaging a little over $1.4 m a stop. The average ticket price was $52.64, considerably lower than the top two performers, Paul McCartney and The Eagles.
The listing is actually a week-to-week chart, but with DMB presently being over, along with the majority of the summer tours, this is basically a chart of who did what this summer. Phish came in fifth on the list, and another RLM artist, Tim McGraw, is 12th.
The Dave Matthews Band summer tour is in the books, and with no 2011 tour on tap, lets take a look back at what a summer (and spring) DMB gave fans.
First, the most shocking thing to occur in 2010 was the return of Big Eyed Fish. No one could have predicted 23 plays, and 11 openers this summer. Shake Me Like A Monkey led the way with 44 total plays, followed by Seven. Overall, the top 10 played songs might be one of the more popular with the 'hardcores' than we've seen in a while.
We count teases and partials, so we're calling it 104 different songs this year. Not every song can be a Break For It, Kit Kat Jam, or Lover Lay Down, but overall fans were quite happy to see a vast array of songs return. Easily the most shocking "return" was a debut, the aforementioned Break For It. Although you could make the case for the new fan favorite Blackjack, which we have since learned originated during an early Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King session.
As for tour of the summer? Well, that's up to the individual listener. Popular choices for fans on the boards seems to be Charlotte (what we consider the 'most rare' according to our rarity chart), WPB N1, WPB N2, and Camden N2. In a rarity for most tours, the first show of the year, Hartford, gets a lot of love and has some very nice performances on uncommon songs (Hello Again among them). So The SPAC/Alpine best venue war was for naught.
And also we'd like to say congrats to ants member hbktonyb for dominating the Set List Game. He won the Spring and Summer tour games, so he obviously knows this band way too well.
Don't go wandering off too far before the fall tour, we've got a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming months, so stick around to find out what we have in store!
There is a scant few shows left in the summer tour, culminating at Wrigley Field, famous for their goats and Bartman's. According to the tour stats, it's been a remarkable year.
102 different songs have been played so far (counting an improv, which we count). And who would've thought that Big Eyed Fish would be the most common opener, starting off 11 shows. Surprises Kit Kat Jam, JTR, and Busted Stuff all returned from long slumbers, and a few songs popped in for one-shot affairs, such as Beach Ball, The Dreaming Tree, and Lover Lay Down. Not too shabby, and there's still 4 shows to go, plus a fall tour.
But back to the summer happenings, in case you missed it, or don't follow his twitter, Stefan has taken classes at Berklee College Of Music. They were able to sit down with Fonz and talk about a variety of subjects, including their excellent music school. Have a peep here to check it out!
And one more summer-ish event to mention, sort of. A new show has popped up in DMBLive, 2.25.95. The show is best remembered by fans as having the last full band Blue Water Baboon Farm. This is when the band was jam-happy, and most of the songs are a medley. Also of note is an early Proudest Monkey, only the 12th one ever (13 if you count its Route 2 origin), at a time when it was still without lyrics. It's a pretty sharp show, and very indicative of the 1995 early tour.
It wasn't the worst kept secret, and lately, with rumors flying about that there would be no shows in November, I guess you could say it's a surprise. But it is official; The Warehouse announced Dave Matthews Band is touring in November.
This will be the last tour until 2012. The first show is November 2 in Buffalo, NY, and the tour wraps up where it all began 20 years ago, Charlottesville, on November 20. You'll note there are merely 2 shows in C'ville, not the 3 as rumored for, well, for a long time. Of course we here at Antsmarching.org have some plans in store for C'ville, so keep checking back here for more details.
Ticketing for Warehouse members begins September 9, and the public sale beings September 24 (25th for some shows).
