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Dave Matthews Band
June 16, 2009
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

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User: 1drink2remember
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show was amazing.

User: 98Ants
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Rained like crazy but great show

User: ableshai4
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this show was unbelievable, the crowd and the fans in the lawn were so into it i had an amazing time

User: aebex39
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Good show, Great setlist. The rain was actually a lot of fun too.

User: alc1290
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Jimi Thing, 41, Lie In Our Graves, The Stone, and Shake Me Like A Monkey were amazing..Sexy Mother Fucker Shakin That Ass, Shakin That Ass, Sexy Mother Fucker Shakin That Ass!

User: atlactor1127
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7th and best concert by far! Energy was amazing and the rain only added to it.

User: barnyard080
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Loved every minute of hearing the Big Whiskey tracks live for the first time

User: bballrunk09
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Really fucked up. Rain. Friends arrested.

User: beautifulDesign
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Great show, the rain poured.

User: bigeyedfish827
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Great Show, the band emergy was amazing..Loving the new songs alot after hearing seven why i am and spaceman and Funny on the spring tour, great to hear the rest of them.. 35th show for me all from the third row, highlights were 41 probally one of the best i have ever heard, LIOG and the Stone were amazing as well.. Only downfall to the show was Sexy Mother !@#$%$ was not neccessary, and the venue is a shit hole and needs lots of improvemnts, my first show here, and my last at this venue!! show was worth the eight hour drive but not the venue!!

User: blitzkrieg
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The energy was incredible and the new songs sounded unbelievable live. My favorite show here in the last couple of years.

User: bprbpr
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flawless!! scored awesome seats right in front of fenton and made a complete ass of myself going nuts like a 12 year old girl during some of the new arrangements!! sexy mf, come on that shit was bad ass, the whole flipping show was crazy on to noblesville

User: braedan41
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Dave and the guys sang "sexy Mother #@!*&%, shaking that ass, shaking that ass, shaking that ass" at the end of Jimi Thing. That plus Halloween, LIOG, Seven, and The Stone made this concert perfect for me. Great jam on 41 too. Best concert ever! Easily.

User: brew3crew
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Great Show. Best I have heard, well, until the lisbon show

User: bustedraven777
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HALLOWEEN

User: CandKsmom
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Best live #41 I've ever heard.

User: cbrew1138
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there was alot of energy there tonight. great fun!

User: cdrinark
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9 new songs was more than the CD release show, but the new songs rock and the old songs played were stellar. #41, LIOG, Halloween, The Stone, and a sweet Jimi Thing. Love Squirm.

User: cflash32
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halloween again!

User: CharlieAF92
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Fantastic.

User: cipron
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Fucking amazing!!!! highlights: halloween (2nd year in a row!) jimi thing, liog, the stone, #41, sdl, sol

User: Cmaynard
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second show but the greatest I've seen!

User: dania93
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#41 absolutely rocked, Jeff and Carter tore it up. Too Much tease was great. Like the new songs, but anxious to see if they evolve live. Alligator Pie was the best new song live. Had a blast, waiting patiently for my next show. Glad I had pavilion seats.

User: DaveMBFan
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awesome show. the boys kicked it up a notch, but nothing can make up for no roi....

User: dcaudill9
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This show was amazing. First time ever watching DMB from the lawn and I have to say it was the best show I have been to. Took 3 friends with me and it was their first show and already they are getting tickets to blossom! Great set, most energy I have been a part of at a show.

User: dgengo
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Very quality show even though I got screwed out of my tickets and has to scalp lawn. Awesome setlist and the new songs are bad ass live!

User: dmb#1
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Yikes, great show but the lawn was drenched with a couple of downpours during the show. This was the first opportunity to hear the new songs from, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King album. Missed the encore since Joe was over the whole experience due to being attacked by 2 drunken chicks.

User: dmb1tj
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Halloween, LIOG, Stone, Jimi Thing, 41... great times!! lots of rain lol

User: dmbfanumber41
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best show ever this has to be a CD or CD/DVD i was in complete awe

User: DMBsch88
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this was by far my favorite show. dave and the boys where absolutly amazing, and the crowd was fantasitc

User: DMB_36
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another technically fucked show......but its is the dave matthews band, I have been a follower/supporter since '01 I havent missed a summer. This show overall was badass. Love Big Whisky.

