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Dave Matthews Band
April 14, 2009
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

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User: 41 Step
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From the first noodlings before DDTW to the final chord of Billies, the band was on fire. Highlights included the first Raven in almost 3 years, You Might Die Trying, Pig, Recently, and the run of Ants/#41/Two Step to close the main set.

User: 41crush
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Fabulous show; great energy by both the band and the audience! That's who "starts a tour at Madison Square Garden."

User: AbbyLoves2Run
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Incredible show. Although Alpine '08 was one of the best weekends for me, this was a 5 for different reasons... I'm used to lawn for most shows so this was a much more up close and personal experience. Got down in front for the encore which was sweet. Love this band so much. Couldn't start the tour off better!

User: adipietro
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a little rusty, acoustics weren't so good

User: Akbongo
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Went with Joe & Dana.

User: AMPiper420
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Good Dave show - Energy was pretty good, I really liked Why I Am. Who opens a Tour at MSG? Can't wait to dance outside with this tour...

User: ant pegleg
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the show exceeded my expectations. no words could describe how special this show was. i hope you all know how lucky we were to have been there. thanks guys.

User: ant182
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WOW! 3 BWGK debuts, plus Greg Almond appearance and "who opens a tour at Madison Square Garden?"

User: ANTMARCHING89
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"Who starts their tour at Madison Square Garden?" -Dave

This show was fantastic!
DDTW had great energy and the black curtain that was in front of the stage was a Fail because it nearly came down on Rashawn and Jeff. :)
Cornbread was nice in the 2 spot. The fans are really getting into this song. New horn section midway through.
FTWII- Awesome song! Sounds as tight as the studio version.
Raven- I'm glad they brought this back. I doubt it will follow them to the end of the summer tour but def a good change up. Was waiting for grey street with the 12 string out on the stage.
YMDT- I'm pretty sure the crowd was singing louder then Dave. This song gets better and better live. Coffin tore it up. I can see it in the 1 spot like they did to 2step last tour.
Spaceman- Sweet/ Straight up love song. I can tell the studio version is going to be great. Its gonna grow into itself live.
Nancies- Boyd killed it as usual. Dave started out with a scat solo rather then improv on the beginning lyrics.
Pig!!!- First time seeing it live. Great song! Hope they keep playing it!
Melissa- Classic song and a great performance but would have liked to hear Jessica. haha Allman didn't even acknowledge Dave at the end of the song and walked into a mic.
Recently!!!- Highlight of the night. My favorite Dave song...couldn't believe they played the whole thing. That jam is sick. Unbelievable!
SDL & 27- They were the cigarette after Recently. The end jam of SDL was dynamite.
Why I Am- Was great to hear more then 20 seconds. Dave wasn't lying on a couch during this performance. haha. Crowd started chanting Leroi afterward. Dave said it was his favorite song in the beginning of the recording process. "I'm still here dancing with the Groo Grux King".
Ants 41 and 2 step- 3 monsters in a row. Jam at the end of Ants is getting longer and longer. New end to 2 step...huge drum solo. Coffin walked up to Carters drums during 41 and they were improving back and forth. Very cool!
Sister-Dave voice was very clear. Usually by this time in the show Sister sounds strained. How does he get that guitar tuned that high without a capo? Can someone please message me if they know?
Tripping- Solid finish to the show. This is going to be a great year for DMB. Cool to see Ants Tripping and Recently in the same show.
Izod Tomorrow Night!


User: ashleyx2783
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Excellent show, Dave was having a great time and the crowd was fully into the music. Good seats and the greatest venue. One of the best shows.

User: awade
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Very solid show. Allman came out of nowhere. Great to see Raven, Pig, Nancies (FTLOG Bring Warehouse back after this). THe Ants Marching had a cool arrangement and 41, two step were very solid--carter gettin crazy these days. Saw that the setlist originally had granny, and the band rather randomly went for pig--very cool. Great opener, great venue --Hit up bar called Stouts for pre/post show fun --good good time

User: bberry34
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Great way to kick off tour, and first Dave show

User: bbwaverider91
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INSANE!!! loved pig, melissa and So Damn Lucky was my favorite of the night. Jeff Cofin in #41= unreal.

