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Dave Matthews Band
May 8, 2009
Grand Garden Arena - MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

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User: adamortiz11
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Sweet show! The Billies opener was incredible! The Watchtower to close it was great. I liked this show more than the n2 show by a little bit but mainly bc we had to leave during the encore of n2 to catch our flight at 12:15am haha

User: Alandmb
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Good first night, some ups and dows but good show overall. The best Two Step i have ever heard. Carter is seriously like Benjamin Button, he just gets younger and younger, better and better, faster and faster. WOW!!

User: alcala
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fantastic show. seriously. i really enjoyed every song. every song. the show flowed very smoothly due to the great set list.

User: AlexaJane
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Great crowd around us and a really good show

User: AlexAnne
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My first show :)

User: amarkey
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Band had a ton of energy!

User: Andrew Kerr
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The Band had a lot of energy tonight. Maybe a little too much, but still a great show. Loved the energy and setlist a bit more on Saturday's show.

User: AntzDigger7
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ok, holy crap. phenomenal N1 vegas show. billies opener blew my mind. the only way to start a show in vegas. crowd was amazing (as a west-coaster, i dont get to experience many amazing crowds other than the vegas crowd). 2 hours and 45 mins of dmb was great. it felt like almost every song was over the top. billies, sdl, die tryin, ftwii, 41, jimi, 2 step, watchtower stand out as the highlights. talked to another person and we agreed that the two step jam was probably the best one we have heard in all the years we have been following the band. loved every moment of this show! the greatest band in the world.

User: aschuetz
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A great show. Love going to Las Vegas to see Dave. And it was the first time I was seeing the new music live so it was a blast.

User: asortiz
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awesome solo by The one and Only Carter!!

User: Bamalama
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Seven.

User: Beckat916
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7 is gonna have to grow on me and Rye Wiskey was a lil weak. Overall the crowd was pumpin and I had a great time.

User: ben1415
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Maybe not the best show, maybe, out of the 22 I've seen, but damn was it cool as hell! Big time jams of Jimi, #41, and Two Step, and you having Tripping Billies open set the tone perfectly for the rest of the concert.

A note before I get into the rest of the show. At first listen, I really disliked Seven, but if you're like me, give this version a listen because I'm in LOVE with this song now. Much better performance than the original IMO and the lyrics are kick ass.

I've been dying to hear Jimi with Tim my entire life as a fan and I finally got it, so I was excited to say the least and DAMN! Did not disappoint in the least...JC's solo to begin the jam was insane, never in my life have I seen somebody treat a saxophone in such a way. Then we have Tim's solo to end a '98 style Jimi. Tim tore the living SHIT out of it and I don't even think the rest of the band could have played after what he did! He about broke his damn guitar in half and you could tell Carter couldn't fucking believe what he was doing, he basically gave him a standing ovation. Those two solos were the highlights of the show and could only be matched by...

Yup, you guessed it, CARTER on Two Step! No words can describe what he did during the 17 minutes of heaven that ended the regular set.

Rye Whiskey was pretty sweet and fitting, though Dave (by his own admission) didn't have the voice to pull this one off to it's fullest. Watchtower followed with Timmy ripping Stairway the whole way thru, making it the best I've seen and appropriately closing a fantastic show.

Oh, and this concert took place in VEGAS!

User: blue232
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Great show! Great seats! Great people!

User: Brandon22277
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Great show, the band was high energy from the start & the improv's were new & fresh. Spaceman was great and a Stairway to Heaven jam during Watchtower was awesome. Jeff broke out dual sax's (I think during #41).

But the highlight was before the show if you were in my section. Even before Mraz took the stage a large girl was already hammered & walking to her seat. She lost her balance then toppled over a row of seats falling into the row below. (Thank god it was early & no one was there). Clearly embarrassed, she got up as quickly as she could and brushed it off and with all her concentration found the way to her seat. By the Mraz/DMB break she got the boot as she clearly puked at which point the poor people 3 seats over indicated she puked 3 times!

