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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
July 28, 2002
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: 2StepintoCrash
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Great show tonight! STJL was a real treat to hear. BEF>Bartender was incredible. Bartender was epic and Dave was feeding off the crowd which cheered everytime he yelled. That song kept building and building. The rain was great to cool everyone off and Nancies was teased TWICE, which almost killed me. Grey St was a good closer and the last time I would see the full song version of it! All in all, a really good show!

User: absolut_ch
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not as good as the 2nd show, but i still had a great time. it's nice to get to see 2 shows at an awesome venue that is only 30 minutes from home.

User: adouglas3520
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Dave... "As I look up at the sky" and its starts pouring. For those of us on the lawn it was a blast. Alright show, went to three shows in '02. First nights always were a bit more mellow second nights kicked ass!

User: Aurelie
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Cry Freedom was played! I have nothing else to say.

User: BDRead17
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First of all, we did get bumped up by the Warehouse. We were sitting in our original seats (3rd to last row of the back, right corner of the lower level), and it was fairly early. The lady came up to us, asked us if we were from the Warehouse, asked us for our tickets, and then said, "So do you guys wanna sit in the front row?" People were asking us all night what she looked like and everything, but it didn't really matter because her seating chart told her exactly who was to be moved to what seat. Front row is particularly nice at SPAC since it's so close to the stage (we could basically touch the stage). All in all, we were ridiculously close... Some girl in the front row was passing out signs that read, "Every time Dave teases Nancies, God kills a kitten...please, Dave, think of the kittens." She asked us to hold them up with they came out. There were also a couple of large Nancies signs around us. Right when the boys came out, Dave came over to read the signs, then just chuckled... STJL was very nice, especially the, "I have a younger sister Jane, and this is the Song that Jane Likes," intro. He did tease Nancies before WTWE, just the first few chords. After every chord he looked over at our section, to the guys with the signs. Then he turned around and looked at Carter. Carter kinda shrugged as he laughed, and I thought it may be coming, but then they played WTWE. Still, Nancies is definitely coming soon... Crush, my favorite song as it is. Nice jams by Boyd and Carter. When Carter closed it out, Dave gave a huge fist pump and went over to give him a high five. Awesome moment. You Never Know didn't have Carter's intro...it was cool to have the very unexpected beginning.

User: bigtutt23
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Show number 2

User: blazejohnny52
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I'm a big fan of You Never Know, lotta energy and sound.

User: BlueJWay
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Worst DMB experience EVER

User: bobcats68
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First time at SPAC. Great show!

User: borz81
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The setlist could have been better but all in all it was a great atmosphere..

User: braichlin
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Great show Bartender is one of my personal favorites. Fool to think was also highlight of the night.

User: bri0784659
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sweet

User: buffbarno2
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awesome show, probably one of the funnest times i have ever had. i was really f*cked up too which added to the experience.

User: BustedJeff
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Very average show. Energy was very low. Cry Freedom solo made up for it though. You Never Know, Big Eyed Fish and Crush were good too.

User: CaptainGreyFish
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Great first night at SPAC...Kit Kat Jam was the highlight...

User: Cathartidae
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I was living in Montreal at the time - very much worth the scary bus drivers, stained bus seats, border-crossing nightmares, and crossing some forest with no direction trying to get back to the bus stop after the show... rock on Cry Freedom, right? Anyway, a great show! The rain made it even better!

User: caysumm
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amazing show... anyone seen the bridge was amazing...

User: cbattles
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And it rained, thunder& lightnight... Cry Freedom solo with everyone crying with the rain. . good old songs too

User: cheebant
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first show

User: climbin2by2
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AWESOME

User: Cookie Monster
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Lawn Seat

User: cozyk1515
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Always good to be at SPAC

User: crashintokay
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amazing...almost as good as the second night..cant wait for this summer!