User: Beall3431
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Best 41 and two-step of all time
New songs amazing

User: BigEydFish34
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Sound quality sucked

User: bila
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number 23. farthest i have ever been. last row in on the back side of the stage. however it was the best show since my prolly about my 2 show. they just were not fucking around and they sounded great.

User: Billy Walsh
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Got off to a great start with Dont Drink The Water. When Greg Allman came out and they played Melissa, the whole crowd went crazy. Then they played the big three, Ants 41 and Two Step, all in a row was awesome.

User: billy4877
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Best dave show i have ever seeen. PERIOD!!!

User: bknapp4dave
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Great show!

User: bosk41
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Gregg Allman made my night

User: Brad1980
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"Who opens their tour at Madison Square Garden"

User: brandnewkickers
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I enjoyed pig, #41 and Funny the way it is

User: brenny55
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amazing tour opener right at the garden in nyc... dont drink the water and cornbread were great beginners... 41 ants marching and two step were awesome set closer... sister and tripping billies was awesome as well

User: Bryan89
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"Who starts a tour a madison square garden." -Dave

This was my first "Recently" and they did the extended jam which was awesome!

User: btlzdmb
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Aside from my first show, my favorite show. Moved around a lot. Got to floor level. Thank you, Dave.

User: Burton277
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Great show to kick off 2009! I really enjoyed the new songs. Melissa, Pig, and Recently were the definite highlights of the show. I also thought they did a fantastic job with 2 step.

User: camaroz28dmb
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awesome!!!!!!!

User: Cape Town
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Great show, nice to hear the new stuff.. They kept it real.

User: cdl2814
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LeRoi Chant -> Ants -> #41 -> Two-Step
Unbelievable finish. Best SDL I've heard.

User: CDoskoez
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The Best Show To Date, I Got A DrumStick From Carter... Thanks Carter Your The Man

User: changingcolors
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unbelievable. pig is my favorite song and i've never had the pleasure of hearing it live- what a treat. raven also was a nice surprise, along with FTWII + 2 more unreleased songs (which sounded great, but i think they'll come even more into their own as the tour goes on). two step, nancies, ants marching were out of this world. DDTW opening with the curtain was awesome. Greg Allman was an awesome surprise. An awesome concert- can't wait for this summer!

User: cheebant
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why i am is awesome...best two step i've ever seen

User: childof2dykes
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i loved when i went to this show, first arena concert and got to hear new big whiskey tunes at the time, great show

User: chubbyfresh
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great show best two step i ever seen

User: clhammer
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Ants Marching - #41 - Two Step was the best 3 songs in a row I've probably ever heard live!

User: Cobraman332
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This show was easily the best I've been to. 3 live debuts, a guest appearance by Gregg Allman, and rarities like Raven & Pig totally made the night. This show contained 2 of the 4 longest songs of the entire spring tour, so it was definitely worth the price. Coffin & Reynolds repeatedly killed on solos, although Timmy sometimes seemed to drag on for a while but I only realized this after the show when I recapped with friends. The high energy throughout was stellar, and this was one show that really never had a dull moment. Superb.

User: cochecton
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Who starts a tour at Madison Square Garden?

Dave Matthews Band, BECAUSE THEY CAN!

User: Cooper3437
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20th show, and the best that i have ever seen carter. roi chants all night. just wow.

User: crashintonickdm
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epic.

User: crjif
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Decent show for MSG IMO

User: Crush Ken
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Great show. Jeff was great! Carter was phenomenal!

User: cruton1534
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just awesome. the band was dead on. Of coarse the highlights to me were Pig, Raven and a full Recently.

User: cscBiology
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Amazing Show, but what wouldn't be from center and 4th row!

User: Currancity
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Who starts the tour at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN? NEED I SAY MORE?

User: cwolfe
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Loved the tour kick off! Very high energy.. Probs my favorite concert yet!

User: dagoof586
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Amazing show! Raven what a treat. New stuff sounded awesome.

User: davethegreat
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Great energy, great setlist, and hands-down, an awesome show.

User: dbkidd
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Great show! Slow start for me though.

User: delappi
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Greg and Sweet Melissa o yea... decent crowd

User: DesignBox
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KICKED ASS!! I'm pumped for the summer!

User: destiny
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Awesome start to the tour. High energy they had me dancing all night..

