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Dave Matthews Band
August 15, 2009
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

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User: 2step13
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Phenomenal! Halloween as a closer was perfect. Energy level was very high.

User: 420mark420
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One of the top shows I have seen! Come and see some of the Pics... http://www.flickr.com/photos/420mark420/sets/72157602589092881/

User: A-Corn
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HALLOWEEN MADE MY YEAR!!!

User: AbSoLuT DMB
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By far the Best DMB show ever for me. From start to finish. Amazing!!!! Stay or Leave ,Halloween, Warehouse and Two Step. Perfect flow great energy. On Fireeee!!! This should get consideration for a live trax.

User: APAD27
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Called Bartender. First time I ever guess the opening song.
Pretty cool how they (DMB) delivered on Halloween after crowd asked for it. Wish I couldve made it Friday too.

User: bamadanni
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Great show... security sucked at the venue though.

User: bhicks99
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Show 25 and one of the best. Amazing start and finish. Getting Warehouse and probably one of the best Ants in the first hour was great.

Much better mix of new and old than N1. Band was having fun and was great to see everyone from the fans to the band totally into it.

User: bigalpeters
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Best show I have ever seen....epic setlist

User: bigeyedfish16
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Wow. History tells us that N2 always beats N1 and tonight was no exception. Terrific Bartender opener, the best Two Step I have ever heard, Halloween closer, and great surprises like Lie In Our Graves and Stay Or Leave. Warehouse was ridiculous and Carter absolutely stole the show. Absolutely fantastic setlist.

User: bknapp4dave
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Good show. Good second night!

User: Blu-Monkey
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best show out of 13

User: BOB_Live
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Halloween!!!!

User: bonjam
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Unbelievable set list + flawless musicianship + great crowd = best show ever! Can't believe they've ever been more "on" than N2; it was that good. Halloween was their gift back for a perfect night (you know you wanted it!). My 13 year-old daughter's first show; she was blown away (daddy, what's that funny smell coming from over there?). Previous posts have said it all. LIOG was especially appreciated. That Bartender opener set tone for the night. This will be show to which I compare all others. Did I mention Halloween?

User: brendan948725
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Simply stunning. Carter was ON FIRE all night. Download this show and go instantly to Two Step. By far the most mind-boggling version I've ever heard... not to mention my first Halloween (at my 18th DMB show.) What a night!

User: brettlackey
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The most energetic concert I have ever been to. It was my 14th DMB show and the band was absolutely on fire. Also, my first Halloween!

User: Brian Owen
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Incredible show, from Bartender open to Rye Whickey/Halloween Encore. Great Guitar and Drum Solos - the band was right on!

Deserving of Live Trax!

User: Brits143
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Best Dave concert I've been too! COME OUT WITH A LIVE TRACK FOR THIS ONE! It will be well worth it!

User: bruce7y
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Halloween closer, Awesome 2 step....Shotgun.

User: buckeyes822
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Amazing energy! My wife and I have been to close to if not over 50 shows but most in the lawn. Being this close up for a show (8th row center) with the energy that the entire band and crowd had Saturday night was simply AWESOME! Seeing how the band interacts and all of the little details during and between songs makes all the difference too! We were in the lawn on Friday night and between the two shows this was WAY up there on our scale of the best shows yet. If there is anyone, including people who are not BIG DMB fans, that can't appreciate how good the new stuff is they simply don't get music at all. Then add in the old stuff and closing with Halloween really made the weekend! Thanks DMB - always the best!

User: Cari732
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Show #6!!! Amazing as always!!

User: CARTER B jr
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All I have to say is Carter is a Bad Motha!!! so is Boyd and Tim!!! The first night was so so w/ a lot of new songs but I am glad they got them out of the way for Night 2! Night 2 was out of this world! Carter's solo on Two Step was nuts! The boys are on fire! I saw them in Nashville in April and they are playing even better now than they were then!

User: CCopleyG
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amazing~~

User: ChefKristian
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Wow!!!! Killer show!!!

User: chris123
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My first show but I have been a fan and listener for years. Freaking amazing!!!

