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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
July 1, 2005
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: 20TwoStep
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Great night with some outstanding thunder to start and finish the night. Set heavily geared to Stand Up ,but was very solid. OSW opener, and I'm Lovin Bayou, SAWG, & Stolen Away. How lucky am I; 6 shows, Nancies 3 times. "It's rushin around that's wrong with this world"

User: aeroshady
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Rained like carzy. I was inside, but missed the first two songs bc SPAC only had 1 way to get in and it was backed up with people. It was an ok show. #34 tease was long and really clear and amazing! Dreaming Tree tease was a cool surprise too!

User: ajvlax10
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Awesome Concert....esp with the thunder storm

User: amysnorteland
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way mediocre for SPAC

User: AutumnRed
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Great first night - except for the rain was totally soaked and the crowd was demanding Two Step. Bartender, DDTW, Nancies, Crash and Ants = great classics. Also heard lots of songs that I had never gotten before so I was in heaven. New songs were great, Hunger, DG, YMDT and a tear for Stolen Away. Amercian Baby was a nice encore. Great energy was not dissappointed for a second. #34 and DT tease were killer.

User: bacardibat23
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AWESOME SHOW

User: BAFCobra
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My first DMB show ever...and it was the best concert i have ever been to.

User: beech#40
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I was freezing the whole time, damn rain came down SOOO hard, but it was okay, by the end of the show i was dancing barefoot to Ants Marching as mud was hurled on everyone!!!

User: BENDERCJ
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Amazing show

User: best4ibd
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Passed out!

User: Bigred90090
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I Went To Both Nights And While I Liked The Setlist More On Day 2, I Thought The Energy At This Show Was Better, Especially Out On The Lawn Where Everyone Was Just Getting Poured On At Times

User: Bonk
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so good.

User: BrahmaBull
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I thought it was a weak set, made the best out of it tho!

User: brian23
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tons of rrain but an overall good show, great encore and tease of #34

User: bubsgotbadluck
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The set itself, was alright, but Bayou, was more amazing then i could have ever imagined. My 1st Nancies, and it was insane, Boyd couldn't be held into one place. Bartender, was crazy intense, butch took it to another level, with what turned into a jam that was nothing like any bartender I have heard. i predicted the encore, but it was still of a good quality. Too much rocked the house down, and dave had some fun scatting as usual at the end. cant wait till darien.

User: calcags2
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first show with my children...awesome night...great timing for the rain to stop since we were on the lawn...

User: caysumm
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awesome concert... and it poured...

User: cbeardsley
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Amazing! best ever

User: chambe21
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Way too much of the new album...not enough of the classics.

User: character zero
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not a great show for SPAC. in my opinion...only songs with good energy and worth while.... one sweet world dont drink --- --- nancies (grey st arguable) --- --- --- --- bartender --- bayou steady too much

User: cheebant
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great friday night show

User: chubbyemu
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RAIN! Luckily, I was inside. Great show though. The rain threw the guys of at parts (Bayou was all sorts of messed up), but it fused the crowd with energy. DDTW was an amazing song for the stroms and the lawn kids were crazy. OSW was a prety nice opener, I really enjoyed Dreamgirl (Stefan playing the non chord tones towards the end is a nice touch) and they did a great version of Grey St. Wonderful night, despite some hiccups.

User: CMaybs6221
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Very rainy, but once the music started it was easy to forget about the torrential downpour. Good times.

User: cnewtown
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You would think that torrential downpours would put a damper on Dave, but the rain actually added something to the experience and made it even better. The setlist rocked from start to finish and DMB rocked! Could not ask for a better encore - American Baby and Ants - unbelievable!

User: crashmpm
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Night one was the place to be. After two and a half hours of rain we got exactly what we wanted. The entire band was into it tonight, and i enjoyed all the new Stand up songs that came out. The lawn was rocking as i finally got to hear dancing nancies. Great show.

User: Dave840
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took my 1 yr old daughter again!!! wow does she love Dave

User: DAVEFAN122
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SICKKKKK!!!

