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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
July 3, 2004
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: *POLSKA*
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Absolutely Sick concert. First time hearing Crash after 5 concerts. Somewhat disappointed though that the setlist was so similar to the Toronto concert I went to.

User: 40pigs
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Very good show. The energy was def. at a high level.

User: 41ismyfavsong
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couldn't have had a better time. the setlist was amazing!

User: 41rapuzels
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awsome show awsome night

User: acost3
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Filthyyyy show, One of his best. Can't really remember much from that show but it was amazingg.

User: aeroshady
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WoW! Drive in Dive out had a lot of energy! Jimi Thing once again was crazy-good!! And i have to say im liking Crush as a first Encore song!

User: AJEwanyk
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Another Rockin show from Dave... he is scatting like a mad man... well have to wait till Hershey now...

User: amysnorteland
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wonderful.

User: andrew41
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poop

User: bacardibat23
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SICK

User: bamarags1476
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in the words of a drunkin rage. holy- smolie

User: belair82988
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wow

User: BENjams169
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THE LAWN IS WHERE ITS AT!

User: bigbouncer777
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Lawn baby, what a great show

User: blazejohnny52
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Did Dave sound extra angry during DIDO?

User: bongodongo
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50 + Shows, I have not seen the band perform like that in a long while. GREAT SHOW. Loved every minute of it. Million times better than the first night. Don't even bother with the Nappy Roots, have another beer in the lot.

User: bri0784659
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sweet

User: BustedJeff
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Great show. The band was playing great, the crowd loved it and the whole feeling was very positive. Bartender was hot stuff.

User: bustedstuff
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good show, i was trashed...crazy time here...

User: calmingembers
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love dave. sat in the shell. free concert. friend gave me a ticket. dave is great. 7th show maybe more.

User: Cape Town
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Hello Again and Carter

User: ccwelch
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Awesome show!!

User: character zero
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1st actual DMB show (went to DM&F at blue cross) couldn't have asked for better. Everyday, unexpected as an opener, chill and uplifting, smts-astb?-too much fav. part of the show. bartender, DI/DO, helloagain all good, OSW with no instrumental intro kinda disappointing. 10th row seats just feet away from giant blaring speakers added to the mood. pnp-rapunzel killer closing

User: ChAzCoW
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Crazy show!!

User: climbin2by2
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eh... ive had better... but really.. i didnt think the past years could be topped with 7/29/02 and last years both nights at spac... i still had a great time..these 2 shows are 10 and 11 for me and i think i didnt have as MUCH fun was because i didnt get my NANCIES!!!!!! lol.. nahh.. it was a great time.. just didnt hear any songs i never heard before in concert (which nancies would have been) OH WELL.. an amazing weekend at spac nonetheless.. and by the way... "sugar will" kill you so go to the bathroom during this song! hehe

User: conanin23
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Sick show, Overall great set. Had a great time!

User: cozyk1515
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LOOOVED IT as I always do when they play at SPAC!

User: CPPJames
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I walked in wondering how they could possibly top night 1. They didn't. Don't get me wrong, lot of neat little jams and highlights, including Dave picking up Boyd's hat after it flew off and wearing it...but I just wasn't really feeling it. The setlist was a bit disjointed, the acoustics where I was sitting were sub-par and it just didn't have the energy of night 1. Still a good show overall, but night 1 blew it out of the water. The closer/encore were disappointing but well performed. 7/10

User: crashmpm
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Everyday opener? how awesome is that? nothing better than 25,000 people singing at the top of their lungs... honey honey, come and dance with me! dave is the man and after tonights preformance everyone should agree if you did not before. Crash was amazing live, and the new songs have me excited for the new CD. hope it can revive the average dmb fan. SPAC is an amazing venue and everyone you has a chance to see a concert there should...

User: crushme41bwbf
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Sweeeeeeet.

User: DANCNANCY
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Ups: Excellent show as usual. Met some great people pre-show Downs: Apparently some people don't get it yet. The garbage that is. Why can't you walk yourself to one of the abundant trash containers? Pretty soon we won't be able to bring anything into the venue. SPAC is a great place to see Dave, let's a help out a little next time and "leave only your footprints".

User: DanDMBFan
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My first DMB show! I came along with a couple friends; I only knew a few DMB songs, but I've been hooked since! I went and saw them again 4 days later in Mass. Great venue and atmosphere, even way out in the lawn.

User: dannydandaniel
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Great show! Hello again is gonna be HUGE

User: danvanND
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This was my first show, and from the opening it made me a Dave fan forever!

