2010 Road Crew Notes

Saturday, February 20, 2010
5:33 PM EST

Just coming off the stage after an amazing show in Munich. We played a big'ol building from 1918 that used to be a railway repair facility. The weirdest places seem to bring out the best shows. We're having a blast out here. Looking forward to a day off in Milan before our show there on Monday. See you soon. Ciao.

Sunday, March 7, 2010
12:25 PM EST

We continue to rock our way across Europe. This tour has been a blast so far. We've been enjoying the company of the band Alberta Cross as they've opened the shows over here. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing these guys, we suggest you do. They're a crew favorite. Last night's show at the O2 Arena in London included the return of Sugar Will. We've been excited to hear that tune again. In a short while, the doors will be opening here at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester for the show this evening. See you soon...

May 28th, 2010

Great first show! Lots of surprises in store for us this summer. See you back here in Hartford tomorrow.

May 29th, 2010

The tour is off and running and DMB has set the bar high from the start. We kicked off with two outstanding shows in Hartford with set lists unlike any we can remember. We're all excited for what's to come. See y'all in Toronto on Tuesday.

June 8th, 2010

With a couple weeks of tour under our belts, we're settling into our summer groove. The shows so far have been really fun. Tonight in Mansfield, the audience forcefully took over the lead vocal on Dancing Nancies in its entirety. As well as they were singing, the band just smiled and went with it. We have a few days off before Bonnarroo. Be safe getting there and we'll see y'all on Sunday.

June 15th, 2010

Incredibly fun show in Cinci tonight! We're having a blast out here. Danny Barnes is back with us for a few shows. We really dig him and hope you get to check him out. Heading to Missouri for a show tomorrow. G'nite all.

July 1st, 2010

Just coming off an excellent couple days in Camden. We're all having a great time out here! We've been humbled to have Martin Sexton opening the last few shows and are sorry to see him go. Dave mentioned more than once that he's been a fan of Martins for over 20 years. If you don't know this man's music, we strongly urge you to check him out. Long ride to Wisconsin tonight, but we're really looking forward to the Alpine shows. See you there this weekend.

July 15th, 2010

Incredible 3+ hour set atop Montage Mountain tonight! DMB impressed throughout. They pulled out the old intro to One Sweet World for the first time in a long while. Tonight's will be a recording worth checking out, for certain. Here we come New York City. Can't wait to see you again.

Augusts 1st, 2010

It's been an amazing couple weeks culminating in an incredibly powerful show in West Palm Beach tonight. We heard the return of Last Stop this evening as well as a memorable rendition of Cortez The Killer featuring the talented Warren Haynes on guitar. For the past two nights the horn section was joined by Lasim Richards on trombone for a few tunes, trading solos with Rashawn and Jeff in a seamless and soulful manner. Last week in Charlotte, Branford Marsalis sat in on a few songs leaving us with a memory that most of us in the band and crew will hold up as one of the finest moments in our careers. It was an honor to share the stage with those men. Tomorrow we head home for the first real break in a little over two months. We feel confident in saying that most of us out here can't wait to get home to friends and family, but with a part of us anxious to get back to what we do best. Thanks for stickin' with us. See y'all in Wichita.

2009 Road Crew Notes

April 14th, 2009

The trucks are getting emptied out on 33rd, the equipment on it's way up to the floor of Madison Square Garden for the show tonight. We've had a chance to hear some of the new songs during rehearsals over the past few days, and they're really sounding great. Can't wait to get the tour started. See you back here tonight.

The DMB Crew
Tuesday, April 14
9:02 AM EDT

"Who starts a tour at Madison Square Garden???" Well we just did! Like the first day of school, we weren't sure how we'd do, but we were sure glad to be there. It turned out alright....it turned out MORE than alright! DMB crushed it tonight. Gregg Allman honored us by sitting in. Can't wait to see what's in store. See you tomorrow at the Meadowlands.

The DMB Crew
Wednesday, April 15
12:47 AM EDT

April 15th, 2009

Some of us crew are running on just 3 hours sleep, but with surprisingly few complaints. We're extremely psyched to be back on the road. We just finished show #2 and we're already feeling like we've got our groove back. Gearing up for some hometown shows...see y'all in the 'Ville this weekend.

The DMB Crew
Thursday, April 16
12:05 AM EDT

April 18th, 2009

Just made it through a spectacular weekend of shows! DMB played the arena at the University of Virginia in their hometown of Charlottesville. With all the family and friends in town, there are seemingly more people backstage than out in the house. Trumpeter John Dearth, an early collaborator of the band, sat in on 4 tunes this evening. Following an old-school rendition of Recently (including the "pretty pretty girl" jam), Dave shared with the audience a story from the early days when he first invited Carter, LeRoi, and John to listen to a few songs he had written. Together, Dave and John recorded a few of those early demos. Sitting in on both shows here was banjo badass Danny Barnes, who also appears on the new DMB record. His groovy bluegrass stylings and wide-eyed smile consistently puts a grin on all our faces. We are officially on tour and completely psyched to put on some great shows for y'all. We're on our way to Alabama for a show on Monday. See you then.

The DMB Crew
Sunday, April 19
12:42 AM EDT

April 22nd, 2009

Load-out's going quick...not much time to type. It's been chilly out here this week, though we'll take 50° over 105° and humid. After teasing Blue Water over the past couple shows, we can tell that DMB are getting worked up over it. We're bound to hear it before long. Short drive ahead of us tonight. See y'all in Charlotte on Friday.