- Tues Nov 2 - HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NY (w/ Amos Lee)
- Wed Nov 3 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (w/ Amos Lee)
- Fri Nov 5 - Times Union Center, Albany, NY (w/ Punch Brothers)
- Sat Nov 6 - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Punch Brothers)
- Tues Nov 9 - TD Garden, Boston, MA (w/ John Butler Trio)
- Wed Nov 10 - TD Garden, Boston, MA (w/ John Butler Trio)
- Fri Nov 12 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (w/ John Butler Trio)
- Sat Nov 13 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (w/ John Butler Trio)
- Tues Nov 16 - Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA (w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.)
- Wed Nov 17 - North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC (w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.)
- Fri Nov 19 - John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA (w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.)
- Sat Nov 20 - John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA (w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.)
The fortnight break for Dave Matthews Band is no more; the tour starts up August 14 (that's tonight if you're reading this on August 14) in Wichita, KS. It's the band's first show in the place where Dorthy got her tornado on since 2007.
If the break has been just too much for you, don't fret, the August 15 show from Denver will be webcast, according to The Warehouse. DMB starts at 10:30 et, so you better take a nap during the day if you want to stay up late! (East coast folks only on the nap)
Also, have you ever wondered what it'd be like if you were named Dave Matthews? Probably not, considering that the Matthews last name is the #169th most common out there. After all, there's a professional piano player with the same nomenclature as the guy we call "Dave". But you've probably never imagined what'd it be like to be named Dave Matthews, write for a sports website, and have questionable taste in music. Wonder no more, that song has now been sung. Kinda funny that the guys name was supposed to be Robert Randolph. But it could be worse, you could be this kid.
The other is a 2010 tour book. This book is unique in it features a ton of pictures by Taylor Crothers (the same guy who took the photos featured in the Europe 2009 book), and also features a sort-of-bio on every band members instruments; for example, all the guitars that Dave plays. Also featured is a little "factoid" for each venue, or unique for the surrounding area or state. Some of the facts are quite obscure, including references to only-performed-in-sound-check songs Light Lift Me Up and Dressed In Black. The book sells for $20 and is also available exclusively at Dave Matthews Band concerts in 2010.
The DMB tour continues June 25 at Blossom.
Fans wondered aloud (on the message boards) if Dave Matthews Band would give them a little something special for the 2010 tour, given that 2011 is an off year. After one show, the answer is "yes".
JTR, making it's first live appearance since 2006 opened the 2010 summer tour. And that was just the beginning of the songs making a comeback. Hello Again (2005), Kit Kat Jam (2003) and Busted Stuff (full-band 2002) made welcome returns to the set list. Throw in new fan favorites Seven and Shake Me Like A Monkey, and classics like Ants Marching and Dancing Nancies (on which Dave shared lead vocals with the crowd), and you can see why fans are pondering if this is the greatest show to an opening summer tour ever. Oh, and did we mention the debut of a song never performed live (but sound checked many times) by the name of Break For It?
The tour continues May 29 in Hartford.
In a run-up to the 2010 tour, mainly focusing on the 2011 break, Dave has revealed a bit about what this pre-break tour may contain. In a Billboard.com interview, Dave reveals that he has, "a few new songs" - but is unsure if any will be ready for this tour. What isn't known is if Dave is counting Hurricane, a song he debuted in Las Vegas last year, as one of those songs.
Dave also is well aware of what no tour in 2011 will mean to the fans. He said that they, "Certainly feel an obligation to the people that support the uniqueness of the band's career and have made it...sort of habitual or a moment of quite a few people's summers, it would be, I guess, ungrateful to not say everything. I wanted to give everyone a long heads-up."
The tour begins May 28 in Hartford.
We'll be following up on this news in the coming days, including what this means for the band in the long term, as well as covering it heavily in our next Podcast, so stay tuned. And if you haven't purchased those tickets for the 2010 tour yet, hurry.
DMB will headline on Sunday and Jack Johnson will headline on Saturday. TR3 will also be playing a show at the festival on Sunday. Other acts announced include Weezer, My Morning Jacket, Steve Miller Band, Train, Slightly Stoopid, Keller Williams, Phoenix, and others. Most found it hard to believe the band would skip over the CO when no dates were initially announced. Many had hoped a return to Red Rocks was in the works, that doesn't appear to be the case now.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at $150 for the two-day pass. For more info and full lineup visit the Mile High Music Festival webpage.