User: chrispotts
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Best show I've seen this summer! Nobody can claim that the band was anything but "ON" tonight. The set-list was a fluid collection of high-energy favorites. 2step's finish, perfect solo's from Carter and Boyd, Warehouse and HALLOWEEN?!!! DMB killed it and were definitely having fun doin' it! Thanks Guys!

User: chuckpower
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That night was AMAZING! Halloween, Crush was crazy, Ants rocked, but Two Step....Carter is a God! Much better section on this night, everyone around me enjoying the band...

User: cnacke
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Out of this world

User: CrashIn2DMB
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Without question the best concert I've ever been to. Bartender, So Much To Say, Crush, & Halloween were phenomenal. This show should definitely be considered for Live Trax.

User: creevesrealtor
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Great show....Two Steppin all night long!

User: dancingnancie01
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best show i ever seen...plain and simple

User: dannym715
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cant even begin to review this show.....totally out of hand..just plain awesome

User: DemonDeacon27
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great show

User: DMBFLRoadBugs
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Best show i have ever been to...Halloween i guess hasn't been played since '05 Awsomeee

User: dmbgreenday
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puke on your dick good!! Best show I've seen since 8.7.04

User: dmbobby
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Seen 7 shows now, hands down the best one out of them. Probably one of the better Dave shows ever.

User: dmb_lover33
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Halloween?!?!?! I think everyone had shit themselves at that point.

User: dodowd71
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An outstanding show. Lots of talk in my section of "best Two-Step ever" and while the freshness in my memory may bias me, I have to agree with that. Hadn't heard LIOG in person in forever, which was another huge plus. Overall a great set list, great energy flowing between the stage and the seats, and even a nice breeze off the sea (unlike the stuffiness from night one)!

User: dollforty
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The best show I have seen. The musicians were amazing separately, and converged seamlessly, the band was so tight tonight. Halloween had me in tears, brought me to my knees. I was awestruck. I bought these tickets through the warehouse instant ticketing the day after SPAC in hopes that the band would continue to play Halloween. I have no words to describe this fantasy becoming reality.

User: Dreaming Jimi
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Infinitely better than N1. Do I need to say anything beyond Shotgun AND Halloween?

User: DrewD55
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Truly one of the best I've seen the band play. Starting with a slamming Bartender, my first Stay Or Leave, SMLAM, great LITHOG, and Warehouse (with both the Passion and Stop-Time intros), that may be the best 5-song start I've ever heard. SMTS > Ants was a nice mid-set surprise, and Shotgun was great as well.

Could have done without Space/Bread and repeats of Seven and You & Me, but I wouldn't say no to a second go of Why I Am or FTWII, and the jams on Crush, LIOG, and especially Two Step (wait 'til y'all hear Carter's drum solo and the out of nowhere improvised coda that Tim and Carter started before the rest of the band joined in) made me forget they'd even been played. Hell, I was so blown away that I'd all but forgotten that great opening run. The band was dialed in tonight and really let loose.

Great encore, too. Loved hearing Rye Whiskey for the first time, and Dave's voice was in great shape tonight, hitting all the falsettos, and then closing with Halloween with an old-school Carter drum solo intro (another first for me--only took 10 years of shows). What a way to end it.

Excellent and enthusiastic crowd around us, particularly for lawn seats, partying hard but not obnoxiously so, and putting up with the more than intermittent (and occasionally really heavy) rain that plagued us for a good chunk of the night. Yesterday and tonight were my only shows for the summer, but I couldn't be happier with the results.

User: drumdude478
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High energy Dave show here. Very nice.

User: ducatilvr
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This show was the only show at this venue where I did not come w/Lawn Seating. I did not like being stuck in my seat. I like a variety of views.

User: dzolot
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Amazing show from start to finish. Crowd was great too, especially considering the scattered rain. Thanks for making the trip down to West Palm well worth it!!!

User: edvcruz
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Sweet Bartender, Stay or Leave start! My 6 yr. old daughter's 1st show = perfect... recognized the many classics (Ants, Warehouse...) & danced all over the lawn!

