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Dave Matthews Band
September 10, 2008
Stand Up for a Cure, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

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User: 41 Step
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I had not originally planned to attend this show, but changed my mind after Roi's untimely death, thinking that if by chance they break up, at least I would have gotten to see them at the end of their run. As it turned out, they had no intention of doing so, and it was evident to me that playing music really helped them get through the healing process. The show itself was by no means epic, but nevertheless was solid with no low points. Highlights included So Damn Lucky, #41, Two Step, and the encore.

User: awade
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Show was sick. Spoon, while cut short without the band jamming out was still great with Ingrid doing vocals with Dave. Dave wailed on So Damn Lucky, Two Step was the best I have ever heard....clocking in at almost 20min at that. Julia Roberts gave the opening remarks...and yea she is THAT HOT.

User: bbwaverider91
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VERY GOOD! the jams were great and burning down the house-TH?! great stuff.

User: bfavre
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Amazing rarity, lost a little steam before ending with a bang

User: bigmacmtk
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Because this was my first show since 2005, I really find the absence of Butch Taylor to be extremely noticable. Obviously, without 'Roi, the show had a completely different dynamic. On the other hand, Jeff filled in quite nicely. He had is own enthusiasm different from Leroi's "cool" demeanor. I may have set the bar a bit high with 12/10/05, because that show was sooooo amazing.

User: bila
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best three song run ive heard in a long long time in brunig dow nthe house stay or leave and spoon. all three songs i had never heard. two step and 41 epic with timmy. so damn lucky gota love that outro. watchtower ewas a nice touch to end it. kiler ants with a nice boyd solo. all in all so glad i made it out there for lucky number show 21. one to remember

User: brandnewkickers
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The covers were good...and the jams were awesome the best was the water/wine jam and they played spoon which i have never heard live before

User: bullrockers
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Great set list, great energy. timmy was ridiculous throughout the whole show, especially watchtower. The classics were fantastic: 41 was great especially jeff coffin, and two step was phenomenal-- carter unreal. spoon with ingrid was a really nice treat, and the additional ending to so damn lucky was sweet. burning down the house was so fun and everyone was into it. overall very good energy from the crowd and from the band. they all seemed like they were having a great time on stage.

User: callmemarty
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pretty cool show. ddtw was such a great opener. the whole show had tons of energy. spoon with ingrid michaelson was amazing!! my highlight of the night. some ant called this ages ago, so i need to tip my cap to him/ her. was hoping we would get something rare in the encore, but it was still a great show. carter tore up two step, which seems to be a usual occurence. awesome time.

User: charlotte2123
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Fun trip.

User: choade4053
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those of you bitching "i should have gotten more for $250..." need to understand that your ticket price was a donation to a worthwhile charity - not just a concert ticket...dmb performed to raise money for that charity. next time just don't buy the tickets. I thought it was a good show. I was lucky enough to sit 3 rows from the side of the stage on Rashawn and Jeff's side and the whole band was having fun and really did play their asses off. I don't know why everyone acts like they needed a freaking hand job during the show because it cost $250. Past history has shown that these "big shows" (central park, peidmont park, golden gate park, etc) are pretty much normal to above average shows with maybe a special guest or two. People get so worked up and get their expectations so high for these "special" shows (ie, neil young appearance , halloween, last stop, etc)and when you get yourself that worked up with high expectations, you can't help but be disappointed. Thank you.

User: chrisr79
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Awesome show. Great SDL, Burning Down the House, 41, and 2 Step. Spoon was a surprise but wasn't the same without Leroi. Timmy was on.

User: ckiefe
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First DMB show. Great show from start to finish. Tim Reynolds on electric guitar was something else.

I am now on the bus.

User: cousinrk
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Pretty good show, a little mellow at the beginning but it picked up towards the end. Its amazing how much Tim Reynolds adds to the band when he's on tour. I love having him there.

User: crashintonickdm
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great great great. MSG is a palace. i felt the place shake during two step.

User: crjif
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Nice MSG. Nice suprises and covers. Great energy. Good cause

User: crunch11
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SPOON!

User: dancingnancie01
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great show, Spoon, BDTH, 41 highlights. Watchtower stuck in my head for days

User: dantheman8151
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very good show.. a lot of crowd pleaser's. Burning Down The House and Sledgehammer were played well. Loved spoon with Ingrid! Tim playing watchtower with his teeth was magical!

