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Currently Awaiting Liberation
One of the most exciting aspects of a Dave Matthews Band show is the possibility that on any given night, just about any given song can be played. Now the reality is that there are songs that are played with far more regularity than others. It has become a bit of a sport for fans to chase song "liberations", which occur when a song has been played for the first time after a lengthy hiatus.

Conditions for Song Liberation
A line has to be drawn somewhere, and after careful consideration, we at Ants have come up with the following criteria for what constitutes a song liberation:

  • 150 shows since last performance - This is the most subjective criteria of the bunch, admittedly. While humans measure time in terms of days, the pandemic response that forced the cancellation of the 2020 tour pushed us to consider "shows since" as our preferred metric for judging song scarcity. For example, should DMB go on a 3-year hiatus, we wouldn't consider every song a liberation upon return. 150 shows is somewhere in the ballpark of 3 years' worth of shows, and that feels about right.

  • No Teasing - Must be considered a full performance of the song. Teases and partials will not be considered a valid liberation.

  • Cover Song Minimum: 10 Plays - The band is known for playing lots of covers, but very few stick around for the long haul. Those that do, certainly warrant liberation should they disappear and return at a later date (read: Watchtower, The Maker).

  • Original Song Minimum: 5 Plays - A song should stick around for a few plays before we consider it established enough to warrant a liberation upon its return.

There are, of course, a few exclusions to cover some outlier cases:

  • Album Exclusions - Tim Reynolds originals, True Reflection songs and songs deemed collaborations

  • Intros, Improv & Jams

  • Previous Song Versions - Examples include Don't Burn the Pig & Leave Me Praying

Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
2125109701993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
1990106901993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
1777102661994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
1658100411995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
150193761997-06-08NatureCover Songs
116278362001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
113775792002-05-10WasteCover Songs
112875662002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
89062692005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
77756082007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
75953452008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
72352682008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
56745412010-09-03Busted StuffBusted Stuff
52841612011-09-18American Baby IntroStand Up
47237082012-12-14Baby BlueBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
46235542013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
42934842013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
42234472013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
41834402013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
39931762014-05-30American BabyStand Up
36730852014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
32827592015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
32527542015-07-26Let You DownCrash
32227482015-08-01Long Black VeilCover Songs
31727132015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
31627122015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
31527092015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
31427072015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
30926762015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
30726712015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
30426672015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
30126612015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
29426502015-11-07Little ThingUnreleased
26724162016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
25123852016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
24118312018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
24118312018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
22216912018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
20416572018-07-27Hunger for the Great LightStand Up
18915322018-11-29Sleep to Dream HerEveryday
18415242018-12-07Belly Belly NiceAway From The World
18315232018-12-08Kill The KingUnreleased
17915162018-12-15Burning Down The HouseCover Songs
17514312019-03-10Help MyselfUnreleased
17014222019-03-19DreamgirlStand Up
14613282019-06-21Stand UpStand Up
14413212019-06-28If I Had It AllEveryday
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
24997961996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
23088701998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
22888351998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
18279962001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
17879942001-03-21What You AreEveryday
16877802001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
16077572001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
15876342002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
22795151997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs
20194811997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
20093411997-07-13Let You DownCrash
19187781999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
16087321999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
15887211999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
15072562003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash
14972542003-03-31Big Eyed FishBusted Stuff


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