Ants Tour Central, now available in the iTunes App Store, allows you to have the entire history of Dave Matthews Band at your fingertips. Leveraging Tour Central the app presents an attractive interface to the details of each and every show the band has ever played. See who attended each show. Read their reviews. Even check out the pictures that were taken there! Ants Tour Central has you covered.
The coolest part, though, has to be the integration with your antsmarching.org account. Logging in with your account allows you to view your Personal Show Statistics right from your device! See your list of shows, songs, guests, teases, and rare songs all with just a few taps! You can even add shows to your list, and review concerts you've seen on the go.
Ants Tour Central is currently available in the iTunes App Store for just $0.99. You can also find it in the App Store right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
For the past year plus, we have been working to update Tour Central, adding in more shows, more notes, and just about every tid bit you'd want to know from a show. Although tour central is in constant flux, this is a good time to revisit some of the notes associated with Tour Central.
First and foremost, a big huge thanks to Ants user ZackR! He has graciously donated his time and knowledge to facilitate us greatly in adding in notes, guests, and live releases. So when you see ZackR around, give him a shout-out. We'd also like to thank our friends at dmbalmanac.com. We are very fortunate to have a great working relationship with the folks over there, and we constantly share info to make sure both listings are as complete as possible They recently discovered a treasure trove of 1991 and early 1992 shows that were unknown, and we have added them in here too. Thanks again to the Almanac!
One of the new features here at Tour Central is a listing of all the songs officially released as part of compilations, and all the Live Trax shows and DMBLive shows. These are all easily located via our search function. To make life a bit easier, we've put together a user's guide to best utilize Tour Central. Check it out and find some old, interesting gems!
That uproar you heard was from the collective Dave Matthews Band community. After weeks of months and speculation, an email from
The Warehouse formally announced the 2010 Dave Matthews Band summer tour. The tour begins May 28 in Hartford, CT, and runs until September 15 in St. Paul, MN.
The biggest of the big news for the tour is that some locations will have general admission seating toward the front of the stage. This is similar to how most of the 2009 European tour was, and it worked fairly well in Europe. But this is the U.S., of A. so we'll see how well it works out. At the least, it'll cut down on beer runs during slow songs for some, or it'll create a puddle filled, foul smelling area right up front. Regardless, fan reaction is not thrilled right now, but kidding aside, this could make for some lively shows. Time will tell.
The other big news is stadiums. Citi Field, Nationals Stadium, and PNC Park, home of the Mets, Nationals, and Pirates, respectively, all get shows. Clearly, DMB is a National League band. Boise, ID gets a show, the first for the Spud State since 1998. Other notable shows are Alpine over the July 4th holiday (3rd and 4th), The Gorge gets Labor Day weekend (3 shows), and West Palm Beach gets July 30 and 31, where we'll have another Ants party, but more on that later. Like soon.
Dave Matthews Band two-plus week break returned with a chance for everyone with an internet connection to check them out. The Outside Lands
was also a webcast, so many people got to see an interesting, and well... interesting show.
From the first song, Why I Am, it was easy to tell that Dave's voice was a bit shot. But that didn't deter the boys from putting out a pretty good show. The most interesting aspect of the show occurred during Jimi Thing. During the portion where one would expect the Sexy M.F. interpolation, two members of The Black Eyed Peas entered the stage and began yelling/rapping/dancing. And if you weren't paying too much attention (like I wasn't), you may have thought someone just ran on the stage and started yelling in the microphone. But that was apparently APL. He and Fergie then did an impromptu rap and dance, with Dave and APL trading dance moves. So depending on your opinion of Black Eyed Peas, it was either pretty cool, interesting, tolerable, or the worst thing to happen to DMB since the creation of Angel.