User: caliemerald99
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Amazingly energetic show!!!! Happy about So Damn Lucky and You Might Die Trying!!!!

User: calmmorningrain
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Huge Show, Amazing energy, one of the best i have ever seen

User: chellek23
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Lots of energy, the setlist was mediocre but still had a great time.

User: CrowdedStCrash
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Best. Show. Ever. Tripping Billies to open was amazing. Crowd singing Jimi Thing verses was a top-notch experience. Watchtower with Tim's Stairway tease was the absolute coolest moment of any concert I have attended. Would've gone to Saturday's show had I won more money at the tables!

User: crowdedstreet4
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Crowd singing Jimi Thing was one of the greatest moments of any show I have been a part of!

User: Dancing Man
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For breaking out a new album of songs and the stairway tease during watchtower, this night was one of the more enjoyable shows I've ever been to, and 2009 probably the best yr of touring to date.

User: dmbearthgirl
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Loved hearing Watchtower, its been awhile!

User: dmbeg101
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New album. Great Show. First time hearing the new stuff and they had a ton of wonderful energy!

User: dmbgreenday
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son of a bitch.. coffin.. 2 saxaphones... jimi thing... poop in my pants.. fuk!

User: DMBoll24
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Perfect balance between new and old. Awesome big whiskey previews, initiation for LeRoi's spot.

User: DMBSprung
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Great stuff. Burnin down the house was a nice addition. Gotta love the Vegas shows! #14 for me.

User: Echo6
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Lucky enough to have a meet and greet with Boyd and access to both VIP areas. Was great to hear Seven, but the show was missing something....may have been the drunk guy in our row!

User: epply
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First show of the year. With John and Kelly. Vegas baby!

User: Ezika@sbcglobal
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It was awesome to hear some Big Whiskey tunes for the first time live. "Seven" was a little rough but overall it was a rockin show.

User: fillup
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Too similar to the Phoenix show a few nights before.

User: gillegr
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Amazing!!

User: greatlarrybird3
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Out of My Hands was amazing

User: GreyStreetAve
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Some of the best versions of various songs I've ever heard: Jimi Thing, #41 & Two Step. Also, new songs were amazing!

User: griffd2004
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Jimi thing - sweet. LOVED 'seven', did everyone else realize this song is in 7/8 time? Sweet - groogrux king material is keeping Carter busy, and the band a challenge as well. They are really challenging themselves with the new material - gotta love that. Loved how they opened with TB. Great show!!

User: hazeman
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Great

User: HoneyHoney41
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Sat next to Jason & Heather and wish I got your emails/phone numbers when I took your picture. I was soppose to see you Sat nite but this chick stole my 5th row seat!

User: hotdogit
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Maybe the best I've ever seen.

User: ig0d0wn
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Still prefer outdoor venues for DMB but this was an excellent show nonetheless. Jason Mraz was fantastic opening. Great energy from one seriously drunk ass crowd...lol. It's Vegas after all {{{shrug}}}.

Note to self and other shorties like me: Floor seats at MGM are no good unless you're in the first ten rows. Get sideline seats for maximum enjoyment at this venue.

User: illiswillis
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crazy ass pool party aaaallll day

User: jaymaynk
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Certainly not the most creative set list.