The DMB Crew
Wednesday, April 22
11:44 PM EDT

April 25th, 2009

We played the stadium at Vanderbilt University in Nashville tonight. Before starting Why I Am, Dave mentioned again to the audience that this song in particular was LeRoi's favorite of the new material they had been working on. He then went on to describe how "Roi's face would dance when he was getting into the music". That dance in his face always spoke more loudly than his words. Dave's imitation was perfect. We're headed for Jazz Fest. See y'all in New Orleans.

The DMB Crew
Sunday, April 26
12:14 AM EDT

May 1st, 2009

it's been a while since our last update. We had a blast at the new orleans jazz fest and at the new venue in atlanta earlier this week. Tonight's show was the first here at the woodlands since it was torn-up by hurricane ike, but they fixed it up good as new. For the past couple shows, dave has touched on the old traditional tune rye whiskey, a nod to pete seeger's 90th birthday concert this weekend in new york. We're making our way across the great land of texas. See y'all tomorrow in dallas.

The dmb crew
friday, may 1
11:43 pm cdt

May 2nd, 2009

It rained here in Dallas today....a lot! You might wonder why we, the crew, dwell on the weather. It's because on days like this, it's all we think about. The radar consumes us. Still asking why? It's simple. Electronics and water do not mix (and we're responsible for a whole heck of a lot of electronics -- and people). Aside from the music show, mother nature presented a bang-on thunderstorm, flooding, and 60+ mile per hour winds. There we go dwelling on it again! A couple days in the desert sounds great right about now. See y'all in Albuquerque.

The DMB Crew
Saturday, May 2
11:21 PM CDT

May 6th, 2009

At least it's a dry heat...?

We have a new favorite song (or, a favorite new song) currently called Seven. It's a tune from the upcoming record, a song that the band debuted last night in Albuquerque then played again tonight. It's complex time signature, Dave's funky falsetto vocals, Fonz's 12 string bass...there are so many layers to this song unfolding before us. Just a couple shows left before we head home for a short break. See y'all in Vegas.

The DMB Crew
Wednesday, May 6
11:44 PM MST

May 8th, 2009

It happened in Vegas. Word's will never fully describe it. Find the tape. This one won't stay in Vegas.
[Audio clip of Dave speaking: "First time I heard that song, I was playing it and I thought, 'This is a bad motherfucker right here.' Tastes a little bit funny, but that's okay, something's wrong with it. I hope that it eventually affects you in a positive way at some stage."]

The DMB Crew
Saturday, May 9
2:06 AM PDT

June 6th, 2009

oh, what a couple of weeks it's been! We're coming down from the whirlwind of album release press and tv shows. The week started under the shadow of the green monster with the pair of shows at fenway. We are honored to have had the opportunity to return. Yesterday was a 24 hour marathon for the crew folks who did the today show in the morning and the show in hartford last night. By the end, it's safe to say that we were quite tired yet there wasn't a grump in the bunch. It's been a good week. We hope you're diggin' the new tunes and hope to see you out here soon.

The dmb crew
sunday, june 7
12:01 am edt

June 12th, 2009

sitting backstage at spac after our first of two shows here, reminiscing about roi. We've played a lot of great shows in this room over the years. Tonight's was no exception, though a reminder of how much we miss him. We know how much he would have loved playing these new tunes live. The tour rolls on in a strong manner. See you back here tomorrow.

the dmb crew
saturday, june 13
12:07 am edt

June 13th, 2009

we've spent a great weekend in saratoga springs. Both shows were really fun, the audiences full of energy. Tonight the band pulled out a few tunes not heard in a while including typical situation, the stone and lie in our graves, all with new arrangements. Just a few shows left before we head for europe. See y'all in cinci' on tuesday.

The dmb crew
saturday, june 13
11:42 pm edt

June 20th, 2009

just finished a great string of shows, all the while preparing to head overseas. Dmb has been tearing it up out here. Some crew are headed home while the rest are headed to europe with the band. To say we're eager to get over there and play some shows is an understatement for certain. We'll see you on the other side of the pond.

the dmb crew
sunday, june 21
12:21 am edt

July 19th, 2009

So good to be home. See y'all at Jones Beach.

The DMB Crew
Monday, July 20
12:06 AM CDT

July 22nd, 2009

The shows overseas were a blast. We played a bunch of festivals with some amazing bands. Springsteen, Black Eyed Peas, Alberta Cross, Jane's Addiction, Echo & The Bunnymen, Oasis, Prodigy, Lily Allen, Steely Dan, Chickenfoot, Chris Cornell, to name a handful...freakin' cool, right? We had tons of fun in Europe, but it's also comforting to be back to more familiar surroundings. We went over there with a smaller crew than we tour with in the U.S. Now we have the entire summer family together again for the rest of the tour. Alpine Valley is like a second home. Jones Beach, we haven't played in 12 years, but still felt like home. Looking forward to the weeks to come. See you down the road.

The DMB Crew
Thursday, July 23
12:29 AM EDT

August 4th, 2009

Seems like forever since we played Syracuse. It was good to be back, especially in this nice ball park. Very Summery. Tomorrow we play Bethel Woods Center for the first time and we're looking forward to it. See you there.

The DMB Crew
Tuesday, August 4
11:31 PM EDT

August 15th, 2009

This tour is going way too fast. Just finished our run through Florida and we're headed home for a 2 week break. We'll return to San Francisco to play the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival for the first time. See you there.

