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Dave Matthews Band
July 30, 2010
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL

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User: AbSoLuT DMB
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Start to finish great show!!! see you in 2012 enjoy your year off DMB

User: ACAllen
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Minarets, Good good time, BOWA. But seemed like a really short show.

User: ACKislander
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This might be the best show I have been to yet. The crowed was out of control. The energy was intense as people danced in the aisles. The band played a 20 minute version of No. 41. Amazing!

User: APAD27
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One of my favorite shows at this venue. Thrilled that he played Good Good Time as well as BOWA.

User: ATLinthePARK
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This was a Good Good Time! Our first WPB shows and they did not disappoint. Best N1 setlist!

User: awclark3
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Best and 2nd Black Jack

User: bigalpeters
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Great set list, with BOWA, DDTW and #41 all killing it...Fonzie was loving the crowd and Dave seemed to be having a great time...he loves having Warren on stage with the band.

User: bigeyedfish827
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Incredible show!! Bowa blew me away. Good good time was amazing as well as we all had a good good time. At the pga pool all day!!! Highlight was deffinately the rain before the show and seeing 20 to 30 ppl try and fit under tailgate tents

User: bknapp4dave
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Good show with the group again!

User: Blu-Monkey
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great show!!!!

User: BOB_Live
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BOWA!!!!

User: Bourbon & Blue
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Jessicas first DMB show with me. Also went with Erin and his girlfriend Courtney. Maybe the best setlist I have ever witnessed with my top 2 favs of all time played (grey street and #41). We also got the brand new Black Jack and a great ending on Trippin Billies. Third straight show with a Minarets opener! Also the long awaited return of Good Good Time although much different than before. Had a difficult view of stage.

User: brew10
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Great show. My 14th and saw 4 songs I had never seen before. Minarets opener was awesome. Lots of band energy, however it did seem short. Came on late and were off by 10:50. Solid show all around.

User: buckeyes822
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One Word - AWESOME! Been to about 60 shows and this one is near the top for sure!

User: bushh
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Great Show!

User: b_dubs83
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Working its way into night two.

User: CarterisGOD41
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Couldn't have asked for a better show. Setlist and band energy at an all time high.

User: chuckpower
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Minarets opener and best of whats around?!? Greatness....whole show was great!

User: DaveJR
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I got TOOOOO F*cked up at this one....

User: daveOARdispatch
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I was at the Tampa show a few nights before, and this show exceeded my imagination beyond belief. The band was awesome as usual, but those two nights really showed me how much a crowd can make the difference. I will always go to the West Palm shows from now on, in the distant future of touring.

User: DemonDeacon27
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UNBELIEVABLE

User: dkaralek
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Amazing!

User: DMB Girl
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Government Mule and Warren Haynes rocked it Friday night, although, it was even better on Saturday night!

User: dmbboss
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Great show. Great band energy.

User: DMBTWIN31
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Probably one of the best i have seen

User: dmiz11
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Amazingly rare tracks but also great known ones. His voice was very on tonight. Warren Haynes coming out was unbelievable!

User: dodowd71
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Was thrilled to hear Minarets for the 1st time live, and that set the tone for a great show. As already stated in the other reviews, Warren Haynes was phenomenal on #41, BOWA was great to hear again, and overall it was a really nice set and the band seemed to really be connecting with the audience. Can only hope N2 equals or exceeds N1!

User: dollforty
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Thanks to the group in Section 7 for enhancing the experience, I was fortunate to be around a great crowd. From the first note of Minarets, we all knew we were in for a spectacular set, and we were not disappointed. Highlights for me were: Don't Drink The Water, What Would You Say, BOWA,Grey St, Ants, #41 with Warren Haynes, Blackjack, and my first Good Good Time. I had to ask the obviously devoted fans in front of me to confirm Black Jack was what it was, and met another fan who knew with great certainty that Little Red Bird was coming. Enjoyed a playful interaction with a 70 show veteran who insisted on saying and repeating that "This isn't a very good Good Good Time

User: eggneef
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Loved it!

User: emseared
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always great

User: fishguts621
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Fun Fun

User: fldavegirl
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The Stone! What can I say....

User: flipster
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The best show so far!! thats it

User: freakytiki6
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Great show!

User: g8torcesca
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Best set list...amazing energy...one of the best DMB shows I have ever seen!

