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Dave Matthews Band
July 22, 2008
Qwest Center, Omaha, NE

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User: 42graystreet
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Highlights were DT opener, YMDT, Nancies--#41, and Gravedigger. The mid-set Ants was a treat. To see that many people dancing and going nuts to that song is always cool. From my vantage point, the energy inside the building was great. There were loud cheers after every song and it looked like Dave and the boys appreciated it. Listening to the show right now and YMDT is amazing!

User: bendovan2341
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Yeah Boy! The Tree, Sugar Will! Dave's sign of indifference. #41 was sick. Coffin, Dave and Fonz all formed around Carter and jammed it hard. But Seriously, Omaha, wtf? In my section of hundreds of people, only two people standing up, me and my wife. The crowd only stood in unison for the awesome mid-set Ants. Indoor shows pale in comparison to the energy generated outdoors, yet indoors the roof should be getting blown off. Great show for Dave heads, DIDO, Crazy dancing during Cornbread again...Weak crowd in my section, weak tailgating scene, but most importantly GREAT show from the boys!

User: Carini83
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First Dave show, blew me away

User: Checo44
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I drove all the way from the Mile High Music Festival to this show and simply put, nothing compares to a show when it is outside. Just didn't have the same feel and the crowd was not nearly as into the show as the crowd from the music fest was. Didn't feel much energy. by the way anyone notice some weird vibes between Boyd and Dave?

User: coharahawk
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I'm from the area and have been to the Qwest many times for shows including DMB Winter Tour 2005. These were the best seats I've had by far (Sect 123, Row 3). I much prefer the outdoor venues for Summer concerts, but I thought it turned out really well inside. Good energy from the crowd. Tim is just amazing and Jeff Coffin is probably the best substitute for Leroi on the planet. As a semi-veteran of the KC and Omaha shows, I know we often don't get the most exciting setlists, but I thought this one was very respectable, although the encore could've been better. I was praying for Two Step to close it out. I was just happy that I finally got to hear #41!

User: danballard
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been to 6 dmb shows by far the best yet!!

(sugar will) returns!!!

User: davhvc
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Quest center has horrible acoustics

User: diflert
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Great start and great crowd compared to shows in KC.

User: DMBbudha
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Wow. Drive In Drive Out!

The energy was awesome. Tim adds a whole new dimension to the sound of the band, it sounded great. My 10th show and these guys still blow me away.

User: DMBfromCB
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Freakin awesome setlist!!!!!

User: dmbgopher
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Setlist was pretty good. Dreaming Tree, Sugar Will, Nancies, #41 were really solid jams. Also, Drive In Drive Out, Ants, Bayou and Stay put a lot of energy into the crowd. SMTS -> ASTB -> Too Much was solid! Added with Sledgehammer, Crash, Cornbread, Eh Hee, Out Of My Hands and So Damn Lucky sounded really tight. All in all, the band sounded good.

User: esg6589
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Tim Reynolds rocked the shit out of that show.

User: FellOffTheWagon
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Not to disagree with the 1st poster, but from where I was sitting, the entire lower bowl and floor stood the entire concert. Aside from some technical glitches with the screen above and the one behind the band, I thought the show had a lot of energy and Tim Reynolds really brings a new dimension to the band. Butch Who? ;). Much better show than the only other one I've been to (Ames - 2002) Plus it was 45 minutes longer.

A few comments about some of the songs:

So Damn Lucky - I like the new part that Dave added at the end to extend the song.

Sledgehammer - Very surprised how good this song was covered by the band.

#41 - Didn't know they played it until I came here. That may have been the time that the guy behind us a few rows was yelling for all of us to sit down. Sit down.....at a DMB concert?

Sugar Will - What a great song. I think it should be in the rotation more often.

Great setlist and great night.

User: Grey Dreaming
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Great show. Dreaming tree was my favorite.

User: greybart41
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DT - The show started off pretty slow here. I enjoy this song and this version was not an exception. Good version for sure. The crowd responded favorably as they took the stage obviously, but you got the feeling that midway through the song the crowd was ready to move on.

