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Dave Matthews Band
June 24, 2011
Bader Field, Atlantic City, NJ

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User: 2 step
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CAPTAIN HAS BEEN LIBERATED!

User: acohen5
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Absolutely blown away. First time i actually made it all the way to the front of the floor literally front "row" with nothing but the fense infront of me! The setlist was incredible just like the entire weekend!

User: AddiePalooza
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Amazing show with an amazing crowd! Another great notch in my DMB belt!

User: Ademo6
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The setlist was great but the energy was not as good as the other nights

User: alexsalpietro
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captain made the night

User: Audette
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Great all around show, lots of energy and great covers.

User: Austco5231
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1st show of the Caravan Tour, 1st 3-Day DMB Show, and 1st multiple day festival I have ever been to! At around 4pm I told the people I came with that I was going to go off on my own to try to get close and I would see them back at the hotel. I managed to get literally all the way up to like the 1st row, I was literally on the railing! This was the show where I was first introduced to Ray Lamountagne, who I now think is awesome. I've always liked Captain, and this was the 1st time Captain had been played since 2004! It was the 1st time Shotgun was played since 2009! There were a couple new song debuts and cover debuts too!

User: Baybutt99
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great covers great selection

User: BeachBall420
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first time on a psychedelic (mushrooms) for a dave show, or any show for that matter. really took them for the day's worth of shows we were seeing (flaming lips were good but they only played dark side of the moon, wanted to hear flaming lips sons) we put the mushrooms on a pizza we ordered. my buddy Anthony (same dude who fell asleep on the lawn) got his fake ID taken from him early in the day. the shrooms were kinda worn off by the time i really remembered and enjoyed the dave show. buena and whiter shade of pale became my favorite covers. just fantastic. crashed at my grandparents beach house afterwards.

User: Beanitis
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Seemed like a warmup. Stunned silence among many in the crowd after they ended so early. Not a bad show, just not a great one, either.

User: billbowlten
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First EVER music festival...headlining my favorite artist.

User: bookum134
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I thought this was a very good show but i can't say it was one of my favorites. It was great to see the band back but i wish they would tone it down on the big whiskey tunes. The crowd was also terrible. Everyone was pushing and trying to get to the front instead of watching the show. Still solid show hearing shotgun and captain.

User: bpaultre
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Awesome

User: BPClemens
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Great start to the weekend!! Loved hearing shotgun and captain! Kind of short set, but Dave was energetic throughout the show!

User: BrettS0890
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Captain, plus 3 new songs!! great first night

User: bugginout
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Fantastic start to my tenure seeing Dave live

User: cfinns
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1st show

User: cheebant
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Shotgun easily brings this show to a 4 for me

User: cheeseheadnj
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Loved Proudest Monkey into Satellite! The encore was pretty awesome as well! Great show!!!!!

User: crashintonickdm
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so excited to see captain return. whiter shade of pale and good times, bad times was so excellent as well.

problem is, theyre not DMB songs. only a few classics. very short too. disappointing N1.

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User: Dadokai1
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Awesome!

User: dancingfire75
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great time, real good set it really dont get much better than dmb and ac!

User: danodo18
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best ever

User: Dave'sRapunzel
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First night of the Caravan, started out with a killer set. Awesome energy

User: DaveMathewsHand
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BEST TIME EVER

LOVE JOHN MAYER AND DAVID RYAN WITH DMB IS ONE OF THE BEST COMBINATIONS

User: dball2
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Fan-friendly set with some gems in there. "Buena" and "Good Times, Bad Times" were great. I was totally surprised and blown away with "Captain".

User: dbright
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Encore made up for lackluster setlist

User: devilshockey90
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Solid start to the caravan

User: DMBcinci24
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4 Because of Captain and the new covers...

User: dmbstone19
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Set was decent, but nothing too special. Pacing seemed off, but DMB is always fun. This whole event is awesome, good start to the weekend

User: douce54
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Really good. Too short

User: dpavadmb
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A pretty standard dave show. I got my first captain and I loved all of the new covers. This was the first show that I was in the front row, so it was pretty damn awesome. I loved the caravan venue!

User: dray10486
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Great to have them back, sounded great, good setlist, new covers, captain! lot of fun!

User: DrinkMadBeer
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Hated all the covers. Typical Friday show.

User: EDDMB
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Good show.I had a really good time.DDTW,Shotgun,Captain,Squirm very solid.The encore was great,GTBT,but could have used a Two Step or even 41 to end it.

User: ethom725
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First time ever I have been Front row. Worth the 6 hour wait there. Amazing set list. Fantastic weekend!

User: evilprincess
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Amazing!!!

User: FAITHshedances
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The band was really just getting warmed up for the rest of the weekend

User: fastdyl41
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Good but too many covers for an opening season show.

User: finkdu
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..... there are no words for what this weekend brought.

User: finn snow
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fantastic opening day

User: GetOnTheBoat
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Odd set and very short show. Captain and Shotgun were great to hear again. The Buena, Whiter Shade Of Pale, and Good Times, Bad Times covers were great to hear.