User: Digitalfury2248
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Great show, great kickoff to 2009. The highlight of the night had to be Recently- it was just amazing. Raven came out of nowhere... it's been a long time and I was dying to hear this one!! (hopefully they'll stick with Raven and kick it up a notch even) Two Step was another stand out (not that it ever isn't). Was great to hear the new tunes as well... Funny the Way It Is was great live, Spaceman started slow but grabbed me with that catchy chorus, and Why I Am is an absolute gem and has a -very- bright future. Love Timmy. First time seeing Coffin... A++ right there. Rashawn's the man, and those background vocals fit perfectly. '09 is off to a great start.

User: dmb114
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Band was good, good set list, good new songs.. Tim has GOT to go.

User: dmb208
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amazing tour opener

User: donski
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Amazing energy, great song choices and awesome atmosphere!

User: doormatt3500
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Who starts a tour at MSG? DAVE MATTHEWS BAND DOES!!!! They rocked the house all night long. You could feel the anticipation in the air as they teased before Don't Drink The Water. The new songs sounded great and have lots of room for exploration which is very exciting. It was great to hear old favorites such as Raven and Pig. The jam on Recently was probably the highlight of the night, closely followed by Jeff's solos on #41 and You Might Die Trying. The band is in a great place and if this show set the bar quite high for the rest of the tour!!

User: dragon886
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A few gems in the middle with recently and pig. Slowed down with new songs, but really picked up at the end of the set with Ants, #41, Two Step in a row.

User: elliotdabah18
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great show, heard funny the way it is and why i am 1st time

User: fantasia22
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One of the best ive seen in my many shows. Especially to open a tour and without Roi.

User: fishingforapig
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best show since central park..energy was great love it!!

User: FrankieBallz921
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Great reveal of songs from Groogrux before the album release and Melissa with Gregg Allman.

User: gbdmbfan3
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Pig is always a great song to hear Live - Gregg Allman singing Sweet Melissa was insane!

User: geoffc
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Very solid night to kickoff the tour. At first listen I tought all the new material sounded full of potential. DDTW opening has gotten a little common, but I still love it. 1st ever Raven for me, nice surprise. Good to hear Recently, Pig, SDL and 27. Gregg was another pleasant surprise, gotta love the Allmans. The AM>41>TS run was awesome.

User: gfdead
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This is my 20+ show...

Overall: Slow start...but great great finish.

We didnt need another DDTW opener (same opener as stand up for a cure show)...After a nice Raven and YMDT (w/ a sick jam) - the show picked up. Pig was great to hear...and while there was no funky intro or outro, Recently was great also. Mellissa w/ Allman was a good surprise (although people on the boards knew about it) and 41 & Two Step were bangers. Nice to hear Billies close out the set.... but I was hoping for a Jessica. Off to NJ...


User: goodgoodtime29
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great show, one of the best ive seen by the band in years, they were on fire. I've also never been to a show that had such a high level of energy before it even started.

User: grafxdesin
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This was a great show! Dave had so much energy and Greg Alman showing up for Melissa was a great suprise! Also the next sax player (not sure his name yet) was amazing. He demanded attention during teh show and got it. He will be a great replacement for Roi and will keep his light lite! Great show!!!

User: gravedigger dan
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amazing

User: greatlarrybird3
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Gregg Allman was dirty

User: gregorysw
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with Neil

User: greybart41
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First time at MSG. Very impressive venue. The crowd left something to be desired I felt, particularily given the venue. I have heard that MSG crowds are notorious for sitting on their hands though. Great to see the DMB back though. The new songs sounded good. Obvious that they are not in a groove yet, but a great time none the less.

User: griffd2004
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Copying this from an email I sent a friend. "Pig was sick! Recently was a treat! So Damn Lucky
with Tim on that trancing Trey lick is always mind blowing, the Ants Roi tribute was touching, and the new stuff is already sounding hot. An awesome start to a tour!"

User: GroogruxKing#41
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9.4/10

User: groton
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really liked the new songs
Pig and Recently were great. says something when my get my drink songs where YMDT and SDL.

User: haybale97
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amazing amazing show. nothing i would change

User: hazeman
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Great

User: jackieo
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Tim Reynolds was incredible on the electric guitar. Greg Allman guesting was an amazing surprise. Always good to see #41. Great show!