User: dougseh142
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Of the nearly 40 shows I've seen, this is definitely in my top 3. The Stone, LIOG, So Damn Lucky, #41, Halloween, and tons of great songs from the new album made it a very special night... all from 10th row center! The venue is a pit though... gotta do something about that.

User: drewhav
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This was easily the BEST Dave Concert I've ever seen! I can't believe how much better they sound as a complete band with Tim & Rashawn regular contributors. I found myself chanting, "We remember you, Roi!" during the #41 jam; Jeff - you are truly a gifted sax player! Why I Am also had me remembering back to great Roi jams of past, and ending with Halloween for a 2nd year in a row was sooo sweet!

User: Drewll
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I thought this show was amazing dispite the huge amounts of rain. My first show this year and definatly not my last!!

User: dru07
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I remember going into the venue but it was all down hill for me personally after that.

User: ebhiv500
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This show was .... without Stand Up...nough said!!!!

User: ekrack44
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Sexy motherfucka, shakin' that ass

User: feverdog73
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Great energy, definitely showed how proud they are of the new album playing 9/13 songs from it. #41 took me back to the 11/21/98 show at the Crown, had to be at least 20 minutes. Great JimiThing jam with the "sexy mutha fuckas shakin that ass, shakin that ass" gotta love this band. Halloween is always a welcome addition to any show, but even in the 2nd row, the music and screaming were hard to follow. Can't wait for Blossom next month!

User: Frommkd
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Stellar Show with some sweet drummin from Carter and great jammin all around. We can now say we heard Halloween back to back and it was even better than last year. Riverbend really is becoming one of the diamonds in the rough venues where DMB pulls out some amazing performances.

User: girlongrey
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Loved all the new songs - they sound even better live! They were really well complimented by favorites like #41, LIOG, Jimi Thing and The Stone. Awesome Halloween end to the encore. I made it through the monsoon on the lawn and still loved it!

User: GreenNGold84
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Didn't get wet!

User: grizabella
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This was my first visit to Riverbend and I had a fabulous time! The people were very friendly and polite. Jimi Thing was awesome!

User: HaLLoWeen0423
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got kicked out again..... Awesome show though of course as always jumped the fence to get back in again didn't even miss a whole song

User: hegone7689
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Great show, lots of fun. Jimi Thing was disgusting and Halloween was a great surprise. My first trip to Cincy, but I'll def. be back next year

User: hkcliffy
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fantastic night -loved hearing the new stuff - highlights for me were Squirm... at the end all 6 lined up side by side just BlASTing away.. been to 43 shows and this was best 41 ever heard - interplay between jeff and carter was just uplifting , amazing and the halloween closer.. love is HELLL!!!

User: IndyDMB
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Kick ass show.

User: IrishDMBF
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Excellent show. Boyd was on fire and sounded great. Dave's voice was the best I have heard it in a very long time. The new songs are amazing live. Loved the Shake me opener. The Jimi thing outro (Sexy Mfa!!!) No41 was definitely a highlight...Carter and Jeff rocked out!
I can't believe Riverbend got Halloween 2 years in a row. When I heard the Carter drum solo...I thought....no it can't be.....then it slowly built up into halloween.
One of the best shows I have ever been to!
However, what was the deal with Riverbend and toilets....there were none and the lines were way too long. They got rid of port-o-pottys!

User: j1m1thing
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That was pretty close to being a perfect setlist between old and new. I can't believe we were blessed in cincy with such a rockin show. The Stone, LIOG, 41, Jimi, even SMLAM. Stay or Leave was also a nice touch to the beginning. Luckily I was in pavilion for the rain, but I heard it was prettty awesome out there.

User: jdm820
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Some great rare songs!! The rain only added to the fantastic setlist!!!

