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Dave Matthews Band
May 9, 2009
Grand Garden Arena - MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

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User: 123Franklin!
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Wow! THE best or one of THE best Ive ever been to! This is based on the setlist, the band, the crowd and the energy between the band and crowd. Read the reviews below, most all of them say the same: energy. The boys were clearly giving their all and feeding off of the crowd and vice versa. Boyd, Dave and the crowd in a 3 part harmony on Everyday, Steffan dancing across the whole stage, every member had a solo, Tim and Jeff xchanging riffs, and the crowd improving 'Stir it up' with Steffan. Cmom! You see Daves face? Wow!

User: adamortiz11
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Nancies & Warehouse were the highlights for me. Missed the encore because of our flight. BOO!

User: aj_dmb
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This is the best Dave show I've ever been too

User: aklein
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D tree was sick

User: Alandmb
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DMB in Vegas is always so much fun...The crowd was really good. And the band was so ON tonight. Much better than last night.

User: alcala
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i dunno this show just didn't do it for me. the song choice was interesting, i liked how stay or leave was pretty and they when jammed out on recently. stir it up was fun. but it the set just didnt flow. it felt really choppy and strange. to me N1 was WAY better. not to say i didnt enjoy N2, it was fun just different. i remember dave saying that they were gonna take it easy or something to that nature. which is completely fine with me, they can play whatever they want i'll still have a good time =D

User: alexandern
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Awesome

User: amy&chad
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Awesome weekend in the desert with DMB.

User: Andrew Kerr
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Hands down, the best show I've seen or heard. An amazing blend of all my old favorites with the really good new stuff.

User: aschuetz
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Another great show in Las Vegas. This one was very nice because there was a lot of good, relaxing music, and Bartender as an opener is a favorite of mine.

User: Bartender1420
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Both nights rocked, and I cannot wait to see them again in Kansas City!!!!!!

User: Beckat916
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Best show that I have seen since Alpine 07 night two!!

User: bigspy007
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Good Shit!

User: blue232
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Awesome show.

User: caliemerald99
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Pretty darn amazing show - little intoxicated to remember all I liked about it!

User: carph
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Great energy from start to finish.

User: Caveman
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Great show! Tons of fun thanks to an awesome crowd. Highlights were Granny, Stay or Leave, the impromptu Stir It Up carried by the fans (anyone else notice Dave's look of excitement when the crowd caught on?) and an unbelievable Recently with two rounds of solos and the "pretty pretty girl" outtro. Not as high-energy as the Phoenix show, but the crowd was much better here!

User: chellek23
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Amazing, amazing show. Not one bad song and the energy was out of control.

User: CHUCK-O
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One of the loudest & best shows I've seen. It's no Gorge, but damn they were loud as hell! Awesome weekend!

User: cn0te1
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Best Crowd (Audience) response to any show I'd seen yet!

User: coby
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43rd show. They are as good as they've ever been. I couple of notes: I always forget how much I truly love this band until I see them live. Then it never fails. I love the Carter show at the end of the concert, throwing out sticks.

Highlights: RECENTLY was off the hook. I love the weird eighth note delay on the jam part. STIR IT UP!!! Can't even say how much I appreciate this. CRUSH was destroyed by Jeff and Tim and then Carter. the jam at the end of ANTS Marching was fantastic. Long and fantastic. NANCIES and WAREHOUSE were just great. Grey St. Gimme a break.

ON BOYD:
He sounds better than I've heard him in years, maybe. Less dancing, which is noticeable, but his playing is great. He was turned way up so that added a lot to the show.

ON THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME:
Guys, booing after Crash?
Literally calling Dave a pussy for not singing the words to stir it up thirty seconds after flipping out?
I think its time you stop going to see these guys. You're over it and it shows. 173 is enough.

User: dmb411967
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#50 for me and wow what a show- words can't describe it. Probably goes in my top 5. Thank you Vegas and DMB for a great weekend!

User: dmbeg101
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Bad people next to us...booo. I was sick before the show, but cheered me up for sure (slow show though...but great as always)

User: dmbgreenday
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my first Recently.. holy piss.. what a hoedown!!! great show... got to meet Alex Smith too.. I'm a huge Niner fan and still believe this kid will be rank. Niners win the west in '09!!! See y'all in Toronto!!! Peace

User: DMBSprung
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Amazing show. They really pulled out all the stops on night 2.

