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Dave Matthews Band
August 4, 2009
Alliance Bank Stadium, Syracuse, NY

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User: acaster89
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Couldn't believe he opened the show with you might die trying, my original jam out song of his. And my all time favorite song, Don't Drink the Water was totally unexpected and the best played version of it i've heard.

User: agennaro1
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Best show I have ever seen. This is my 5th show and the best one yet. The show was show intense, Dave was having a great time on stage and it was coming thru the music. I loved the setlist, I thought it all flowed nicely together. I was dying to hear sledgehammer, but was pleasantly surpried with Solsbury Hill. I had GA tickets and with the advanced admission for warehouse I was able to get to about 8 rows back. A once in a lifetime opportunity, and well worth it!!!!

As for the GA crowd, I am from the area and didnt expect people to be so angry and pushy. I saw a "younger" crowd for the most part on the GA field and I am 24, which caused alot of the drunkin stupidity. So besides the drunk young people you had to tune out it was a great concert, and one that will be hard to beat in my book... Im spoiled now!!!!

User: alehip46
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ive been to spac both nights this year. and i gotta say it spoiled me. but this show was pretty good, always a good time seeing dave...except for all the assholes throwing stuff and being rude in GA

User: ant pegleg
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i give dmb a 5, but i suspect the jerks throwing bottles and glow sticks up onto the stage may have pissed the band off. and i don't blame them! i just hope it doesn't discourage them from coming back. they sang too many "gifts" to list. i think they would've played longer if the crowd was more respectful and mature. as a resident of the syracuse area i was embarrassed by that behavior.

User: antmarcher2005
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Great show especially the band's debut of peter gabriel's "Solsbury Hill". Great crowd too.

User: apr35
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Aside from assholes in the crowd, it was a great show. Probably my best considering my location...2nd row dead center...well worth getting there plenty early!

User: baynesx5
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good setlist, crowd wasnt into it as much as i would hope

User: bburger63
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I had Backstage passes and stood side-stage for the entire show - Incredible!

User: billbowlten
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This was my first EVER Dave Matthews Band show, right in my hometown.

User: blue\/\/ater
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First row front and center
Solsbury Hill.
Will never forget it.

User: briboy82
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Great show great to general admin to be in the front!

User: brngthtbeatback
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you might die trying was an amazing opener. jimi thing was probably my fav of the night-- sexy mother fucker shakin that ass continuation from spac. would've like to see two step and spaceman played, but oh well, an amazing show. weather was perfect, crowd was good minus the assholes that kept pushing through me throughout the night.

User: Chitty54
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SAM KININGER!!!!!!!!!!!!

User: coombse
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Average Show- was great to hear the whole band bust out with Solesbury Hill and vocals in the Stairway interp during AATW...

I sat in grandstands, GA looked like a shit show. Hopefully they'll come back to Syracuse

User: dank_5
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WHAT A GREAT NIGHT!

User: darry2385
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ymdt is still a good opener, imo. liog>monkey was great, #40 was a nice treat in the encore, choo choo here comes a train, and daves right titty sweats more than his left. hope they come back next year!

User: davetripping02
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good show

User: DBush20
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Great show at a great new venue. Solsberry Hill was a big surprise and I loved it!!!!

User: dmb dude
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show was unreal...the little led zep interpolation was amazing in watchtower. shotgun real good, liog > shake just great whole show was awesome

User: dmbaddict6swife
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awesome standing places closest weve been to dave awesome setlist danced all nite wonderful friendly fans in lot before show

User: dmbcuse01
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Amazing for a local show.

User: DMBgodro
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Decent set list, good to see dave back in the cuse!

User: eachesebro
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So surprised that he ended on a cover song... but loved that he closed with my favorite song!!!!!

User: fjr1945
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awesome i was front row and made the cuse news paper the next day!

User: gestalt162
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http://antsmarching.org/forum/showthread.php?t=261608

User: glennieb
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Very solid show,trains were cool, General Admission crowd were idiots throwing things on stage.

User: griffd2004
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Great show - solsbury hill, #40, shotgun, ymdt opener, awesome. The crowd was quite chatty though and the wind created some sound issues early on (felt like the Gorge). Dave was so happy the entire time - he even joined Carter throwing sticks to the crowd after the show. Jeff/Rashawn were on fire. Tremendous show.

User: groogruxqueen89
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My first concert! Was awesome

User: HabsFan86
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Second Dave show. Solsbury Hill amazing. Kens bday.

User: Hastalavictoria
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Warehouse tickets, waiting in the scorching sun for hours then busted a flip flop. Pasty got a speeding ticket.

User: higheverday
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My 22nd show and 6th this year, I thought it was better than I expected a baseball stadium show to be. I was at burgettstown this year so that spoiled me, but shotgun and #40 made this show worth going to. I loved the glow stick action, those of u that are upset about this should really stop being such pussies. The crowd def sucked, a ton of dickheads there, but glow sticks are great. If u ever go to a phish show u would understand. Buffalo was well represented and I loved it. Go bills

User: hottcorner10
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Pretty solid show. Band had a ton of energy and stuck with it through the entire show. Solsbury Hill was great. I could have swore I heard it from the parking lot during sound check but I had also heard Sledgehammer and I knew it was going to be one or the other. Crowd was a little less energized for the set list. #40 is always a treat for me and the girl running the bases during the encore made it much more enjoyable.