User: greybart41
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Fantastic show! Great energy! What more can you ask for?

User: greybillies
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Incredible! Heavenly experience!

User: griffd2004
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They really shined tonight. Not sure how they could outdo themselves on N2 (but they managed!)

User: guitarnlaxdmb41
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It was more of a mediocre DMB concert. It was good if you werent a big fan but he didnt do much of his songs like stone, captain, liog, seek up. He did like crash into me, grey street, you and me, ants marching ( nothing wrong with those just they are his top songs, not his best songs).

User: hazeman
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Good good time

User: heylalahey
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UNREAL setlist!

User: jag07k
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Great show and a ton of energy from everyone especially boyd. A lot of highlights from this show: minarets, BOWA, rapunzel, and daves story about turtles having sex. The big wiskey stuff is getting better too from last year. Cruzan also has this thing where if you sign a form at guest services that you will not drink and drive they give you a wristbands for unlimited free water bottles,coke, and a hot dog. All in all a good night and ready for tomorrow.

User: jennjami
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Most favorite concert ever!!!

User: jets42689
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Warren was amazing as usual and seeing Good Good Time at my first show was quite a treat.

User: johnnie5
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Great show, Great fans. Overall a great show. Minarets was great opener and DDTW is one of my favorite songs. Thanks guys for a great weekend.

User: joshizzle3
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This may look silly when I post it on ants, but writing up a really thorough review is nice because in a few months or whenever, when I have just scattered memories of the show, I can reread this and be reminded of all of its glory.

First things first, it was the best show Iíve ever seen. The boys were just on fire the entire night.

Iíd never been to the venue, but found it pretty easily, and parking was free and relatively convenient. Met up with another ant to get my ticket, and we were off! For a while, we were hanging out and chatting by the buses, trying to get a glimpse of Fonz, while staying in the shade. Another thing about the locale- hot. Very, very hot. We find a tailgate after swimming through the sea of bros. A few drinks later, weíre off to meet some other people, but then the rain starts. And it doesnít casually begin; it pours. It falls hard and fast, and cuts sightlines down to about 40 feet. Tailgating isnít as fun as the actual show, so long story short, we got very very wet, had some more drinks, and eventually found our way into the venue.

Government Mule is pretty incredible, to say the least. I moved up to the front row (from my seat in the row 9) for Mule, and didnít regret it. Warren shredded hard, and Jeff came out to blow some saxophone.

It seemed to take far too long- even after the lights came down, there were still 3 or 4 minutes of waiting- but DMB finally took the stage. Dave walked around a bit, and started noodling. A Donít Drink the Water opener was what seemed to emerge- textbook, especially for such a rainy day (too bad the rain died down- if it hadnít, we wouldíve almost been guaranteed JTR). But better than DDTW, and better than JTR is Minarets. And once the riff came in, it was clearly Minarets. This is a time that I wish I didnít follow the setlists in the weeks before the shows I go to. I was completely blown away, but I couldnít imagine how surprised Iíd been had I not known it had opened a few shows within the past month. Either way, it was the first time Iíd ever heard it and I was loving it. Itís a nice song- a heavy way to segue from the cool breeze of Florida to the high energy of a DMB show like this. The crowd at this point is very alive- not everyone recognizes Minarets, but most everyone is into it and on their feet, moving around.

