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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
June 12, 2009
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

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User: Agentzero
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Pretty decent show, recently and the maker the best two played. Also SMLAM debut was very cool.

User: alehip46
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sick set list, first ever live shake me like a monkey

User: aputnam23
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wait for night 2...

User: bacardibat23
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SMLAM and tomorrow DIVE IN... pretty solid setlist I love that dave loves SPAC...

User: boogienights
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1st trip to SPAC. They did not disappoint. Shake Me Like a Monkey sounded great. The new songs are coming along nicely.

User: bradley.n
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Okay set, better crowd than N2.

User: carlyreilly
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hi

User: ChrisCBA
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Another great night at SPAC. not quite as thrilling as night 2, but the new songs got a great response and the old ones as always were led by the crowd. couldn't even hear dave during the last encore song (stay)

User: collmp46
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great for a first night show

User: Cookie Monster
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Section 6, Row O, Seat 18

User: CoolKids
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good

User: cortez,the kilr
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FUCKING AMAZING

User: CrUsHmE1220
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Great time. Big Whiskey is amazing live.

User: danabear41
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My best birthday ever! Third row for an amazing show!! =)

User: davetripping02
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great n1

User: ddtw41
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My first show since Roi died. They played his song, Why I Am and then followed it with Dreaming Tree, I cried during the whole song. RIP Leroi, I miss you.

I absolutely LOVE when they do "The Maker" - that cheered me up.

User: dirtyuarizona
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There must be something in that Saratoga water! Great show!

User: DMB205
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wow..amazing show for 1st night!

User: dmbaddict6swife
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great show

User: dmband4041
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Overall a solid show, thrilled I got to hear Recently and Pig for the first time. No where near as good as night two though.

User: DMBgodro
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Was a sub-par setlist. Left the show with high anticipation for a packed 2nd night.

User: DMBPATSFAN
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Same old , same old..Recently, Pig and Maker were the highlights...N1's suck

User: DoctorDooby
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A bit too slow at times

User: dray10486
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First night was awesome, as usual the energy at SPAC was real high, having not been to SPAC since 07, and seeing them in different venues on the east coast I have to say there is a clear change in energy from one place to the next and SPAC is incredibly high. The new stuff is awesome live, particularly seven and the first shake me like a monkey was dope as well. You and Me will be a top 40 type hit for the band. I got engaged to my girlfriend of 4 years the previous night and we celebrated with 2 great shows at SPAC which is where we first got together 4 years ago just like things between the two of us have grown amazingly so has this band awesome nite one!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: Drewkinney156
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Great

User: dunnie022
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great show!!

User: dzinermomSUE
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Fun night - SPAC seldom disappoints

User: Fej01235
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The Maker. Need I say more? Lots of energy right from the gate. Thought it would be tough to top the 2nd night, but, well, I was wrong. :)

User: Freddy35
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FINALLY...Shake Me Like A Monkey! Woohoo!

User: freeskier876
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Kinky

User: GetOnTheBoat
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Recently was awesome. Shake Me A Monkey is an instant classic.
What an azz kicker live! Jeff & Tim face off on Crush never gets old. New songs sound really good. LITHAG is a gorgeous song live. Really fun show. Danced our azzes off the entire time. Crowd in our area (section 2) sucked bad. Not into the show at all. Sections of 15 to 20 people would leave for 2-3 songs at a time. There were many empty seats throughout the show. I hope they are a lot more into on Saturday. SPAC is the best place to see DMB in the east. Can't wait for tomorrow!

User: hazeman
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Great

User: herzogjr13
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Didn't think N1 could be beat, but N2 blew it away. N1 was a great set though, Pig was a big highlight as was the debut of shake me.

User: icancthebridge
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I left boston at 7:30 on my way to Michigan and decided to catch the encore at that show. This was my cousins first show so I told her that I would meet her. I got to the show at around 10:10 and literally ran to the venue... I got to the guys at the gate and told him that I had left my wallet on the hill and had to get to it... MADE it for the entire encore... great plan~!!

User: iClock
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Great show! Shake debut baby!!!!!

User: ILuvCornbread41
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Great show! First time "Shake Me Like A Monkey" was played live and it's my personal favorite off Big Whiskey. I had a "Crush" on it!

User: Imonajoyride
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Great to hear all the new stuff. Loved the shake me debut :-)

User: irockhrdface
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Great show! Second night destroyed it though!

User: Jca88dmb
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Awesome first show, couldnt be more excited

User: jchas41
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Solid show.

User: jedewan
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Great show.

User: jeffpc1983
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Good setlist but the view from the lawn is not very good at all. Loved hearing shake me like a monkey.

User: Jfullam
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The Monkey finally makes its debut!

User: jk93
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Finally got to my 1st DMB concert. Overloaded with Big Whiskey songs but I still loved it. Dreaming Tree and The Maker I wish I could remember them better. BDTH I vividly remember was awesome though.

User: jmcoll007
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Great show - sat with Bob and Matt

User: Johyo
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Loved Shake me like a monkey!

User: junt015
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Great set list...nice weather...night 2 was better though

User: kirbs
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Great Show. Sec 5 Seating was great. Highlight were SHAKE ME, Crush and Dreaming tree and pig. Lying in the hands of God was also sick. Had a great time.

User: kyle64
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Amazing concert. My first SPAC and deff not my last.

User: kylerclark15
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awesome concert great atmosphere
dmb is simply amazing at their best

User: lax1621
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HalloFUCKINGWEEEN MOTHERFUCKER

User: lo0obrandono0ol
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shake me like a monkey was siiiiick.