The DMB Crew
Saturday, August 15
11:58 PM EDT

September 6th, 2009

After a break at home, we returned to the tour last weekend in San Francisco for the Outside Lands festival. Though the show went well, the cold weather started to mess with Dave's voice. The dryness of the following day in Fresno only worsened matters, leading to the doctor's orders for Dave to lay off the vocal chords for some time. Subsequently, we had to cancel the show in Salt Lake....and for the second year running at that. We all feel pretty bad about it and look forward to making it up to the fans there.

So we made the drive up to the Gorge for what turned out to be a really great weekend of music. Banjo virtuoso and good friend, Danny Barnes, joined the band for a few tunes each night...and nailed it. The band performed two of Danny's songs which were recorded for his soon-to-be-released album titled Pizza Box. Dave described Danny as "one of the most beautiful sounds I've heard in a long time." It was very much our pleasure to share the stage with the guys in G. Love & Special Sauce and Yonder Mountain String Band. They've become good friends of ours over the years. Tonight marked our 34th show here at the Gorge. Feels like home. We're sad to leave, but psyched for the Greek Theater this week. See you there.

The DMB Crew
Monday, September 7
12:47 AM PDT

December 31st, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!


The DMB Crew
Thursday, December 31
11:07 AM EST

2008 Road Crew Notes

May 30th, 2008

Summer is here indeed, and we're back on the road. We kicked off the tour near Pittsburgh tonight where the weather could not have been better for the gathering. The band and crew alike are profoundly excited about the new show. The lights, video and sound just keep getting better. We've been blessed by the guitar gods with the return of Tim Reynolds to the DMB stage (y'all are gonna get your butts kicked this summer). Hope to see you soon.

The DMB Crew

May 31st, 2008

The band is on fire! We're searching for words to describe the direction in which they're headed at the moment. Having Tim back with us live is bringing both a newness and a sense of nostalgia. Highlights this evening included his solos on Lie In Our Graves and Rhyme & Reason as well as his old familiar licks throughout Satellite, Too Much and #41. The band is having fun exploring some cover songs. Notably, Pink Floyd's Money tonight put smiles on many faces. We're eager to get on with the next show to see what happens next. See y'all in Camden on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

June 4th, 2008

After just a few shows, it's clearly evident that DMB is pumped this year. They're working out a bunch of new cover songs and having fun with them. Their own tunes are sounding fresh with a lot of changes to the arrangements. One notable change came tonight immediately following Lie In Our Graves. Dave quickly turned to the band and described an idea of a new opening to Ants Marching where just he and Tim would start the song together and the rest of the band would join in after the first verse. They were all psyched and broke into the tune within seconds. As a crew member, it's great to be hearing the other songs they're working on bringing back. There's a lot more in store for this summer.

The DMB Crew

June 7th, 2008

We've had an intense couple days with back to back stadium shows. The long days payed off as the band pulled off some great performances . Béla Fleck happened to have the night off in Chicago last night and came down to sit in with the band. Dave commented to the sold out crowd tonight in St. Louis, "Something about a baseball stadium that feels like home". Well into the show, the band played a trio of tunes from their early days. Stefan expressed to his bandmates how Pay For What You Get, Recently and Tripping Billies, in a row, felt like "old schoold DMB". The crew's looking forward to some sleep and day off before the Michigan show. See y'all on Monday.

The DMB Crew

June 10th, 2008

We've had some weather to deal with for the past couple days. For the most part, the worst of the storms went around and left us with just a few showers. There's nothing like gigging outdoors to keep you on your toes. DMB put on some strong back-to-back sets in Clarkston and Scranton. Their are many new things happening on stage these days that have us all excited for the shows to come. During Crush tonight, LeRoi and Tim traded amazing solos as the song climaxed into an explosive jam that seemed to set off the tornado sirens (check out the tapes). It left us all floored. The 600 mile drive last night put us here pretty late today, but we still got the show up in time. See y'all in Hartford.

The DMB Crew

June 14th, 2008

Just finished two great days in Hartford. DMB pulled out a few tunes not yet played this year. Midway through the set last night, crew members wheeled a keyboard onto the stage where Dave sat and played Out Of My Hands. This was his first time playing keys live with DMB. After his flawless performance, he comically joked with the band about the torrent of thoughts that raced through his head during the tune. They opened the show with Bartender tonight with LeRoi playing Oboe, also for the first time ever on stage. His tones hovered beautifully over the intro and outro. Tonight's was an easy set to get lost in. The stagehands are loading the trucks, then we're headed to Darien. See you there.

The DMB Crew

June 18th, 2008

Good couple days! Tonight in Toronto, DMB played a killer Jimi Thing that took off into the stratosphere. Completely off the cuff. It's a recording worth checking out, for certain. We're hurrying to get our gear into the trucks so we can get to the border crossing at a reasonable hour. See y'all at SPAC on Friday.

The DMB Crew

June 21st, 2008

DMB had a blast at SPAC. They played for nearly three hours each night. The audience sang so loudly during Jimi Thing tonight that Dave let them do the verses on their own. We were witness to a practical joke as well this evening, for little reason other than to have some fun. The band asked a bunch of crew guys to casually walk across the stage between So Much and Too Much. Boyd was the only one who didn't know ahead of time. The rest just wanted to see how he would react...and it was great. They laughed non-stop when they got back to the dressing room after the set. Our first seemingly rain-free show day of the tour has come to a close. We're stoked for a coupe days off. See y'all in Mansfield.