User: davefreek828
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Thunder storms that night and I believe this was the night that someone was killed out on Route 9 by a speeding car.

User: Decro024
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best show ive seen all year!! so much energy and the rain was amazing

User: defcon
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Off. The. Wall. Could have done without the rain, tho. Dave messed up a couple of times (Gray Street) but otherwise, sick amount of energy and the crowd was juiced!

User: dinoman
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rain rain go away it was the trenches but if you were a fan looking for a good time then it was here...start to finish the set list was decent showcasing new songs...and some old favorites which brought the crowd together like "too much" Dancing Nancies.. and a jam influencenced Ants marching big screen was about the only way to see it from the lawn but two new screens on top of the amphitheatre helped....the fresh air and cool temp made it an unforgetable show...

User: DMB-CRAZY
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Not comparable to N2...but heard Dancing Nancies for the first time. The show left me satisfied but wanting more....

User: DMB0715
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Typical Dave to play his newer stuff on the first of a 2 night stay at Saratoga. Very good though, I love (the albumn) Stand Up, so I had a great time...hope everyone else did!

User: dmb5766
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Well this was the most memorable night of my life. Hanging around in SPAC all day and then moving to the show. Then the rain started.Up until this point in my life I never knew this much water existed.Downpours for hours and continuing off and on throughout the show. The set list was great highlights for me were: Crash, Ants marching, and Dancing Nancies. Great show can't wait for saratoga 06' Baby!!

User: dmbaddict6swife
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awesome show

User: dmbfanman11
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DMB has not lost their touch. They were as fired up as I have ever seen them and they showed that they can make "Stand Up" sound great live. I can't wait to see where they go from here.

User: dmbgemini617
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First show!!!

User: dmbgurl1488
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AMAZING!

User: dmbkid08
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really great show

User: DMBKoz36
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Rained like Hell and i was miserably wet but the music rocked

User: dmbtrpnbilly41
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Great show. It was raining for about two hours prior to the show.

User: DnCiNgAnTs41
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My first show at SPAC. I've been waiting for this for quite a while, and damn, what a night. Could've gone without the rain but it just added to the experience, just sucked that we didn't really get to tailgate, lol. So the set was amazing. OSW as an opener was incredible, very unexpected, but incredible. DDTW was full of energy as always and the crowd loved it, I dig that song much more live than studio. All the "Stand Up" songs were very impressive, sounded awesome live. Im gonna have to go ahead and Say Hunger for the Great Light is def my favorite, live it's just got an insane amount of energy. Encore with the Dreaming Tree tease then into American Baby and Ants totally finished out the night on a high note..all in all, a great first night.

User: dxmaverick
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Good to be back at SPAC. Strong night.

User: eido11
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Good show. Reminded me a ton of Scranton. Dreaming Tree tease was cool and for a second I really thought they were gonna break out into #34. Bartender sounded great and so did Bayou!

User: fattyw
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Lawn again (boo)

User: Faz#41
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AWSOME, the first 5-07 songs were amazing !

User: gmm6797
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Holy rain BatMan. It started around 5 with the clouds, thunder and lightening... by 530 it was pouring cats, dogs, cows and horses. Headed in around 630 in the rain to find standing water most every where and even some in the lower portion of the shell. Noticed it raining a few times during the show, sorry to those of you on the lawn. Great show, more details shortly.

User: gmpurple
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omg rain

User: gravedigger32
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the acoustics in the upper balcony suck!!! Second night was way better and we were on the lawn!!!

User: greybartender
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Got soaked, but a great show anyway!

User: hazeman
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Great

User: Hockeyriz16
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Great show the news song mixed in well with most of the band's hits.

User: HoneyBs
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very wet!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: ILikeJane'sSong
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Good show, solid. Nancies, Bartender, Too Much, Louisiana Bayou and Hunger For The Great Light all sounded great. Encore was perfect with American Baby and Ants.

