Welcome to dontburnthepig.org

We are a Dave Matthews Band fan website providing fans with everything DMB. News, Articles, MP3's,Lossless Show downloads, Pictures, Lyrics, Discography, Scans, Contests, Tour Highlights, Giveaways and much more. Find dbtp.org on Facebook and Twitter.

Dave Matthews Band Cranks Out Over-The-Top Fusion Rock

October 13th, 1993

by Philip Van Vleck
Herald-Sun correspondent
Durham Herald-Sun 

Dave Matthews Band climbed on a bandstand in Few Quad, plugged in and knockedback a set of stellar tunes for a quad's worth of al fresco Dukesters. Theyburned up 100 minutes with some of the most ruthless over-the-top fusion rockthat anyone has ever heard.

Every song was a Matthews original (score excepted); every rendition was definitive. Early in the set, LeRoi Moorekicked out the jams, pushing a tenor sax line that winked at rock and peeled out into jazz terrain--the man set us back on our heels and kept us there for several minutes. Dave Matthews was mixing it up with Moore, working two instruments at once:  a tasty, fluid guitar and an awesome singing voice. The number bopped and floated above Carter Beauford's slick busywork on drums. Moore grabbed a soprano sax and,cool enough, put a stinger in this tune, just tearing up the high end with another ripe solo.

They hit a funky groove with "Ants Marching," Boyd Tinsley cutting loose his unforgettable violin madness as Stefan Lessard thumped a deep, ear-popping bass groove that had the crowd shaking and baking. "Minarettes" spun a MiddleEastern riff into a jazzed-up rocked-out tour de force, Moore delivering more blistering sax, Beauford and Lessard tight and right, locked up in a churning, head busting rhythm jam. They encored with wild cover of Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" that ammounted to a deliciously immoderate rethinking of the melodic structure of this song.

Underwriting the jazz/rock attack of the Matthews band is the songwriting andguitar work of the brilliant, mildly spacey title character.  Blessed with musical genius and a sneaky chrisma on stage, Matthews' singing is powerful, hisphrasing catchy and surprising. His lyrics, like the music, are rock-sensible esoterica in an electric jazz web. His plays a punchy, adroit guitar, assayingjazz, traditional and rock with equal savvy--but he keeps the ax in check. In the course of a song he leads as much with his voice as with his guitar, giving Tinsley and Moore plenty of room.

Cavalier Daily Inteview with Dave Matthews and Boyd Tinsley