User: eggneef
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My husbands first show - absolutely a special night for us!

User: el10diablo
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Best live show I have ever seen.

User: emseared
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Awesome, awesome show. Brought a DMB virgin to show, she loved it.

User: Engelmann914
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Out of 6 Dave shows, this was far and away the best one. The setlist was better than I could have asked for, and the band played at a superhuman level.

User: ericdjohnson
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Best show I have seen DMB perform, and one of the top live performances I have heard out of all of DMB's live CD's.

User: FireDancer843
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Amazing 20th show! The boys were on fire!! Lets hope for a Live Trax...

User: fishguts621
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good times.

User: flafan
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Best show I've ever seen, and I was front row center for it! It was my 11th DMB show, and the 194th concert of my life, and quite simply it was the single best concert experience I have ever had! THANK YOU WAREHOUSE FOR THE AMAZING UPGRADE! And just so you know, everyone else in the front row with us had lawn seats when they got to the show. They were picked out of the crowd and sent to the front. Very cool.

Hard to pick highlights - I loved every second. All of the new songs sounded great live. Stay or Leave had me in tears. Always love to hear Warehouse and Ants live. LIOG was a nice surprise. Jeff Coffin was amazing on Crush. Boyd had a stellar night. Two Step was crazy good. And a Halloween encore? Woo hoo!!!

User: FSUMATT
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Simply an amazing show, one of the best i have been to in years!

User: GoodyISU1
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One of the best shows I've seen, DMB or otherwise. Two Step, LIOG, Warehouse were awesome, so full of energy. Carter and Boyd were both amazing.

User: gostwriter41
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No. 53 for me. Never seen Carter any better. Honestly.

Best Two Step I've ever seen. By far.

Catching a stick from the man -- even at the cost of a broken thumb -- was just icing to a great birthday show.

Thanks for letting me tag along over the years, band. It's been a hell of a ride.

User: gr8dmbfan
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It was a great show that I was able to catch on a work trip to Florida - looking forward to the Gorge in 2 wks.

User: greybart41
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Straight heat!!!!!!!!!! This show was wicked!!! Just slammin!! Been to an obscene amount of shows over the years and N2 WPB 2009 will go down as one of the best in my 17 years of seeing this band. Band was fire, setlist was ridiculous, crowd was fire! Feel very lucky to have witnessed it all. Way to go guys. Thank you very, very much. It was a special treat no doubt.

User: grobinson
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"I was there, WPB N2 2009"

User: ilovedave36
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1st show.. AMAZING

User: irishicon24
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Halloween!!!

User: IsleDlight
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seen over 30 DMB shows now and without hesitation this was the best one....unreal from start to finish

User: issalopez
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Amazing show and Two Step and Halloween where insane. Best show I have been too so far.

User: j0e0v7
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unbelievable show!!!

User: jag07k
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Absolutely amazing. best show i've been to for sure.

User: jam2dmb#41
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AWESOME SHOW!!

User: jamind32
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This was an amazing show (#9 for me). Loved the Bartender opening and Halloween ending. I'm a drummer and Carter's solo was one to be immortalized on a Live Trax release. A good mix of new and old, which I got every single new song I was hoping for. (LITHOG, SMLAM, Seven, Why I am). First time Shotgun and Stay or Leave (amazing) for me.

To be picky, I would have loved to have one of the covers, Solsbury Hill or Burning Down the House, but after that show I wouldn't dare to hold that against them. :)

User: Jaxx6000
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My 15th show, and definitely 1 of, if not, the best. My first Bartender AND first Halloween! Everyone has already said it, but words just can't describe how high energy this show was, the entire thing. CARTER!!! Please, I'm beggin' for a Live Trax.

User: JeffFischer
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One of the best shows we have experienced... Best Two Step yet...

User: jennjami
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First time seeing him in WPB! Great show!

User: jimmygdmb
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Bartender opener... Seven from the new album... Warehouse, Stay or Leave, CARTER'S SOLO!, antsmarching and Cornbread! What can I say! This was my fifth show this year and it was the best one so far! And I didn't even mention that I hear Halloween for the first time in my life live in my hometown with the love of my life with me! Perfect show!