YMDT - Dave started singing a little to early to open the song and as a consequence fumbled around the next 30 seconds or so and ran into the chorus. The song does not sound as tight as it has (particularily towards the end of last years tour). Not sure if it is a consequence of no keys or not. They just don't strike the transitions as strong. Crowd enjoyed, but not overly energetic.

Eh Hee - I was hoping this song would evolve a little bit, but it also seems like it was better last year. The band didn't looked particularily enthused to play it, but that could have been a result of lack of energy from the crowd. Dave started to make references to such. "We'll find something for ya". "Let's see if ya like this one". Comments like that thrown in by Dave through the first 6 songs or so.

Cornbread - Hate to be a nitpick, but they are just not as tight on Cornbread as I have seen them. That goes for Mile High as well. The transition from end of the 3rd verse into the 4th (The soul's inside) seemed to be off. I have heard it pop seamlessly before as it should, and its seems like they don't have that clicking right now.

SW - Love the song, obvious that they aren't completely together on this one though. It feels like Tim could pick them up some on this song for it to stand out. Dave broke into his gay walk and posturing moves that gets a few laughs. Perhaps more if we weren't in Nebraska.

DIDO - Great song live for obvious reasons. In Omaha just ok. I have a feeling that this song will get stronger as the tour gets further along.

Sledgehammer - Woke most of the crowd up. Everyone was familiar and seemed to be feeling it. You could tell the band enjoy's this cover. Would love to see Exodus, Hey Hey My My, or Watchtower in its place. It does get the crowd going however. BTW Dave does sing this song very well.

AM - Those who weren't awake with Sledgehammer woke up for Ants. This is where the show started to take a turn energy wise IMO. Good version with Boyd doing his thing. Tim gave him some props (knuckle touch cool thing). I read his lips too. He said "See man you are still a part of this band". I think Boyd just said "Word" graciously.

OOMH - I like this song, but am thinking that it may be better placed at a D&T show. To cart out the piano for us to watch Dave play something that nearly anyone could learn to play in 10 minutes seems odd. Its a bit of a buzzkill following Ants too. Lyrically nice, but lacks a lot musically IMO. Dave does emit some emotion the last part of the song, just not enough to warrant playing it. Shelve it and save on lugging the piano around.

SDL - Absolutely the highlight of the show for me. You wouldn't think SDL could be a highlight, but I am telling you they are slammin' on this song right now. The outro with Tim featured prominently is really special. Not gonna hurt my feelings one bit if this starts to get the played in the rotation as regularly as Cornbread. Loved it. Before you slam SDL give it another listen (at Mile High or Omaha).

DN - Could I have been....Lost somewhere in O-ma-ha. Crowd got giddy and giggled. Standard fare beyond that.

#41 - Can never complain about this song getting played. Coffin has his regular solid solo featured, but the band really is tight throughout this song.

Crash - Louds screams and wet panties all around.

SMTS - Solid.

ASTB - Very nice. Stefan and Tim in sync.

Too Much - High energy as always. Nothing out of the ordinary.

LB - You see the electric come out and know its going to be Bayou, but wish it was WYA. This song needs a lift. I noticed people heading for the exits at this point. They do not transition as good as they used to in this song. Tim needs to step up like Randolph does when he guests on the song. However the last 3 minutes of the song make the first 3 worth listening to. They do bring it at the end.

Sister - Ok.

GD - A much better option to go full band. A song that deserves the layers. Really enjoyed it.

Stay - Festive as you might imagine. Carter threw probably 15-20 sticks.

Overall I would give the show 3 1/2 out of 5. This band says it feeds off of the energy of the crowd, and that was obvious the first half of the show. They started off low key and the crowd seemed to be waiting on something very familiar. Perhaps if Carter wore a Cornhuskers jersey. Have him wear a Lawrence Phillips jersey no less! But joking aside, Sledgehammer and AM seemed to be the breaking point mid-set. Again I cannot emphasize enough how good SDL is becoming. My 2 cents. Peace.

User: huck1081
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Great set! I was praying for nancies into warehouse. Did not get warehouse but nacies into #41 was insane.

User: itsallgood
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Fourth show for me, and I first want to thank DMB for another great outing!

