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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
July 30, 2005
Randall's Island, New York, NY

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User: 0n3sw33tw0rld
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My first ever DMB concert... I honestly had the best time ever and one of my favorite days of my life of all time. DDTW, Dancing Nancies, Warehouse, #41, Tripping Billies... def a lot of fun!

User: acrewoflew
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Randall's Island shows were the best we've seen this year!!!

User: aeroshady
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OK...where to get started...Getting to this "Island Get Away" was not easy but not to bad. #41 was awsome to finally hear after 18 shows with out it.Billes mid-set was really cool! Jimi THing with Trey was amazing, and Bayou with RR was nuts!. Now for the bad parts. The encore was kind of a let down becasue I had already seen that same encore at Spac night 2. GA was hard to see no matter where you were. The bus system was a joke. it took us 3 hours after the show to get off the Island on a bus. By that time We had missed the last train back to Jersey, so we had to take the Path to Hoboken only to miss the last train there too. We didn't get home untill 5am because of this.

User: AF420
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They came out HOT with #41.. had a great cover in there which are always fun to hear. The new songs are sounding TIGHT and have really developed. HFTGL is a classic in the making. And of course classics like Crash Into Me, Jimi Thing (with Trey!), Tripping Billies, Nancies, and Warehouse are always off the charts! Louisiana Bayou was outrageous with Randolph.. maybe he could play a couple shows and give Butch a couple nights off! Old Dirt Hill is just not ready to be an encore song (if it ever will be) but I won't ever complain about What You Are.. always intense to see them rock out on it.. especially when Dave goes off at the end! Good show.. hoping night 2 will be even better.

User: AJD8623
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trey was nice

User: amysnorteland
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awesome!

User: andyb04
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Best Dave show I have been to. Opening up with #41 was a treat. Can't beat Dave in NYC with the skyline and Triboro Bridge in the Backround.

User: antsadam
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Great show!

User: AntsMarching2003
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I really havn't liked the Stand Up tour so much... I was at the first night at Hartford and really didnt love it but this show was so different. I was at Central Park and this show was definatly close to as good as that.

User: asimmonds27
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Sick show...

User: avalanche44
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Support: Bare Naked Ladies, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Jem, Ray Lamontagne, Mike Doughty Special Guests: Trey Anastacio, Robert Randolph With: Tom, Lauren, James

User: azwldkat78
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this was the BEST CONCERT ever!! Dave put on a show for NY i;ll tell you... i was sitting in the sound stage 5 feet from Trey so i kinda knew he would be playing & he didn;t let anyone down...

User: baseballax10
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my first show, it was sick

User: bballrw
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what a show... I was really lucky to get a great seat on the hill to the left of the gates but flush against them so I had a perfect view of the band. Other than the black snot thing i have no complaints at all, seeing trey go crazy during jimi thing was more than worth a couple of dirty tissues and a mets towel.

User: beckaluv14
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Probably the best yet. opened with #41, trey makes a guest appearance. bnl rocked. rr jammed all night. special song, time of the season. loved it!

User: Beerbandit
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Fantastic show, top to bottom. Jimi Thing with Trey blew my mind.

User: bekos21
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jimi thing w/trey = great

User: BigEydFish34
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First show!!!!!

User: bigkingken
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Far and away the best Dave show I've ever seen. I've only been to 7, but this has to be high on everybody's list. Trey's and RR's additions to their respective songs blew me away and the short intro to Steady As We Go was the best thing I've heard at a Dave concert. Hope they make this one or a combo of the Randall's Island shows into a live album.

User: bitethemailman
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the first DMB i've made it to. tried to go to Central Park, but couldn't. dave rocked like no other. the energy of a show like that is incomparable to anything else. i've seen the who, ive seen the stones, ive seen clapton, but this show had to be the most high energy show that i've ever seen.