Lost in the Black Eyed Peas incident is a fantastic All Along The Watchtower and Thank You encore that guest Robert Randolph carried. On Thank You, after the song was basically over, and Dave already started removing his IFB, Robert sparked the crowd to chant the chorus again, and the rest of the band started playing again. It was a unique ending to a pretty good show.
And if you were wondering how Dave's voice could be shot after two weeks off, according to a tweet from Marcus Miller, Dave and Carter recorded some studio work for Herbie Hancock the prior day. That'll do it to ya. The Tour continues August 30 in Fresno.
Updating the earlier Vegas Show story, where The Las Vegas Sun reported on a possible Dave Matthews Band show in The Sin City in "October or November", a source familiar with the tour schedule tells antsmarching.org that the show is not for the Dave Matthews Band, but rather Dave and Tim. Logistically speaking, that makes more sense since the Vegas venue is only a 7000 seat arena, which would be a pretty good size for a Dave and Tim show.
As with everything in life, until the Official Site says something, it hasn't happened. And the leak of info has damaged venues potential shows (especially when they're not booked yet). Add in the fact that concert tours are very much subject to change (often...); however, the important part is that the potential concerts this fall - to some extent - are going to be Dave and Tim shows.
The Summer Tour may be on break now, but that doesn't mean that the talk of future tours has dissipated. According to The Las Vegas Sun, the Dave Matthews Band will perform at the Planet Hollywood Theater for the Performing Arts in "October or November". Couple of things worth noting - the venue is only a 7000 seat arena, a bit on the tiny side for the full band to perform. Additionally, sometimes "Dave Matthews Band" means "Dave", or "Dave and Tim", so if this means it will truly be a full-band show is not exactly known yet either. And then throw in the fact that one show does not equate a fall tour, we really don't know a heck of a lot based off this listing. Not to be such a downer. Sources have told antsmarching.org that DMB has looked into venues for a possible fall tour, but that is a common practice for the band these days, and does not guarantee any future tour.
Speaking of future tours, as in 2010 tours, a report out of Australia has the boys "looking to return" to the land of Yahoo Serious next year. There are rumblings of a European Tour and a fall South American Tour in 2010 as well, and they naturally couldn't skip the good ole U.S. of A., so if all of that comes true, 2010 will turn out to be a monster tour for the Dave Matthews Band.
Fans often presume that when the Dave Matthews Band enters into a break, as they did following the 8.15.09 show, they will play some epic, face-melting show that will leave fans gasping. And they certainly did that Saturday night.
The reviews tell the story - fans with multiple shows calling this one the "best" or "one of the best" is nothing to take lightly. Boyd was a star front and center, with an incredible jam on Lie In Our Graves, and a great rendition on Crush. The end run of the show featured a medley of Lie In Our Graves, into You And Me, and then followed that with Two Step. It was Two Step that kept fans gasping for air. Carter's drum solo was simply incredible. In fact, Carter didn't even want the song to end; Dave went to the mic to say "thanks and good night", and Carter was still jamming out. The encore switched up, and let Carter dominate the world once again on Halloween - the first ever Halloween for West Palm Beach and the first Florida Halloween since 1995 in Orlando.
The 2009 tour continues August 29 in San Francisco.
- Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI (Sat-Sun, 07/18-19/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA (Sat, 09/12/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL (Fri-Sat, 08/14-15/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park (Chicago), IL (Sat, 09/26/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL (Wed, 08/12/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY (Tue, 07/21/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA (Sat, 08/08/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ (Sat-Sun, 09/19-20/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA (Fri-Sun, 09/04-06/09 - 06:00 p.m.)
- Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA (Wed, 09/23/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA (Sun, 09/13/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN (Fri, 07/31/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA (Fri, 08/07/09 - 07:00 p.m.)
Night two in Hartford saw the debut of two more songs off the increasingly popular Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. The songs Lying In The Hands of God and You and Me both made their live debuts as the Dave Matthews Band brought the total played from the new album to 9.