User: donnalee
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Great Show

User: dssgump
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Amazing show great venue

User: dwestonod
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Re-Donculous!!!
The absolute best set list as well as versions of the songs we have heard to date!

User: Echo6
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Good Show, better energy feel than last night...but not as impressive set list. Why I am was very good...and Stir it up was started by Fonzy and kept going by the crowd. overall it will be a good two night set of discs

User: Econam
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Top Quality.

User: erajewski
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Sick duel btwn Jeff & Tim. "Stir it Up" intro to Crush had the crowd buzzing.

User: Ezika@sbcglobal
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Had a great view of Carter's feet and hands through the binoculars so I could see all of the craziness. Only problem was that a cymbal was blocking his smile.

User: FrozenGopher
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Amazing show....of my 34 I've been to, definitely top 5. Great setlist, unbelievable energy. This band amazes me time after time.

User: gillegr
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It was awesome. Such high energy!!!!

User: greatlarrybird3
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Best Friends Birthday

User: GreyStreetAve
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Although not as energetic as the night before, tonight's setliset was great. Highlights: Bartender, full version Recently, The Dreaming Tree, Crush, and the amazing version of Ants Marching.

User: griffd2004
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Amazing show - loved the set list, although I was able to call just about every song :) The Marley cover was a nice surprise. Wished they tried 'seven' again, but the other new stuff was well played. Great energy once again, liked this one better than Friday night. Awesome show!!!

User: hazeman
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Great

User: hotdogit
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Another amazing setlist and show.

User: imiddanceaway
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The seat location isn't working tonight--both the Vegas shows show me in an entirely different location than I clicked :|

User: jackf61
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My favorite show of the year, great set and an awesome crowd. Dave loves Vegas, he was really into it.

User: jasetdx
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Crowd was rediculous, of course cause it was vegas, everyone was drunk, high or both. And of course being indoors just amplifies the crowd noise. Cofflin was silly dueling w/ Timmy. Unbelievable night. (Note to the half dozen preggos I saw at the show, Vegas is unfortunately not a smoke free enviorment, you seriously damaged your fetuses in that ash tray of stadium)

User: jaymaynk
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Just unreal.

User: jbolter
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A classic setlist and a classic show! The whole band rocked, blew Friday night away! The crowd was up and on their feet from the first note!

User: jcswain
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Fantastic show. I loved it. It was my bachelor party.

User: jimmygdmb
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Unbeleivable show... The band played for over 3 hours!!! and they played stir it up as well! I can't believe the first night! This was too good! One of the best shows I've seen so far. I can't wait for August when I see them again!

User: jklampe
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Amazing

User: jmdt52
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Another great Vegas show, definitely one of the better 2 night runs I've experienced. Unlike most, this show wasn't quite as good as N1 in my book, but it was still a blast and made for a memorable close to an amazing weekend in Vegas. I'll definitely be back for more if DMB decides to do Grand Garden again.

User: jmythg
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Junior, Chi, and Jaymie

User: jonnydehey
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best of the 2 shows this weekend.

User: jrbrotz41
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One of the best shows I have ever seen and I have been to quite a few. It really does matter who you are with.

User: JREIDY01
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Visibility was excellent and the setlist was fucking amazing. They had SO much energy. They were incredible

User: justoneme
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My second show ever and it blew my mind...as well as my eardrums lol

User: kball78
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First show of the year and love the new stuff!! Jason Mraz really got things going.

User: keithb
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I finally got to hear Dreaming Tree after 38 shows. This was a top three show for me. The setlist was great, the Band sounded fantastic, and the crowd was energetic and very into the show.

The highlights of the show were Crush, Granny, Recently, and Dreaming Tree.

User: kejats
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Not a lot much more to say than what has already been said by others' reviews.

Great mix of old stuff and the good new stuff. Incredible jams.

But the best part was everytime Dave sang "still dancing with the groogrux king" the crowd roared. While I know groogrux represents more than just LeRoi, I feel that the crowd was cheering for LeRoi's spirit which remained and continued to dance with the band.

User: kelly<3dmb
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VIP passes for this night! Woo! Thanks Rashawn!

User: kevnsuj
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Great show, but it was hard to top night 1. Have to say that the crowd in Vegas both nights were the best I've seen at a DMB show. Looking forward to the summer tour and more debuts of the new stuff.

User: kmeerbott
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Best show I've seen so far on the 2009 tour...loved going back OLD SCHOOL! Then, we met Tim Reynolds at the Norfolk International Airport! Fabulous ending to our first anniversary weekend.