User: macdad4526
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Day 1 was great. New tunes are sounding good.

User: Mark837
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Bad spot on the lawn, rough crowd, hard to enjoy much of this show since the only line to the restrooms was through the spot that I was occupying.(no, it wasn't but it sure seemed that way) Decent main set but a pretty horrible encore. I got to hear "The Maker" for the 9th time!!! Will this song please go away!!

User: Matt3293
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Decent show, but NOWHERE near the quality of Night 2! Night 2 was by far and away the best concert I've been to, this was a decent show but the set-list packed the depth of N2!

User: matthewly1984
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awesome time, spaceman into cornbread was awesome, never seen dave dance like he did on cornbread..the maker was an unexpected but welcome encore ("ooooh river riiiise....")....dave was pretty talkative as well, the crowd energy was great and he was feeding off it!! SPAC rocks!

User: mattsb218
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outstanding energy throughout the early portions, incredible version of recently with "pretty girl" outro.

User: maxxd97
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Great set list, had a ton of fun!

User: maytoes
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lawn = bad idea

User: McSterritt
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Great Show

User: mct765
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pretty good show.... my 11th show but very good
shake me like a monkey was an instant classic wasnt a huge fan of two slow songs in the encore thouhg ants-> grey was incredible

hoping for some dancing nancies aathw or two step to close it up tonight

User: Mike Suits
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incredible show! definitely the best one i have ever been to.

User: mikeyp1113
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Wow.

User: Miller9
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Always love SPAC shows..just a great break out big whiskey setlist..mixed in Pig with Recently and Dreaming Tree..the closers were great though, burning down the house into ants into grey street. and the encore was one of my favorites with Dave covering the Maker and then ending with Stay.

User: NatickDMBfan
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Great, solid set with the DMB purist in mind. Sure N2 will probably have more electricity, (Jimi Thing, #41, etc.), but N1 was classic Dave AND they finally broke the seal on Shake Me Like a Monkey. You & Me, Recently, Pig, and The Maker made for a great night.

User: nick13618
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Cant really use words do describe, umm.... best yet!!!!!!!

User: OldDirtHill41
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This was a Great show for those who like Big Whiskey...almost every other song was from the new album. I loved the show and had a blast!!

User: Paizan426
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A lot of new stuff, but debut of SMLAM was good, the Dreaming Tree was my highlight.

User: r0guekiss
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Set was okay.

Slightly disgusted with the crowd on N1: couple of idiots behind me were carted off by EMTs, a guy stepped on me on his way out of the lawn from my knee down and then swore out of me, also was vomited on as I tried to make my way out of the venue in the swarm of people. No kidding. You get what you pay for though and this is for sure my last time on a lawn at a show. Had my doubts after all of this about N2 but ended up around a more chill group of people and it was better.

User: Rcfan9
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outstanding night.....

User: Revolution36
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Great show, (shake me like a monkey!) but...it was no night 2...

User: rmonge
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wow

User: scola21
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Once again... speechless. DMB never lets anyone down!

User: ShastaDMB
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Amazing, lts of crowd energy, ut a AWESOME first night, leaving us for more, something crazy is gonna happen 3nd night!

User: shpsoccer
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Hearing Shake Me Like A Monkey for the first time live was one of the craziest experiences of my life the crowd erupted and went nuts from there on.

User: Sleepr56
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Very solid show for a N1 SPAC. Encore was alright, Recently and Pig were phenominal

User: snyder147
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Great show. Nice to hear some of the new stuff as well as old favorites like DT, Stay, and Recently.

User: spac_loverNY
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SPAC is always a good time.

User: stack
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This was one of the best DMB show I have been to. They really brought out some of their best songs. Encore with the Maker and Stay was a great end to an awesome show

User: staggs24
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first time shake me like a monkey was played

User: Stevethedj
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SPAC is always a good time with great music sets.

User: stoneje
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Great show that will be rated lower by many just b/c it's being compared to the perfection that was n2. I really enjoyed this show, and you could tell the band did too.

User: stumpe1231
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Sat out on the lawn. It was a beautiful day and a great concert.

User: sugarwill1992
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Pretty awesome show; Recently was definitely one of the highlights, though the whole night was spectacular.

User: TBolts712
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Very solid N1 show at SPAC. Highlight was the first Shake Me Like A Monkey. The crowd ate it up! Nice to hear little Can't Stop and #40 teases; maybe they'll pop up soon! Recently was the other highlight of the night for me. The encore wasn't my favorite, as I despise The Maker and Stay's getting old. Overall, good performances from everyone and hoping high hopes for N2 again!

User: The Phantom
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Awesome blend of new and old, especially knowing this set preceeded the Night 2 set

User: TheGuvnah
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Me and Ty

User: tomlap2
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Loved Recently

User: trippingnancy65
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my first dave concert :)

User: ttcain
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Great to hear Pig and Dreaming Tree-- unfortunately, a few drunken fans spoild the atmosphere on the lawn.

User: turner823
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Decent show...usually leads into explosive second night at SPAC!

User: twodmbstep
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I was outside the venue it was still amazing, got to see the band drive by me it was chill. Had seats for the second night which was EPIC

User: Wckdjckt
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Saw Rashawn and Tim outside our hotel!

User: wonder2
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Not a bad show, great to hear Shake Me Like a Monkey and The Maker.

User: Yard
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Great show and the first Shake Me Like A Monkey performance!


   


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