User: imdean4
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UNREAL the thunderstorms and rain made it better

User: INSPIREDbyDAVE
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First time seeing a 2 night stay at the same venue. Found a spot on the grass lot to tailgate and waited only a short time for it to begin pouring. It rained and thunder stormed the entire day, and the lot quickly turned into a muddy "woodstock" type scene. Mudsliding, mudwrestling, etc. It was crazy fun. Managed to keep the tickets safe to get in the show. The show overall was good, but lacked energy. It seemed a bit short and they didnt get fully into the songs. Bartender was great though and Ants is still the best to close.

User: Invisigal
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Night One of SPAC rocked this year with fantastic versions of the new songs. : ) This was my friend's first show and he's hooked.

User: JarrieDMB
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pretty stellar, great to hear the new stuff bartender, maybe the best version ive ever seen...simply amazing

User: jb420
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rainy motherfuckin rain

User: jcswain20
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Fantastic show. Crowd was great. Tons of energy from the fans and it was recipricated by the band. Awesome.

User: jendmbtrippin41
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Saratoga is always my favorite venue!

User: jmille66
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Great as Always!

User: joeyshabb
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Best show I've ever been to. The rain made the whole thing pretty surreal. The band was so into the music all night it was awesome! Boyd went f'n nuts a couple times and it felt like the croud responded really well. The new stuff was awesome and it was capped off by Ants with a nice storm at the end. This was the best experience of my LIFE!!!

User: jphotoshopdmb
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nice stand up tour!

User: jyiii
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warehouse preferred lawn

User: kchopper
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Besides the fact that I got soaked, my smokes broke, and my lighter didn't work, the show was awesome. A perfect mix of old and new played with great energy.

User: kcryan
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Sweet

User: kelseypack
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sweet

User: kenmail2
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Good first night, kind of felt like other SPAC night one's from past years. Boyd tore it up pretty good...

User: kentdaddy
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really good start to one of the best weekends i've had in recent memory...kind of an up and down energy night but really glad i wasn't in the lawn WOW was the weather horrible thunder lightning and man o man did it freakin pour......

User: kernel_panic
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DMB, Torrential Rain, intermittant lightning to accompany the lighting show during Carter's ending of Ants Marching made this a great "first show" for my wife and I to attend at SPAC.

User: krivo
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kickass rain!

User: Kyle#41_7985
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Mediocre show....Butch's solo and Dave's screaming in Bartender, 34 tease, short Dreaming Tree tease, Grey Street, and Too Much were the highlights. The crowd didn't really seem to be feeling it where I was sitting.

User: lakermech
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Good Bartender jam.

User: Lcreina
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This was not the best show that I have seen at SPAC besides the weather being rainy and dreary the band seemed to be that way too. My highlight was Nancies, and Bartender was great too, but overall it was not my most favorite show.

User: LIOG14
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Ok..34 Tease was awesome

User: Little_Wiz
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Pit Seats!!!!!!! WHOOOO Great Show

User: LyingEyes
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For my first ever DMB concert, the show was great! I could not ask for a better encore closer then Ants Marching in the pouring rain, thunder and the crowd into it.

User: mainmurnane01
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My first show and glad it was the one to pop my cherry. Louisiana Bayou really comes alive in the jam at the end, and the encore of American Baby and Ants Marching was incredible with the lightning in the Saratoga sky.

User: mattatkeuka
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Solid show, i expected alot off stand up and that what we got, which isn't a bad thing. The band rocked out and the #34 tease was pretty sweet. Good show at an amazing venue.

User: Mehrten
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friggen great

User: MGH4007
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This was my first show, I'm glad that I didn't focus on the set too much because it was the worst I have seen out of 13 shows since 05. How it's getting a 4 star review, I do not know. I gave it two. The encore was by far the highlight for me, AB has always been energetic and of course nothing can go wrong ending with Ants. The rain and thunder was also cool as it kept a certain amount of energy in the air.

User: MiKeB285
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This was my first show for the year and a pretty good one. I was on the lawn so the rain was a big pain, but I got over it as soon as Dave came on. Best songs were Dancing Nancies, Stand Up, Bayou, Bartender, and Dont Drink the Water.