User: bmireau21
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Amazing concert. DMB played awesome. Trey and RR were a great addition to an already great show. Good friends, good times, life certainly is short but sweet.

User: bogg5a
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Lengendary Show--Dave rocked NYC--fluid set where everythig fell into place--alot of people will give the encore slack but it worked for the show -tre and RR jammed out on a few- if u can catch randolph today or anytime DEF check him out

User: Bonskovich
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AWESOME is all you have to say

User: Bossyman
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AWESOME! Trey was a great guest. The energy was intense...DMB under the stars...what more needs to said...

User: bpic
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third show man and it was amazing even though i was in the dust pit

User: Brad1980
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This was my fav of the two nights! Highlights: One Sweet World and the opening songs during the Sunset were awesome!

User: browneyed
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Virgin loves it.

User: Bryan98
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Awesome show!!! One of the best yet!!

User: buzzy2169
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The show was freakin' awesome! This was my first DMB concert and I have a blast! I enjoyed everything!

User: ChachiMahar
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Dave in nyc ya need to say anymore

User: CharlatanSin
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This was my first Dave Matthews concert! I was there mainly to see BnL, who are an obsession of mine. As for Dave, the set was good, and the band was amazing. However, the venue was rubbish. I was in the very front of the lawn, but in the end I had been standing for 6 hours straight, in dust and crushed plastic bottles. That, plus all of the jockeying for position that was going on at the front of the lawn, almost ruined my first Dave experience. However, in the end the music prevailed. As a result, I am now a MUCH bigger Dave fan than I was before.

User: clarkbar_12
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Great show, I enjoyed it better than the 2nd night. #41 to start was amazing, Jimi with trey was great, needed to have a freestyle I think, for what it's worth outro was pretty good, fans could have helped out more. Nancies is always great to hear, and you know it is going into Warehouse. What you are a good way to end it, great show, CAN'T FUCKING WAIT FOR THE GORGE!

User: coolj54321
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Amazing, especially since I watched the show from the soundboard VIP section!

User: courtney koch
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AWESOME SHOW. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITES!

User: CRAM25
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My first Dave show, aww

User: creeemd
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so good #41...

User: dancingdavefan
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Loved Barenaked Ladies and Ray LaMontagne!!
Great show!!!

User: DaveMatthews5
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FUCKING AWESOME

User: DesignBox
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I thought the venue was horrible, but the music was great.

User: dmb218
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WOW! First show with new material for me. Sounded amazing! Jimi Thing w/ Trey...nice touch! Boyd rocked Billies! Bayou w/Randolph was stellar as well! Hope night 2 is as good!

User: Dmbfan1375
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Front row seats, but the stage was 12' off the ground...but overall a great concert!!!!

User: Dmbguy laxer2
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First dave show, what a way to be introduced

User: dmbhurley14
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awesome show!

User: dmbroadie8
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What can I say, it was Dave and they always get the job done!

User: drmgirl
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great vip tent - met some great nola friends !

User: drumming_billie
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trey!

User: dr_watson_12
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Trey ! What an unexpected treat ! This venue was very cool if a bit unorthodox. The band was in top form, the setlist tasty, and the weather was glorious. Glad I made the trip from Columbus, OH !

User: dtupp
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amazing, bayou was incredible, jimi thing reminiscent of central park, 41 was a nice open, encore wasnt great but the show overall was awesome

User: dxmaverick
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awesome show. lame venue

User: ecg129
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Beautiful day! Great scene!

User: ertomic
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the show was a unique compilation of songs. The new stuff wasn't bad it was actually enjoyable. Steady as we go wasn't my favorite but i liked the use of flute in it. American Baby intro was rediculous i am happy they are finally starting to play it. LB and Jimmy thing were both sick with some great jams. Hopefully tomorrow the encore will be memorable and not have anything from the horid everday album. peace

User: fire_dancer42
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fucking trey.