User: jdmorris
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Muggy

User: Jeffey316
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Amazing show!!! My 10th, and my far the best I've seen yet. New songs are great and keep getting better. Jeff TORE UP Stone & 41... the man is nuts! And what can you say after seeing your first HALLOWEEN!

User: jerrygarcia50
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MY SHOW #17

WOW. JUST WOW.

User: jlkay2
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Thunderstorms and lightening seemed calmer, MUCH calmer than that badass, scary version of Halloween on the encore. The sloppy mess that was the yard was a crazy place to see this show.

User: jonathanpac
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Great show, even being stuck on the lawn in the rain!

User: jsizzle
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Greatest night of my life I am so pumped it was unreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: jwaugh55
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Great show, Good energy. Great to see the band really going Balls out for this tour.

User: Klaine
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#41 was a straight jam session. the harder it rained the harder they played. carter lit up the drums

User: krich55
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It was pouring rain during almost the whole concert, but the temperature was in the high 70's so it was comfortable and made the show SOOO EPIC. Great setlist - most of Big Whiskey as well as some classics and older stuff. This was the first DMB concert I have been to.

User: linderk
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Whats this? 2 years in a row of great riverbend shows? crazy

User: listb1
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It was an absolutely fantastic concert with more jam sessions last night then I can ever remember. The highlights for me were the extended "41" (with Carter and Jeff solos), "Jimi Thing" with a rap in the middle, seeing "Dive In" live, and the encore with "Alligator Pie" and then closing with the infamous "Halloween" which is the song that Dave re-introduced last year in Cincinnati. Not to mention the eeriness that right when Dave starts playing the intro to "Funny The Way It Is" the rain quickly ascended into a torrential downpour.It was quite the moment and set in place the rest of the night.

User: Machine18855
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New songs were great! If my memory serves me right they played Grey Street at the end before the encore.

User: mattpurc7
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7th show. Finally got to see Halloween and it did not disappoint. It looked like they changed it up at the last second. Loved all the new stuff (especially SMLAM and Alligator Pie). Now I really want to go see more!

User: Mcvs1507
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Great Show! Venue sucks! Can't wait for Deer Creek!

User: noliemarie
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Even with the rain pouring down... the set rocked me, I didn't stop dancing... easily one of the best shows I've seen!

User: notmuchtosay
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amazing

User: OneSweetPig25
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This was a bumpin show from start to finish.

User: payton7
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Amazing show... #41 was Mmmm; Halloween was unique and amazing; the rain was great, good times :)

(Grey Street was played after 41 btw, not on the set list posted)

User: piratejared
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My pregnant wife and I weren't sure we were going to be able to see Dave on this tour because of the impending birth. But we gobbled up some lawn tickets late last week when it looked safe and decided to hit the road and see Dave for the first time in seven years.
The three hour drive, torrential downpour, and lawn seats were worth it. I loved the show, setlist and atmosphere. Dave sounds better than ever. The new material is fantastic live. They have done Leroi proud.

User: Plylkdave
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Great setlist, Terrible venue...Weather was terrible and is there no freakin age limit on alcohol there!!! I saw more drunk teens than sober one's

User: PrdstMnky41
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Great concert! Great fans!

User: Priceofacoketer
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The downpour began right when the band came out..and they proceeded to rock the f*ck out! My 38th show and def one of the better ones all around!

User: rachiebeth12
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awesome seats...awesome SHOW :) :)

User: Rapunzel_
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Sad to admit, but this was my very first DMB show! I was in the lawn and with my dad. My seat was more to the right towards the gate where they check your tickets. For the encore my dad and I got tickets handed to us that were about 5 rows back from center stage!

User: redhawks225
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Amazing combination of old and new.

User: robo1
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Amazing show!! My 31st show, and I FINALLY got to see Halloween!

User: Rogue
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4 stars...good show. Halloween!

User: ryanmill22
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Unbelievable, Dave light up the microphone, and Boyd played the violin like he was possessed

User: Sab944
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Best show I've seen. The new stuff is sounding good and #41, Halloween, and Jimi Thing (which seemed to mimic the rain's intensity) were the highlights for me.