The DMB Crew

June 25th, 2008

The 11 PM curfew sneaks up on us at some of these venues and the band is forced to cut the show short. DMB's two and a half hour set tonight consisted of several of their lengthier tunes including #41, Jimi Thing, Seek Up and Two Step. They were raring to play longer as was evidenced by the powerful rock ending to Two Step. This author is also feeling the time crunch as the stagehands are waiting outside of the crew room to push these cases to the trucks. That said, we'll see y'all in Hershey on Friday.

The DMB Crew

July 1st, 2008

It's a day of swirling emotions out here on the road. We're immensely saddened by LeRoi's absence after his accident yesterday. After his first full day of recovery, we're learning that his condition is improving. Dave and Carter spent a few hours at his side this morning, laughing together and talking. He's alert and cracking jokes already. They commented on how much they were heartened and excited after leaving the hospital, knowing that he's going to be alright. Dave announced to the audience tonight "He was beat up real good, but he's going to be fine." Jeff Coffin has really stepped up to the plate. We are honored that he chose to drop everything at the last minute to fly out and sit in during Roi's time away. Jeff sat in a room with Rashawn all afternoon, learning parts. We were all amazed at how well he did tonight. A true professional. We're keepin' on with the keepin' on. See y'all in Raleigh tomorrow.

Get well LeRoi...We love ya!

The DMB Crew

July 2nd, 2008

The local curfew (plus some longer tunes at the top of the set) got the best of us again tonight, forcing the band to cut a few songs out of the set. Those who were here though, got to see Dave's crazy-old-man dance during Corn Bread. It had us in stitches. We're loading the trucks and heading for Charleston. Catch ya Friday.

Miss you Roi!

The DMB Crew

July 9th, 2008

We're still groovin' down the road. It's been a packed week of distinctly different styled shows. From the baseball stadium in Charleston to the Rothbury festival then back into sheds, we've had our work cut out for us. Jeff Coffin has really done a great job at filling in for LeRoi during his absence. Reports are coming in that Roi's getting better with each passing day. We're headed to our last stop before the break. See y'all at the beach.

Miss you Roi!

The DMB Crew

July 12th, 2008

Stellar weekend in West Palm. DMB put on entirely different sets, playing a total of 38 songs over 2 shows here. Tonight, Dreaming Tree featured beautiful solos by Jeff Coffin on the flute and Rashawn Ross on Trumpet. It was followed by a great opening to Crush, where Stefan played some killer slap bass. Towards the end of Crush, Tim and Jeff were sparring face-to-face as they traded solos, taking the tune to a soaring peak. As Dave strummed the opening chords to Old Dirt Hill, he described to the audience an occasion when someone asked him if he'd written the song about himself. He recounted memories of his youth when he'd smoke under the bridge and how he once "busted his ass" while riding his bike into a dirt hill by his home. We fly home tomorrow for a short break before picking up the second leg of the tour in Denver. See y'all at the Mile High Music Festival next week.

We miss you LeRoi!!!

The DMB Crew

July 22nd, 2008

Back from our break and pumped to be playing more shows. Despite the 100° weather, we had a blast at the Mile High Music Festival. Denver treated us right! We played our first indoor show of the tour tonight in Omaha. The band fed from the crowd's energy and played a 3 hour set. We're especially happy to be hearing Sugar Will back in the mix. See y'all this weekend in Indy.

THe DMB Crew

July 29th, 2008

It was our first time playing Crew Stadium in Columbus since they tore down the old Polaris. We do miss that place. There were some great moments during tonight's set. Tim's solo during Two Step rocked! The horns came up with an incredible atonal riff during Jimi Thing that blew us all away. Dave started into what we thought would be a Water/Wine tease, but the band turned it into the longest version of that jam that we've heard to date. Can't wait to see where that goes! For the second show in a row, DMB teased the crowd by starting into Too Much, but ultimately segueing into a different closing tune (Tripping Billies tonight). We're driving overnight to Blossom for a show tomorrow. See you there.

The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2008

We're in the middle of a whirlwind of shows. Playing with Willie Nelson at the ball parks last weekend was a highlight of the tour so far, for certain. Tonight, though we were missing Jeff Coffin do to his prior commitment with the Flecktones, the band pulled out a fantastic show. Following a relentless chant from the audience requesting that the band play Halloween, DMB obliged, but only after playing the intro to Everyday as a fake out. Tim's solo during Crush was nothing short of epic and Carter's solo at the end of Two Step was the pinnacle of the evening. We're on our way back to the home state. See y'all at Va. Beach on Thursday.

The DMB Crew

August 10th, 2008

We've never seen anything like this before. The band's been off the stage for over 30 minutes, and the audience is still here....singing their hearts out. We're loading out to the crowd's chanting of "Thank You Falettinme Be Myself Again...". The perfect end to our stay here at Alpine. DMB put on 2 shows in a row, each lasting more than 3 hours. We've said it before, but the fact remains, we do indeed dig this place. See y'all in a few days.

The DMB Crew

August 19th, 2008

As we sat this afternoon contemplating the loss of our brother, we wondered how we could possibly do a show today. Dave put it into perspective stating, "There's no place I'd rather be than here with you guys right now." We cherish special memories of our lost friend. Tonight, Dave told a story about LeRoi at a bar in Virginia where the cash register was near the stage and LeRoi leaned on the register because "standing had become a chore". Roi proceeded to play the most beautiful version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Dave said, "that was the day I fell in love with him. And I'm still in love with him." It's safe to say we all were in love with him. "It's always easier to leave, than to be left." -DM

The DMB Crew

August 22nd, 2008

Memories of Roi whirling about. The show tonight was at times somber, but fun and full of energy as well. Band and crew walked off stage talking about Fonz's funky intro to Crush and Rashawn's flugelhorn solo in Stolen Away. On to Phoenix. We hear there's good hot sauce and tacos on the bus. See you tomorrow. Thanks for hangin' with us.