If you were following along with AntsLive!, you heard a 30 second or so clip of Lying In The Hands Of God shortly after it was played. To show our gratitude, we at antsmarching.org are going to fire off a few prizes to that lucky person, who drove all the way from New Hampshire just to see the show (and record the video for us!). So keep that in mind the next time you're at a show and see something cool - remember to text or email pictures or videos to email@example.com, and you never know if you'll receive some random prize for your efforts!
The tour continues June 9 in Canada.
The Dave Matthews Band's 2009 Summer Tour kicked off in monsoon-like conditions in Darien Lake May 27, as the band warms up for a long summer tour. The only "new" song - to those familiar with the Spring Tour - was the newly-beloved Time Bomb which received positive reviews from fans after its first live appearance. The three new songs from Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King also made their appearance, along with Seven, which debuted late in the Spring Tour, and is quickly improving into a strong song live.
The weather conditions were brutal, Ark-like conditions with heavy rains. During Granny, early in the show, the power actually went out briefly. The show received mixed-reviews so far from fans (it's still early and most of em are still drenched), but the highlights included Robert Randolph playing a song by The Meters, Cissy Strut as an intro into a great Rhyme and Reason. You'll probably notice the dearth of new material; Stefan mentioned that they would ease into the new songs from his Twitter. DMB has an off-day before the tour continues on May 29 at Fenway, home of "Big Papi" David Ortiz, who has exactly 1 more home run than everyone reading this.
In an uncommon move, the Dave Matthews Band has switched dates of some shows for the 2009 summer tour. According to The Warehouse, the previously scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday September 22 and 23 will now take place September 19 and 20 - that's a Saturday and Sunday. The September 19 show in Scranton will now take place the following Wednesday, September 23.
The move gives the band a few extra days between shows - the previous tour date to those is September 13 in Irvine, CA. So maybe they're driving across country and taking the scenic route. Or maybe they'll squeeze in a show somewhere in between now. Regardless, you do not need a new ticket for any of the shows, the original tickets, with the original dates, will be honored.
The party kicks off immediately following the show tonight. We will be streaming the party live via ustream.tv, as you can see to the left, so if you can't make it, you can still "stick your head in" and say hello!
The Dave Matthews Band certainly did not disappoint during their tour opener at Madison Square Garden on April 14. Dave joked that in a conversation with The Roots, the opening band, they remarked "Who opens a tour at Madison Square Garden?" DMB showed they do, and they can.
DMB played three songs from the forthcoming Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Funny The Way It Is, Why I Am, and Spaceman. The songs received an overall positive reaction from the crowd, especially Why I Am, which Dave remarked was Roi's favorite during the 08 session. DMB also broke out some old favorites, including Raven, Pig, and a full (non-truncated) Recently, and had Gregg Allman guest on his song Melissa - sung as a duet with Dave.
The tour continues April 15 just up the road in New Jersey, and then DMB travels back home to Charlottesville.
The most hyped part of the tour so far has to be the Official AntsMarching.org DMB After Party after the Friday Night Show in the band's hometown of Charlottesville, VA. If you haven't signed up yet for the party, please RSVP and let us know you're coming! Thanks to The Warehouse, we will be giving away lots of great prizes, including a ticket for an autographed copy of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, signed by Dave Matthews himself!
As is now tradition, we are again hosting The Setlist Game for the 2009 Spring Tour, with an opportunity to win the entire tour on CD for the person who proves to be the most accurate in guessing the tour's setlists. Taper recordings will be available in our Downloads Area for those who wish to download and listen to the shows. AntsLive! will again be up and running this tour, allowing anyone to send in pictures, texts and video live from the concert, for anyone watching the setlist to view. Be the first to post a live clip of the new songs with AntsLive! And speaking of live, if you don't already follow AntsMarching on Twitter, you should definitely take the time to do just that, and receive live updates from the shows as they happen. To follow along with the live setlist on Twitter, follow us @dmblive. You can even set up your twitter account to receive @dmblive tweets on your phone as they come in, so in effect you can receive the setlist on your cell phone, right as it happens! Of course, you can still sign up to receive the entire setlist on your cell phone after the show ends with our Mobile Setlists feature. And make sure to stay current with all DMB news with Mobile News.
