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DMB 2020 Summer Tour Confirmed Affected

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 3:32pm on Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2020

This news should not come as a surprise given COVID19 pandemic, but the Dave Matthews Band 2020 Summer Tour has indeed been affected (in addition to the current confirmed cancellations of Australian shows and 2 festivals.) What may be a surprise, is this was decided weeks ago and still no information has been published.

The latest update on the state of the tour comes via Jeff Coffin during a hosted session titled "Keeping the Beat" that took place last night (4/21). During the session Jeff Coffin mentions "the Dave Matthews Band tour as been pushed back until at least the end of July / early August. And that was a few weeks ago that it was pushed back that far."

The information, while to the point, still spurs lots of questions, which you can understand band management, touring company, promoters and venues are all trying to work out (not only for DMB but for other bands.) Questions such as; Will the shows be cancelled or postponed? (A designation that could impact the possibility of refunds.) Which/How many shows should be affected initially/totality? Will the dates be rescheduled? Will there be refund options? Can people keep their seats if they choose? How will future scheduling work when the future of mass gatherings is unknown? The struggle of how much information to share when you don't yet know all the answers, and what is an over or under reaction.

The band's tour schedule had them playing through to West Palm Beach, FL on July 31st and August 1st, and then having the month of August off (as they typically do.) The optimists out there will view August as a prime time to look to reschedule shows. But with 24+ shows affected prior to the West Palm Beach shows, that's a significant amount to reschedule. As planned now the tour would pick back up September 2nd in Vancouver prior to the Gorge on Labor Dave weekend. (With complications already associated with the rescheduled Summerfest and existing show dates.)

Other major acts have already announced cancellations, including Dead & Co, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, the Biebs, etc. (some of which stretched into September originally, as the DMB tour currently does.) Also mayors of major cities, like L.A. and New Orleans, are recommending that all festivals, concerts, and large events be cancelled for the rest of the year. And possibly the most telling for the live concert space is from Live Nation President Joe Berchtold, who was asked specifically when the live-concert business would restart, said “That’s actually a question that can’t be answered right now." (via CNBC’s “Squawk Alley”.) He mentioned “There’s a long way to go" and discussed the idea of no concerts for 15-18 months.

We'll keep you updated as we gather more details. But in the mean time you can catch Dave Matthews perform this Friday, April 24th at 5:30PM ET on earthdaylive2020.org in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Or you can check out the latest addition of DMB Radio on SiriusXM Radio (initially) on channel 176 or on the app under Rock. And don't forget to pick up your firedancer face mask on the DMB Store.

The DMB 2020 Summer Tour

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 6:08am on Friday, Feb 21st, 2020

With both a hellacious/crazy two-year period (that included a frenzied non-stop touring schedule, a new studio album, and deluge of drama) and a major milestone year just around the corner (30 years of DMB in 2021), all things DMB have culminated to this sandwich point between them, the DMB 2020 Summer Tour.

The band has just come off a record touring period (of recent times). Playing across 4 continents with Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Europe 2019, Summer 2019, Latin America 2019, and (to be) Australia 2020, a total of 131 full band shows over that two year span. Impressive. This touring surge is timed with, and follows, the bands 9th studio album, Come Tomorrow. Which has been, expectedly, the featured album for live song performances over this period, with ~20% of all song performances (nearly "to the T".) It also marks the figurative performance death of the bands 8th studio album, Away from the World, with <1% of the song performances (which essentially was a handful of plays of just 1 song, Rooftop.) While there hasn't been any outcry, the abrupt abandonment has caused many to speculate the cause, with the likes of producer Steve Lillywhite adding to the debate with cryptic sentiments.

But this period isn't only defined by relentless touring and new music. The band has also embarked on their latest transition in sound and members (both new and departing.) The latest iteration referred to by the community, for reference & debate purposes, as DMB 4.0. (Visit the forums for more on the phases of DMB over the past 29 years, including 1.0, 2.0, & 3.0.) And in addition to this transformation, the band reached a tenure of music years (qualification) that lead to the bands (first) opportunity for nomination and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Except, the latter would not come to fruition. A rebuff of the band with a length and depth of career (29 years, 9 studio albums, and the record for most consecutive #1 debuts by a group), a body of work (over 100 live releases, and a catalog of over 170 original songs), several musical influences (Mraz, Mayer, ZBB, etc), and an innovation and superiority in style and technique (created and defined their own genre, and features the highest regarded musicians within each of the respective instruments.) If only those were the specific criteria that RRHoF voters were instructed to consider. (Overt Sarcasm: Those are.) There's clearly a disgruntled DMB fanbase, but does the band harbor any similar feelings? Lack of industry recognition is not a new phenomenon for this band, and it historically has not been a motivator or deterrent. But can it be?