Next up is DDTW. Not a surprise, but very strong. DMB sounds so dark tonight- it was clear early on that this would be a high energy show (and it was! The first ďslowĒ song came 10th.) With the crowd singing every word, the show feels good right now. We know weíre in for a treat. What Would You Say lightened things up with a nice fun tune that everyone can sing along with. Jeff began to shine somewhere around here- tonight would be the night of the weird rock instruments, as Boyd and Jeff stole the show a few times. When Dave announces, about the next song, ďI love this song,Ē I know Seven is coming, since Dave only has the memory to like the most recent songs heís written. Itís funky and groovy and keeps the crowd moving. Itís not my favorite song, but it doesnít kill the mood or slow down the show at all. I couldíve sworn Lasim was already out on trombone, but online setlists tell me differently. I canít recall. I figure a slower song must be coming up, which will take down the mood a bit. But oh how I was surprised. One of my favorite songs that Iíd given up hope on trying to see based on play count in recent years- BOWA- shows up. Carterís intro has me jumping shouting ďI love this song!Ē I enjoy every second of it, savoring all of those ďhey laís.Ē Warren comes on Boydís side as Dave announces him. Seeing Lasim still on, I figure Jimi is a strong possibility, but Iím hoping for Cortez. And of course, Iím not disappointed by #41. A beautiful piece of music, it has me closing my eyes and just smiling. About 15 minutes in, the guy next to me (who claimed to be at his 26th show, but couldnít remember the name of the saxophonist who replaced LEE-roy Moore) said this was the longest 41 they ever played, to which I responded that they actually played a 32 minute one back in 2002. He said ďwell itís still long.Ē Shake Me next. Nothing much to be said there. Fun little ditty. A midset PNP is absolutely delicious, and the jammy Rapunzel, led by Jeff and Carter, followed. Daveís vocals sounded youthful, and Jeff and Rashawn blew like crazy. It always seems like a shock to be found in the middle of a set, but never a bad one. After what mightíve been a Proudest Monkey tease, or just a Digging a Ditch chord, DaD starts. Itís a nice, mellow tune that lets Dave take center stage for the first time since BOWA (only really 3 songs, but nearly 40 minutes of songs where Dave was upstaged by both other members and guests). He sings the last few lines a cappella- a really sweet ending to a lovely song. A mystery song is next! I canít remember what Black Jack sounds like, but my seat partner says itís Black Jack! Once the breakdown crazy jam kicks in, I recognize it, and, pardon my language, rock the fuck out. Itís a really sick jam, a la Halloween, and will only continue to grow. This is one that you want to look out for. DMB fans in 10 years will be begging for this monster. Around here, I look over the VIP lounge across the aisle, and see none other than trombonist Lasim Richards! I wouldnít be able to get in, so thereís no point in going, even as the radio-friendly You and Me begins. I usually skip it on tapes, but as the jam picked up, I remembered listening to Hartfordís version, where Tim took over and made a badass rock jam out of a little love song. He did it here, and much to my surprise, I didnít hate it. That one little note next indicates Nancies. Another very fun sing along. Boyd went absolutely nuts, running around the stage, smiling his footlong smile, showing his 60 teeth and split tongue. Give him the fringe vest, and he was having as much fun as he did at Van Ryperís. Carter carries on after the song ends, making me think I might finally get a Nancies-house, but into Grey Street. Once again, not disappointed that Iím wrong. Still sans third verse, Grey Street still kicks ass (also, that makes me 0 for 4 on Warehouse following Nancies). A radio friendly closing run ends with some more standards, including Crash (Mr. 26 shows asked me during the song if they were going to do the extended version- what does that mean? I have no idea. Dixie Chicken?), Why I Am (sounds the exact same as it did when I heard it last summer- a nice tribute to Roi), and Ants (although an odd intro, the violin came in, dominated, and took us to the Ants sound we know so well).

Another long break, and Dave ends it by coming out by himself. Of all the songs heís been playing solo, Little Red Bird is towards the top of the ones Iíd like to hear. I was lucky to get it in Vegas last December, and this time he told a different story- one about turtles having sex, complete with imitations. During LRB, the guy next to me asks about where Iím from and all, and tells me that he paid 330 for his seat and his wifeís; Iím busy listening to, you know, the concert, so I shoot him a glance, make a face, say I got mine for face, look back to Dave. After the song, Dave begins noodling around, seeming to be about to do another solo song- I know this is unusual. He starts singing a song that sounds like- no... it couldnít be- surely it isnít- but oh yes it is... GOOD GOOD TIME. He starts, and the band walks out, picks up their instruments, and joins in. My jaw hurt after it fell to the floor. I was floored. The whole first minute or so, I told myself it must just be a partial. It went on and on, and I couldnít have been happier. I love that song. It didnít sound much like it did in 2004, but it was definitely there. A little different, but still near perfect. I love this band. I was hoping for another Boyd heavy song next, since he was so hot tonight. LIOG or Billies would be nice, and assuming the show closer was next, I hoped for Billies and got my wish. Once again, Boyd took over the stage and just had fun with it. Good for him.

This was an pitch perfect night 1. I donít even know what they can realistically whip out tomorrow for N2 (LWS songs, Spoon, Last stop, etc etc) but we will see. Traffic out of the place wasnít too bad- about 30 minutes, although I was in a city Iíve never driven in driving a car Iíve never driven, got lost, and made it home by 1-ish. Day 1 in the books!