User: davealex812
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OK.. First of all you all knew this was a charity event so stop bitching about the cost. If you didn't want to pay it then you shouldn't have purchased tix. It also means you had to have known there would be commercial songs played. All DMB fanatics watch setlists like its a religion and Dave has always played his commercial stuff at these types of events. I was just happy they didn't play dream girl with Julia Roberts being there. All in all it was a great show, with great energy and even a pretty good crowd. I was pleasantly surprised and you gotta focus on the highlights like water/wine, spoon, the covers and the dave speak, especially the part about ROI...

User: dmbfan52
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eh.

User: DMBPATSFAN
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Awesome!!! Alot of energy!!! We had isle seats on the floor so no one was in our way.....Best one we have seen this year...Same lames as usual that go to the show because its the cool thing to do but what can you do about it..All that matters is that we had a great time and hope there will be a next year

User: DMBrad 3622
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This show was a DMB religious experience.

User: dsquared13
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This was the first show I've been to. Unfortunately, I'll never get so see Roi perform...
I had an awesome time even though our seats weren't that great. Next time I'll have to get some in front of the stage.

User: dzolot
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Sick show!! I had 7th row center seats (wedding present from my Best Man)!! Posted a short clip of #41 on youtbue... Yippy!!

User: eddezz
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1st show

User: EDDMB
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Fantastic show.DMB in NYC at MSG.Spoon and #41 best of a great show.

User: elliotdabah18
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met carter after the show!

User: faceam
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the band sounded especailly tight tonight. always a treat at MSG. never seen spoon before

User: Faz#41
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WOW !!!!!!!!!

User: geoffc
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Spoon! Awesome, completed BTCS for me. BDTH, loved it, great cover IMO. SDL, that outro is sick. Stay or Leave, one of my fav SD songs, very cool. First Water/Wine Jam for me, and Two Step always blows my mind, Carter killed it! Loved to see it closed with Watchtower. Only wish the TM tease would have gone into Halloween, but no complaints, great show!! Came all the way from Colorado and it was 100% worth it.

User: gfdead
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This show is overrated, except for spoon

User: gfinizio
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More like Stand Up for A Refund. This show was bleh. Besides for spoon and stay or leave, it was very average. I expected waaaay more for $250.

User: glenvilet
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MY FIRST SHOW

User: gregorysw
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w Jessica pregnant

User: griffd2004
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Excellent show. DDTW was very strong. 2step outro was different than i've seen even at the Gorge. Awesome! Needed a refresh, this was it. Spoon was great. Stay or Leave was a nice surprise. So Damn Lucky, mesmerizing as usual. I too wished for a better encore (get a little sick of hearing Ants), but not going to complain.

Is it just me or does Dave sound SO much better than last year? I just re-listened to Peidmont Park, and forgot how much he cried out back then - as if he was in pain. I think he's just a much happier person now in general. Less moaning and whining.

Sledgehammer and Burning Down the House are absolutely PERFECT for his style btw, they do them so well.

User: hazeman
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Great

User: hearmorphish
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sweet

User: HoneyBs
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my forst show without leroi...i cried

User: Jamesdmb07
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Great show, lots of energy.

User: jameywayne
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really awesome show. Loved carters solo on 2step. 41 with coffin was incredible.

User: jasonjohnson3
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Tim Reynolds played the guitar with his teeth... enough said...

User: jbloore
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I was a little bit disappointed with the show. There was a lot of hype about the show being the last show in the U.S. for the summer and on top of that it was at MSG. It just didn’t live up to those expectations. There were a few really wonderful moments during the show don’t get me wrong, but they were tucked between a very conservative set-list yielding just another solid performance from the band. Highlights for me were So Damn Lucky, BDTH, Stay or Leave, Crash, Two Step, and Watchtower. It was probably the best performance of BDTH I’ve seen this summer. It was my first time to see Stay or Leave live in about 5 years so I was very happy as it is one of my favs. Crash is always amazing. Two Step had one of the best Carter solos I’ve seen and the song just kept building at the end…amazing moment. Watchtower rocked and I love this cover. That being said, it wasn’t the one after another “I can’t believe they are playing this” type of show I was expecting. I would have loved ASTB into Halloween instead of Ants. They could have easily replaced Proudest Monkey, Satellite, Corn Bread, and Eh Hee with The Stone, The Last Stop, Pig, and maybe a little #40. Now that would have been a night to remember instead of just another very good show. I know I’m complaining about a good show, however this band has set a very high bar for special shows like these and especially at MSG. Overall, good show…just didn’t match the hype.