User: JPatrickRader
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Awesome!!

User: jsvarney5
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One of THE BEST shows ive been to. First time ever hearing halloween. Two step was unreal. carter's solo was ridiculous. It was his night for the taking.

User: jubalsb
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Amazing!

User: jwkxyz
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Though it's been a few years, I've been to many, many of the band's shows, and I must say this was my favorite so far. Great energy, the set was solid, no complaints at all. Glad to see they're still tearing it up.

User: jxm99
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Was at N1, N2 did not disappoint. way to bust out some older tunes. Amazing 2 step. My favorite song and this rendition clearly blew every one I've heard out of the water. carter is the f'ing man and he's always got that huge smile on his face. The only downside was the volume at the venue. i'd commented on it N1 when iwas under the roof. I was able to have normal convo in there so imagine my surprise N2 when I was on the lawn!!!
Damn good. Way to keep it up in WPB. Looking forward to next year1

User: Kate5
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HALLOWEEN!

User: knl222
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#18 and it was the best yet!!!

User: kristynsmia
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by far the best show i've been to!

User: leeroy
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Best Energy Ever. Carter/Boyd top of their game!
Fed off the excitment of the crowd from the opening cord. Class Fan Base as always, and just
a simply FANTASTIC night!

User: LiL_Fizzy
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OMG WHAT A WAY TO END A THREE SHOW IN FOUR DAYS RUN! INCREDIBLE!

User: LisaFan
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Best Show this year ! Jams were great, excellent list - kept the enery going. Dave's voice was amazing, and Carter was on fire. That Jeff Coffin is bad ass !

User: loub287
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Hands down the best show I have ever been to. The highlights are so many but my favorite part was when Boyd's glasses fell off during his LIOG solo. I've never seen his face/eyes during a solo and it was touching to say the least. My girlfriend said she almost cried. It's going to be hard to beat this show!

User: Lucas B. Tiger
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Damn...

User: madahoop
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amazing

User: made2heal
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Hands down, best setlist I've ever been a part of!!!! Loved it from the start with Bartender, 1st Stay or Leave i've seen! Was wanting to hear LITHOG one more time since tampa! Cornbread into Seven! LIOG! Fan Fav Two Step! and the Finally we have all been waiting for... for over 10 years, HALLOWEEN!!! fantastic.

User: Maleko13
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Great show, missed the encore due to having to catch a flight.

User: mikefxr
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Wow, Carter was off the leash.....

User: MisterB
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Always a good show. Partying with all the fans before hand and jamming to some of the best musical talent can't get any better. Loyal fans forever. B & A

User: mobrofro
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sick encore with watchtower/stairway.

User: Mr Mojo Risin
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Awesome show! Great energy! Great setlist! Boyd was on fire!

User: mvanzandt
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West Palm N2 is always a highlight. This show was great even before Halloween was dropped like a big time bomb by Beauford and his crew. Carter was on fire, Fonz was the best I've ever seen, and Boyd gave his soul to stir it all up. Every time you think "maybe I might not see another show for a while...." This happens. Thanks for the music!

User: nautica4dmbcoj
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Forever Dancing with the GrooGrux King ! ! !
AMAZING. LIVE TRAX, LIVE TRAX, LIVE TRAX !!!!!!!!!
Great mix of new and old.
Fav: Bartender, SHOTGUN, LIOG,
great segue into Ants! Great Carte solo (But Great) and looong Two Step. And Great Halloween closer. A good surprise.
DID I MENTION WHAT AN AMAZING TWO STEP !!! WITH THAT MIND BLOWING CARTER SOLO. I got it on film tooooo.

User: neil1125
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Bartender, Warehouse, Lie In Our Graves, Ants Marching, So Much To Say, Two Step, Halloween, Crush
classics galore. Best Two Step I've ever seen. Boyd and Carter were sick.

User: newbolt
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freaking awesome. great mix of new and classics, plus stay or leave and halloween!