Add to all of this, the band is approaching a major milestone, 30 years in 2021. And following all the festivities 4 years ago around the 25th anniversary (including special anniversary shows and limited edition (vinyl) releases) it's easy to let the mind drift to think about what may be on the horizon for the 30 year milestone, if it is celebrated with equal or greater spotlight. But what the 30 year anniversary will bring is for a future debate. To be debated now is, what influence does that upcoming milestone have on this year's summer tour. And how can this year be used as momentum to amplify the bands brand (RRHoF take2) and milestone (30 years).

Logistically the DMB Summer Tour 2020 follows a recent trend, where long-established locations are rotated out for a year (i.e. no shows), in order to rotate in other skipped locations. The likes of St Louis & Kansas City were affected in 2018, and in 2019 Blossom (Cleveland, OH) and Pittsburgh. This year sees venues shift within metros; from Hartford to Uncasville, CT and Bristow, VA to Columbia, MD. And the 2020 venues rotated out include Tampa, Toronto, and (gasp) Camden. (Some might add Texas, but we aren't so quick to judge.) Alpine also steps away again to make way for the Northerly/Summerfest (non-consecutive) combo (sorry Alpiners). The tour is definitely shaken up from the last two years, and at its current length, the tour is a couple weeks shorter in comparison. (Full list of tour dates in here.) Of note this year, outside of a one-off Vegas splash, the band starts off the year with a couple festivals (Innings and BottleRock) and dare we allude/speculate they may end the summer with a couple/few festivals too?

To satisfy your cravings until the band makes their way to a city near you (or if you're in one of the rotated out cities, then 'until you make your way to a city the band is in'), we have a bunch of ways for you to stay satisfied. If you don't have it by now (you're crazy), download the DMB Hub app for your iPhone/iPad for: DMB breaking news alerts, live song performance notifications, full setlists, streaming show recordings, setlist game, personal stats, badges, and more! Even if you don't have an iOS device, follow (with notifications) @dmblive for live show song updates, and @SetlistGame for game fun. And don't forget to subscribe to the AntsPodcast. Lastly, enjoy some debate or banter over in the Ants DMB forums. Looking to meet some new DMB friends at your next show, or want insight/tips about a venue? Head over to the Tour Forum and the associated venue thread to chat with others attending.

Know which shows you're attending? Add them to your personal tour stats ("I'm Attending"), either via the DMB Hub app or Tour Central webpage. That way we can make sure you don't miss any upcoming personal stat milestones! Happy Tour Time Everyone!

Special Photo Gallery - DMB Return to Alpine

Posted by Joe M in Site News at 7:41pm on Sunday, Jul 21st, 2019

After a couple year venue hiatus, Dave Matthews Band made their return to Alpine Valley this year (to the praise of many midwest DMB fans.) The 4th of July holiday weekend was a special concert weekend for those that attended. If you weren't able to go check out the sets from the show (Night 1, Night 2).

To capture the Alpine return moment, we have a special photo gallery to share from an Ants member. You may know him as Boywonder44, but in a more professional setting he tends to go with Brett Bergen (we don’t get why either.) Brett has some serious live music photography skills, and we’re lucky enough that he’s sharing some of his latest shots with the community. Brett has previously shot TR3, Umphreys McGee, 311, STS9 and a slew of others (oh, did I mention other DMB shows too?) If you want to check out the others you can see them here.

Brett was just at Alpine Weekend and lucky for us he brought a camera and is sharing pictures from the first 3 songs of the Night 1. [Think You Never Know, Anyone Seen The Bridge, and Too Much.] Click on the Dave image to the left to go through the gallery of 41 great photos. (OMG #41! :p) (Click here to view from DMB Hub App.) Thanks to Brett for sharing! Let the reminiscing begin. (For bonus points, as you click through the gallery see if you can notice the transitions between songs.)

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds return to Alpine later this year for FarmAid 2019 on September 21st. They will be joined with founding members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, along with other supporting musicians/bands.

Ants Podcast 105: So Hot You Could Fry An Egg

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 4:45pm on Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

The current extreme heat may or may not be a result of DMB's recent run of form. It’s been a month of shows and news and we're here to recap all the highlights and do some deeper examination, from Camden, the Northeast, Deer Creek, Alpine and SPAC and everything in between. There have been over 20 new tour debuts, including a song last played in 2012. Plus we get a new behind the scenes glimpse into a tool Dave uses for selecting songs for each show, ie the "Yellow and Red Songs". We explain and break it down.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

We are also now on Spotify! Check us out!