The DMB Crew

August 31st, 2008

We're missing our friend. To paraphrase Dave, it's been a very strange and difficult week. It is evident that this profound sorrow is common between band, crew and fans. The audiences here at the Gorge are making their feelings known. Their gestures of remembrance are felt on stage. These are shows of healing, companionship, and emotion. It is fitting that we can share this in a special place like the Gorge. Today is our thirtieth show here [ed. note: this was actually the thirty-first show at the Gorge], and sadly one of us isn't here to celebrate the anniversary. Thank you all for your love and continued support.

The DMB Crew

2007 Road Crew Notes

February 23rd, 2007

It's great to be back in the EU. Hope to see you in the coming weeks.

The DMB Crew

March 13th, 2007

Back home from Europe and gearing up for the Vegas shows. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

March 24th, 2007

Not having played a show since October, DMB just pulled off a couple amazing evenings in Vegas. Last night, Dave described a time many years ago when he worked in bar where many musicians performed on a small stage in the window. He prepared a tape of songs he'd written and passed it on to Carter and LeRoi, eluding to the forming of the band. The tape included the song I'll Back You Up, which the band proceeded to play for the first time in years. The shows here saw the return of some of the best cover tunes the band has played, including The Maker, Down By The River, Time Of The Season and Sweet Caroline. Dave also sang the lyrics to Lanois' Still Water over the intro to Don't Drink The Water. A very cool moment. We now have about a month off before we head to Australia for a short, four city tour. See y'all down under.

The DMB Crew

August 1st, 2007

The summer tour is ON! We're in Mansfield Massachusetts, outside of Boston, for our first show. Check back often for updates.

The DMB Crew

August 2nd, 2007

That's the way to open a tour. We've had a couple great nights in Mansfield. While on our trip to Australia back in May, we had the privilege of meeting Xavier Rudd. We're honored to have him back out opening the shows stateside. He sat in with the band the past couple nights, playing the didgeridoo. Grace Is Gone shined tonight as DMB slipped in a little Doobie Brothers Black Water. The show was moving strongly as the band learned that they would be forced to cut the written set list by a couple songs due to the strict local curfew. They still pulled off a stellar 2 hour and 40 minute performance. See you in Hartford on Saturday.

The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2007

Hey Hartford, you guys are real nice. We've just finish our 25th show in this building, having played it every year since 1995. We had a perfect weekend. Thanks to all who came and got their groove on. Lookout Philly, here we come.

The DMB Crew

August 10th, 2007

all the fire dancers
trounce like thunder 'cross the clouds
'til we dance away

The DMB Crew

August 11th, 2007

Sweet Virginia, we're back home again. As always, the show here at Nissan was packed with family and old friends. During the show, the band members were commenting to each other on how lucky they are to have so many folks supporting them, making it possible to continue doing what they love. Toots joined the band early on during Warehouse adding vocals and guitar. Later, we were joined by our dear friend Vusi Mahlasela. Well known by DMB fans for his excuisite vocals over recordings of Everyday, he sang and danced his heart out tonight. The new songs are growing fiercely strong. We hope you get to check them out soon if you haven't yet... and remember, you ain't never had my cornbread. See y'all in Saratoga on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

August 15th, 2007

We're wrapping up a couple great days out here. Trey Anastasio came by the gig last night in Saratoga Springs and sat in on Lie In Our Graves. The audience, band and crew seemed equally excited that he was there. The cool evening in Saratoga sharply contrasted the mugginess we felt tonight in Virginia Beach, though it didn't slow the band down. DMB poured their hearts into the show, as the sweat poured down their backs. Toots joined in again on Warehouse for the past couple nights, belting the Louie Louie refrain along with Dave, Carter and Butch. Tonight was his band's last night with us and we're sorry to see them go. One of our very own crew members, Joe Lawlor, made his return appearance with the band tonight. He tore it up on Rhyme & Reason and #41, making us all proud. We're loading our way out into a day off in Indy. See y'all at the gig on Friday.

The DMB Crew

August 18th, 2007

We're having a blast out here. The Indy crowd left us feeling exhilarated after their warm reception over the past couple nights. The band are enjoying playing the new tunes. Tonight they debuted Eh Hee, a song Dave wrote a couple years ago after a trip to Africa. Look for it to be released soon. See you at Blossom on Monday.

The DMB Crew

August 20th, 2007

Here near the rushing rapids of Cuyahoga Falls, the crowd toughed it out through the rains. DMB didn't falter, playing a strong set worthy of the audience's stamina. Early in the evening, Dave instructed the audience to cuddle up in order to combat the cold, but they failed to abide. We could see the ripples of heads bobbing and arms waving to the top of the soaked hill. Every night the sets are evolving...both in song arrangements and in the variations between old and new. We heard Stand Up for the first time in a while, LeRoi and Carter's popping solos putting smiles on our faces. The return of Dylan's All Along The Watchtower as a show closer has proven immensely powerful and reminiscent of the band's early days. We're working our way into another day off. It's now our turn to get wet, pushing cases and loading trucks in the rain. We'll see y'all at Riverbend on Wednesday.