If you're hitting any shows this tour, we wish you a safe and enjoyable time! Please be responsible when partying before/during/after the shows, and best of all enjoy what will be the very first performances of tracks from the upcoming Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King! After you come home from the show, head on over to Tour Central and enter your review in on your show's page. Don't forget to scan in your ticket stubs (and if you can get one, a band setlist) and upload them on your show's page as well. And as always, pictures of tailgating, partying, and the show are encouraged, so send those along too!
Fenway seems to be the place for concerts this year. After the Dave Matthews Band plays two nights at the famed Boston baseball stadium, antsmarching.org has learned that Phish will perform right after those shows, May 31, according to a source familiar with the scheduling at Fenway. Expect an official announcement as soon as March 31.
So how does this effect you, the average DMB fan? Well, the bands do have a great history of performing together. The first show was back in 1994, where DMB was opening for Phish, and joined them for a few songs. And later that same year, the full-bands joined together again for an epic jam and a great version of The Maker. This doesn't mean that the two bands will meet again, but this is probably the best chance of it happening in about 10 or 15 years. So if you're interested in checking out both bands (maybe even together?), this will be a great opportunity.
So it won't be a few days off in Europe for Dave Matthews Band. In addition to the festival shows previously announced, DMB will play at least three additional shows to fill in the days between the festivals. According to The Warehouse, DMB will be playing in London at Brixton Academy on June 25, Paris on July 1 at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, and Amsterdam on July 7 at the Heineken Music Hall. Tickets are available via The Warehouse February 25, but you'll need a password to access the presale. So if you didn't get the email about the tickets, ask around.
While the extensive 49-show tour includes many new venues and even a couple unknown venues, the announcement also slips in a new release date for the album: June 2. The tour is being billed as a supporting tour for the upcoming album; what this means for the Spring Tour's chances of hearing some new music is still anyone's guess. Warehouse preorder online ticket request period begins Thursday, February 19th, and continues through Monday, March 2nd. UPDATE: Add the Spring & Summer Tourdates to your Calendar (like Outlook or iCal)! Just import the supported file into your calendar application. (csv) (ics/iCal)
- Wed 5/27 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY (w/ Robert Randolph & The Family Band)
- Fri 5/29 - Venue TBA, Boston, MA (w/ TBA)
- Sat 5/30 - Venue TBA, Boston, MA (w/ TBA)
- Fri 6/5 - New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT (w/ Femi Kuti & The Positive Force)
- Sat 6/6 - New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT (w/ Femi Kuti & The Positive Force)
- Tue 6/9 - Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON Canada (w/ Femi Kuti & The Positive Force)
- Wed 6/10 - Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, QC Canada (w/ Femi Kuti & The Positive Force)
- Fri 6/12 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (w/ The Hold Steady)
- Sat 6/13 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (w/ The Hold Steady)
- Tue 6/16 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH (w/ The Hold Steady)
- Wed 6/17 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO (w/ The Hold Steady)
- Fri 6/19 - Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA (w/ The Hold Steady)
- Sat 6/20 - Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA (w/ The Hold Steady)
- Sat 7/18 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
- Sun 7/19 - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI (w/ Umphrey's McGee)
- Tue 7/21 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater , Wantagh, NY (w/ Old Crow Medicine Show)
- Wed 7/22 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater , Wantagh, NY (w/ Old Crow Medicine Show)
- Fri 7/24 - Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA (w/ Jason Mraz)
- Tue 7/28 - DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI (w/ Old Crow Medicine Show)
- Wed 7/29 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (w/ Old Crow Medicine Sho)
- Fri 7/31 - Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN (w/ Hill Country Revue)
- Sat 8/1 - Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN (w/ Hill Country Revue)
- Tue 8/4 - Alliance Bank Stadium, Syracuse, NY (w/ Donovan Frankenreiter)
- Wed 8/5 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY (w/ Donovan Frankenreiter)
- Fri 8/7 - Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA (w/ Donovan Frankenreiter)