Now the breakdown, IMO:

Dreaming Tree: An incredible song I'd always wanted to hear, and really got my hopes up with it as an opener.

YMTD: Timmy certainly added a good solo to this one. Not a favorite of mine, but quality rendition.

Eh Hee: Nothing out of the ordinary here, still like this song, but has not evolved a whole lot since last year.

Corn Bread: Also not much change here, but like this song quite a bit.

Old Dirt Hill: I have openly detested this song since hearing in Omaha in 2005. However, I found this version to be improved, and dare I say borderline tolerable. Still not a favorite by any means, and thought it dropped already fluctuating energy in this show.

Sugar Will: Dave said he was "going to find something" and I approved of his choice. I am still confused that this song has actually reappeared, and I still think it is a little short of a "complete" song, but pretty good.

Drive In Drive Out: I was totally not expecting to hear this song and was absolutely pumped!! At this point Phase 2 of the show began and the energy really kicked up. Biggest surprise of show for me, and definitely a gem in the setlist.

Sledgehammer: Good cover and the crowd was really into it. Not quite as exciting as DIDO, but hard to top that.

Ants: Mid-set appearance was a first for me, and really strengthened show's energy. I was pleasantly surprised that the crowd was able to carry the vocals through "people in every direction..." which Dave had to sing through at Omaha 2005, and also last summer at Sandstone in KS.

Out of My Hands: Despite the fact that a good portion of the crowd took this song as a bathroom break, I enjoyed it. Yes it is simple, but less is more here I think. Probably a wise interlude, since the crowd was nearly in riot mode after Ants.

So Damn Lucky: I agree with some other reviewers that the full band version is really sounding most excellent. Paired well with OOMH prior.

Nancies: Always a solid tune, perhaps not the best version I've heard, but they practically had to play this after Dave said he was "lost somewhere in Texas(??)" while at Qwest in 2005. Strangest way to say/sing Omaha ever, but loved it nonetheless.

#41: Finally!! Been anxiously waiting to hear this song since my first show. Of course the anticipation for Warehouse after Nancies can never be fully ignored, but #41 instead was certainly a high point in the show for me. Coffin made crazy noises I am not sure I fully comprehend yet.

Crash Into Me: It is what it is, and what it is works for me.

SMTS>ASTB>Too Much: A energy pickup for certain, keeping the crowd locked in. Not as much of a thrill as the first time I heard the progression, but a solid choice. The length of the teasing between SMTS and ASTB was almost excessive, and had me thinking Too Much would be the last main set song.

Bayou: I'm 4/4 on hearing this one, and found it unnecessary at this show. Could be worse, but was already thinking ahead to what the encore would hold throughout its duration.

Encore (Sister, Gravedigger, Stay): My main beef with the show was the encore. Nearly identical encore to last year at Sandstone which was my last show. Sister is alright, but not for encore during full band summer tour. Gravedigger was reasonable choice, but when sandwiched between the rest of the encore it was not as effective. Is it cliche to complain about a Stay closer? Yes, but only as cliche as playing Stay as a closer is. Hearing it for the first time last year was enough for me I discovered. But, I think I got my hopes up too much thinking all the other Stand Up/newer songs that had been played in the show might produce a more exciting/classic encore.

Overall, definitely a solid show, with several gems, some very exciting first songs for me, excellent Tim guitar influence, and a meh ending. I really want to get back to Alpine for a two-nighter next summer!!!

User: Jakeb206
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This show was fantastic! Great set and an AMAZING crowd, almost deafening. There was so much energy! Highlights were Sugar Will, Drive in Drive Out, #41, So Damn Lucky, Dreaming Tree, ASTB, and Ants.

Lowlights were Stay, Sister, Louisiana Bayou, Old Dirt Hill...

Even with the few mediocre songs the show was still a 5/5! Best show I have seen so far!

User: jarguitar86
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Easily one of the best shows I've seen out of 16. Dreaming Tree opener was mind blowing. Songs that I thought were mediocre before took a whole new twist like YMDT and Old Dirt Hill.. Those songs were better to hear in my opinion than SMTS > TM. Dancing Nancies and 41 were also standouts with great jams by pretty much everyone... and I caught Carters stick at the end of the show! DMB gets more fun to watch every time. They bring their a game and leave it all on stage.