User: JasonCoz
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What a way to start... All the Tweets make your own cover, then the black stage, much fun! Space Man and I am were difficult to hear but Funny gives me great hope for the 09 tour

User: jedewan
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The new songs were great.

User: jerseyjohn23
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This concert was filled with tons of the bands major hits. My personal highlights were Dancing Nancies (my favorite song), Pig, Ants, #41, Two Step and Tripping Billies in the encore. There was also some nice rare treats like Raven and Recently. This was a great way to start off the tour. The new songs have potential with Funny The Way It Is leading the way as my favorite. Much better live than the studio version. It will be great to see how the setlists change for tomorrows show across the river. Again, great concert for the diehard Dave fans.

User: jimmygdmb
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Great show! I went with one of my best friends and seeing Melissa Live (one of my favorite moments off the piedmont live DVD) was a true treat!

User: jkrue22
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"Who starts a tour at Madison Square Garden?" DMB does, and they put on a pretty amazing show too. Great mix of rarities (Raven, Pig, Recently), classics (Ants, #41, and Two Step in a row to end the main set), and highly anticipated new songs (Funny the Way It Is, Spaceman, and Why I Am). The crowd was loud and rocking the whole time. My one and only gripe would be Sister in the E1 slot. After such an incredible end to the main set the encore left something to be desired. No wonder so many fans stuck around in hopes of just "one more song"...

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Called the opener!

User: jonmonty198
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ants-->41-->two step. throw a little raven and pig in there and what more can i say.

User: jroseok
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Unbelievable energy! Great to hear new songs. MSG is like nothing else!

User: JShaf
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Such a great show! One of the best I've seen. First time for 3 of the new songs from Big Whiskey. Also got to see Raven and Pig!

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TICKET $70
BUS RIDE $75
DRINKS $10
NEW SONGS PRICELESS

User: jwehaeDMB
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Raven, Pig, Recently w/ jam!!!! = Best show ive seen

Funny The Way It Is, Spaceman, Why I Am = Best show ive seen

Ants->41->Two Step incredible run = Best show ive seen

LeRoi chant = chills

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Unbelievable show to start the Spring Tour. They finally brought Recently back and Ants/41/Two Step were nothing short of amazing. Carter's solo on Two Step was the best ever.

User: jzydlo
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Very SOLID opening show with some new tunes! Plus there is something about seeing them at MSG! First time since May 2002 and it was another great one! Definitely worth the road trip from St. Louis, Mo.

User: KaTTyQoS8
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Very high energy, they really killed it. There were 2 different times during the show that the boys went into a jam session so ridiculous, when they went back to finish off the song i had forgotten what they were playing.
Dave loves gettin down during cornbread. He's a dave steppin, dancing machine! Raven was a nice surprise. The new songs sound good. Allman was a great surprise, i loved sweet melissa. 41 into two step was sick. Overall they played every song over 100% and you can't ask for more.

User: Kmart28Jets
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the energy was terrific from start to finish. i loved hearing recently, raven, pig, and nancies was great. terrific show overall. the new songs are great also.

User: knowyurrole12
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Gregg Allman made the concert amazing. Good end to the 1st set.

User: kyle4001
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Tons of energy.

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The first Funny

User: LateArrival
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One of the best shows I've ever been to. Especially if you consider the fact that it was an "arena show" which often can't compare to outdoor venues. However, the boys were clearly very excited to open the tour at MSG. The setlist was amazing and even the new songs that had NEVER been played, fit in quite nicely!

User: leahztwostep
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Excellent show! Gotta love Tim and Greg Allman! Best song played - in my opinion - #41 and Dancing Nancies!

User: leighaubry
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All around great start to the season. Good standards, some rarities, and some great new songs. Jeff was hot and I didn't dislike Tim as much as last year.

User: lo0obrandono0ol
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raven made my night. everything else was amazing too.

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User: LovinthoseWings
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Always a special show cause we heard the first bw songs.

User: LUAnt
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Great show! Loved to see Melissa live, especially after hearing it on the Piedmont Park CD

User: luvXdmb
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My first DMB show!

User: magnj
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fun, interesting set list.

User: mattyd000
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There is a lot that has yet to be reported that, to me, were one of a kind moments that made this such a special show.