User: jerseyjohn23
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I was expecting a lot from the guys with it being the last stop ;) and also being MSG where they usually rip the house down before. So it should have been a perfect time for a really good show. But really never came. Highlights were DDTW opener, Spoon, Cornbead and Carter's sick Two Step drum solo. The new outro they have is amazing. Jeff Cofflin also destroyed the end of #41 and that was awesome. What I was looking for was a little ASTB tease into Halloween not Ants Marching. It is the season. It would have been nice for a little Jimi Thing jamming, Dancing Nancies or Warehouse but there is always next time. They always put on a good show. I just wish they would really step up the set list when you have this venue at this time in the tour and this time of the year. Oh well.....

User: jjfiore
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Jeff is Very Good!
Excellent Two Step!

User: jmcoll007
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1st burning down the house - amazing

User: johnkane
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With Tracy

User: junglejma
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awesome first show, and hopefully more to come

User: Katie Watson
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amazing! my first show without Roi - it was bittersweet

User: kbayne
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No such thing as a bad dave show, but this wasn't one of his better ones. "Burning down the House" was a treat, but many of the others were too slow. The comic relief in our section "407" was great.

User: kmac3705
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You would think with it being NYC in MSG and it being a cancer benefit and a day before 9-11 with first responce ppl there, that dave would go crazy and put on an amazing show maybe even a show that would compare to 6-21 up at spac this summer ... but it wasnt like that ... I expected much better ... at the same time with the songs they did play they had some great jam outs i would say it was an ok show nothing too amazing i still would have liked to hear a lil holloween... but two step was good and 41 is always nice to hear ... Jeff's 41 solo was nice ... but when timmy played with his teeth thats was amazing ... Although i did not think this was an amazing show, to anyone who is sitting here complaining about droping how much they droped for the tickets weather it be 250 or 110,and saying that it wasn't worth the money ... it was a cancer benefit! Stop being a selfish asshole, and grow a heart

User: lilvic*20
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First let me preface that this summer I was fortunate enough to see the SPAC N2 and the three Berkeley concerts, all four of which to me rated between 4 and 5. Also, last night was my 25th DMB concert, and I have been to some epic shows (Live Trax 3, Central Park, SPAC N2 and Berkeley N3 of 2008, etc.). That being said, ...
I was very disappointed with the setlist last night, and I thought some of the performance was a bit lacking. There definitely were moments that were awesome, like the outro to #41 (Jeff!), the solos in Two Step (CARTER!), and AATW to close out the night (one of the better ones I can remember). Plus, I absolutely loved to watch the guys on stage hanging out around Carter's kit, talking and improvising and clearly having a blast together. Unfortunately, those and other great moments were offset by several parts of the night when the energy really lagged.
Compare MSG last night to Central Park: both were charity events in NYC during Sep, but the CP show was completely off the hook while last night was... okay. I'm not sure what caused this, but IMO it was not the tremendous loss of a founding band member. Perhaps it was the band choosing a conservative setlist to please the masses, or perhaps it was a weak crowd, or even a combination of both? I do know that the cost of my two tickets was not justified by the overall concert (no, my tickets were not > $200 each). Also, since last night will be my last DMB concert of 2008, I feel badly the year has ended on a somewhat low note for me. BUT I did get to see a decent concert for making a donation, and I can't think of a time when that's happened before...
Regardless, DMB is my favourite contemporary band, and I'm willing to deal with a 3/5 night every few years just so I can get those mind-blowing 5/5 shows DMB gives us so often. Considering this show was 1 of 2 "average" concerts that I recall after 25 shows, you know our guys consistently deliver WAY better than most "popular" bands. I'll continue to see DMB at least once per year, and I'll always miss LeRoi.
(Sorry if my review has offended those of you who had a blast last night. I'm really glad you did!)

User: live4lyss
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Honestly, best set list I've ever seen. Amazing atmosphere, incredible cause. I loved every minute of it.