User: crazycrush
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cool cool :)

User: Crazy_K
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This show was great. Loved hearing crush:-) Needed more rain:-)

User: davefreek828
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Gets a "5" because of my seats, lol.

User: DaveyMatthews
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AWESOME SHOW!!! Check out the Jimi thing, dave does a hot guitar solo..

User: deer20032003
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good show dont like what you are for encore

User: dmb411967
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My 21st Birthday!

User: DMBChick_NY
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My first Dave show and my 21st birthday...I wouldn't have wanted to spend it any other way- I had a total blast!

User: DMBgodro
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very nice

User: dmbgreystreet04
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This was my first DMB show ever. What a show to start out with...WHAT A BLAST I HAD : ) WHAT YOU ARE ROCKED THE HOUSE!!!

User: dmbgreystreet05
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my first dmb show....GREAT SETLIST...ROCK ON DMB

User: dmbgrl*ants
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pretty good show, hearing a lot of cry freedom this summer!!

User: dmbgrl230
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I had a blast at this concert. The setlist was pretty sweet, although some of my favorites weren't played I was happy that some of my other favorites WERE played. I had a great time!!

User: DMBKoz36
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Great show

User: DMBman18
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Good Show, wish i was at the second night

User: dmbnikker
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It rocked! Played older songs that I havent heard in a while.

User: dmbrocks1031
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First time at Saratoga, what an awesome venue. Great concert, really enjoyed hearing many songs for the first time. "Cry Freedom" was my highlight.

User: DMBSW111
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drove like six hours in a car with 250,000 miles on it made it and made it home died the next day, i guess it surved its purpose

User: dmbyankeefan
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Great show ,WWYS opener-cool !!! STJL-nice surprise...not a fave tho' ,cool mix of old and new stuff, even though they played some "Everyday" stuff-was lucky cause they played the stuff i like off that album :F2T, WYA- cool ending on it....it rained at the right times...Thumbs Up !!!

User: drty snchz
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shitty set list-almost identical to night one hartford

User: fattyw
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Section 5; with taper Hayden Berard; just behind left stack; had a Dancing Nancies sign that Dave acknowledged and held up for the entire crowd and got a huge roar; Dave teased it

User: Firedncer41
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They love playing here and you can really tell with the energy they give off. 2nd year attending the double shows and i cant wait until next year

User: fonze232
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TWO nancies teases, luckily he played it the next night...

User: frdncr3441
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what an amazing show....there are no words to descride the kind of muscians this men are! It just blew me out of the water. awesome show boys!

User: furlman41
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wish i was at 2nd night sick cry freedom - solo encore

User: FuzzyHead03
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energy was way up. everyone cheered when the rain came. it definately cooled off the 25,000 plus packed-in fans (including me) on the lawn.

User: gherbert
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Lawn

User: gmm6797
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User: greybartender
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This is the first of a five date run for me and Julie. We are very excited about our trip. Tailgating was great as usual at SPAC. The show was pretty good too. Much of the crowd was highschool aged kids with a mix of college preps.

User: hazeman
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Fun

User: ipmaz
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Great show. It was hotter than hell out and it, rained in spurts, and cooled us down a bit. I had GA seats and was impressed with my 1st visit to SPAC. It's an awesome Venue. Tomorrow was even better!!!!!!!!!!!

User: jayzilla
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Went last minute, had a great first show at SPAC

User: Jessica924
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Jamie and I

User: Jgoose1019
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2nd row 6th

User: jimmy1950
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Another 'B' concert, seemed like a copy of Buffalo a week earlier. The rain did not help matters, and this concert was WAY oversold.

User: jjonah88
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1st time at SPAC - definitely worth the 11 hour drive from New Brunswick, Canada! The energy in the crowd was contagious! I've never been to anything like that before, wow!

User: jjr4969
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Excellent performance. The newer songs were a great addition to the older ones.