User: flynny2x
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9

User: frogman13
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amazing

User: fyrdancr41
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I'm so glad I waited to leave my review. I was so worried that I would come here and hear a bunch of complainers talking about the dirt, or the bad sight lines, the drunk people, or the ferries.... Well... NONE of the above made a difference to me. I kept saying all night how we were at the ONE SHOW this tour that was IT. The one that was so perfectly put together, that it was just an amazing experience. I tried explaining to my friends the experience I was having, covered in dirt, on the "lawn", dancing my heart out. I don't recall ever being so alive and so thankful to be a part of something. Central Park was amazing, but this was spiritual.

User: gault41
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#41 opener, first time i've ever heard it played, trey, randolph, great setlist, and what you are is the best closer in my book, best concert i've been to yet

User: goodgoodtime29
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randalls island is great, even though i cant stand new york

User: gplotz2001
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awesome show, great energy all around

User: gsheep
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Amazing. He never disapponts in NYC

User: gus2327
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WOW...They jammed the old stuff like I have never seen before. Great energy!

User: ha289
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first dave show!

User: HalfEvilBrewer
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Hot, dusty and long, long, long, lines for everything (especially beer).

User: hardmb41
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OMG!!!!

User: hazeman
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First vip

User: heathsthree
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Best Jimi Thing I have ever heard!

User: heckrod
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GREAT SHOW! MY SECTION WAS JAMMING ALL DAY. GREAT DAY!

User: hockey06
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Awesome show, had a great time. Trey was amazing, but the second night was even better!

User: hwhowells
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One of the best shows I have ever seen.

User: ICDMB
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Great setlist, it was clear they wanted to give something special with the songs they played (Warehouse, Tripping Billies, Jimi Thing, etc.), Trey coming out was absolutely amazing. But, I'm lucky I have "reserved seats," aka fold-out chairs, because I feel bad for everyone on the lawn, which was a dirt lot. I walked around the whole venue earlier in the day and there was no chance in seeing the stage from way back on the lawn. All around an amazing show.

User: ignots21
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Great show

User: JakeD
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The show was AWESOME. But ummm yea... what was with that encore? Unfortunately the crowd was not extremely into it. The dust was crazy and the surprise guest appearance by Trey was sick.

User: Jay1973
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One of my all-time favorite places to see a show. Dave and the band rarely disappoint.

User: JBadger10
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One of the best experiences of my life...

User: jcdmbmsg
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Great Show, I had heard everyone say how much better the new stuff was live, and that was def true. Great mix of old and new, ready for sunday.

User: jessicaashley31
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The most energy I have seen in my 41 shows. And he answered my prayer by not only playing #41, but OPENING with it!!!!This was show was a religios experience for me.

User: jessryan
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This show was a great re-introduction to Dave concerts for me. It was the second one I'd ever seen and I was mezmorized the entire time!

User: jfa87
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Awesome as always...Best Jimi I've seen. Band was tight, and on target. The encore was the only disappointment. ODH & WYA?

User: jmcoll007
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Fantastic show

User: jpg0574
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Took Mallin to his first Dave show. He liked it a little, but clearly not a fan.

User: jrsmallz
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was good. drove 3 hours down and 3 hours back home to prov. thanks for #41....

User: jteweles
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My first show. Outstanding stuff. "Don't Drink The Water" and "Louisiana Bayou" were the highlights.

User: justincevans
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Awesome show!! High Energy!! They jammed almost everything out!!!

User: katiehowell
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hadn't seen dmb in a little over a year. SUCH a great show! i absolutely love the new album, so i was excited to hear it live. mixing it up with the oldies is always good but i never expected him to start with #41 and one sweet world. WOW! gotta love the unpredictable..

User: kcentrury
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Fun show, nasty hot day, gross venue....