User: scottself
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Would anyone agree that there's a certain amount of thankfulness one should harbor over the incredible fact of living in the Dave Matthews Band era, thus permitting them to be an eye witness of the Dave Matthews Band? This group is the modern-day version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; yes, it is that profound. What I was blessed to witness last night was nothing short of legendary. When fifteen thousand or so humans are willing to stand in torrential downpour to hear an individual sing his soul, backed by world-class musicians, there is an ingredient of peculiarity in the atmosphere, a substance palpable to the soul and enjoyable beyond the conveyance of language. Folks, we are alive and witnessing one, special musical amalgam; they are the Dave Matthews Band. The addition of Jeff Coffin, Tim Reynolds, and Rashawn Ross to the band's sound is absolutely solidifying the band's position as one of greatest musical acts the world has ever known. I think Dave was honored to know his fans were willingly soaked and confident that the band would deliver. The tracts from Groo Grux were amped, grandiose, and certainly justified the new album's strength to move the band itself into a musical league all their own! Dave thanked the drenched masses with a Halloween closer, this after a much anticipated Alligator Pie; the rain intensified the festive spirit of the wet onlookers. Did anyone ever witness a more ill #41? The audience went crazy after 15 minutes of beautifully turbulent #41 solos only to hear Tim Reynolds redirect the coaster onto some electric track headed straight for the most memorable of shows. The highlight of the evening was Seven; this piece is a brilliant example of Dave's vocals creating a dissonant and radiant backdrop for the song to rest on and simultaneously explode! Does Boyd own Jimi Thing and Lie In Our Graves or what? Thank you, Cincy; thank you, Dave Matthews Band and Crew; thank you, G-D, for allowing me to be born and live in the Dave Matthews pocket of history.

User: Seantuk420
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Why I am, Jimi thing in the rain with the dope ending. What a Night. Halloween two years in a row. The 41 was another one. Almost could list the setlist really. Can't wait to get to Deer Creek!!!!

User: skibby2006
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Third show I've been there and it was nothing short of amazing...should be a live trax album

User: sknierim22
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Amazing Show. Loved seeing/hearing the new stuff.

User: sleeptodream112
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My 12th show and it was easily one of the best. Every band member made incredible contributions to the show last night. Boyd had amazing solos all night, Dave's voice was rockin, Jeff had some ridiculous solos (and I LOVED the Carter/Jeff jam in #41), and the rest of the guys rocked hard as usual. SMLAM, Stay or Leave, Ants, Why I Am, LIOG, Seven, Jimi, 41, Grey, Halloween - just an awesome set!! I thought Alligator Pie was a great encore opener as well. Crowd was kinda lame in my area, but overall this was definitely one of the best shows I have seen.

User: spoon41
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Very, Very, Good Show

User: sprout5150
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Great set list. Hate rain

User: ssdmbfan
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48th show. Halloween was incredible (my 5th Halloween and 2nd only to 9.8.02). Loved the intro with Carter and Dave playing over him!

User: stewlax6
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WOW! Alligator Pie and Halloween for the Encore! #41 was outstanding and the end of it was a nice change up! Can't wait for Pittsburgh!

User: Stlnawy55&3
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Awesome show! Best version of 41 I've heard yet specially loved Cater and Jeff's battle. Boyd was amazing all night. Halloween was great especially with the 2 min intro that through the whole crowd off. Hands down best concert I've been to so far.

User: stxbomber094
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this better come out as a live trax. it was amazing

User: thurnauer
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Awesome to hear the new tracks live! Squirm and Why I Am and Shake Me Like A Monkey were as good as I thought they'd be, though I was still walking in when Monkey started. I loved Alligator Pie and Halloween as an encore as well as a great fake close with Grey Street. The jams were sweet and the chemistry with the new lineup seemed really solid. You and Me is my new bathroom break song.

User: TMoore4075
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Holy crap is all I have to say. The band was on. Shake Me is a great opener and Dive In already sounds stellar live. What put this show over the top? Everday of course... HA HALLOWEEN!!!! Fricking awesome! I've never been so psyched for a song. Can't wait till 7.28.