User: jphotoshopdmb
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least favorite dave show ever, sorry ants

User: jwdonn
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decent show the rain was sweet

User: kbail1230
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I think I was there, I can't remember.

User: kentdaddy
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good show

User: kitkapp
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Kicked Ass

User: lalkb48
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It was okay, I wish I had listened to Busted Before beforeso I could enjoy the songs more, oh well. Good show Dave. See you in the spring.

User: leatherman2222
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damn yo.

User: LeftyDv
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I originally posted this on nancies.org on July 31, 2002. No edits have been made... this is what I said then and I stand by it. (If you are actually reading this.)

I just got back to Colorado from a week in New York. This was my 12th DMB show and by far the worst I've ever been a part of. We attended Ozzie Smith's induction into Cooperstown earlier in the day, and made the trek to Saratoga for what was to be the highlight of my trip into upstate N.Y. Everything I'd ever heard about SPAC was positive, but I found the experience to be terrible. Long walks, poor security checks, gate crashers, and awful lawn seating. I can only compare our top of the venue seats to watching a show from outside of a stadium. No view the stage. One video monitor. And horrible sound. All coming with the cost of admission. The biggest joke were fans flocking to the One Sweet Whirled booth inside the venue. After thoroughly trashing one of New York's prettiest parks, fans of all ages and sizes flocked to get ice cream that supports the environmental campaign. As a DMB fan from the Red Rocks days, I'll go on record and say this: I hope they NEVER play the venue again. DMB fans, for the most part, don't deserve scenic venues. Immaturity and and plain rudeness should guarantee arena shows for the rest of DMB's exsistence. Throw in this setlist of songs, high humidity, and rain, and it's a wonder I made i through six songs.

User: lucia
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one of the most beautiful evenings of my life. i had wonderful seats and the spac pavilion seems a bit smaller, thus more enjoyable for me. i have thiry five shows under my belt and i cannot wait for thirty six.

User: mercedesdiesel
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one of the best shows

User: MikeyCarson40
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Just Great.

User: mje4041
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Another money show at SPAC, although I missed the encore after getting kicked out for peeing on a souveneir stand

User: Ne1othrthnme
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The usual assortment of songs, first time hearing You Never Know. Very Excited to have heard Cry Freedom, such a rarity!

User: NickSEEKUP
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SWEET..good show..rainy..lol

User: njdevils04
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my very first DMB show and it rocked, although i dont have much to compare it to, i will hopefully be going to the dec,17 show when he comes back, awesome show, aswesome tunes, keep rockin dave

User: novaswim
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SPAC is the greatest place in teh world

User: Numero41
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This was the first Dave show that I had ever been to. I had been a DMB fan for a while, but man what an experience they are live. S.P.A.C. is a great venue to see DMB, and DMB always seem to put on one hell of a show here. Not to mention the setlist was great overall! Every summer there are two Dave shows that I must see and they are the ones at S.P.A.C. I just hope to someday see a S.P.A.C. live tracks.

User: OneSwtWrld31
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Okay..energy wasnt there, good show though..

User: ozctrain
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Choice!!! Cry Freedom... what a treat.

User: Pate41
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Rain in the lawn for a bit of the show. Pretty badass show. STJL was solid.

User: PeteDMB41
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Great show with Kit Kat Jam and a killer What You Are.

User: pistol1089
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It was a really cool night, being out in the lightning and all...the lawn is awesome!

User: Pistol1111
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Very good...What would you say to open...but in general, a very Busted Stuff show

User: Ponyboy
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Ehhh, OK

User: prosboarder
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another amazing show by dave and his band

User: proudestmunkee
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Love the new What You Are... Cry Freedom...GREAT song... The Song That Jane Likes...The Song That PM12 Likes...

User: quigley
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great show. jammed the *&^(^UH out of just about everything. dave had a real nice acoustic solo on jimi thing that sounded more like it was a timmy solo but im not complaining. Boyd and Leroi both were in their element. it was a really great experience for my first show.