- Sat 8/8 - Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Bristow, VA (w/ Donovan Frankenreiter)
- Wed 8/12 - Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL (w/Robert Earl Keen )
- Fri 8/14 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL (w/ Robert Earl Keen)
- Sat 8/15 - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL (w/ Robert Earl Keen)
- Sat 8/29 - Venue TBA, San Francisco, CA (w/ TBA)
- Sun 8/30 - Save Mart Center , Fresno, CA (w/ TBA)
- Tue 9/1 - USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, UT (w/ Yonder Mountain String Band)
- Fri 9/4 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA (w/ G. Love & Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band)
- Sat 9/5 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA (w/ G. Love & Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band)
- Sun 9/6 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA (w/ G. Love & Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band)
- Sat 9/12 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA (w/ Switchfoot)
- Sun 9/13 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA (w/ Switchfoot)
- Sat 9/19 - Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA (w/ TBA)
- Tue 9/22 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ (w/ Robert Randolph & The Family Band)
- Wed 9/23 - Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ (w/ Robert Randolph & The Family Band)
- Fri 9/25 - Principal Park, Des Moines, IA (w/ Robert Randolph & The Family Band)
- Sat 9/26 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL (w/ TBA)
- Tue 9/29 - Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock, AR (w/ TBA)
- Wed 9/30 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO (w/ TBA)
- Fri 10/2 - BOK Center, Tulsa, OK (w/ TBA)
The eagerly awaited Summer tour is slowing coming together, according to sources familiar with the schedule. The official announcement should come "soon"; everyone's favorite word. Soon probably means within a week or so. The hold up, for those of you who haven't followed the drama in the past, is that one venue date conflict can throw off the entire schedule. So despite the fact that there have been alleged dates leaking out, nothing, and I mean nothing, is set in concrete until the official site announces them.
In other words, don't book that hotel at Jones Beach or up near SPAC just yet.
With scheduled performances in Europe on now June 28th and July 11th it looks to be that the band will be making a few stops in the area. Dave Matthews, when asked about returning to Europe responded "We’ve set dates”. To this point they appear to be festivals and the band is letting them be announced by each festival promoter. The Glastonbury Festival 2009 will be held from the 24th-28th, and has a good chance that the boys will try to stop by also, though the festival is already sold out even before announcing the lineup.
The last time Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band teamed up was back in 2004, for the 'Vote for Change' tour to try to unseat President George W. Bush. Dave and many other artists joined Bruce on stage at the end of the night to sing (What's so Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, and People Have the Power.
Tickets will be on sale at 9am local time on Friday and priced at 45 euro for a single day.
Tickets prices for the Optimus Alive! 09 festival are 50,00 euro for a single day ticket and 90,00 euro for 3-day passes. Ticketing information may be found by visiting www.ticketline.pt (click on the flags for English, Portuguese or Spanish). Tickets my also be purchased via phone (+351) 707 234 234.
On-Sale Friday, January 16th at 10:00am (local time):
- Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN (show date: Saturday 4/25)
- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (show date: Tuesday 4/14)
- IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ (show date: Wednesday 4/15)
- John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA (show dates: Friday-Saturday 4/17-18)
- TWC Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC (show date: Wednesday 4/22)
- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC (show date: Friday 4/24)
- MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV (show dates: Friday-Saturday 5/8-9)
The Warehouse has just sent out an official email announcing that ticket request statuses are now available. If you requested tickets through the Warehouse, you can now see if your requests were confirmed or declined by logging into your Warehouse account and clicking on Ticketing -> Ticket Status. Seating information will be available "within the next few weeks," while row and section information "will be forthcoming." Dave Matthews Band tickets will ship approximately ten business days prior to the show via an expedited 2-day signature required service.
In other, unrelated news, stop back to antsmarching.org tomorrow for something new and fresh.
