The Cologne CathedralAs the month long European run comes to a close one thing is very clear, Dave Matthews Band are having a lot of fun playing these European cities and are heavily promoting their latest studio album, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King".
Stefan Lessard among many fans have been our personal tour guide sharing twitter updates and some stunning pictures of Europe.
The setlists can easily be compared to that of the 2009 tour, but DMB are still promoting their new album and Europe is finally getting more DMB love. You can hear for yourself with a few of the tapes that have surfaced from the tour that the "Big Whiskey" songs are already evolving and becoming more polished since last years tour. One of many highlights is Tim Reynold's longer solo on "Seven".
Other notables include "So Damn Lucky" which closed a DMB show for the first time ever and included a "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" outro. Even with a few double encore shows, Dave commonly open the encore with a solo rendition of "Baby Blue".
Dave Matthews Band reintroduced a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" which was last played in September of 2008.
A mixture of DMB classics were thrown into the mix of "whiskey songs", and there were a few very welcomed surprises. First was the re-emergence of "Sugar Will". After being teased twice, Dave Matthews Band played "Sugar Will" once again after not being played since the 2008 summer tour. These newer versions have a slightly different flavor than even the 08 versions and clearly 2004 versions will never be matched without the one and only LeRoi Moore.
An even longer waited return was "Big Eyed Fish". On 03.12.10 in Birmingham, England, Dave teased the song multiple times and during the encore played 2 verses and 2 choruses of the song. The very next show DMB opens with "Big Eyed Fish" marking it's debut for the first time since 09.16.06.
These songs are exciting for fans to see on setlists and are hopeful to see things like this come the 2010 summer tour. "Big Whiskey" songs are not going to be put on the back burner anytime soon, nor should they be, but there are always little things, even the occasional tease that make going to DMB shows exciting! The DMB catalog is large and the possibilities are endless. We will wait and anticipate what DMB has in store for 2010.
Find, download, and compare various versions of "Sugar Will" on our fourm.