User: lavillasean
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sick show...so happy to get Granny and Warehouse

User: levyhit
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5+

User: lilruby777
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:)

User: Lopp
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Not quite as good as N1, but still a great show...gotta love Recently

User: Machine18855
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Great seats for an incredible show. Dreaming Tree was freaking sweet. Everyday and Rapunzel was a great ending before the enore. Now I\'m counting down the days till Alpine \'09!!!

User: Maleko13
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Vegas!!!!

User: mamelodi
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Two Much into Ants encore!!!!
I didn't loose my shit Dave-just lost my mind!!!

User: MANecci
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Mad props 1st to J Mraz. Great both nights. Friday was a great show but Saturday was the highlight of the weekend. Great energy, great set, and the new songs are amazing live. Lookin forward to Darien!

User: Marie in Phx
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FUN! FUN! FUN! So much fun!

User: mattyp34
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Was there for as bachelor party with 12 other dudes... some Dave fans, some not. For me, it was awesome. First show since last summer and with Timmy in the mix and the new songs, it was just a powerful show. Not the best I've ever been to, but a Dave show is better than just about anything else on the planet. Diggin the new stuff.

User: mhthalhimer
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Last minute flight to Vegas for this show proved to be more than worth it. I saw the Nashville show a few weekends ago at Vanderbilt Stadium - an excellent show - but night 2 at MGM stole it.

Bartender was an amazing 15+ minute opener. I really liked Stay or Leave with the full band. Great to hear Granny. The jams the band has incorporated into the closing minutes of Grey Street, Nancies, Bartender, Stay or Leave, Recently, Crush - all just amazing and get better with every year.

The encore was a bit different, but unlike one earlier post I don't get sick of hearing Ants Marching after all these years. I like it mid-set much better than as a closer, but by the time we got to the end of this incredible classic tune-packed set, it was kind of a 'yep, it fits' moment.

I haven't had a chance to hear Rye Whiskey, Beachball or Seven live yet, but I really like Funny, Why I Am and Spaceman. In that order, I will add. Funny reminds me of the head-bobbing greats of past albums but with an interesting message, Why I Am is a great tribute song and also has an awesome vibe all the way through, and Spaceman is like a Where Are You Going / Diggin A Ditch / Out Of My Hands for me - always sound great, just nothing all that excitable.

A few extra great highlights for me - mid set Warehouse, late set Everyday, and the Crush intro into Stir It Up with the crowd leading the band on to all play a quick and soft full band version for a minute or two then back into Crush all ending with a crazy Jeff Coffin / Tim Reynolds showdown for much of the last 4 minutes.

Overall this was honestly one of the best of my 20+ shows. Floor seats at this venue seem to be a must. Sound was terrific from our spot and if anyone can get the torrent file and download this show you'll hear first-hand how much the band had fun with this one. Sound quality was great on that download. Crazy long jams at the tail end of almost every song make for a fun night in my opinion.

Great show can't wait for Alpine!

User: mikejrofe
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Went with Suzela. Our first Dave show really together. So much fun. Great show, better company! We're going again this summer, in Fresno.

Loved "IF I Only Had A Brain" and all the new tunes, especially "Why I Am". "Crush" blew my mind. Jeff Coffin is really finding his groove and Tim Reynolds is amazing.

User: mikeuga
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Good show. Poor venue.

User: mtrocc
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Old School mellow and soft... It was amazing! Played so many favorites! MGM is an unbeatable venue!

User: naz31
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simply amazing.

User: NORSEMN34
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Show #34 for me and to see it in Las Vegas, AMAZING! It is always a good, good time in Vegas. The band seemed to be having fun on the last stop of the mini-tour, they were on tonight and played with great energy. I loved the Stir It Up tease, nice touch. Love the new songs Why I Am and Funny The Way It Is, still not to sure about Spaceman (it's a little funky)I need to hear it a little more. The crowd seemed to be very into the show with good energy and feedback. Tim and Jeff battling back and forth got everyone excited!

Great show! Great night in Vegas!

User: NYdmbfan#41
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great, one of the best ive seen

User: pamelainob
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Love the new music plus the older stuff. Stir it up was great. Ants Marching was really great to hear. We did VIP though seats were good, would have been nice to be able to at least take our drinks with us.

User: PParker987
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Amazing classic setlist!

User: Reemer1024
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Followed up N1 and ended up being a better show.