I am approaching 100 lifetime shows, so maybe I notice the "little things" more than usual...

Show did start off a bit slow... one note on Cornbread - they added a new part to the song, music only (no lyrics), was kind of like a bridge of sorts. Short but I liked it.

Funny TWII is a great song, I'm looking forward to seeing it take shape over the course of the tour.

Raven is one of my favorites so I was happy to hear that. Few small blunders in there by Dave and Carter, but since it has been a while I think they did a great job and it sounded pretty solid.

YMDT - sounded good, still love the outro - Dave really did some nice improv screaming, horns were spot on. Coffin is really sick... as we already know

Spaceman - don't know what to make of it yet. I like the lyrics and word play, may need to hear the album version to get a better sense of this one.

Nancies - awesome, Boyd was great.

Pig - made a great comeback. Timmy added some nice detail to the verses, very subtle though. This was where I noticed that Dave was looking up and to the right at a few lyrical points that may have made him think about Roi, almost as if he was looking up at Roi wherever he is. You could tell he was missed I got a sense that the main band members had an awkward feeling about starting a new tour without Roi there with them... more to come on that.

Melissa- Greg Allman came out, sounded good. Best performance of Melissa I have heard. Nice soloing by Timmy.

Recently - this is where the show picked up. They FINALLY played the song all the way through and it was as good as ever! I really hope they keep this in the rotation.. I'd been wanting for them to bring it back for a long time. Carter sand the harmonies.

So Damn Lucky - The band version just keeps geting better. The end jam changed a bit but was awesome.

#27 - I like but had to run to the bathroom.. didn;t seem to miss much.

Why I Am - awesome upbeat new album song. Dave on electric. Before they started to play it Dave said that it was Roi's favorite of the new songs.

After Why I Am was over, the crowd broke out into a Roi chant for about 2 minutes. I got choked up and you can tell (I was close to the stage) that all of the guys were overwhelmed with emotion and Dave didn't know what to say...

...so instead of finding the right words they jumped into the best Ants Marching I have EVER heard. For the first minute or so of the intro all the guys had straight serious faces and I am pretty sure I noticed a few tears on Dave, Fonzi, & Boyd's faces, they seemed as if they were playing their hearts out to honor Roi and to channel the emotions created by the crowd's Roi chant to the music.. and that they did. After a minute or so of the intro, Carter burst into a huge smile and I could just tell that they were all thinking the same thing... tonight's Ants was a tribute to Roi and they would play the shit out of it for him.

The energy rolled right over into #41 and Two Step. Probably the absolute best verions of all 3 songs I have ever seen or heard. Coffin & Carte Dueling solos in #41, Coffin started the jam with the old-school belafleck riff jam (I think another nod to Roi.) And them Timmy did it up. Everyone got a turn on Two Step and it was spectacular!

Quick Break

Solid Sister with Carter & Rashawn on harmonies.
Solid Billies closer.

Carter threw out a shitload of stix after the show. Of course I didn't get one.
The other thing I wanted to mention was that Stefan seemed a bit out of it tonight.. not sure if it was just a hard reality not having Roi by his side for the 1st time at a tour opener or if it was something else, but I hope he is ok.

All in all an amazing and special show that I will never forget. NJ tomorrow, can't wait.

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got backstage at MSG, again! Also met Tim Renyolds, Jeff Coffin, Rashawan Ross. Went with Jared Reichbaum. Had to come home on the 3:00am amtrak.

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Very energetic from start to finish, good song selection