User: UTsDMBjunkie
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This was the best show I've been to, out of 18 shows at this point! Everyone around me was enjoying the music, dancing in the rain, and I couldn't have had a better time anywhere else at the amphetheatre. After showing up late (we ran into the park when I heard "The Stone" starting up) I have to say this was one of the funnest nights I had all summer in '09

User: Volcanojen
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Just to get this part over with: Riverbend is a dump, and an embarrasmment. They took out the port-a-lets this year, which made the bathroom floors a river of pee most of the night. It's disgusting. I say this as a Cincinnatian who lives here... Riverbend should be ashamed of themselves to pinch pennies at such a big event, and especially during the year of the venue's 25th Anniversary. Also, the place still sounds great, but only if you're in the pavilion. Thing is, people on the pavilion and the lawn get two different shows, and it's not cool. The sightline from the lawn is awful thanks to the pillars, and the sound is just muddy as the crowd fills in. Sigh... all that being said...

Best Riverbend show in years, it really was. Not just comparing to '06, either when I say the crowd energy was amazingly high and Cincinnati was really supporting the band. The boys are in absolute top form this tour!! It was a real treat to see this show right up front, too, thanks to The Warehouse. Pit Row C (longer row than A and B, so it became the front row!), stage left, right in front of Boyd and Tim. Oh, lucky day!!

Highlights: Just watching Tim f'n wail all night long!! Boyd giving all of us down in the pit what felt like our own personal show. The entire crowd, singing Jimi Thing REALLY LOUDLY for a change, in the middle of a monsoon. Shakin' dat ass, shakin' dat ass... #41, just listening to the beauty and mastery of the back-and-forth between Carter and Jeff, with Tim out in the beautiful space. Come to think of it, listening to the show a few days later confirms the feeling at the time: best Jimi and #41 I believe I've ever heard in person.

Looking through the setlist again, you know, I don't have any complaints. The band walked in, played SMLAM, and held the crowd in the palm of its hand through until Halloween. This thing needs to be a Live Trax at least.

Best thing for me personally, though? Hearing almost the entire BW album!! How many times do you get to go see your favorite band live, the same week they have a #1 Album? I think that had a lot to do with how the entire Cincinnati crowd seemed to love the new songs (Cincy Metro is a rather huge fan base for DMB to begin with). SDL outro into --> "Seven" had everybody shakin' dat ass for sure. Crowd really, really loves "Funny The Way It Is", and it made me smile just watching the sea of people sing every word. When you hear the tapes, listen to Boyd's flawless performance on FTWIT, and throughout the rest of the show. It was such a Boyd Night. SMLAM opener was the best imaginable choice! And "Why I Am" just gets better and better and better. "Squirm" was great but the rains during "Jimi" had worn everyone out, I think!

This was show #27 for me, and looking over my list carefully and taking a few days to think about it, I can honestly say that 6-16-09 catapulted right into my Top 3. I wish I could see, hear, and experience this show over and over again.

User: WhoaDave04
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Great show! What an encore with Alligator Pie and Halloween!

User: whygohome?
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HALLOWEEN!!! my friends and i were the only ones who knew what was happening in the lawn but we flipped out and jammed hard throughout the song. it rained for a lot of the show but just made it even better...great fuckin show

User: wildcats82
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well it rained. hard. I got wet

User: wittesco
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This show was AMAZING!! It poured rain, but no one seemed to care. The band sounded unbelievable. Alligator Pie as an encore was awesome.

User: Xavid
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Wow, 2 years in a row getting Halloween at Riverbend! The Stone, #41, and LIOG were simply incredible. The rain only seemed to intensify the experience for the fans. Squirm was the best of the new songs for me.

User: yavin27
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I don't care what this show looks like on paper; this show was insane and probably one of the best shows I've been to. It's is simply amazing how they never stoping outdoing themselves year after year. Big Whiskey songs sounded great, the old stuff sounded great: Ants was off the hook, as was #41, Jimi Thing, Stone, Shake Me. Alligator Pie and Halloween in the encore was ridiculus and I loved the way they reworked the intro. Sweet Show!!


   


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