User: jdubb201
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WOW! It took me awhile to digest this show. First off this is a great venue. The sound was awesome.
The boys came out to a white curtin coving the stage. (Ive seen the flamming Lips do this before)
The anticipation was mounting what will they open with. Boom curtins come down to TRIPPING BILLIES, I thought the roof was going to come off, what a way to start the show. Next was SPACEMAN not my favorite new song it will grow on me.> CORNBREAD I cant get enough of this song, and you cant beat Dave dancing. Then was SEVEN, great crowd responce
I really like this one too. SO DAMN LUCKY they sounded really tight on this one, Its seems like its not just a Dave and Friends song anymore. OUT OF MY HANDS, as soon as I saw the Piano I knew it was coming so I took a seat (the only time during the show) and enjoyed a beautiful song. YMDT hands down the best Stand up live song. FTWII way better than the radio version sounded good. #41 anyone time this one? Close to 20 mins Jeff Cofin is a mad man, hats off, no everyday outro. WHY I AM, WOW LEROY's and my favorite, I was suprised to see how much of the crowd knew the song. WAYG, to the bathroom and to get a beer, back just in time for JIMI THING, whats that Dave your voice is going, dont worry we got your back, yes the corwd sang most of the song, always a good time. RAR pretty typical. BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE, TIM make this song w/o him it wouldnt work, they kept the energy going with TWO STEP wow the best ive ever heard Carters 5 min drum solo is worth the download alone. RYE WHISKEY is the new LBV, I you havent heard it youtube it. WATCHTOWER way to send us out into the Desert night. I love these guys and I keep coming back for more. It never gets old. Peace and Love.

Jeff From Seattle

User: jj oddball
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Sat right behind chick from wisconsin

User: jmdt52
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DMB rocked this show like few others I've seen. They were having a blast out on stage, more so than usual I would say. From Boyd tearing up Billies at the open to Carter's drums on Two Step to AATW which is always good, a great show.

User: jmythg
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Jaymie, Nate, and Kelly

User: jonnydehey
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not the best show. Kindof a repeat of the regular stuff on tour

User: JREIDY01
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I'd love Rye Whiskey. I almost cried it was so beautiful.

User: Justinlarkins
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High Engergy, Dave was dancing all over the place.

User: Kashunuts
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First show with my DMBBFF!

User: kevnsuj
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Show 38 for me. Really impressed with the band's energy last night. Equally impressed with the crowd. Not sure if it was the small arena, but it was the loudest crowd I have seen. Highlights: Watchtower (with Stairway to Heaven mix), Why I Am, Jeff on #41, Carter on Two Step. Only caught 2 Jason Mraz songs, but was really impressed with the sound.

User: kmeerbott
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Fun night! Had great people surrounding us...except for the girl crying behind us...THERE'S NO CRYING AT A DMB SHOW!

User: Laststop3h
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Great show!

User: lilruby777
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Amazing!

User: looky_lou
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Second DMB show for me and only indoor show I have been to. Prefer outdoor venues.

User: Lopp
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Two Step - Carter is not human...awesome show

User: Maleko13
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VEGAS!!!!!!

User: mamelodi
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Burning Down the House was unbelievable! Carter's solo knocked me out!

User: Marie in Phx
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Unable to describe fully, absolutely unforgettable!

User: neil1125
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Good show. Would rate it 3.5/5

User: NYdmbfan#41
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awesome!

User: pamelainob
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This was a great show. Loved All along the watchtower. One of the best I have heard them do. Love the new songs. This place was rockin' We moved down to right of stage and it was great no hassles just nice people having a good time. Just about got dive bombed by the bird flying around. Poor thing looked really scared. Great show.

User: Pat Lovell
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great show, Rob Cavallo sat right in front of me.

User: peppets
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Good show. Set list was predictable by the end of the tour, but the sound was great and the band rocked. Definitely a nice venue; small and good sound.

User: Ross12185
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BEST CROWD IVE EVER HEARD

User: Rusty2Sweet
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Great show if you like to see them jam. Jeff's performance on 41 was awesome. Carter during Two Step was phenominal. Tim Reynolds adds such a great sound to the band. Dave's throat was hoarse by the end of the evening. Great setlist including the new songs, which were not bad, but still need some fine tuning imo.

User: ryan.n.paulson@
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Great show!! Loved the Billies opener and the best two step I have ever seen!

User: ryreese
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Great seats!!!!!!!!!!

User: sam12778
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AWESOME SHOW!!! GREAT CROWD!! VEGAS BABY!!!

User: sanjosefan22
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Fun show. Gotta stick!

User: senorcat30
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This show was awesome. The crowd and venue were great. Everyone sounded great.