User: minkisman03
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This was seventh concert and my second and msg, and it blew away the other time! I liked this concert a lot but there were a few things that werent that great.
DDTW-Great way to open the show. I wonder why they dont put the screens up for the opening song. I was in 333, and I felt that it was a little too quiet. Maybe its just me but i want them to pump the volume up a little bit.
Cornbread-Great song and I like the new bridge section thingy. The only complaint about it is I really liked the "ohhh yeah, you know you love me" part that he used to do, and Dave didnt do it. But that little laugh thingy was fuckin sick.
FTWII- When I was there I was like meh about it. When I went home and listened to it, its probably my favorite song out of all the new material. I love it and it makes me want to buy the album so much more than before i listened to it.
Raven- Completely taken off guard. While one of the reasons why i love seeing this band live is the unpredictability of songs that will be played, even I was like holy shit. I loved it.
YMDT- Great song, but I think it lacked just a little bit of passion.
Spaceman- I think its pretty cool.
Dancing Nancies- How can you complain.
Pig- Great to hear again, interesting to see that they were going to play Granny instead they switched.
Melissa- Now, Im not complaining, but i was a little bit confused about this. Gregg Allman just comes out for one song and then bounces. Nevertheless it was great to have the opportunity to see him.
Recently- I thought it was pretty good.
SDL- I personally love this song. Yet again, i kinda wish that they would have put the mic volume up a little bit, it was hard to hear dave over the croud.
#27- I love this song. I thought it was a great performance.
Why I Am- Great song. The croud was into it big time and I could hear the references to Roi, and its beautiful.
Ants-Awesome as usual.
#41- Great
Two Step- This has to be the highlight of the show for me. I loved the ending. I really loved the ending.
Sister- Meh. I would have loved Halloween. Not reasonable for the first show of a tour but whatevs.
Tripping Billies- First time hearing it and it was pretty good.


User: mullet420247
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great show... very touching moment when the crowd chanted "Le-Roi'Le-Roi"

User: NatickDMBfan
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#41 was by far the best version I have ever heard

User: ndeluca
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Great Show

User: nepajoe
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Awesome show to start the tour. 3 new album songs, Raven, Pig, great set list.

User: pantalanagatuba
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Tied for the best show I have ever been to since 1998. Fantastic setlist and an even better performance by the band. Lived up to the hype. Hope to see this on a live release sometime in the future.

User: patentgator
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Great tour opener. New songs sounded amazing ... plus Raven, Pig, Nancies, Two Step ... a great omen for this year's tour!!

User: pritts1237
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Great seats...

User: RaGE of Tru7H
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Great Show!

User: ramstralia5
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Great energy and setlist! NYC!!

User: regan
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sat w joe m, stouts pre & post, laffing fit train home

User: revenge4hire
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Great show, Raven, Recently and the 3 closing songs really topped it!! New songs all sounded good too!

User: Revolution36
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solid show. i had a blast. new songs were sweet, best two step i've personally ever heard.

User: rlaneve
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A lot like last year, but I love the great new songs!

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pig

User: rocksquats
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FTWII sounded better live than the studio version. nice setlist though- love to see raven and recently. closed it out with 3 straight monsters also. pig was excellent as always. and sweeet melissa was very nice with mr. allman. spaceman had the right idea... not sure about the lyrics though

User: Roose13
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Don't Drink the Water - good way to open the tour

Cornbread - very high energy as always. Dave's dancing was hilarious

Funny The Way It Is - very good debut. has potential

Raven - very nice bring back

You Might Die Trying - good as usual

Spaceman - pretty solid, could get better

Dancing Nancies - awesome as usual

Pig - this surprised the hell out of me and everyone there

Melissa - gregg allman was a pleasant surprise and tim was stellar on it

Recently - soooo glad they brought this back in ful. love stefan's running baseline

So Damn Lucky - the outro was beautiful as always

#27 - so glad it's still around

Why I Am - the best new song! i freakin' love it

Ants Marching - this was an awesome surprise

#41 - jeff and tim were unbelievable

Two Step - tim and carter.... just wow. carter is not human

Sister - typical and still very beautiful

Tripping Billies - such energy. good way to end a show. was praying for last stop when carter took about 20 beats to count them in.

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Finally saw Pig!

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Tour opener and I was pummped for this one. Dave and the boys did not disapoint. Maybe because it was the first show or maybe 'Roi was in their heads, but a lot of the songs had some extra zip on them. It's hard to explain, but if you were there, you know what I am talking about. Pig, Nancies, Ants & Recently were all fantastic and probably some of the best versions I've heard in a long time. They finally played "Receently" as a whole song! It was my 41st DMB show and right on cue, they played #41, which was unbelievable. I am getting tired of DDTW as an opener, but So Damn Lucky is really becoming great live, especially with Tim. The new songs sounded really good, but I am probably going to need to hear the studio version of "Spaceman" to really get into it.
Looking forward to Jersey tonight and then Jones Beach over the summer!

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sweeetness

User: shpsoccer
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The opening of the DMB 2009 Tour a story tell even as i grow older.