User: lxplaya9
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this was my third show this summer, the band deffinatly was all on the same note the whole night very tight, i highly enjoyed the setlist, i also would have like a little jimi thing or something but none the less the jams were amazing and from where i was sitting the energy was insaine, i dont know what other people are bitching about and i agree it was a charity event for a good cause not to mention that an original member of the band just died come on guys give them some slack they didnt amazing and quite honestly i have to rate it a 4 because everything was perfect just would have preferd a little longer encore like theyve been doing all summer the aver encore was three songs.

User: MarchingSince93
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SPOON !!!

User: Mastro75
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Great Show

User: matcat619
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Amazing show! The energy was off the charts. Two Step, #41, Burning Down the House, and closing with Watchtower...unforgettable!

User: Matt3293
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This was my 4th show from this tour and it was very similar to the others I had seen. Musically the band was on fire and really jammed out hardcore, and seemed to mesh with one another really well! The setlist was rather week however with a few exceptions (I'm spoiled after having been present for SPAC N2 however).

Its just that with such expensive tickets, SO many Warehouse members being present, and it being the last show of the tour...I was REALLY expecting them to absolutely blow the roof off of MSG. And while they did an above average job, it was nowhere near the ginormous ending which I was expecting after such an amazing tour! Setlist was way too predictable. Spoon, Two Step, #41, all were amazing! The show needed one or two more BIG jams however in the vein of Jimi Thing/Recently/Nancies/Warehouse. Every band member was at the top of their game last night however!!

User: michaelmiz
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Stand up for a Cure. Julia Roberts, Ingrid Michaelson.

User: mikebmx
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Great show. Some of the best jams I have heard yet. 41 and Two Step were so good and Spoon was such a treat to hear, especially with Ingrid

User: Minarets#40
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amazing energy from the crowd - MSG never disappoints

User: mod819
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Drunkest show ever for me. Timmy played the guitar with his teeth!!

User: MOMeara
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Awesome ,best Two Step, So Damn Lucky, and 41 I have ever heard

User: MORd13
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First show I saw without LeRoi, how we will miss him, just isn't the same. I'm glad the band is playing on as I feel that is only way to truly honor LeRoi's memory, by playing the songs he put so much into throughout his life.

User: Plylkdave
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Lots of Leroi memories, signs and a mention from dave. dave told a story of his fathers death from lung cancer. Ingred michealson (opener) sang somewhere over the rainbow for leroi. Julia Roberts is HOT! Too bad she had to ruin it by bringing politics into the mix by making sure everyone knew she was wearing an obama shirt. Anyway Great night Awesome solo by carter on two step. #41 in my mind has become overplayed. Tim played leroi's solo on the guitar during proudest monkey.

User: regan
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train up, stouts, met & mixed train rons, wdsers, 2 aussie fans, met joe m - & luke seatmate

User: revenge4hire
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So much fun tonight! Spoon was an absurd suprise! Only disapointment, IMO, was hearing Bayou yet again, but I still enjoyed every minute of it. Great way to end my year with DMB!

RIP Roi.

User: rick92984
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The MECCA

User: ripleroi41
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Sick show, miss you leroi!

User: rlaneve
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Hot for Ingrid

User: robcdrums
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Great performance as always, but...the sound was terrible, the crowd was lame, and the setlist was average. At one point Dave said on mic "well, you guys can cheer or just talk amongst yourselves, and we'll just keep playing" because the crowd was so bad. A song would end, and there would be no cheers, just the crowd bs-ing. Unbelievable!
But...they played SPOON! It was a treat, but no one has mentioned that fact that they rushed through it, and didn't play the jam at the end. ?????? Jeff Coffin was standing at the ready, looking for his solo spot, and Dave just ended the song. I can't imagine what that was all about. So, the only real gem on the setlist was hacked up.

I still had a great time (how could you not) but i have to disagree with some of you...at $250 a pop for a great cause, we should have gotten more than a standard setlist. And three cover tunes is too many.

User: ruli02
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I love this band (6th show this tour), but this show was average at best. I came from Cincinnati with high expectations: last headlining show of US tour, private benefit, MSG... I am also disappointed this is the last I'll see of them this year. I agree with most reviews about the highlights - '41' was off the charts, 'Two Step' got the place rocking and Carter's solo was awesome and AATW was very good. However, there seemed to be some energy lacking- jet lagged from Berkeley? The set was missing something, maybe too many mellow songs. Boyd and Coffin were relegated to the corners and never really got to do their thing like I saw in previous shows this Summer. I would have also rather heard DMB songs than two 80's covers. By the time they finally got going it was time to go home. All that said, these guys have gone through an awful lot this year and it is good to see them still going at it. Its like Sex and Pizza; even when is bad, it is still good. Thank You Boys!