User: GFin
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If it weren't for Shotgun (FINALLY!) and the decent encore this would have been the most boring show I've been to. Hopefully they were just warming up for nights 2

User: greybart41
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And they are back!

User: griffd2004
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Captain, Proudest Monkey-->Satellite, Good Times Bad Times premier with amazing Tim/Ross performances (they just had trouble ending it, but otherwise it was GREAT), Dave did A Whiter Shade Of Pale, tremendous show!!!!!!!!!!

User: groogruxQueen41
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First live experience! Road tripped 15 hrs and had the time of my life!

User: gtoddh
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A few gems but too short.

User: Halloween626
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Great kick off to a amazing weekend best three day show I have ever seen.

User: hazeman
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Fun

User: J Bomb DMB
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Dont Drink The Water, You Might Die Trying, Proudest monkey, obv satellite great way to come out to jump start the weekend!

User: jaclarke
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This was my 1st show!!! It was like my first high!! Now I'm hooked and wanting more! Totally understand how people can easily say they've been to 54, 86, or 136 shows!

User: jamcon
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Captain and shotgun were unreal. would have been a little upset if I was only seeing dave for one night

User: jasoncsmelski
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Great show for the first night of three, nice cover songs.

User: jbish901
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Captain!!!

User: jhguitar6
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Great opening to the stop. Hearing Stay or Leave is always nice.

Good Times Bad Times cover completely rocked the house and I saw some people trying to scrape their molten faces off the ground on my way out of the venue.

User: jkmeyers3
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Solid show...Shotgun and Captain were great surprises. The Zeppelin cover was clean and crisp. They seemed pretty sharp. Song selection standard for a night 1

User: JMU Thing
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Great opening night!

User: JMUThing
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Good Times, Bad Times

User: john.cobb4
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Overall, The Flaming Lips had the BEST SHOW of the NIGHT. DMB was good but DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (with the Wizard of Oz) stole the Show that night!

User: JohnG28
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This was the BEST WEEKEND EVER!

User: joshoz01
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Great set to kick off the Caravan!

User: jpdubuque
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Slow

User: jrow0524
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This festival was the absolute best!! And in my hometown.

User: jusmcw3
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Great opening!

User: kingofkings
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great performences. captain and shotgun were great surprises. would like to see those 2 songs released somehow on a caravn bonus disk.

User: kjg510
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The Good Times Bad Times encore was so unexpected after an awesome Grey Street

User: klanecks
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By and large a mediocre setlist, and SHORT (1:50, shortest show I have seen by at least one long jam song). They tip the scale to 4 stars, though, based on energy; it was really apparent how pumped the boys were to be back. Watching them nod at each other with grins on their faces as the opening chord of DDTW blared was priceless. Also, my favorite memory of the night, great example of why you need to see this band live: Boyd starts to head back to his spot on stage from center after jamming on Jimi Thing for about a minute and a half, and then Dave makes a cartoony show of sneaking up behind him, tapping him on the shoulder, and making huge pointing gestures back to center stage, goading him on for another minute of (excellent) jamming. It was hilarious.

That, and Captain. Holy shit, I did not see that coming, and they nailed it. The covers were excellent, too. Being five rows back helped. You all should give that shit a try. Being able to hear the music from their instruments, not through a speaker, is wonderful.

Also, am I the only one who wishes Dave would spend an afternoon in a hammock or something and nail down some solid lyrics to Shotgun? It'd make a good song a great one, in my opinion :P

User: kmarry24
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IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!!! GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE, ALTHOUGH THE SET WAS RATHER SHORT.

User: kyle64
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So amazing

User: landonweis
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Love the DDTW Opener a la Central Park. Captain and Shotgun were incredible. A little heavy on the Big Whiskey but still a great show.

User: llamallamapizza
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Not a bad show, but certainly not the best (I have been to 15 or 20 shows).

Highlights were Cornbread, Captain (really, really enjoyed this rarity), Jimi Thing and Shotgun.

Hated the encore, but some people liked it. I do not care for their Zeppelin cover at all. DMB should stick to Neil Young!

User: luvlyladie53
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Good Good Times was an awesome surprise, and the Jimi Thing/angel/Sexy MoFo combo was great!

User: luvXdmb
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Great to see the band again!

User: matt.niez
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Very unique experience with the festival setting. A little research into the history of Bader Field made this abandoned airfield an awesome location to have a 3 day, 4 set weekend in Atlantic City before the coast was destroyed by a hurricane a few years later.

User: MattMichalek
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Captain

User: mgazzerro
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Very upbeat first night. Captain was amazing as well as the covers. Good Times Bad Times ended the night well.

User: michaelmiz
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Captain

User: Miller9
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great opener for AC..the anticipation and energy when they came out was sky rocketing! opening with Dont Drink just made the entire crowd go nuts! also liberating Captain was absolutely great!! its one of my favorite songs and was great to hear.. shotgun and jimi thing were also great but the highlight were the covers such as buena and white shade of pale, but especially closing with Led Zeppelin..just epic!