User: LastStop007
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Loved the show even being a first timer on the lawn. We volunteered with Eco Village. Great show! Cannot wait to return to WPB since we moved in November 2010 to southern Florida. WPB Ants are awesome!

User: lenn
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Amazing show.
Great long jams.

User: made2heal
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First Minerates I ever heard live and Little Red Bird and Good Time!!! YEEEEAH! Oh yeah, and the first Black Jack!!!!

User: mgrisha
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A lot of repeats from Tampa. Good as always though.

User: mikefxr
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Looking forward to N2.

User: mizzle73
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This was a good show to lead into day 2. Minarets as an opening? Never would have guessed it but still great choice!

User: Mr Mojo Risin
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Awesome show. Old school setlist. Great energy as always. Boyd was on fire. Warren tore up #41. Can't wait for tomorrow

User: nsnow18
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all i can remember for this show was ants marching, got alittle stupid before the concert and fucked up my first dmb concert, luckily my buddy snatched me up from the ground to listen to my favorite dmb song ants marching!

User: phil123
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Great Show!!

User: Phillynick
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My very first. My cherry exploded about the same time as Boyd did on stage. A good, good time and everyone was really cool.

User: Psirix
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Great show! My wife & I just got married earlier in the day and we have gone to WPB's shows ever since. Amazing show and having my wife there made all the better!

User: Riley420
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I've been waiting 15 years to hear The Best of What's Around, and I finally got it.

There was NO weakness tonight. From top to bottom, everything flowed well. Maybe the exception being Crash, but personally, I hate that f-cking song.

Goddamn...BOWA. Awesome.

User: Rogue
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Here's my review...keep in mind that I'm seriously impaired right now so if some of this doesn't make sense I'll do my best to clear things up tomorrow.

After spending the day poolside at PGA, Mrs. Rogue picked me up and we headed to the show. We ended up paying $20 for premier parking which I'm not sure was a good investment. I know it's not if you don't go out the same gate you came in or you can get seriously blockaded from 1/2 the parking lot. More about that later maybe.

On to the show. Well, after I point out that you can buy a hotdog and coke for $11 at Cruzan. $11! I didn't think I was old enough to bitch about the good old days until now. Chicken strips and a beer...$16. I know, right?

So on to the show. The crowd here is older than I'm used to at DMB shows. As Colin pointed out to me at the ants party later, we're all getting a little older. The crowd here is also more drunk than I'm used to. Think Va Beach crowd with a Jimmy Buffett Parrothead feel to it....that was tonight's crowd. Oh, and they were very savvy...knew all songs except Blackjack.

The debate so far seems to be how/whether tonight's show compared to Tampa this year. At the end of tonight's show I'd put Tampa way ahead of N1. And then I re-reviewed the setlist tonight and it was pretty dang good on paper. In person, tonight was the least crisp I've seen the band all year. And that's not all bad. There was some bluesy soulful music - the kind that makes live so much better than memorex.

I swear there were 3 broken string/guitar switches for Dave, but my notes only have 2. My notes may be impaired.

- Minarets - When this is the opener, you start to think something is up.

- DDTW - Strong, powerful, energetic, the 2010 version of DDTW will grab you by the throat and shake the shit out of you to let you know that it seriously rocks.

- WWYS - Awwww...classic song. The crowd sang their hearts out with Dave and the band on this song.

- Seven - the beginning of this was awkward, lurchy, and hectic. And then it evened out and, as usual, the bass rocked the world.
A guest trombone player showed up here. Rashawn was wearing his Floriday Marlins hat to be incognito as a local and the guest, I didn't catch his name either time, was wearing a red Rutgers Tshirt. His name might have sounded something like _____ Richards. Darker skinned than Keith from the Rolling Stones so probably not a close cousin or anything. He played his ass off and fit right in as far as I could tell.

- BOWA - Alriiiiight! Heyyyyy! Cool enough for The Fonz (the original Happy Days version). Very nice.

- 41 - Enter Warren Haynes, stage right. Ho-LEE-freakinhellman! Best I've heard Mr. Haynes in the past 3 shows. I swear at one point Fenton and Warren were playing improv together with the lights and sound! DJM gave the crowd a double fist pump after one section where it appeared the song might be over....but it wasn't. He didn't just jam out or go on a meandering solo, he played the hell out of 41!

