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Currently Awaiting Liberation
Liberations
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.

Exclusions
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 ()
2073107131993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
1938104331993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
1906103761993-12-29SpotlightUnreleased
1725100091994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
160697841995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
144991191997-06-08NatureCover Songs
111075792001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
108573222002-05-10WasteCover Songs
107673092002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
101369012003-07-05AngelEveryday
83860122005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
72553512007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
70750882008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
67150112008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
51542842010-09-03Busted StuffBusted Stuff
47639042011-09-18American Baby IntroStand Up
46636462012-06-02BlackjackUnreleased
42034512012-12-14Baby BlueBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
41032972013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
38932502013-07-03Eh HeeUnreleased
37732272013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
37231922013-08-30Crazy-EasyUnreleased
37031902013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
36631832013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
34729192014-05-30American BabyStand Up
31528282014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
31128202014-09-06Sugar ManCover Songs
27625022015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
27324972015-07-26Let You DownCrash
27024912015-08-01Long Black VeilCover Songs
27024912015-08-01Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
26524562015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
26424552015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
26324522015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
26224502015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
25724192015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
25524142015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
25224102015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
24924042015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
24223932015-11-07Little ThingUnreleased
21521592016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
19921282016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
19420962016-08-30BismarckUnreleased
19220922016-09-03Cry FreedomCrash
18915742018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
18915742018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
17014342018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
16014132018-07-14Steady As We GoStand Up
15214002018-07-27Hunger for the Great LightStand Up
14413632018-09-02ButterflyUnreleased
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
24495391996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
22586131998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
22385781998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
17777392001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
17377372001-03-21What You AreEveryday
17176762001-05-21AngelEveryday
16375232001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
15575002001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
15373772002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
22492581997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs
19892241997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
19790841997-07-13Let You DownCrash
18885211999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
18685181999-01-30CrazyUnreleased
15784751999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
15584641999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
14769992003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash
14669972003-03-31Big Eyed FishBusted Stuff












   



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