User: rgreiert
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Great Set the Band and Crowd Energy was Top Notch only thing missing was Number #41

User: rikyvaugn
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Nearly as good as the first night...now lets see a DVD!

User: Riplip
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Great show. Loved the energy from the band and crowd. A great end to the Spring tour!

User: Rusty2Sweet
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Night one was way better in my opinion. Some songs I was glad to hear were Grey Street and Granny. I was excited to hear Stay or Leave with the full band, but Dave and Tim together still do a better job. Forget what song it was, but Jeff challenged Tim to an instrument feud. They both went back and forth for about 10 minutes trying to out do the other on their instruments. It was fantastic. I'd be happy if I never heard Ants Marching as the encore song ever again. It's a great song, but sick of hearing it as the encore!

User: ryan.n.paulson@
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Awesome show probably the second best I have ever been to, Alpine N2 08' is my best. The only let down for me was Crash and I still enjoyed it, was a great way celebrate my bachelor party!! Thanks DMB.

User: sanjosefan22
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Great sing along show.

User: senorcat30
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I loved this show. Was so worth the trip.

User: sevennancies
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Awesome show - to me N1 was more energetic but Dave even said he was going to try to keep it mellow. Wonderful set list and great to hear some new songs. Granny was nice to hear and Stir It Up. Carter was amazing as always but the Too Much tease into Ants Marching was unbelievable!!

User: ShakeMe41
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Against the wall. Amazingggggg setlist, lacked energy though.

User: shesaid1000
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This is why I went to Vegas!

User: skib0026
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Crowd was lame.

User: sloopy314
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Jason Mraz :)

User: stephencool2
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I drove with my friend from Albuquerque NM to Las Vegas last minute to see this show...it's my second favorite show, but probably the best crowd I've ever been in.

User: sterling1973
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Well...I had tickets. Too much fun at the pool first. Never made it. Very sad, at least we made it to the show the night before!

User: SummitHockeyC20
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Great set list - awesome crush with sax v. guitar battle!

User: sunnyacre
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Best. Encore. EVER!!!

User: SuperL8
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Great show, but it would of been nice to have a warehouse upgrade.

User: sweetkness
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Another fantastic Vegas show. Overall I would probably give this show a slight edge over the night before, still preferring a couple of the songs from the previous night though. Boyd was simply unreal on Dancing Nancies, no doubt the best version I have heard of that. Another great opener with Bartender! Crush kicked ass as always, especially with the Stir it Up opener. Also loved the flute solo by Jeff on Dreaming Tree. It was my first time seeing 2 nights of shows and I couldn't be more satisfied!

User: Swid007
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Awesome show; one of my top 5... Great songs throughout the entire night... still not sold on spaceman, but we'll give it time. Nancies -> Funny -> Warehouse awesome... Crush, as always, out of control. Maker was an awesome encore, especially with Timmy on the electric... and finally, STIR IT UP, LITTLE DARLING!!!! VEGAS!!!

User: tayryn
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:)

User: tbschultz
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chris and i. stood through entire show. guy and his wife fell over in front of us.

User: The Duck 33
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Wanted Halloween, but good show!

User: themaker11
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Great show/weekend in Vegas...highlights were Recently, Granny, and Stir It up...making everybody feel real good. Ohhh and Dreaming Tree wasnt too shabby either.

User: tigerwoods
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Great.

User: tkin2001
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Awesome

User: trippndmbillies
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HOLY COW!!! The whole weekend was one for the books.

User: vegeevore
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i asked dave to play recently before the show, and he played it. one of my favorite shows of all time. granny was fantastic.

User: vwsanley
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Amazing show! One to remember

User: waters85
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Great night - great energy. Mraz opening was amazing and the energy with the band was fitting of Vegas. Seems he always plays well here.

User: wzphoto
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I got re-seated to the first row stage left - 20 feet from Rashawn and Jeff. Incredible to see the interactions between the band. Tim's playing was a little toned down from N1 (too overboard IMO). Boyd killed it and Fonz was great - lots of energy. Dave's voice sounded much better than N1, and I loved the setlist - many favs of mine.

User: YouNeverKnow14
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On the heels of Friday's show, I was super stoked about Saturday's show. I figured if it was 1/2 as good as the previous nights gig, we were in for a treat. Having said that I thought the show was sub-par, didnt seem to have to energy that was there in Friday night, though it did have its moments. And it was still, in my opinion, much more enthusiastic than majority of the shows I am used to.


   


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