User: mmacc
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Enjoyed rare list, loved the covers. But felt set was too short, left wanting so much more at end.

User: naterslater288
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A decent opening night but too much big whiskey. Was very excited when he brought back Captain!

User: ndpeirce
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Great kickoff to an incredible weekend!

User: neoisgod9
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The band was clearly very happy to be back doing what they loved. They all were smiling throughout most of the concert. Tonight was a warm up into the weekend clearly with many songs from Grugrux which were nice to hear night one and not so much night two or three. Highlights were the obvious rare ones played and the new covers. Good concert for the fans not as into it as the real fans who know all the lyrics. All around a great way to warm up for the good stuff the next two nights.

User: NumberForTOne
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Too poppy and too many covers.

User: ogray
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Shotgun made me cry.

User: Oregon Coast
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So grateful for shows in 2011 and little did we know that Bader Field was going to be so incredible.

User: Owens
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you might die trying, buena, shotgun, a whiter shade of pale, and good times bad times.. need i say more?

great show!

User: parrotisla
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One of the worst DMB shows I've ever seen. This was number 47 for me. Way too slow of a setlist. Good times bad times was the highlight of the night.

User: percussionist
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Loved the covers and rarities.

User: PHISHEAD
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If you think this show was good you are crazy! One of the worst shows Ive ever seen! Rebelution and flaming lips were the best on this day!

User: Photographer37
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Part of 3-day General Admission Caravan show.

User: pjs2869
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Good show. Nice to hear some new covers.whighter shade of pale and good times bad times rocked! Venue was really something. Wish show was a little longer.

User: procopio14
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Great show. Thirty shows. In the top ten

User: qgf259
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a little short but overall a great show

User: regan
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caesars (post Chef Vola din w Reddys and JM night) to plywood palace
JM, Nat, Renee, Dan, Andrew, Matt, Grey St. group - lost cell phone - asked one cop... who had it!

User: remdogg
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Over 60 shows, and this we by far my least favorite. The ammount of shows I have attended have slowed down a real lot, and i was super pumped for the festival concept. I was dissapointed that it was not an on sight camping stiuation, but the set up and vibe was done real well. As far as the show it self, I thought it was super predictable, and uninspiring evening. It was the only show i saw this year, and i know they made up for it the next few nights, but this one was personally a disspointment.

User: rocksquats
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pretty fun, not the greatest set list... also the band wasnt the most crisp, but still a great time.

User: SayGoodbye18
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Good show, not great. SHOTGUN!! Amazing. That was the best highlight of the show. Overall, was too short, show was only 2 hrs long.

User: scola21
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Awesome DMB show. Such a cool venue!!

User: shinebox
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Something was missing tonight

User: singleh88
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Might be the worst Dave show I have ever seen. Just an awful set.

User: sinjinseth
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Outstanding

User: SomeDevil#41
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Absolutely amazing. The best show ever! BETTER THAN SPAC N2!!!! BOOYA!!

User: steev870
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dave showed off some really incredible vocals and had terrific energy, held a lot back during the set list though. captain was a a treat

User: Stevethedj
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Great night 1 show but shorter set list than usual. Why? You'll have to ask Dave.

User: stimy123
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Good times, Bad Times! Bammmm

User: tbotttt0607
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Great show, but too much big whiskey.

User: The-stone23
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I guess people were complaining about this show but i was just so happy to actually be seeing the band i didnt care

User: TheJimiTree522
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short ass show, and was kinda bleh (even Dave himself was almost admitting it on stage), but CAPTAIN, shotgun, pale, and the zep saved it. decent start to the caravan tour

User: the_stone
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KICKASS! Captain AND Shotgun?! heaven!

User: TOC1616
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Good solid show.

User: Toomuch2saygbye
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Decent show. First time seeing them on their first concert of the year. The band was pretty mellow, but that's fine, gets them slowly into the season, er, caravan. Great Jimi Thing. Nice to finally hear Captain. Night 1 of 3 in the books.

User: Tripping Bobby
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The cover of Good Times Bad Times was a surprise. Grey Street kept the energy going and was well played.

User: Troberts091
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Shotgun!

User: Vicki Cross
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They didn't skip a beat last night..Dave's voice was well rested and perfect...Rashawn has lost another 50 lbs..good for you man. You are definitly making some lifestyle changes. All around a superb show...love the covers..but Captain was our gift..thanks

User: VusiEverydayMSG
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It was a good way to start off the 3 days. A lot of songs from Groo-Grux King, but I thought it was good. My favorite was Jimi Thing

User: wdaggett11
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Great show

User: wynant
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loved hearing captain, as well as stay or leave with the band jamming behind it

User: yankees310
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Good show, kinda short, wasnt thrilled by setlist

User: YellowBandana
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First Dave Show.
Best Songs: Squirm, Cornbread, Captain
Went with: Kalia

Never going to AC/NJ for a concert again. Tolls suck.

User: z0rk
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Shotgun... amazing. Brilliant set, great first night.


   


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