User: shuls13
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Sweet melissa was legit, new songs were awesome. Roots were great. Jeff Coffin pulled his weight and then some. One of the better shows I've seen so far.

User: Sidewayzzz
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This show was amazing, considering all that the band went through last year I couldn't have asked for a more graceful return to the stage. I was moved at the core of my being.

User: simonpb17
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Excellent seats... 4th row center stage... Annie and Chris joined Nora and I.

User: sk4sports86
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blew me away! loved how the band played a lot of old songs despite the new album. Would have loved to hear a 3rd encore song but still had a blast =)

User: Skisaw
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Favorite song of the night has to be You Might Die Trying…

Most likely the BEST DMBjam I’ve ever heard… I was moved.

User: Slam0077
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From start to finish, unbelievable show. Melissa with Allman was amazing, new songs were incredible, and the classics were the best.

User: SlimMcgee
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Pig and Raven being revived. Funny, Space, and Why played for the 1st time was a good feeling. And it's MSG. Hard to go wrong there

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Think we are all falling in love with Cornbread and YMDT!!! 2 great songs....Recently was SO AMAZING...I love that song. highlight of my night!..the lyrics are great, can tell its an 'old' one!!! Raven was a very sweet surprise!
DDTW...hmmm, like it but too predictable. The new stuff sounds real good. Solid close to end set.
Encore was so so....just too short!!!
Boys looked great and sounded great!
ps...thanks to Gregg Allman for hanging out!

User: sonofsuns34
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"Who opens a tour at Madison Square Garden?"
DMB does and they rock the shit out of the place!

User: stoops
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Subpar for MSG

User: stumpe1231
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Very cool hearing Raven and also kicking off the tour at the Garden. Love the new tunes, Funny The Way It Us, Why I Am, and Spaceman. It was one of my highlights when Greg Allman came out with the band and performed Melissa.

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Loved witnessing debut of new songs! Loved Spaceman

User: supog
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blown away with Raven and Pig. Best Two Step I have ever herd. Great show

User: Swift989
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Best Show Ever. period. ever. period.

User: talairys
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The boys were in good spirits. Liked the new songs, but damn, I miss Roi. Also, a little underwhelmed with the MsG crowd, which was a real surprise.

User: Technicolor
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Incredible, as it was my first show. I had been a casual fan for several years, but recently got really into it. My friend, who has seen Dave over 40 times, wound up with an extra pair of tickets a couple hours before and gave them to me. What a night.

User: tgereau17
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First DMB show!

User: The Phantom
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Another awesome time. Amazing Recently

User: TheTallOne
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Words can't describe. This was my first MSG show, and the atmosphere was incredible, and then the band puts on a show like this. Raven and Pig were shockers, Greg Allman was an amazing suprise, and Ants-41-Two Step may be the best run I have ever experienced. Besides a subpar encore, this show was perfect.

User: TOC1616
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Not bad, but a very average show. Understandable since it was the 1st show of the tour. Crowd was really into it which is nice to see. Love the new songs.

User: tomyboy420
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Musically speaking the best show i've seen...#40.

User: TrippenTuesdays
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This was an amazing way to start a tour at MSG!!

User: Tripping Bobby
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Excellent show. Pig was awesome, and Gregg Allman tore it up during Melissa.

User: trippinsammy
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1OTH ROW!!

User: urxbestxbet
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Amazing

User: vanceromance
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First show of the spring tour. Great show!!

User: willie scotland
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Heard today, May 2017, that Greg Allman had just died, so came back to this site to read my review from 2009, only to find that I didn\'t complete one, very remiss of me....! Only time I ever saw Greg Allman, but still remember it very well, good version of Melissa. Happy times and happy memories.

User: wispez
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was my 29th show and by far top 3!!! thanks guys!!!

User: zDmB41
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sickkkk showw cant wait till jones beach ... 5 stars

User: Zebber
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fantastic show...!

User: zielinsc
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Overall I loved this show .. MSG had so much energy built up in it I thought the roof was going to blow off. The long 41 was my fav. part of the show, however I was a huge fan of Pig. Cofflin did a tremendous job, def. underestimated his skills and Tim Reynolds is just a legend esp. when holding a guitar in his hands. See you guys @ SPAC , Hershey and Scranton !!!


   


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