User: darkslide
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There is nothing like going to see your favorite performing, playing some of your favorite songs, especially when there is a old man infront of you wiggle-grinding his old lady, but hey... he was feeling the love just as the crowd was, and what can I say but it was an amazing show. Best show I've attended. Oh, and the Nappy Roots were good, but they felt somewhat out of place... but put on a good opening act regardless.

User: Decro024
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awesome show!!

User: deer20032003
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one long solid show

User: defcon
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My fourth Dave show, this one wasn't the best but I guess the most memorable thing about this particular show was the Davespeak rant that Dave went on after/during Jimi Thing, something about a relationship and "Five People Inside My Head." Alot of Two Step chants but no dice, even on the encore. Very intensive on the new stuff, including Joy Ride and Hello Again. See you all at SPAC next year, in the parking lot on the other side of the road where we will once again be the only beer pong table at SPAC.

User: dirwin
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Drove here from near Pittsburgh, PA via Rochester, NY with a couple friends. Frankly, the Pittsburgh shows just had a better feel. I like 3 of the 4 new songs that he plays every night, but I'm growing tired of hearing them every night and on every tape I download. The fourth song (Sugar Will) needs to die in a fire. It sounds like a porn groove gone wrong... On a brighter note, I'm glad that Bartender is making a triumphant return for this tour. That and Jimi Thing were probably my highlights of the evening. Actually, Jimi Thing was the best I've seen live. The scatting was unreal and the boys looked like they were having some fun with it. Crash into PNP->Rapunzel was a fun end to the main set, and Rapunzel had some nice jamming going on. Everyday, Granny, and Warehouse were also really good. Overall, SPAC2 was a good show, but I was more impressed with both nights in Pittsburgh.

User: djm121603
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Great show, a lot of energy, dave was loving it, he broke strings twice!!!!, the setlist was a bit like toronto, and he played the same new songs again, he needs to start bustin out random stuff instead of the same sh!t over and over again, but overall great show

User: DMBChick_NY
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DMB continues to blow my mind this summer...wow!

User: dmbgreystreet05
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GREAT SHOW....got to hear Carter's solo during Hello Again for the 1st time ever...BADASS : )

User: DMBKoz36
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Great Show as usual on the lawn of SPAC

User: dmbpsu41
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dido was great. wish i didn't go to the show with my ex. could've sat in some good seats. biatch.

User: dmb_40
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great show. all the best songs. nothing could have went wrong.

User: DMB_Treb
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Balcony is fun in Saratoga.

User: dnancie8
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dmb always puts on a good show

User: dougseh142
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It just didn't quite stack up to night 1... with that being said, I was spoiled as f*ck from that show so expectations were far too high. DIDO was probably the only song I haven't heard at least 3 times before, but Bartender, Jimi Thing, and Hello Again all had great jams. Overall it was a solid weekend. See everyone at Alpine.

User: Dross1
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Mind Blowing

User: dxmaverick
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starting to love the new stuff

User: emayo99
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On the lawn but a great show

User: esc2476
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Great show!

User: firedancer430
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All i have to say is 5 ppl are living in my head... the scat was what topped the show for me. yeah i wish they mixed up the set list a bit....we had about 3 different songs then my starlake show a week ago....but other then that the venue was beautiful, crowd was full of energy.....I loved it

User: fire_dancer42
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fabulous show, first crash EVER for me.

User: fleffer
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Alright, i was supposed to be at the show the night before this one and i got caught in traffic and lost and couldn't make it. I was so upset, but this second night made it better. I wasn't too thrilled with opening with Everyday, just not my fave to open with. SMTS is such an awesome song live, i love to hear it at shows cause the whole crowd sings along. Speaking of the crowd, what a great bunch at this show! I'd never been to SPAC before, but i will defintly be going every year now! Everyone was really hyped and into the show. All the new songs were kick ass, i like how they seem to be going back to pre-everyday sounds. Granny rocked, love that song. And ONE SWEET WORLD- first time i've seen this song live, and i literally listened to it for 2 days on repeat after the show. i was sooo thrilled to see it. SICK DIDO, that was awesome. And the entire show, leroi was insane, i've never seen him go all out like he was that night. he killed in every song. HELLO AGAIN!!! My god, what a great song, that and Joyride are my fave of the new songs. The drum solo in Hello Again was awesome. JIMI THING WAS INCREDIBLE!!! I 've seen some really great jimi thing's (one of them was at the central park show last year) and this was just incredible. DAve's scat went on about there being 5 voices in his head, and it was sooo cool, it was like a whole nother verse to the song. Crash was great, it such a radio song, but it was really beautiful to hear live. Crush was great as well. ANd then they ended with STAY (a little typical, especially after opening with everyday). And did anyone see the McDonald's sign that said "OPEN LATE FOR DAVE MATTHEWS"? I had to stop and take a pic

User: fonze232
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Although the setlist could have used some work, this show reminds me why there is nothing like DMB live. The band put soo much into this show, it was fantastic.