It looks like Jeff Coffin is officially a member of DMB, right?
According to Coffin's official site, he says, "I will be joining Dave Matthews Band starting in 2009. I am honored to be asked to be part of such a fantastic group of musicians and people and am looking forward to making some great music!"
So... what's that 2009 talk?
As we mentioned a few months ago, Coffin was in discussion to permanently replace Leroi Moore as the DMB saxophonist. It appears that it's a done deal, right?
The problem is his wording; 2009. Does he mean for the 2009 tour, or does he mean, beginning in 2009, he will be a part of DMB? The latest publicity shot of DMB did not feature Jeff, so one wonders if he'll actually be in DMB, or he'll have that floating membership a la Butch Taylor did.
As we speculated during podcast 17, we feel that both Jeff and Tim Reynolds are for all intents and purposes in DMB, but we don't think there will be an official announcement from the official site regarding the status of either.
Regardless, we expect Tim and Jeff both on tour with DMB for all of 2009. And hopefully beyond.
The Dave Matthews Band 2009 Spring Tour Dates - in promotion of their next album - are out as promised. The tour will kick-off on the same day the band releases the 'yet-to-be-titled' new album on April 14th. Mark your calendars boys and girls!
This is the first U.S. Spring Tour since back in 2002 when they did a packed 33 dates, twice the amount of the 2009 Spring Tour. The boys return to their birthplace of Charlottesville for the first time since 2006 and ventures to the state of Alabama for the first time since 2001. Joining the group on the road this spring will be Tim Reynolds on guitar, Rashawn Ross on trumpet and Jeff Coffin on saxophone. They are also featured on the new album. Fans will be treated to the group's first-ever live performances of songs from the new album during the Spring 09 Tour. An online ticket request period begins today and continues through January 4th for Warehouse members. Tickets go on sale to the general public on January 17th - except for the Nashville show, which goes on sale January 16th. New for the 2009 tour, Warehouse members may request up to 4 tickets per show. (Ruh-roh, Raggy do you see complaints for high demand shows?)
Dave Matthews Band's follow up to Stand Up nearly 4 years later will shoot to bring the band to the top of the charts along with Metallica being only the second band to have five consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200, leaving the ranks of The Beatles and U2 with four.
Without further ado...
- Tue 04/14/09 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
- Wed 04/15/09 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
- Fri 04/17/09 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
- Sat 04/18/09 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
- Mon 04/20/09 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham
- Wed 04/22/09 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
- Fri 04/24/09 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- Sat 04/25/09 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt Stadium
- Sun 04/26/09 New Orleans, LA Fairgrounds Racetrack Jazz Fest
- Tue 04/28/09 Alpharetta, GAVerizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
- Wed 04/29/09 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
- Fri 05/01/09 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
- Sat 05/02/09 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
- Tue 05/05/09 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
- Wed 05/06/09 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
- Fri 05/08/09 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Sat 05/09/09 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
In what can safely be called "surprising", The Warehouse sent out an email on December 11 announcing that the 2009 Tour Dates for a Spring tour will be announced December 15.
The only thing more surprising than that is the claim from the email that the tour will feature, "songs from forthcoming studio album due this spring. "
Songs? What songs?
if you've been following Dave's Twitter adventures you know that he claims that the new album will feature "all new" songs.
But what is "all new"?
Does all new mean that new fan fav's Shotgun, Cornbread, et al. will make the cut, or is all new just that, all new? Sources tell antsmarching.org that the band had approximately 20 pieces of new music that they could turn into songs - featuring the 2007 session stuff left from last years abortive studio time. The goal for the album, sources say, is to shoot for around 12-15 total songs; but what exactly they will be is still undetermined.
And a word of caution to those searching for the tour dates; things change at the last second, as happened in 2002. So just because you read on the internet that there will be shows in Charlottesville on specific days, it's best to just wait till December 15 for the official announcement; remember, if the tour dates were ready now, DMB management would announce them.