User: rythman
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Solid show...my first at MSG

User: scola21
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This was an unbelievable show with great energy. When the slowest song of the night is #41, you know its an awesome show! Spoon was amazing and stay or leave full band is great!

User: Seadooxp25
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What a night. My first time at the Garden and it did not disapoint. Good pregame at the bar with some friends. Going inside this venue, you could feel just it in the air. The acoustics inside this place were fantastic. The crowd was loud, and the sound was near perfect. DDTW was agreat opener, got the crowd going nicely. Proudest Monkey>Satellite has been my favorite seague all summer and it was great to listen to after such a high-energy opener. Burning Down the House was done pretty well, but Sledgehammer was the one that got people moving. I loved to see so many people gettin down in the Garden. They've played so many covers very well this year. They really turned it on in the final half of the set. Crash and Two Step were the best I've heard...ever. And I mean that. The band was tight, and you could see they were feeling it, and the crowd knew it as well. They responded well to some parts of these two songs where The band was in a solid rhythm. Especially, Carter's drum solo during Two Step. WoW! I have seen that man do some unbelievable things on the drums, but what he did at the Garden on Wednesday was legendary. I've never heard a crowd get so into something like that either and it wasn't an accident, it was just that damn good. Boyd was great on #41 and Louisianna Bayou, and Timmy tour it up on Watchtower, adding the riff from Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven. Highlight of the night was Spoon with Ingrid Michaelson. She nailed the Alanis Morrisette part and it was a moment I will never forget. It was a great tour for these guys, they overcame alot of challanges and they gave me a reason to keep believing. Take care everyone, see you next year.

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40th Birthday Show

User: sheakast
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AMAZING!

User: sholle
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Spoon. For me, that was enough.

User: simonpb17
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Nora and I went... First DMB show without LeRoi. Good but missed him. Julia Roberts introduced...

User: Singalong
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Wonderful. Tim Reynolds. Awesome.

User: sjhazard
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best show ever. amazing energy and jams. tim played the guitar with HIS TEETH. dave dancing around. two outrageous cover songs. carter's drum solo. sick. off the hook. insane. love the garden, love the band. leroi was missed and remembered. huge outpouring of love from the crowd. dave got choked up at one point. so damn lucky - fitting tribute to leroi. anyone who did not like the show obviously does not know the band or the songs. the band poured their guts out for the whole show.

User: Stevethedj
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Was so lucky to attend this show! Had a great time

User: stumpe1231
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First time I heard the band without Le Roi. It was strange but everyone was great!! I know Jeff is an amazing musician and will continue the spirit of Le Roi in the correct way. Julia Roberts announced the band and the Garden went crazy!! It was another great concert.

User: Sublime40
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Bad seat, but at least it was a seat! Julia Roberts was smokin'

User: The Duck 33
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spoooooon!

User: Tomato42
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spoon, water into wine.. but not amazing compared to other msg shows

User: tpmidd
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Tits

User: treppche
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Awesome show!!! It was my second DMB show, and the first in the US. Great atmosphere and a great crowd
greets from germany!!!!

User: txlonghorns622
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great show

User: vanceromance
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Excellent show! Couldn't have asked for more for my first DMB show!!! Can't wait for the next.

User: Venste
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The sax just wasn't the same. Carter was on fire.

User: Vinsanity
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To the whiners who constantly complain that a setlist is lousy because Bayou is played again - stay home! The band kicked Bayou's ass as they always do - they killed on Crash too (and that's not one of my favorites! This show deserves five stars just for Spoon, Watchtower, and Two Step alone!

User: WinnGTI
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Of the six shows I've seen this tour, this was by far the worst. MSG is a terrible venue, the crowd was a bunch of wannabe VIP charity attendees, the overall energy wasn't great, they lacked their awesome stage/lighting setup, and the setlist was sub-par. Sucks that it had to be my last show of the year.

User: zDmB41
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amazing.

User: _Dionysys_
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1st time I ever heard DMB close with "Watchtower", un-freakin-believeable!

Awesome having Tim Reynolds for the gig too, he made "Two Step" something new for me!


   


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