User: Imagine41
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Awesome!

User: J Bomb DMB
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Had to sneak in this show some how magically, Sold out in 10 MIN!

User: jamin35008
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Awesome Show!!! Welcome back to syr dave! The show was kick ass except for all the tall people on the field......Would have been a 5 star if you played two step! Great show thought!

To those who thought it was great tossing crap on stage...good luck getting dave back next year!

User: JCoomb315
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AMAZINGGG

User: jedewan
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Great show.

User: jk93
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1st ever Solsbury Hill was phenomenal. Loved Shotgun, Squirm, Dive In, DDTW, Grey Street and the Stairway interpolation on Watchtower was insane. Great Concert.

User: jno727
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This was my 7th show. I have definitely seen better, but this was a ton of fun. The band really had a lot of energy; the most I have ever seen before. Dave was dancing around the stage and the crew really looked like they were having a good time. My only complaint was the questionable song selection during the first half of the concert. You die trying wasn't the strongest opener, followed by a bunch of newer songs.

DDTW --> Dive In --> Crush really changed things in a hurry. Crush was a classic. I was also really excited to see shake me like a monkey performed live. I had heard solbury hill in a dave and friends performance 5 years ago, but it was a lot better with the whole band. This was the first show with crash into me so I really enjoyed that as well. Grey Street was a nice ending before the encore; I hadn't heard that one in a while.

The encore started off a little slow with sister but the #40 into the all along the watchtower was just a fitting end to a solid show. I liked how they threw the stairway in there too.

At the end of the day, it was a solid show with a lot of energy and a lot of fun. I also have to comment for all the western new yorkers who are sick of darien lake that the sound systems at this place make darien look like a middle school auditorium. Plus, the parking lot dispersed a LOT faster (45 minutes in syracuse vs. an hour and a half at darien).

Did anyone notice the crowd was a little angry for a dmb show? People were throwing glow sticks all over the place, including at the band. Kind of disrepectful.

User: kenmail2
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Had fun, despite the strange stadium layout. Nice to see Shotgun.

User: kentkp
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Better setlist and performance than i expected at this venue... worst crowd ever though

Solsbury hill!

Also, they def soundchecked "money"

User: lakermech
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Stairway to heaven in the middle of watchtower was nice.

User: laststop_40
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Fun show

User: leahztwostep
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loves it, the wait from 10am was totally worth it!

User: LUV THE JAM
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Great set list, good sound, great crowd, although two fights broke out in our general area. :0(

User: Mags76
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This show is so close to being as good as night 2 in SPAC. The only thing that makes SPAC better is Halloween. Overall an amazing night....Every song he played was unbeleivable and the Solsbury Hill cover was amazing (right after a train came through). DDTW, YMDT, Crash, Crush, Watchtower, Lie in our graves and so many more. Such an amazing night

User: MANecci
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of the 5 total shows I saw in '09 this ranks right up there. Awesome! Jimi Thing, LIOG->SMLAM, 40 (even though that stupid girl ruined it by running the bases), Crush, and Dive In where among the highlights.

Major props to the girls who showed up here. All of them where hot and plenty big chested! Nice scenery tonight! Thanks ladies!

User: matt630
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Haven't seen Dave in so long, was good to be back. Great show.

User: mattatkeuka
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in between songs a passenger train went by and blew its whistle, dave went right into solsbury hill.... an amazing moment, so glad i was there!

User: mattsb218
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first full band solusbury hill--killer crush jam

User: McSterritt
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General Admission Show, got in early with warehouse and claimed my spot right at the front. Surprisingly had no problem getting crushed by others. Give it a 5 for closeness.

User: mct765
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I wish I could give shows a 4 1/2 on here. This was my 13th show and an excellent one at that. I though the band played very tight on all the songs through the night. Really cool to here shotgun after a while without it it.
LIOG-> Shake was huge
along with the great jam on crush

User: mileestar
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Great show on their return to CNY!

User: Mr.P
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solsbury hill, great
shake me like a monkey hidden in lie on our graves was totally cool

User: mrfuriousgoose
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This show was the best I've been to, which isn't saying too much as I've only been to about 10. I was surprised by the energy of the band in Syracuse. They blew me away with the encore. I've never heard them combine Stairway with Watchtower.

User: NatickDMBfan
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One of the better I've seen this year. Dave was really energized all show, GREAT Jimi Thing and Crush. LOVED the song selection

It is posted here all over but I have to say, THAT WAS THE WORST CROWD I HAVE EVER experienced at a DMB Concert. Field GA was a joke with ppl throwing stuff and all these "women" trying to dance their way to the front. By far the rudest crowd in my 21 show history. I'd never go back there again.

User: notaprep81
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One of the Best shows I've seen all year, it was a good performance with a good (not great)set list but my location made the show even better. I've seen watchtower a number of times, this was the best. Good show to get.