User: franktank
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pretty sweet

User: FuzzyHead022
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great show. some great old songs and the new ones song awesome. cant wait for the new cd to hit

User: golfstudjmi
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From beginning to end, one of dave's strongest shows of the tour

User: GreyGrace
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heady

User: hazeman
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Good time

User: I love food
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great show. carter = cool . new songs were kick ass , as were the others . i loved hearing dave scat about five little people inside his head on jimi... it was cool.... boyd the donkey was great . gotta love him. the jamming was great everyday was a surprizingly great intro. cant wait for next time.. holla and remember boyd is a donkey

User: jacqui
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Adam's first show

User: jammincool33
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First dave show pretty good setlist everyday was an amazing opener

User: jcdmbmsg
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I thought it was a much better second night, probably because I had lawn the first and seats the second though. People in the seats were way more into it and had alot more energy. Great Show! Hartford next.

User: jchlebus
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AMAZING jimi thing + bartender. very nice version of crush and stay. overall a very good show.

User: jerenello
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Probably the best DMB show I've ever been to, I was 25 rows back!

User: jimhasgoodtimes
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my first dmb show and it was amazing, no complaints

User: jimi_hendrix
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Just got back from the second night at SPAC. I was very impressed with how the show went - Jimi Thing was amazing, most likely the best verson I've ever heard. Dave has been building up his scatting technique for a while, and he really showed it off during the song. Joy Ride and Hello Again were also very well recieved from a crowd that I don't think had ever heard them before. The show was really tight, the jams never broke down into more than they needed to be. Butch Taylor didn't do any extended piano solos which was nice. He's a great artist, but most of his light jazz solos have me tune out. A great show, a great way to end at SPAC.

User: jjc10250
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Great show!! I haven't been to a show since 2000, but Dave never fails to impress!

User: jman71
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Hello again is nasty and being up in spac made it even better.

User: jmille66
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Greatest Night of my Life dave Scat or whatever however you spell it for like 5 minutes stopped jammed then Scat again for like what felt like 10 minutes...AMAZING plus i was so close i think i got his sweat on me or at least some spit.

User: joedozer
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Fantastic

User: Jonas989
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After a long night of not sleeping from sex. Not my sex. All the other people's sex that was happening. I was tired and cranky but this show made it all worthwhile. Yay for me knowing the words. WOOHOO!

User: jons2steppin
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best jimi thing ive ever heard!!!5 minute scat from dave, plus guitar solo. leroi was mvp of both shows. new stuff ROCKED!!!band was into them.sugar will is growing on me. No 2step?? bartender was awesome, first time ive heard granny,very very cool. had a great weekend!

User: JstMyLuck3
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User: Jtefel
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Awesome show, great to hear some of the classics live.

User: Julia21
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My addiction began here

User: kentdaddy
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really great time as always in saratoga....(not sarasota nappy roots 2 nights in a row they did that..lol)never seen dave break so many strings in one weekend thought it was hilarious when boyds hat flew of and dave picked it up and was wearing it... sweet jimi thing but toronto was better 3rd show in 4 days we were a little wore out but dmb showed no sign of it cant wait for darien lake!!

User: ktyladie
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it cant be any better than SPAC.. just please please let us just drink beer in our seats :(

User: lalkb48
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fucking aawesome, got to hear 6 new songs I havent heard yet, Cant wait til Darien next week!

User: lezcuff
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Great. How can you end with Stay?

User: Little_Wiz
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Hung out with some of the tapers met Oregon Rob. Made balloon animals and got a plastic dinosaur.

User: Live4Hockey113
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I know a lot of the songs weren't uncommon, but this was the best Dave Show I've been to yet. Jimi Thing...