User: JebTheRevelator
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Better setlist than Mile High. It's not old Dave by any stretch but some of the songs were played incredibly well (Ants Marching, So Damn Lucky, Dreaming Tree).

User: JRDunlap
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Amazing

User: jsfisch
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what a ball. such great acoustics at this ampetheater

User: Junto
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A damn fine show, but almost a duplicate of what was played two days before in Denver!

User: kball78
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As an Omaha Native I have seen many shows at the QWEST Center and this was by far the loudest crowd I have heard. Dave fed off the energy and the set list was a good mix. The encore was the perfect send off.

User: kenwehrs
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Dreaming Tree, You Might Die Trying, Sugar Will, Drive in Drive Out, So Damn Lucky, Dancing Nancies, #41, and Anyone Seen the Bridge were all 5 star, especially the jams in #41 and nancies and the extended ending to SDL. Tim's chords at the beginning of ASTB was hardcore. DIDO blew me away. Dave's dancing got the crowd pretty wound up too. Could have done without Out of My Hands, Crash into Me, and Stay, however.

User: LeftyDv
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Sorry Omaha, you have a beatiful venue, lots of enthusiasm, and a great downtown scene, but this show was par at best. After seeing DMB play in front of 50,000 people at the Mile High Music Festival, a non-sellout of 13,000 or so was kinda sad. Don't people in the Iowa/Dakota/Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska region know DMB? (Not talking about Ants... we know you do!) Too many repeats from the show before and Nancies just doesn't have the punch it does at an outdoor venue... we look up to the sky to see... a steel ceiling??? Still a great time... I just think I'm spoiled by living in the Rocky Mountain Region.

User: malmour
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Great show!

User: matthewharwell
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With Leroi on the mend, and the keys of Butch Taylor gone, the band's show had a very different feel this summer. BUT, some serious props to Jeff Coffin for bringin' the thunder! Rashawn was a pillar...literally, of trumpeting prowess, and then there's Timmy Reynolds - whose electric lead took the band into a more rock-driven sound which I loved! The energy was high all night (thanks much to the crowd at Qwest), and the set was eclectic and unpredictable. The band seemed to be having as much, or more fun than I've ever seen them have. Even with a couple fallen comrades. I also loved the stage set, and had a stellar seat to enjoy that to the fullest! Can't wait for Alpine!!!!

User: mayer22105
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fucking awesome i got dave's pick and shook his hand as well as carters!

User: miles41
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Decided to take off work at the last minute and drive six hours to Omaha. Glad I did, because I finally got my Dreaming Tree! I had screwed myself out of hearing it three previous times so that song alone definitely made it worth the drive, and they opened with it no less! Definitely some nice surprises. The Some Devil songs are just awesome to hear full band. Mid-set Ants was cool, DIDO was also nice to hear. Dave was a dancing fool and being fifth row in section 103 were just perfect seats! Coffin rocked out on #41. I love and miss LeRoi, but Coffin can jam with the best of em. Dave and the boys just stared at him and shook their heads and smiled while he was jamming. It was also an indoor, more intimate venue than I am used to as well, so that was a change. Great show all together. Thanks Omaha!

User: mstarman
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Great

User: Ne_DMB_Fan
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Show was great but we could not hear Jeff from where we sat.

User: nieds05
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Really fun show, Highlights were DIDO, Ants, #41 and believe it or not ASTB was badass as well

User: nje0241
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Great set list, long show and the opener was hot.

User: Route2
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Solid start, meh finish

User: shaggydog
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Boyd saves another show.

User: sjowen
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Took Janet and Brian to the show...great show!

User: ski_bum
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First DMB show for me, its been 6 years in the waitings and was everything I expected! Next show will be an outdoor venue. Can't wait!!

User: skydmb
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VERY FUN SHOW!!!