User: sevennancies
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Probably the BEST show I have been too. Jimi thing was amazing with the crowd taking charge and singing. Loved the opening and hearing the new songs. The energy was incredible ... just unbelievable!

User: ShakeMe41
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: shesaid1000
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Billies opener! Unreal! Rye Whiskey, super!

User: shinebox
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The crowd sang the 1st 2 verses lead for Jimi Thing!

Carter solo was amazing

Loving the new songs

What a great crowd, every single song was great last night

User: Skipp107
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Jason Mraz was a great opening act.
DMB was great as well... I really wanted to hear Crush since it is my wife and I's song, but great overall.

I loved hearing Billies, FTWII, and Carter's amazing solo.

LOL and Dave's "Power Stance" was funny as hell.

User: sloopy314
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Jason Mraz :)

User: sterling1973
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Our first Groux show. Fell in love with Spaceman.

User: SuperL8
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Very cool show. I am very happy with the energy they gave and that was the night I fell in love with funny the way it is.

User: sweetkness
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This show kicked ass!!! They came out with a smoking Tripping Billies, which just got me super fired up! #41 at this show is now my all time favorite live DMB song from shows that I have attended, so awesome!!! The solo by Jeff was unbelievable. Some other highlights were when they let the crowd sing the first two versions of Jimi Thing, and just about any song where Tim had a solo, he was on fire the whole night. We weren't the closest but there is not a bad seat in this arena. On a side note, I was quite impressed by Jason Mraz as an opener, never really got into his music much, but I listen to him now.

User: Swid007
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Set list was weak....41 and two step were awesome. Seven, Funny and Why I Am are also sweet songs...spaceman seems to be the beer song for the summer tours... but overall not the greatest show i've been at....night two in VEGAS was the one to see!

User: tayryn
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awesome energy! and awesome friends close by! :)

User: tbschultz
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michaels graduation gift! incredible show!

User: The Duck 33
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Good opener!

User: themaker11
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Tripping Billies opener was an absolutely perfect way to start an unreal weekend. Dave was a little squeaky, even knowingly enough to let the crowd know to "pardon my squeaks." Crowd singing Jimi, and a Watchtower finish just added to the night...can't really describe much else.

User: tigerwoods
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Awesome.

User: tkin2001
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Awesome weekend

User: trippingbillie4
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Alright so on paper it might not be too pretty but I've never seen the band so tight. Highlights were billies opener, the best #41 I've seen ( jeff has the beggining down now!), the crowd singing almost ALL of jimi thing, two step's great new outro and carter solo, watchtower--the horns did the stairway interpolation, so sick, and the amazing loud crowd, even the band was impressed.

Surprise of the night: FTWII. It sounded so good and I actually can't wait to hear it again tonight.

Why I Am still rocking the crowd.

So....
Performance-wise: 10
Song-choice: 6.5

User: vegeevore
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tripping billies opener stands as the most exciting opener ive ever gotten. vegas shows are always the most exciting things on the west coast.

User: vwsanley
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Absolutely solid show! Was a little short but working it up for tomorrow night! See u there

User: WaltzingBack
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i had an awesome time in Vegas. Billies with Nature intro opener, #41, Jimi Thing with the crowd singing, and Two Step with an insane Carter solo were unreal. also loved hearing Rhyme and Reason and Watchtower with the Stairway interpolation. the acoustics and lighting in the GGA were phenomenal. definitely the most impressive concert i've ever watched.

User: wyopka22
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Last minute tickets, great time.

User: YouNeverKnow14
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This was my 17th show and though some of the other shows I have seen in the past may look better on paper, I thought this was the best I have ever heard them. I see them regularly in Tampa each year as I am from Jacksonville and its the easiest venue for me to attend but to me they generally seem kinda flat at the Tampa shows. There are select songs that they do sound really great on and some not so great but overall I think they held that energy throughout the entire Vegas show. Was hard to go to sleep after that show despite being up for almost 24 hours!


   


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