The DMB Crew

August 22nd, 2007

Hot...Hot...Hot...Hot...Sweaty and Hot. Freakin' great show though. See y'all tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

August 23rd, 2007

What a night. We can't ever remember experiencing a rain delay before a show, but it happened tonight. Dave came on stage at about 8:15 to announce to the audience that the storm we had been watching on radar was minutes away and not to be ignored. The system that hit the midwest today was known to produce tornados and serious lightning. Dave urged those on the lawn to take shelter either under the pavilion or in their cars until it blew over. He explained that the band didn't want anyone to miss a second of the show and that "we don't want to rip anyone off." The band delayed taking the stage until the worst of it had passed, about a half hour later. And they made up for it by playing through the local curfew. Our crew hero, Joe Lawlor, took the stage again with DMB during Stand Up, taking the tune to a whole new place. We're all geared up for Alpine, see y'all there on Saturday.

The DMB Crew

August 26th, 2007

In the words of Carter Beauford, "This weekend was OFF THE HOOK!" We say it every time, Alpine Valley is one of our favorite places to play. There's an unparalleled vibe fed to us by the audience at this place. We were all extremely excited to have The Roots opening up the shows here. The Roots' guitarist, Kirk Douglas, played an awesome solo on Jimi Thing tonight. Kirk and the entire Roots' horn section joined us for Eh Hee, with MC Black Thought laying down some brilliant freestyle rap. The horn section continued to play on and off throughout the main set, laying it all out for Too Much. We're on our way to Kansas for a show on Tuesday. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

August 28th, 2007

We've written about the weather before, but daaaaaaamn it was hot today. At one point we clocked the temperature on stage at 114 degrees. Definitely too hot to unload all the sensitive instruments, definitely too hot to linger around our workstations. The scorching afternoon turned into a beautifully cool evening though, and together band and audience jammed out as the full moon crossed the sky. Tonight was the first time we can remember having a question mark printed on the set list. Dave filled that spot with an impromptu, intimate rendition of Butterfly. Can't wait for our weekend at The Gorge. See you there on Friday.

The DMB Crew

September 1st, 2007

We work for the best band ever. The stars aligned for our second of three shows at the Gorge. It was the perfect evening for an outdoor show. DMB opened the set with their newest tune, A Dream So Real...an eerily beautiful song that they recently recorded. They then kicked the show into high gear with an intense uptempo Two Step, setting the vibe for the rest of the show. The set list was seemingly perfect, mixing new tunes and songs from nearly every studio album they've released. Robert Randolph sat in on a killer version of Smooth Rider and we heard The Stone as well, both songs played for the first time this tour. We're enjoying a night of not having to load out by throwing a post-show party on the truck dock. Gotta go ;-)

The DMB Crew

September 6th, 2007

What a night in Virginia! We played the stadium at Virginia Tech along with John Mayer, Nas and Phil Vassar. An eclectic mix of music for a packed house. DMB were joined on stage by both John Mayer and his guitarist (and our long time friend) David Ryan Harris. Lamont Caldwell and Matt Cappy of The Roots also flew down for this gig to add to the horn section. Dave repeatedly stated that the band felt extremely welcomed and how they could sense the energy of the audience on stage. The band eased into an impromptu rendition of Marley's Three Little Birds towards the end of the set, leaving the audience to chant the song's chorus. We're headed to Atlanta for a day in the park on Saturday. Be safe. We'll see you there.

The DMB Crew

September 11th, 2007

A few of us left immediately after the show in Atlanta to head to New York to help Dave out at Farm Aid. Before he and Tim took the stage for their set, Dave and Warren Haynes sat in with Gregg Allman for a memorable performance of Melissa. It's a worthy and pertinent cause and we were honored to participate.

We just got done with our show in Gainesville, the only indoor gig of the tour. There's a huge difference for us between arenas and sheds in terms of energy and volume...in a good way. The show tonight was a reminder of that fact. Having the audience so close and surrounding us compounds the emotions of everyone present. DMB rode that wave and performed an excellent set. We load-in early tomorrow for our show in Tampa, so it's time to climb in our bunks and grab some sleep before we do it all again. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

September 12th, 2007

An amazing show in Tampa tonight....and that was before DMB even took the stage. The thunderstorm that began during the opening set was awesome, to say the least. We were forced to quickly cover the equipment in plastic, creating our own version of a backstage slip-n-slide. The combination of lightning, rain and electronics tends to put us a bit on edge, but all fared well. Weather related drama aside, DMB played a solid set to a soaked audience in surprisingly good spirits. For weeks now, we've been looking forward to a little beach time, and it's finally here. We'll see you in West Palm this weekend after we get our swim on.

The DMB Crew

September 18th, 2007

Finally some cool weather! What a difference it makes to not walk off the stage dripping with sweat. The band played a great set list tonight. We heard You Never Know for the first time in a few years and So Right* for the first time this tour. DMB got creative with Typical Situation, unexpectedly starting with the mid-through jam and working their way back to a more familiar ending. Even after all these years they're still reimagining their old tunes. We have a short drive tonight to Charlotte before our LONG drive to Texas. See y'all tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

*denotes error (So Right was not played during the 2007 tour)

September 21st, 2007

So...right here in the heart of Texas, DMB played a strong set. Danny Barnes, banjo player extraordinaire from Robert Earl Keen's band, sat in on Bartender. The band broke down the song making way for his virtuosic picking. So right then, LeRoi began playing over the banjo solo leading towards some musical banter between he and the guest artist. The weather was beautiful and the vibe was so right on. The band pulled out Fool To Think for the first time in over 3 years. It's a fast load-out tonight, so, right on to Dallas we go. See y'all there tomorrow night.