User: OneSweetShannon
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Wierd show for me, first without LeRoi. We didn't realize the general admission was better than the reserved seating at this venue and were disappointed to be so far from the stage. Highlights for me were Shake Me Like a Monkey and Shotgun.

User: Orangefreek
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My First Show

User: parkmandrill
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awesome performance. great energy.

User: peterberg94
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my hometown amazing to see a show there. Set list was very good. I hated the morons throwing bottles and glow sticks on stage.

User: Rianjames11
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First show!

User: ritchiedancie
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Third show this tour, best yet. Solsbury Hill, DDTW, LIOG and Grey Street were highlights. Sound was great. Great to hear Shotgun - thought it might be Baby Blue, but we'll continue to wait...

User: rizz7328
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What a great show...I hope this isn't their last trip to Syracuse! Highlights for me were Shotgun, Sol. Hill, #40 (twice for me this tour), Grey Street.

The jam in Jimi Thing was the best I've ever heard. The horns were on fire and I love the Sexy MoFo outro.

LIOG>Shake Me was a big surprise. I love the outro to LIOG and I wish I could have heard it, but if you're going to play Shake Me instead then I guess I can live with that!

User: rob3573
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After Solsbury Hill, the show was unreal.

User: RochDMBfan
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Very good set list. Crowd was great in 100 level.

User: rsailer
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About 60 shows I've seen now and this was about #59a or 59b as far as my experience goes. Mostly due to the song mix and the lack of positive energy in the crowd. Still a nice summers evening nonetheless. The band was tight in what they played. I just wasn't feeling the overall setlist flow together and I really didn't feel the crowd. Usually the dmbfandom kinship is waaayy stronger with much more positive energy shared. The crowd was pretty lame. Die Trying should not be an opener. You and Me should not be in a live show. Lyrically it's sweet enough, but very lame for a show. The rest was just kinda there.

There were some highs though. A sick sick Jimithing being A#1 for the night. DDTW was excellent. Solsbury Hill cover was very good. Crush's jam out was great. They really pair a lot of Stairway into Watchtower now, which was really good, but wouldn't it almost be cooler to just cover Stairway To Heaven instead?

Another venue on another night and I might have a different opinion. But it just didn't "happen" for me last night. Too bad for me.

User: RyanMcKay
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maybe i'm biased because of how close i was ( 2nd row, boyd side) but this was the second best show ive ever seen, behind SPAC N2 this year. die trying was fantastic as an opener, and it kept getting better from there. i got my first don't drink the water, which was awesome, and my first shotgun-i love that song. LIOG>Shake me was great, i figured it out once they started the intro and freaked out haha. the guy in front of us was about 9 feet tall, but its all good. solsbury hill is a fantastic cover, i hope they keep playing it for a while. my girlfriend's first show, you+me made her cry :) and watchtower was fantastic with stefan playing stairway for his intro. probably my last show of the summer, but now im tempted to fly to chicago in september. if not, then i'll have to wait till next year. an amazing amazing night

User: sdo0228
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Loved the cover of "Solsbury Hill". Great Setlist and the night was perfect for a show. It seemed that there were some people in GA that were a little disrespectful (throwing glow sticks). But besides that it was one of the best shows that I have seen.

User: shiffer123
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First show ever and from here on fell in love with the music!

User: silverbullet24
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brother caught a drumstick from carter

User: slywiak
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Good Show, no complaints

User: soswald
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Better than last summer...great set..a bunch of yankee assholes in the stands hitting girls kinda ruined it a little bit

User: tduffman
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Def seen better but still a great show! Jimi jam was amazing, as well as crush's. I'm glad I decided to go with 100-level so i didn't have to deal with pusher's in the crowd. A LOT of people there just to say they went though I think. Older couple on the end of my aisle basically got pissed every time I walked by them. STAND UP FOR CRYING OUT LOUD UR AT A CONCERT!!!

User: topher44
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Great to have the band in Syracuse. Hope they keep coming back.

User: trippinant41
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For the first show that I've been to in almost 3 1/2 years, it was rather enjoyable. Can't say it was the BEST setlist ever but it was definitely decent. YMDT was a great opener, Solsbury Hill was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing, and Stairway in the middle of the Watchtower jam as such a pleasure! Of course fan favorites such as Jimi Thing, Crush, and LIOG was fun. While in the parking lot I also got to hea the soundcheck of Drive In Drive Out which was phenomenal! A fun show to say the least, good energy and it was fun!

User: trippinbillie25
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Great setlist. Awesome location. AMAZING SHOW. WATCHTOWER WAS CRAZY!

User: trippndmbillies
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Great show, love hearing more of the new stuff live. Too bad the rude and incredibly obnoxious crowd kinda ruined it for me. I don't really blame dmb for staying away so long.

User: wknight
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Very relaxing show.

User: Yard
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Front row, right in front of Stefan!

User: z4mp1
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Awesome show. My First show since SPAC in July of 2002.

User: zonebone
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Pretty good but i've seen better

User: íNick!
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Was my first show. Loved every minute of it.


   


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