User: rhymereason
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Road trip for DMB. Good night on the lawn and it even rained out there. Awesome!

User: Rob41
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Good show all around. WWYS opener was a nice surprise, followed by Jane's Song, which is always a pleasure. They played a good amount of stuff from the new album including Kit Kat (with lyrics unlike those on Lillywhite, instead describing a plastic superhero), Captain, Big Eyed Fish, Bartender, WAYG and Grey Street as a closer. Grey Street has tons of energy, and it works really well as a closer. The encore was really great, with Cry Freedom played acoustic to start it off. The What You Are closer worked well, ending the night with lots of energy.

User: roo97ss
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Really great show. I think it was an internet mp3 download, early of the busted stuff album that i was already hooked on made the show that much more enjoyable when he threw a few in.

User: rusel543
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Amazing

User: Ryeisgoodtoast
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A pretty good show. I have the cd for it, the what you are encore kicked ass.

User: seekup297
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ahhh the wonderfull SPAC ! this show was good but 2nd nite is gonna ROCK !

User: skierdood
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Amazing First dave show ive been to at spac and it was mind blowing

User: skiorules
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awesome show and i met the band again

User: sojournofred
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My 50th show, great night, crowd was unreal!!

User: song41jams
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How can SPAC be bad? There was nothign special about this set and the crowd was a typical DMB crowd, but the venue is just great. Cry Freedom made the show.

User: SPAC2002baby!
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Mellow show i thought a few high points with Jane and what not

User: Spendlet
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Great First show... Wish i had knew more songs going into the show...but still a blast...

User: spiza
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First show it was a good one

User: syracuseDMB
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Pretty damn cool, when it started raining it was amazing (I was on the lawn). The Bartender I would have to say was one of the more awesome highlights of the night, Butch Taylor solo was fantastic. Short show but fantastic nonetheless.

User: terryt5231
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This was my first show and I have been addicted since then...

User: TheMatt
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Mostly new songs played tonight, not terrible...could have been a lot better

User: TheSexyAlbino
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My Birthday what else can I say!

User: TheStoner
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Jimi Thing is the awesome this year

User: TheStoneR36
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Was disappointed in how short the show was but it did have its highlights. The Song That Jane Likes, Jimi Thing, You Never Know,Big Eyed into Bartender in the rain, Kit Kat w/ lyrics, and cry freedom to name a few. Had a blast but not the best show ive seen.

User: Thomas Tambasco
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What can I say, I loved it. This only being my second show.

User: Timwoods
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ok not as good as the second night at spac

User: tom483
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The lawn was oversold and I couldn't really enjoy the show from the very top of the lawn. Boo to SPAC.

User: TrippenTuesdays
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SPAC

User: Trppngdmb
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AMAZING

User: Tru2Vedder
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Okay, so even though I've been loving DMB since my big bro gave me 'Recently' back in the day (I think I was 11)...this was my first show...just never worked out til now...I am no longer a DMB Virgin! Hehehe. Anyhow, 'Song that Jane Likes,' 'Crush,' and Dave's solo 'Cry Freedom,' 3 of my 5 all time faves...can you ask for a better ratio on your first? I think not...

User: truckin buffalo
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fun, tom brett dave steph....disaster before...fun during the show...crush was memorable

User: tsharky
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no words can describe- you had to be there.

User: two_stepper620
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Pretty good. Played Song That Jane Likes and What You Are

User: veerwolf
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Great show, Great venue, awesome! :)

User: wavegoodbye
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Good crowd, not the greatest setlist. Poured during Bartender. Great solo Cry Freedom.

User: whatyouare3641
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This was one hell of a show. My second dave concert ever, I'd looked forward to this since the previous one i'd been to, a whole 8 days before at darien lake. This concert was ended by one killer ass what you are, and included too much, crush, so much to say among some other greats. Keep up the good work, DMB...


   


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