- SMLAM - Crowd loves this, me included.

- PNP/Rapunzel - This was one of the broken string/guitar switches. A beautiful song too.

- Digging a Ditch - Fenton again! Blue and red lights all the way through this song...the man is a visual genius artist. And the song was nice.

- Blackjack - The crowd was almost silent. The folks that saw the Tampa show (or some youtube bootlegs) knew what was up...Mrs. Rogue said the tempo changes, stressful feelings, and awkward intensity remind her of Halloween. I get that. This song is a gem I tell ya.

- You and Me - Pretty, surprising how many in the crowd sang along.

- Dancing Nancies - My notes say - "Scat intro. Not as crisp as recent concerts but full of soul tonight. Boyd and Dave played nose to nose for quite a while and BT did this tango/cowboy dance-step thing that people seemed to enjoy. Boyd and Tim bumped knuckles after Boyd's extended and standard violin clinic. Boyd played right in front of the front row ppl for awhile and seemed to enjoy the interaction.

- Grey St - Before this song, Dave plugged TR3's show tonight at the Roxxy in WPB, calling TR3 "Tim's other band." GS was standard 2008-2010 version.

- Crash IM - Slightly uptempo version of Crash maybe?

- Why I Am - Intro "this song will always be for the Groogrux King." Another broken string/guitar switch here.

- Ants - Extended drum intro. I, for one, never get tired of Ants.

Encore:

- Little Red Bird - Dave intro'd this by telling about a trip where there were a lot of tortoises mating, then about the bird as he told it in Vegas in December.

- Good Good Time - Been a long time for a full band GGT according to a tweet from either almanac or AM. A rare treat for WPB N1'ers.

- Tripping Billies - Great closer, but again I heard a lot of complaining about the seemingly rushed and abrupt encore. The show seemed short tonight all the way around. At the end of the main set it was like 10:30 PM.

All in all folks seemed to really like the show.
I liked it, but I'm not in love with it.
My vote is that 2010 Tampa > 2010 WPB N1.
I may be run out of town as a heretic, but that's my opinion.

Highlights were opening 3 songs, BOWA, 41 with Warren, Blackjack, and GGT. I don't think the tapes from tonight will be anything epic, but I've been wrong about that before.

Another highlight...the light show again!

Here's to seeing what N2 will bring.

User: seng225
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Just an awesome show from start to finish

User: shaggydog
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It was nice to hear Minarets just so that even hard core DMB fans could hear it for the first time. Warren on #41 was awesome and BOWA was a treat.

User: Shmoel1285
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Great setlist and energy, and what a good, good time, and can't forget warren haynes' 10 minute solo

User: singleh88
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Best show I've seen in awhile.

User: skiinazi
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Thanks DMB for everything you do for us!

User: Stacey42
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Met Dave backstage! Honeymoon shows!

User: strit86
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Alcohol... i dont remember much.

User: supastarkel
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another amazing Dave show with an amazing set!

User: swart003
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hot and humid

User: TBolts712
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Extremely solid show but just seemed a wee bit short. Good Good Time was easily the highlight for me this evening!

User: tbone4118
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One of my fav shows ever and #48 for me. Ga pitt and finally one that wasn't oversold!! AMAZING!!! 2nd row directly center and closer than I will ever be again I bet. Had friends beside me and we had tons of dancing room!! My 2nd BOWA and GOOD GOOD TIME returns b/c of my friends' signs. Both debuts no less and #1 and #2 on my tour wishlist for summer 09. THANK YOU DMB! Warren was great on #41 and I loved Lil red bird, Nancies, Jimi, and Ants on this night! HIGH ENERGY, GREAT VIBE, LOVED IT!

User: Topdown400
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It was a great show - i am not a great fan of Seven - But loved - Tripping Billies - Dancing Nancies - Warren Haynes was great on 41 -

Loved the show - but the next night was epic & should have been there - but for unforseen circumstances - had to sell the tix ...

User: WIWIWING
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This was an incredible show!!! I almost prefer this nights setlist to saturday.. with the exception of cortez and the killer two step! Both shows were insane this year!

User: Ziggy8342
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My first two night stand in WPB, and what a two night to pick. Best N1 I have ever heard hands down.


   


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