User: kmknd1
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What a great show. Sunday's was better, but this one was still great. I couldn't have asked for a better opener than #41. Don't Drink is always a delight and I LOVED Time of the Season. You Might Die Trying is my favorite off of Stand Up along with American Baby so I was happy there. Crash Into Me and Jimi Thing were awesome. Tripping Billies was a nice suprise. Nancies > Warehouse was freakin' sweet. Robert Randolph was amazing on Bayou, and words cannot express how amazing Trey Anastasio was on Jimi Thing. I wish he would've come back sunday, but oh well. What You Are was great. Just a fantastic show. I love the Barenaked Ladies and Ray Lamontagne so that was great to see also. And Robert Randolph and the Family Band are just so damn good.

User: ktyladie
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i am grateful for #41, made my friends nite :) and with trey guesting for Jimi thing, I couldnt have asked for more!

User: Lcsulla
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Absolutely sick show. Perfect flow for a great set, energy off the hook, and two guests! Unreal, easily one of the best 5 shows I've ever seen!!

User: lesky20
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amazing

User: LIDMBer
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Songs were great, venue sucked!

User: linzeebabez
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awesome show!

User: locohugo8
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Great freaking show. i danced all night long...too bad getting off the island wasn't that great

User: lostNloveNdancn
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setlist consisted of mostly songs off of " Stand Up " ,
AB intro had me in tears . beautiful .

User: lulu23
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Awesome songs, but venue a bit dirty.....not so sure if will make the hike there again!

User: MattKlein
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Amazing show! Great energy from the boys and excellent job mixing new songs, which rock, with old fan favorites. Robert Randolph and Trey were unbelievable. Louisiana Bayou may have stotlen the show. Tough time leaving though if you took the Ferry, may need to plan ahead nex time.

User: mattnibbelink
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BNL was a great opener, very entertaining...but the logistics at Randall's Island were disappointing, getting in and out was not easy.

User: meals223
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Awesome time in NYC with my DMB pal Scott!

User: mikegrahamjr
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Amazing. What a great show Trey and RR were both great additions as friends of the set. Can't wait to hear it again when folks get it online. Tomorrow has a tough challenge to live up to.

User: Moac
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This show was AWESOME!!

User: MoonChasingMe
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It was a great show, a beautiful summer night... even the bare naked ladies were awesome! I really wish they had made this a live album.. it really should be one

User: MoonFllwstheCar
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Good show, trey on jimi thing was cool. Steady as we go ended up on warehouse 5 vol. 6 love seein shows that end up on albums. A show from the lawn in a venue like this is kinda brutal

User: mr. testaverde
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good. i called trey as a guest about 5 minutes before dave called him out. definitely brought jimi thing to a new level, though i was hoping he'd stay on for another song. it was great seein randolph come out too.

User: Mr.P
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great opening

User: MrsMatthews
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i loved being there. great show!!!!!

User: muzicgirl
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what fun, although you could see the show better from the beer stand than from many of the seats!

User: ndawgz555
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Highlights: jimi thing w/ trey rocked hard. nancies into warehouse was awesome with an especially slamming salsa outro.

User: newdavefan04
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Awesome set. The energy from the Band and the crowd was unstoppable. Def one of the best stops on the tour. Props to NYPD for getting us all on and off the Island with no problems and no hassle.

User: newdmbfan
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Show was amazing. Such great energy, loved hearing trippin billies and robert randolph owned Louisiana buyou

User: NGC316
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WOW! The whole day was amazing. Hanging out all day on the lawn before the main acts went on was cool. The set up was pretty nice at the island. Robert Randolph and Barenaked Ladies both put on a great show. I loved the setlist, really happy with 41 as an opener. Had a great time dancing to dancing nancies, even joined the cool old guy with the feather hat that was dancing around the whole day. That guy was on something.

User: onesweetworld27
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This was amazing despite the dust bowl that you had to sit in!

User: pakman3268
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not just my first dmb show, my first concert....fuckin amazing

User: pamelainob
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We had GA tickets for this day and it was fun & crowded. The band sounded so good. Was great when Trey came out. Hopefully Island Getaway will be another show they release. Traveled from San Diego to New York for these shows and was worth every penny we spent. Good people and great music.