User: MikeSp03
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awesome setlist in the rain :)

User: mix_to_grey
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It was my first Dave show, and it was GREAT even though it poured and I was soaking wet and muddy the entire time. We left a few minutes early (when he left before the encore, my back hurt and it had started raining and I HOPED maybe we could beat the traffic (we didn't) so we left but we heard the rest of the set), but what we saw was definitely worth every penny even if it wasn't one of his greatest shows. I wanted to go to the second night, but scheduling prevented that. Either way, GREAT show. Only drawbacks were that I was out on the lawn where I got rained on and I didn't even realize my FAVORITE SONG Grey Street was being played because the stupid drunk girls behind me were screaming it in such a bad way it was indistinguishable. (They made it impossible to hear the music.) Also, screams of, "PLAY A SONG WE KNOW!" were irritating, but no fault of Dave's!

User: Mr.P
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stolen away was great, and as the band played ants there was lightning in the air it was perfect ending to a evening

User: MrBen2222
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ok....A lot of new stuff, seats would have been clutch. SPAC is unbelievable.

User: ndiggity67
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Dissapointed

User: newdavefan04
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Awesome Show. Boyd was rocking out for a better part of the concert.

User: nickhuf098
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Dont drink the water, Crash, Grey Street, Dancing Nancies and Ants marching was just amazing for my first show. i was amazed.

User: niskykeeper31
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NANCIES TOO MUCH AND ANTS MARCHING IS ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID ABOUT THIS SHOW

User: nuchi2188
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very good show, need to lay off all the stand up songs though

User: onesweetworld17
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it was an amazing show. the torrential downpours seemed to make it even better, besides the fact that it was freezing out. highlights were DDTW, the crowd was really pumped. nancies was phenomenal, as was lousiana bayou. music from stand up is so much more different than previous albums, but it did mesh nicely. a great performance.

User: OneSwtWrld
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soo great, this is the best first show that im goin on this tour that it could have been and the dreaming tree tease was very very cool!!

User: Oneworld2step
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Great show to be under the shell. The lawn is the worst unless it is a GD show. To all you losers in the lawn that night...Hope you are finally dry now months later.

User: penut1220
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This was an amazing show! I had balcony seats from the warehouse, then when my friend and I got there we were upgraded by a warehouse rep to 10th row!!! AND they performed "Crash", one of my favorite songs, that I had never seen live before. Being that close, there's really nothing like it. It's a completely different experience.

User: revenge4hire
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Missed OSW and DDTW cause of a combination of traffic and rain, but the rest of the show was awesome! Stefan and Boyd were going crazy during the Bayou jam and the crowd was really into a lot of the new songs. #34 tease was absolutly amazing, but I honestly couldn't hear the Dreaming Tree tease from my spot on the lawn. Ants in the lightning was a great way to end the night!

User: rocker12345
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great show but i had lawn seats so i couldnt see very well and it was raining hard

User: rusel543
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ok...

User: Sapphron16
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Lawn seats in the rain

User: SaraEve
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First time at SPAC.. the show was amazing, but right now all i can think about was the beauty of the venue.

User: schdy39
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not a bad show. a lot of new songs left a little to be desired in terms of some of the classics. thunderstorm turned the lawn into one big mudslide which was fun

User: ShastaDMB
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No real words to describe it!

User: shelly31700
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the show was f*cking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it poured and everyone loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: SheSaid41
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Great night at SPAC, my first time.

User: Shoesonjoe04
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my first dave show pretty good set still a dave show amazing amazing amazing

User: simonpb17
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I have never sat so close and it was so amazing. Dave and I made eye contact for about 10 seconds during Ants Marching unitl I pointed at him and he looked away. He was high as a kite. Carter also pointed his drum stick at me after I kept yelling his name.

User: SkiBum352
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awesome show, awesome set, awesome WEATHER.