User: stud0028
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First time Ive been to Omaha to see DMB. I would highly recommend seeing a concert there the sound quality is exceptional for an indoor venue.
As far as the show is concerned, I like it but it was nowhere near the best I've been to, but then again, i have seen them at some pretty sweet places and have heard a lot of amazing setlists. The first half of the concert was good up to about #41. After that, the band was just going through the motions. Of course they had intensity like they always do on those songs like 'too much' and SMTS. they need to stop playing those songs for a little while and play something else in my opinion. They have over a hundred songs to choose from pick something else rather than the same 12-15 songs that always seem to get into the setlist.

overall: good show, good sound quality, worth the money, good intensity as always, I just want to see something different, its becoming "same old"

User: Switzerama
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Jeff Coffin was still a little new and most of the songs they played were the same as the "Live at Radio City" show. It's always nice when Dave plays piano on "Out of My Hands" and "Gravedigger" was a sweet encore opener

User: Tboneguy03
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#41 blew me away. Coffin was rockin hard, and looks like he is having a great time with the band. Everyone had smiles on their face. Sound board was kinda located poorly...lots of people stuck right behind it had to suck hard. Great show though. Ants marching Ya Boyd extended solo! 5th show and still blown away.

User: topshelflits
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Top notch all throughout, although indoors, and potentially a let-down, the boys DELIVERED. Great time with a lot of good friends. Can't wait to see what the rest of the tour is going to be like if they keep up this kind of intensity.
Thoughts are with you LeRoi, hope to see you chilling on the side of the stage one of these nights, and seeing it through our eyes!

User: trabble
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First DMB concert and we had a blast! Great show!

User: VERN_728
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First off, I was not that impressed with the Qwest Center. Warehouse hooked us up with some good seats, but we were squished like sardines in there. The rows were so narrow and the seats were so small. Good thing the crowd around us were normal sized, but I have no idea on how obese people can attend any event at the place.
That being said, let's review the show. I was totally stoked when they opened with a 15 minute Dreaming Tree. This was my 8th DMB show and I had never seen this song performed live. The same goes with Old Dirt Hill, So Damn Lucky, and Out of my Hands. Dave did an awesome piano solo of OMH and had the crowd singing along. The crowd noise was deafening and my ears were ringing all night afterwards. This was the most active I've ever seen Dave during a show. I've only seen them in the midwest, so I'm not spoiled by the big venue shows; it was great to see Dave dancing & being so vocal. I love it! Eh Hee followed by Cornbread was a great pair and had the place rocking. I could have done without Sugar Will. It's at least the 3rd time I've seen it live and would have rather heard something else. DIDO was awesome. I love the song and it was killer. Sledgehammer was a great treat to the show. Tim Reynolds tore it up all night long and I don't think they could do this song without him. He adds such an element with the electric guitar. Tim Rocks! I was very excited when they got to #41. It's one of their best of all time and man did they jam to it. Jeff Coffin was exceptional on the sax. I really enjoyed watching him the entire show, but the way they all jammed during 41 was off the hook. If LeRoi can't be there, I'm glad they filled in with Coffin. It was also great to see Rashawn Ross back on tour & giving some pointers to Coffin in between songs. Ants, Too Much, & SMTS were alright, but once again, it's too much for me. The radio hits are great, but DMB just has soooo much more to offer and I was hoping they would keep them to a minimum. The crowd was sure psyched up about them though. I too, was disappointed with the encore of Sister, Gravedigger & Stay. It's an encore I've heard before. Sure, I wanted to Stay all night, but would have LOVED to have heard 2 Step as a closer. All in all though, great show. The boys NEVER disappoint and I can't wait to see what they have in store for Memphis. I'm really hoping to get Dave, Tim, & Willie all on stage to jam together. Time will tell. GO DMB!!!!!

User: vwsanley
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Great show

User: warehouseofhrdy
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Jeff Coffin is AMAZING! This was my first time seeing him in action and he is a very fine filler for Roi. I would love to see him guest every once in a while. Anyhow, to the show: I was hoping they would play Sugar Will so that was cool. Eh Hee and Cornbread back to back was pretty sweet. I always love hearing 41 and Coffin really added alot to the song. Encore would be the only negative. Their energy was outstanding, I just wish Dave would have talked a little more to us. Ohh, Dave's Drunk Man dance is SWEET. Oscar material.


   


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