User: PamelaKip
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First Concert!

User: PapaJ560
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Dirty....but a dam great show!

User: pepsi69
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VIP with my dreamgirl

User: Perch1019
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Awesome show. Crap Venue

User: pjwagner913
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#41 opener...almost peed myself. Hello Trey, good to see you again.

User: quigga12
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Trey was ILL.

User: rdrumm
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One of the best shows I've seen - a lot of energy and a great NYC setting - a woodstock environment. Bare Naked Ladies did a fine job as well warming up.

User: rel145
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awesome show, trey rocked jimi thing

User: revenge4hire
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Amazing show....horrible experiences afterwards. #41 was the best opener I've heard so far, too bad no one on the lawn was into the "Everyday" outro. Jimi Thing with Trey is simply amazing! The midset Billies had so much energy! AMBaby Intro is awesome live, and Robert Randolf takes Bayou to new heights! WYA really needs to take another break though...I love the song, just not closing 50% of my encores. Take a look at aeroshady's reveiw to learn about our "fun" adventures trying to get back home....

User: rjhuf
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A great show and a solid setlist, but it didn't completely blow me away like some others I've seen. Overall a great experience, though.

User: rlax422
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really awesome, trey in jimi was sick

User: robcdrums
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Great show, RANDALLS ISLAND IS A TERRIBLE PLACE FOR A CONCERT!! The Warehouse lawn area was just dirt, not lawn. everyone in the area was pretty unhappy. The island is a major pain to get in and out of. it was a big nasty pile of dirt that everyone was piled on top of. i have sect 203 seats tonight, yet i'm dreading going back!! I WILL NEVER BUY TIX TO A RANDALLS ISLAND CONCERT AGAIN, WHAT A DUMP!! Stadiums and ampitheaters are better designed for this. Thank God it was a great show.

User: rue2323
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Was a great show had a lot of fun...randalls was dirty as hell though

User: saxyroro
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I got the setlist thats displayed on DMB Almanac!

User: sid613
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great show from start to finish.robert randolph on bayou was insane. trey was great on jimmy thing also.

User: skioli
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Great show, lawn was pretty far away, and there was a t-shirt booth blocking the center view.

User: SlapYOURw1fe
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amazing, well worth the 16 hour drive from WI

User: slymshady626
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great show..shitty venue

User: sparky3j
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Lawn sucks!!!!90% of the people there thought it was a drunk feast with friends half of which didn't stop talking long enough to know there was a concert going on. DMB was good as Normal they rolled thought the set. all the songs new and old are progressing to new levels every time I here them. Leaving Sucked. I thought Nissan was bad. waiting in Harlem till 3 in the morning for a bus is not cool. over all the night sucked, not because of DMB. every thing elce From Dust to people to the the person with me. bummer

User: stelablue
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We didn't wait for the ferry after the smell of gasoline. It took us 30 minutes to find the path to walk over the bridge like the fans the night before suggested. I had heard the 2 step at the Palm Beach show but would have stayed longer if I knew how we were getting off the island. The Bayou with Robert Randolph was a lifetime memory. But not as memorable as All along the watchtower for me which was a first even though this was my 10th show.

User: Ster0phonic
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All I can say is the Robert Randolph + Lousiana Bayou was out of control. Great Show, had a good day all around!

User: subro
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VIP is the way to go to these festival things! Lots of fun but a common set list. Trey as a guess was very cool!

User: sufiredancer
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DUSTY!

User: sweetdelicious
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show was amazing, venue was DIRTYYY but fun with things to do all day!

User: TAlbe19
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Sec 402 Row U Seat 19

User: taldo4
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Great show highlighted by an appearance from Trey and Robert Randolph!! Louisiana Bayou Was awsome!