User: Niccooz
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AMAZING!!! We randomly got upgraded from the lawn to the FRONT ROW CENTER!!! What an awesome night!! Best of my life!!

User: nola_ant
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Amazing. The greatest show I've ever heard.

User: Numeral41
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HALLOWEEN!!!

User: Ocean Bound
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Over a Decade of concerts and probably a 100 live traded show in my collection, and this one took my top spot. It was just pure perfection and chemistry. I only hope every fan gets to witness a weekend like West Palm 09. Reviews can't sum it up enough. The Band set the bar on the night of 8-15-09.

User: patentgator
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60+ shows and this is at or near the very top - Bartender to open, the old school run of Warehouse/SMTS/Ants, the LIOG and Two Step jams were religious experiences, and lucky enough to hear my second Halloween (Red Rocks '05) and I think probably the first in Florida in 15 years! Thanks for a great Florida swing, guys! Maybe you can grace our humble state with a Live Trax release of this amazing show.

User: payton7
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AMAZING!!!!! Definetly one of the best shows I've seen... Bartender...SMTS...Ants!... Crush... LIOG... and the Two Step was PHENOMENAL! Rye Whiskey and Halloween, that.... was...

User: PNP padowan
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pure ownage.

User: PRDaveFan
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One word: Amazing!!!!

User: RainOnMe
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Halloween was mind-blowing!

User: Riley420
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Phenomenal.

Read the setlist, listen to the show...judge for yourself. Live Trax better be coming our way.

Oh, and for once, a completely DDTW free weekend. Wonderful.

User: roadie821
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HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: rob51pc
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Halloween.

User: rosssimon
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The best show I've ever been to, period. An amazing Bartender, straight into Stay or Leave! WOW! So Much to Say into Ants in the middle terrific!!!! Then Two Step, holy crap, incredible. The place was rocking the entire show. From start to finish. Then Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 days after the show, I'm still in shock.

User: rosstsimon
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I went to this show back in my teenage years and it remains in my top 5 shows of all time. This was still when I was in single digit shows and I remember Bartender and Halloween like it was yesterday.

User: Seminole9
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first concert

User: seng225
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Warehouse and Shotgun were highlights, but Two Step and Halloween brought down the house!

User: senorcat30
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this show was awesome, the energy, setlist, crowd. I am so glad I picked up a ticket in the morning before the show. I was not disapointed at all. Damn near as good as Vegas N2 in May!!!

User: Shmoel1285
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Unbelievable show... My 20th show and gotta be the best from start to finish, not even close to a dull moment, just wow... tons of classics, old school warehouse intro, ridiculous carter two step solo, and ending with halloween... amazing..the setlist on paper doesn't do justice to how hard everyone rocked and flowed

User: sternbe
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I've been to close to 30 shows...this was top 3 for sure. Amazing...shotgun "for ashley" was great. Even the new stuff they play day in and day out was full of energy.

User: stewlax6
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Unbelievable! Two Step was the best one I have ever seen and Halloween is always a show stopper!

User: straightballin1
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best two step maybe ever, liog, 1st shotgun def one of my favorites, 3rd halloween, ants midset was cool

User: sugarwill killu
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What else can you say?!! Carter is God!

User: Swilkes27
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HALLOWEEN! Again... I lose my mind! This was such a great jam! I had waited forever to see this song.... DMB rocked it so stellar!
HALLOWEEN!

User: TheGeneral
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One of the best shows I have been too. Awesome energy and great set, plus my first Halloween. Not to mention I got into the show for free!

User: Tjg8590
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With Alyssa

User: tropicsanddave
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The best DMB show i have seen yet...

User: tyham90
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Warehouse. Wow. Halloween. Wow.

User: walljo
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Always great

User: wlees@ymail.com
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Rye Whiskey into Halloween was awesome!

User: wtraeger
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Great show, the two step drum solo was intense and halloween almost made me pass out. I ran up to try and get a drum solo and ended up wrestling for one and the me and this guy literally ripped the drum stick in half. So i only got half a drumstick, but hey i got the bottom half which has carter's signiture.

User: XavierBall
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Epic


   


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