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The DMB Tour Song List has been Updated

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 3:45pm on Sunday, Jun 30th, 2019

Early in the summer tour we got a sneak peak into a song list that was being used on tour for setlist selection that included color coding. If you missed those details, check out our previous story on it. We saved our explanation of the meaning and use for our podcast which you can listen to (#103). (If you think it's because of guitars you may want to rethink it.) But now we have a look at a new song list picture after Deer Creek N1 and it offers new details and changes, including new 'purple' songs and song additions and removals.

We've put together an extrapolated picture for comparison to the previous.

The new 'purple' song coloring aligns with songs that were played the previous night. (Presumed particularly/only relevant for multi-night shows at the same venue.)

A number of song changes also occurred:
  • The Riff was added.
  • Appears Gaucho was added (new spot added where it fits)
  • 7 songs (at least) have been added to the list, appearing prior to Rapunzel
  • The others may be Away From The World songs that were previously missing and now added, like The Riff and Gaucho (previously missing include: Bell Belly Nice, Belly Full, Broken Things, & Drunken Soldier)
  • One of the new added songs falls between Kill The King and Last Stop. Unknown.
  • The Joke (cover) was removed.
  • New "yellow" song after Minarets. (The song on the previous list that followed Minarets was Mother Father, but hard to believe that's a 'yellow' song now.) Unknown.

At this point 2 'yellow' songs (as known from start of the tour) have yet to make their 2019 Summer appearance: Lie In Our Graves and Where Are You Going.

As for 'red' songs, from our previous update where 4 of the 17 had been played (Bartender, Big Eyed Fish, So Right, Typical Situation) an additional 5 have been played including #27 (Camden N2), You Never Know (Hartford), Fool To Think, Idea of You, and Rooftop (Deer Creek N2). Still yet to be played 'red' songs include: Break Free, Dreaming Tree, Help Myself, Joy Ride, Kill The King, Last Stop, Loving Wings, and Shotgun.

Ants Podcast 104: Pucker Up, Critics

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:54pm on Wednesday, Jun 12th, 2019

We must discuss the current hot topic right now: the recent Dave comments made on SiriusXM. “Kiss my a**.” The guys offer their reaction to the comments, plus Boyd lawsuit news and implications. We touch on all the latest DMB happenings including a new show download and new Come Tomorrow single. And we end with a discussion on your listener comments and questions.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

We are also now on Spotify! Check us out!

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Ants Podcast 103: Pitchforks or Praise?

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 10:33am on Saturday, May 25th, 2019

It's that time of year, DMB are out on tour with the first 10 shows and it gives us a lot to talk about. Let's discuss the setlists so far. Is there justification for pitchforks or praise? Then we quickly recap and discuss all the latest DMB news like the return of DMB Radio on SiriusXM and new vinyl coming.  Plus an update on the Setlist Game and what it tells us about the sets so far.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

We are also now on Spotify! Check us out!

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Dave Matthews Band Radio to Re-Launch on Sirius XM May 24

Posted by Matt Yette in Band Brand at 8:21am on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The rumors were once again true. Dave Matthews Band Radio will re-launch on SiriusXM channel 30 on Friday, May 24 and run through Sunday, September 15, 2019. This run represents a much larger stretch than the last time, which was originally slated for just one month before being extended.

Looking at the DMB Summer Tour 2019 Calendar, that means that Camden N1, Mansfield, Deer Creek N1, Alpine N1, SPAC N1, Charlotte, West Palm Beach N1, Englewood, Gorge N1, Lake Tahoe, and Phoenix will all be live streamed to Dave Matthews Band Radio.

From the press release, "In addition to playing music from the band's extensive career, including their indelible hits, live songs, and musical influences, the channel will feature the DMB Friday Night Concert Series. The DMB Friday Night Concert Series will feature exclusive broadcasts of live concerts from Dave Matthews Band's 2019 tour airing on Friday nights throughout the summer. The channel will also feature exclusive interviews with each of the band members."
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Setlist Selection - Yellow and Red Songs

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 12:37pm on Friday, May 17th, 2019

As Buddy celebrates his first full year with the band (congrats!), he celebrates with a snapped photo that has the community all a wonder. A photo of a piece of paper containing an extensive alphabetical DMB song catalog that has particular songs highlighted as Yellow and Red. It's safe to assume it's something Dave leverages when building out show set lists as it's along other pieces of known collateral for creating a night's set list (pad of lined paper to write set, and past years' sets at the venue.)