User: Therick1925
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Lawn seats sucked....stared at the souvenior stand the whole time. Got to hear "Time of the Season" which was sweet. Decent encores.

User: trippinHAYDENs
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Such an amazing show. All i wanted to hear was 41 and they opened with it. I knew it was Trey when he said a friend was in town and they played an amazing TB. RR was crazy rockin with Boyd and ive never seen him live so that was cool. So many classic songs blended in with the SU songs perfectly it was just nuts. Nancies -> Warehouse was insane... just wish he improvised the Nancies intro and said something about Randall's Island like he did for Central Park. I knew we were gettin an ODH/ WYA encore but i love WYA live so i'll never complain about hearing that because its so good.

User: TRpar12
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Trey, and a very chill setlist made for a good time. Hope everyone scooted for the ferry before the encore like I did.

User: TRthegame53
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This show was close to 07.23 in alpine... great song flow the entire night... the venue however was awful... one way to get there... and the "lawn" consisted of a bunch of dirt which was blowing around in the soft breeze... but i digress... 41 again to open is solid... 1SW overplayed but always good... dreamgirl was real good tonight... DDTW fantastic... Zombies cover is strong... hunger and die trying both good newbies... didn't even mind crash at this point... my buddy called a trey appearance earlier in the evening... i called b.s. and was pleasantly suprised to see him rock the house on jimi thing... best version i've seen... and then to come right back w/ my fav of billies was dynamite... he could have played anything the rest of the way and i would have taken it... always like to hear american baby... nancies/ warehouse combo strong again... bayou is good by itself but robert randolph kicks it up a notch... encore was solid... ODH is okay... but What You Are is a tremendous way to end a show and i am glad the boys dusted it off and threw it at us for this tour... and oh yeah on a side note the X80 bus line was way too long afterwards so we trekked it a few miles over the triborough bridge and cabbed to manhattan afterwards

User: tvdude7
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Probably the best show I've been to since James Brown. The energy was incredible, Trey doing Jimi Thing was amazing. 41 opener was a complete shock.

User: viking217
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Good show, Nancies > Warehouse was great. Trey was a great surprise. Randall's Island was not the best choice for a venue, IMO, but it doesnt take away from the show being good.

User: Wasabi1212
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Great stretch of 3 songs- crash, jimi and billies. trey was great and randolph brough it down with bayou. felt like the ending was a little weak but overall great concert.

User: wiklund
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Back Stage at the Red Bull Tent was incredible.

User: wonderwes
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this show was great from start to finish.

User: wotl
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Wow! #41 opener...into an awesome set list. My 10th show (6th this season) was certainly among if not the best. Robert Randolph was the best warm-up act and was electrifying - dancing and playing the slide on Bayou. Needless to say, Trey was also spectacular on an awesome version of Jimi. Would have preferred a more jammin encore, but no complaints other than the restrooms on this show. Nancies was unreal. Weather was perfect... it was one sweet world!

User: Wrhse into Ants
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Holy crap!! The show started out perfectly and was incredible all the way through. I definitely think Fonzie teased Recently before going into #41 but I could be wrong. The guys all seemed to have tons of energy and really went nuts on all the jams. Trey and RR were incredible to see as guests and showed why the band loves them to jam with them. Highlights had to be Jimi Thing, TB, LB, and 41, not to mention every other song they played. By the way, the AB intro is great.

User: yankees3925
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My first Dave show, loved it but the venue was terrible

User: yellowbetty
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Randolf was great and the covers were amazing (time of the season was great!)

User: z911empire
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great great show - if you get a chance to hear any of these songs, tripping billies, warehouse, and bayou are INSANE. american baby intro = ridiculous. 41/billies was the surprise of the night - what will it be tomorrow?

User: ~Dreamgirl~
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Great show, but lesson learned.. never do lawn @ Randalls! Dirt was coming out of my ears, eyes, nose, ears, and elsewhere for days!!


   


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