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The DMB Crew

September 22nd, 2007

The band was lively tonight in Dallas. Starting off with A Dream So Real, the set progressively built to an intense climax of an encore. Danny Barnes sat in again, blowing us all away on Corn Bread and Lie In. The band gave him plenty of space and he rode that wave beautifully. Danny's bandmate, Rich Brotherton, skillfully played guitar on Jimi Thing and left all impressed as well. We're sad to part ways with Robert Earl Keen and his band, their music is a joy to experience. It's hard to believe that this tour is winding to an end, just six shows to go. It really does seem like we just got started. We're in store for a 1000+ mile drive to Phoenix for a show on Tuesday. See y'all then.

The DMB Crew

September 25th, 2007

Awesome night in Phoenix. The weather was perfect and the band was on. As Dave busted into Warehouse, we could see Carter signaling to Fonz and LeRoi. They quickly decided to play the opening of the song as they used to during the band's early days. It was a surprise to all of us and there were smiles all around. We're on our way to Irvine for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

September 29th, 2007

We love Shoreline! From the cheerful, familiar faces on the local crew to the energetic audience, we always leave here with a smile. Just 2 more shows before the summer tour comes to an end. We'll see y'all at the bowl on Monday.

The DMB Crew

October 2nd, 2007

A phenomenal ending to a phenomenal tour! We're just coming off the final two shows here at the beautiful and legendary Hollywood Bowl. The band were joined by some incredible talents sitting in during our stay. Danny Barnes graced the stage with his banjo, playing for five songs each night. Our boy, Joe Lawlor, crushed it on Stand Up. John Mayer surprised us when he stopped by with his axe, playing beautifully on #41. Brothers Stephen and Ziggy Marley brought down the house, trading lead vocals on their father's historic song, Exodus. A first for us, the band invited the entire crew to join them on stage to take a bow during the last encore break...what a thrill for us all! With lumps in our throats, we all part ways tonight as we head for home, but we'll see each other before long as we get ready to play the pep-rally gig in November. See y'all then.

The DMB Crew

2006 Road Crew Notes

February 5th, 2006

What a day! We're in Nassau, Bahamas for the Caribbean Cruise Getaway. Everything started off great for our show on the beach. 4000 very happy looking people arrived on the island by ferry over the coarse of a few hours. Dave & Tim took the stage around 7 PM and played five songs before the rest of the band joined in. The rain started not long after, and turned into a storm that forced us to pause the show. Much of our electronic equipment was waterlogged and damaged. Some of the audience headed back to the ships. About 750 remained and about an hour later, the rain let-up enough for us to get some acoustic guitars and vocals working. Dave and Tim played a few more songs, then Dave and Trey, a few more. The feeling remained that we owed those that left early, a bit more show. After some quick planning, we headed to the boats ourselves to finish what we came here to do. We started on the Sovereign of the Seas, where Toots and the Maytals equipment was set-up. We plugged into their gear and had the show up and running in little time. The band jammed for about an hour, completing their intended set list. We then hopped across the dock and did the same thing on the Majesty, using Bob Weir and Ratdog's equipment. Lucky for us, Bob was close by and sat in on a tune. The shows were excellent. We all had a blast and it looked like the crowd did to. The boats had a schedule to keep and needed to head back to sea. We were escorted off the Majesty and walked the docks back to our vans, to the cheers of the fans from the decks above. All in all, a surreal, yet exhilarating experience that we will not soon forget.

The DMB Crew

May 30th, 2006

The show's been over for a couple hours, and we're all still coming down from the excitement of it all. We kicked off the summer tour tonight in a great way. The band came out and crushed it. Excellent set list. New tunes. Brilliant light show. Rashawn Ross on trumpet. Can't say much else. It's going to be an incredible summer.

The DMB Crew

May 31st, 2006

It's clearly evident that the energy level on stage so far this year is blazing. The band is playing as tight as ever and having a noticeably great time together. Tonight they took the outro to Grace Is Gone on a foot stompin' fiddle jam that put big smiles on everyone present. Smooth Rider soared, featuring a killer Rashawn trumpet solo. We're all psyched to have him on board for the summer. The road cases are making their way to the trucks as we wrap things up for the night. See y'all in Indy on Friday.

The DMB Crew

June 2nd, 2006

A new song, The Idea Of You, made its debut last night at our first of two shows here in Noblesville, IN. Dave plays on a mandolin-like soprano 12-string, made by Veillette Guitars. Tuned an octive higher than typical guitars, Dave's been digging the rich tones of this instrument and has been rehearsing some of the new tunes with it. We're bound to hear at least a few of the new songs over the coming weeks, so be sure to check it out. See you back here tonight.

The DMB Crew

June 3rd, 2006

An amazing night tonight in Noblesville. Over the almost three hour set, DMB pulled out Digging A Ditch and Dreaming Tree, neither of which have been played live since 2003. #40 made a full comeback as well, acknowledging the crowd's distinct desire to hear it last night. We're all having a blast out here. See y'all in Detroit.

The DMB Crew

June 6th, 2006

We've missed this place. Formerly named Pine Knob, it's been nearly 9 years since we've been here. It's like summer camp. Deep in the woods, intimate stage, the backstage area built like a wooden boardwalk. The band played an excellent set tonight, opening the show in rare form with Satellite. Kill The King made it's debut tonight. The band have been enjoying playing it during rehearsals. It's one of the first tunes they wrote when they got together in the studio this past spring and they've been looking forward to playing it live ever since. "Come On Come On Yeah Yeah", we hope you dig it. Driving overnight to Columbus. We'll see you there tomorrow night.