User: machro85
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Great show great scat and was made even better by great friends at one of the best venues out there im glad dave is finally gettin back to his roots in his musical styling

User: MadDog20-20
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Had to be the best performance of Jimi Thing ever. They were on fire...highlighted by boyd losing his hat and dave promptly putting it on his own head. They were having a blast and it showed

User: Mave Datthews
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Back for the 2nd night at SPAC, they opened with Everyday, kinda chill to set the mood, which was nice. Then they really ripped it opened with SMTS-->ASTB-->Too Much, which was killer. Snuck Granny and Warehouse in there too, as well as our beloved Jimi Thing - Dave's scats just get better and better every night! Crash pleased the girls and teeny-bopper semi-fans, but it was nice to hear it - hadn't in a while. Pretty sweet encore with Crush and Stay. Definitely wanted to stay. SPAC was unforgettable, and I'm definitely going back next year if I can!

User: mavisanne
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in the balcony...best yet!

User: mawron
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Sec 1, Row 4

User: Meesh440
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my dads bday but another good show,justin and josh got seats but tina trb and i enjoyed the show he played my songs too it was awesome!

User: mikemccartyJIMI
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upperclass

User: MillersDMB
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Great show....setlist was very nice...Great little bass solo by stefan to start the encore as well

User: Molly_Tennis
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IT was amazing!!! Both nights were sick! Jimi thing and bartender second night were unbelievable! Never heard anything like it :)

User: mooofborg
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This show was just so right. Better then the previous nights performance.

User: mxz440fan
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Night 1 was better, but show was still pretty decent. 4/6 of the dmb shows 5/7 including d&f

User: nahodad
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Came back for night 2 - this is our 3rd show in 2 weeks. Brought our kids & sat in the lawn. Dave must have known they were there because he played their favorites ;) Great night - we're taking them to Hershey PA next....

User: niskykeeper31
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User: OFF2CDMB
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see my review for the previous night...i love spac!!!

User: oo7jbondistm
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awesome show, one of the better ones ive seen, ive been to every one of his shows at spac since 1997 and this blows most of them right out of the water

User: OoDmB4mEoO
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Wow... what a great show that is all i have to say... fuckin AMAZING Crash and Crush both in the same night.. Drive in Drive out was amazing, not as good as when I heard it at Rochester last winter tour, but still great. Jimi hands down best song I have heard live, and then and Bartender Dave got really into. He played a pretty good amount of new songs but the best ones were Hello Again (fav new) and Joy Ride. Whoever didnt go to this concert definately missed out on a great show.

User: Oz8425
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Amazing show, best I have been to yet.

User: Pig(..)_Duff
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Not as great a set as last night, but exactly what i expected. the experience of night1+2 was amazing. night 2 was much more mellow, but still a great time just in a totally differnt way. for those of who complain about it, they shouldnt set their expectations so high, and just enjoy what they did get. It wasnt anything special, but at the same time the experience was.

User: Pistone#41
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Great show

User: rabadib
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I loved it, every song he played was such an amazing version, as always. The new songs, loved them as well, Joy Ride and Hello Again were just incredible, great show both nights in SPAC!

User: Rapunzel7304
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Unforgettable... first concert and can't wait for more. I hope Dave and Tim go on tour this winter!!

User: rclpre85
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The best Dave Matthews Band show i think i have ever heard or seen in my life. It was a great setlist and the new songs really rocked

User: redeemer111
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Two nights in a row. not bad for a newbie. I had so much fun. The tailgaiting, the show. It was more than I could have thought

User: RedSoxFan542
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Couldn't have asked for a better set list for my first DMB show. Great energy from the band and the crowd.

User: redtaperemedy
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solid

User: restivz77
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standard

User: rusel543
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Amazing...as usual

User: Saygoodbyeno40
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Great Show...my first of the tour and the boys were on...New songs rocked

User: sgymnast25
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Jimi Thing was AMAZING!!!

User: sh123
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yup...again.

User: shaes8
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my 11th show overall and by far the best one ive seen yet, pig opener was great, favorite new song would have to be joy ride and cant beat ants with the snare intro then bowa into billies was amazing