User: skllob
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This was my fourth Dave Matthews Band Concert. Although it was raining, this show was the most energetic one I've seen yet! I hope this makes it as a LiveTrax someday. I loved every song in the set.

User: snowfia05
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shitty, 2nd night much better

User: snowgrl2468
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Awesome show! A bit mellow, but I loved hearing the new songs live. The thunder made it even better and pumped the crowd up. I couldn't believe how crazy Boyd went! He was smiling like a maniac and rocking the stage! Even Stefan was feeling it.

User: sojournofred
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First time Front Row...legitimately, at least

User: songthatBVlikes
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First of 2 nights at SPAC.

User: Springsteen1969
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It poured!! Fun in the beirgarden!

User: stoneje
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After both nights at the Meadows, I was disappointed to only see a couple different songs at SPAC - but the crowd energy was good and it was nice to get Ants and Grey Street. The lawn was a lot of fun. I hope that the awkward moment caused by the lights blowing in the middle of LB comes out well in the tapes (it was b/c of lightning), and #34 was quite a long tease, with Boyd even getting in on it! I bet they're saving it for Red Rocks, though...

User: stryj07
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i love dave matthews band so incredibly great!

User: stumpe1231
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My first show at SPAC. I have gone back every year since. What a great venue and a great area to see a show.

User: tallfire8
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Since this was my first DMB show I was of course just glad to be there but after looking at all the other shows of the summer I was quite dissapointed...but night 2 made up for it!!!

User: tanked4208
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Awesome

User: Tearyn
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Awesome

User: theangrymuffin
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IT WAS RAINING LIKE CRAZY!!!! BUT THOSE OF US ON THE LAWN WERE TROOPERS!!!! :-) True ANTS BABY :-) SLIP AND SLIDE

User: theBIG_O'F
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i thought it was a good show with nancies and an awsome too much and an ants closing i enjoyed it much could of went without the rain but hey sometimes life throws you a little spin and you just gotta roll with it

User: TheSexyAlbino
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Def a good show. The jams for the new songs were much better than expected and were def crowd pleasers. The middle of the set was a little slow and could have used just one really upbeat song. Highlights of the night were def Boyds nancies solo, bartender, too much and ants marching. too much seemed to have a few extra little things thrown in that me and my friends got a little confused about but thats what makes this band so amazing. See yall tom night!

User: Trystans Mom
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Great show. I believe the rain made the experience better as I met 2 super guys from Canada in the Beer Garden whereafter events unfolded. Unfortunately I had lawn seats for night 1. However, these gentlemen schemed a way to get me into pavillion- and it worked! It was great- and the first few rows of section 26 were GREAT!! I love spac and am definitely going back next year.

User: Tselect16
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Great show. Boyd was really on that night.

User: twostep87
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awsome fans awsome show

User: veerwolf
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Show was awesome

User: walrusstapler
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There was a ton of energy last night, especially on DDTW and Too Much. Some of the new songs really rocked too. #34 was more than just a tease, they were playing around with it for a good 2 minutes. The rain stopped before DMB took the stage, but the lightning continued all night long. Very solid Bartender, Nancies, Ants, and Bayou.

User: Warehouse21
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Awesome. I missed the first two songs, but I heard them from the bathroom area. It didn't matter because the first 4 songs here were exactly the same as the first four in Scranton, just in a dfifferent order. The rain was a pain in the ass, but the weird thing is, it rained until the opening act (which was pretty damn good), stopped, rained again once Galactic left. Dave came on, the rain stopped. Dave left for the encore break, and it rained again. My 6th show, and my first Ants Marching and Grey Street. Bartender was awesome also. The Stand Up songs are really alot of fun.

User: Whalen
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OH my god the rain !! But proved to be a great weekend. Sun finally came out Saturday morn and then what a show

User: WIlddan
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Liked night 2 better.

User: Wildmoose31
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Good show, highlights being Bartender and the rather long 34 tease. Got soaked outside so that put a damper on the night, but being 4th center pit was definitley nice for my first spac show ever.


   


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