Over the last week there's been much speculation of how it's used, and while we may never get the official meanings of the highlights, there are some pretty good theories. But outside of theories, we wanted to take a data driven look at the highlighted (and non-highlighted) songs that appear on this setlist selection catalog. We take look at how the start of this year's tour in relation to the highlighting, along with notable inclusions and exclusions of songs from the list. We'll refrain from sharing our thoughts (we'll save that for a podcast), and for now just share the data.

  • 162 Songs are listed. 30 are Yellow, and 17 are Red.
  • 32 of the songs on the list are ones that are not released in some way. (4 of which are Red songs, 0 are Yellow)
  • Before These Crowded Streets and Crash each have 8 Highlighted Songs (UTTAD has 7)
  • Of the 56 different songs played this tour: 26 are Yellow, 4 are Red, and 26 are neither
  • Of the 152 song performances played: 74 are Yellow, 4 are Red, 74 are neither
  • Of the 30 Yellow songs: 26 have been played in first 7 shows. (The 4 Yellow Not Played Yet: Halloween, Lie In Our Graves, Where Are You Going, Pig)
  • Of the 17 Red songs, 4 have been played. (All 4 Red songs were played at Des Moines, Iowa.)
  • The number of Yellow songs in each of the first 7 shows: 8, 10, 10*, 8*^, 10, 10, 10, 8^
  • The number of Non-Yellow in each of the first 7 shows: 12, 10, 5*, 6*, 10, 10, 10, 11
  • * Festival shows (reduced set length) ^ An additional Yellow song was cut
  • Notable Songs Not Included: (especially when compared to the other songs that were included)
    • Belly Belly Nice (AFTW)
    • Broken Things (AFTW)
    • Drunken Soldier (AFTW)
    • Gaucho (AFTW)
    • Too High (Some Devil)
    • Time Of The Season (recently played)
  • Every significant (and nearly every non-significant) song that's been played recently (since 2018) is included, except for two:
    • Time Of The Season
    • Belly Belly Nice
  • Included Songs of Special Note:
      Rare Included:
    • Dream Of Our Fathers (never played live)
    • Mother Father (played only 7 times)
    • bkdkdkdd (never played live in current form)
    • Let You Down (played in 1997/Crash, then only twice in 2015)
    • Pretty Bird (D&T cover played 5 times in 2017 & 1 time DM solo)
    • Break For It (Only played 7 times. 2010)
    • Recent Songs Included:
    • Clown (new song, played 1 in Mexico 2019)
    • Funny How Time Slips (recently played, 1st time 2010)
    • The Joke (recent, 1st time cover, Mexico 2019)
    • Old Songs Included:
    • For The Beauty Of Wynona (hasn't been played since 2003)
    • A Dream So Real (2007 song, not played since 2008)
    • Sweet Up and Down (not played since 2010)
    • Black Jack (Not played since 2012)
    • Crazy Easy (2004 song, played 5 times in 2013)
    • Good Good Time (not played since 2014)
    • Shotgun (not played since 2016)(Red Song)
    • Sugar Will (not played since 2017)
    • Bismarck (2016-17, once in 2018.)

New Limited Edition Vinyl - Rhinos Choice

Posted by Joe M in Album News at 7:26pm on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of DMB’s latest studio album, Come Tomorrow (June 8 2018), a new limited edition vinyl, titled Rhino's Choice, is planned to be released on/around June 14th (if there aren’t production issues, vinyl can be tricky.) It will be a 2 LP set featuring 10 live performances (4 of which are songs that appeared on Come Tomorrow.) It looks to be a Target exclusive, and may be marketed a “music pairing” to the newly released Dreaming Tree Wines Rosé as the album will be stamped on a translucent rosé wine color vinyl. And get this, it will come with MP3 download codes (a feature that recent vinyl releases have very annoyingly missed.)

The news and preorder initially made its way onto Target’s website, but has since been pulled down. Below is the track list with a decent mix of tunes of old and new. Nice to see not all ‘longer’ songs were cut because of the vinyl format. A likely 15min+ Typical Situation gets an entire vinyl side. That’s what we know for now, but we’ll update this article when we get more or an official announcement is made. Anticipated short link to target store is http://bit.ly/rhinoschoice

Side A
1. Here On Out
2. Can't Stop
3. Raven

Side B
4. Typical Situation

Side C
5. Come Tomorrow
6. The Best Of What's Around
7. Satellite

Side D
8. The Space Between
9. Virginia In The Rain
10. What Would You Say

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