User: shannonm
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First time seeing the boys at SPAC, and they rocked. I love that venue and will being going back for both nights next year.Due to traffic and other unexpected delays (i.e. being to preoccupied with other things (4:20 hehehe)and blowing past our exit by like 15 more!), I was unable to be there for the first night. Figures they'd open with PIG. I've only wanted to see that forever and have not been blessed yet. Anyway, Everyday as an opener was okay. Can't compare to the night before but... The crowd was into it, that was cool. SMTS-->ASTB-->Too Much, never a let down. LOVE the new songs. not to many people are into Sugar Will, but i think it will catch on. Hello Again is sure to become an encore song. that song just gets better and better. and Carter's solo kicks ass. Granny, WH, OSW, DIDO all common, but they jammed on each song so you couldn't have possibly minded. Bartender... he kicked my ass with this one. Jimi Thing and the 5 people living in Dave's head... what was that?:) Crash...waited a long time to see this one live along with PNP--> Rapunzel. The boys were on fire and they seemed happy to be at SPAC. It's one of their fav venues I've heard. The encore was good, although I had hoped for Two Step or something to that effect, seeing as how I missed BOWA--> TB. All in all, the boys are on fire this summer. See you all at Hershey, Hartford, & Tweeter

User: sojournofred
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Just solid up and down, anyway you cut it...

User: songthatBVlikes
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My first show at SPAC. Awesome experience.

User: steenia
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Great show, Hello again with the Carter solo was sweet

User: Stevethedj
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My first ever DMB show on the lawn. Great music but did not enjoy the lawn at all.

User: stryj07
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show was absolutely NUTZzzzz!!!!! loved it!!

User: SWEET_Z
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Feel good high energy night. The crowd had some pretty good "honey honey" goin on for the Everyday opener. A great version of jimi towards the end of the set. Scatted about 5 men doin something or other, talkin about the band I presume. All the rare mellow stuff was last night, tonight we got all the upbeat songs and dmb rocked the house. Loved Crush in the encore, great sing along song. Hello Again is turning into a great song and the band put a lot into this one.

User: tanked4208
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Awesome

User: thedeedwasdone
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Stay was the best encore i have ever seen. I dont like stay either but this was the best version i have ever heard.

User: timg1414
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good show

User: tmstady
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great show awesome setlist.

User: tnh34
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amazing... crush encore was amazing... whole show was just amazing...

User: trav628
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awesome time

User: trav7755
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show was great, classic dave... good jams, good songs, good times.

User: TrippenTuesdays
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one great holiday weekend!!!!

User: TrippingBilly13
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Wow great energy the whole night, boyd set it off with some sick solos...dave had an amazing scat in jimi thing...and it doesnt hurt to be in the second row....i need LIOG

User: Tselect16
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My first Dave show and it was amazing!

User: tsharky
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awesome!!

User: TTB1212
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Wow, Jimi Thing, what else can you say if you heard that this time!!

User: unccrombie
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Wasn't as good as night 1 set wise, but tons more energy. Bartender & Jimi thing (awesome scat too). Good drum solo on Hello Again. Dave played Stay in Drop-D (forgot to change guitars). Overall it was a good show.

User: urluvisbetter
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Possibly the best show ever!!! The crowd and band were completely in tune and the new songs are great!!

User: Warehouse21
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Absolutely fantastic. Just about the worst 45 minutes of my life with the Nappy Roots, and thensome of the best 2 and a half hours of my life with the band. Perfect Jimi Thing!!!Great set. The cool thing for me was it was a pretty different set from 6/27, which I also attended with the obvious exception of the new songs, only DIDO, Stay, Too Much, and Jimi Thing. But Jimi Thing doesn't even count because this one was so much better than the one in Burgettstown.

User: Watchtower62
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so so show but crowd had energy!

User: why2jon
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WOW!!!

User: wlitchman
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Great Show...great energy from band...good start to the tour season for myself. New songs sounds really good...cant wait to hear them more!

User: wopcrush22
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There was a fungus among us lol. New songs are awesome, can't wait to get the album.

User: z911empire
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VERY solid show, the crowd was definitely into it as everyone has said and the band was on top of their game. BARTENDER, WAREHOUSE, HELLO AGAIN were unbelievable. CRUSH, STAY, DRIVE IN DRIVE OUT were very very good. EVERYDAY and JIMI THING were kind of standard, and although Dave scatted on Jimi Thing it didn't really build to anything as it has in the past, plus he scatted for like three minutes and everyone was like, allright. And I can't figure out why Dave would play Everyday as an opener, with a crowd as ready-to-explode as the one at SPAC2, he should have done something more upbeat. Oh yeah, it was my first time hearing my fave 2 DMB songs, and they were back to back! CRASH (#2) and RAPUNZEL (#1)! Crash was amazing, but the Rapunzel jam could have been better. People started going nuts during the jam not because of the intensity of the music, but because of the unbelievable lighting job. Thanks DMB for another memorable one, it was a really great show, I was in heaven as usual, see you guys at Hershey.


   


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