The DMB Crew

June 7th, 2006

Beautiful colors in the sky, the sun's angelic rays creeping through the rains as it set. The set tonight mixed the old with the new. The band pulled out Big Eyed Fish for the first time in some years. Busses are rolling to Pittsburgh. See you in a couple days.

The DMB Crew

June 10th, 2006

We've just spent a few good days and some memorable shows in Pittsburgh. A couple old friends of the band sat in both nights. Ian Gordon on trumpet and Reggie Watkins on trombone rounded out the already powerful horn section. Sadly, we part ways with G. Love and Special Sauce tonight after playing our first eight shows with them. G. Love contributed his harp and vocal stylings to Smooth Rider. We're looking forward to hearing the tapes from that one. Our papers are in order for our early morning border crossing. We'll see you in Toronto on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

June 13th, 2006

We love Toronto! The crowd was ON for the show at the Molson Amphitheater tonight. We've been anticipating this day, when we could finally check out a Matisyahu set. He's opening the show again tomorrow and is definitely worth checking out. Another tune spawned from the spring studio session made it's public debut this evening. Break Free features Dave's electric guitar, Carter's backing vocals and LeRoi and Rashawn on horns blowing beautifully over the anthemic chorus and outro. We've got a short drive to Darien Lake as we head back over the border. See y'all tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

June 14th, 2006

It was a magical night on stage tonight. We heard Joy Ride for the first time in a few years. Matisyahu joined the band on Everyday. As he entered the stage during the tune, a nearby cottonwood tree burst it's seeds into the air sending cottony tufts floating over the band. A surreal moment, to say the least. Matisyahu proceeded to lay down a funky freestyle rap between seemingly traditional Hasidic chants. We were pleasantly surprised during Two Step when Butch busted out some Jethro Tull AquaLung over an outrageous Carter solo. And the beat goes on. See y'all at SPAC.

The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2006

DMB just pulled off two incredible nights in Saratoga Springs. The setlists consisted of a diverse mixture of the band's material spanning their fifteen years. Song That Jane Likes, Rhyme and Reason and Say Goodbye made their returns tonight.

This venue, which we've now played over 15 times, has become one of our favorites. Built in the 60's and Summer home to the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra, its design is intended more for the classical genre. Although a bit of a challenge for the crew to squeeze the rig into, the band always seems to put out their best.

Warehouse went to unprecidented heights tonight. Dave and Carter busted out into the Louie Louie chorus towards the end of the tune, much to the delight of all present. We were honored to be joined by South African Vusi Mahlasela on Everyday. His soaring voice unmistakable as that of the one on the original recording. We're enjoying the good weather out here. An 800 mile ride accross the Mason-Dixon and a couple days off are next on our itinerary. See y'all in North Carolina on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

June 20th, 2006

Solid show from start to end in Charlotte tonight. Excitingly, the band is still pulling out tunes that haven't been played in years. Tonight we heard the comeback of Pay For What You Get in all it's glory. Without a doubt, a crew favorite. We're driving overnight to Raleigh. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

June 21st, 2006

The house was packed with many friends and family for our show in Raleigh tonight. After a blisteringly hot day, the band rocked. DMB deconstructed Two Step in a rare jam that saw each band member improvising new lines and bringing it all back together to form an explosive close to the show. We're headed to Hershey for a show on Friday. See you there.

The DMB Crew

June 23rd, 2006

DMB played to over 30,000 people at Hershey Park Stadium tonight. They took the opportunity to do some experimenting with new tunes. Can't Stop and Shotgun are tunes they wrote over the spring, neither of which were actually on the set list tonight. Dave dedicated the encore to our good friend Ray Werthmann. A member of our lighting crew for many years, he was involved in a serious car accident last December requiring months of rehabilitation. He came to the gig tonight under his own power. It was the first time most of us have seen him since his recovery. We've missed him terribly and anxiously await his return to the crew. We are loading the trucks in preparation for our overnight drive to Bristow, VA. Hasta mañana.

The DMB Crew

June 24th, 2006

Back home in Virginia for a show in Bristow. It was a good night. The band vamped on Can't Stop again tonight. It's a funky little tune they've been working on this year, and although it has not yet appeared on a set list, it keeps popping up during the shows and changes each time. It's as if they're writing the song right in front of us. We've got a couple days off in Philly before a couple shows in Camden. See y'all on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

June 27th, 2006

Fun night tonight for our first of two shows in Camden. The band played their hearts out. Highlights included a ripping Boyd solo in Lie In Our Graves and Butch's funky scat piano solo on Jimi Thing. It's great to hear Dreaming Tree getting pulled out more often. The band and crew are hanging out at the venue tonight for a little mid-tour dock party. We're excited to get back to here tomorrow. Until then...

The DMB Crew

June 28th, 2006

DMB just played an energetic 3 hour show in Camden. Nancies, Warehouse and Typical Situation, each sequed into the next. It was a real throw-back to old times. Smooth Rider took a twist as Fonz and Carter layed down a Reggae groove towards the end. We've got a 1000 mile ride to Wisconsin tonight. See y'all at Alpine Valley on Saturday.

The DMB Crew

July 2nd, 2006

Alpine Valley has once again proven itself one of our favorite stops on a summer tour. Dave says it every time we're here. The slope of the seats makes it appear as though we're performing before a wall of people. Kind of like the IMAX of rock venues. An energizing view from the stage. We've come to develop a bit of a tradition here over the years. The band and crew enjoy gathering on stage around the time doors open to watch the running of the fans over the crest of the hill and down the steep expanse of lawn in their quest to claim the ideal spot. DMB opened the set with Don't Drink The Water in a dramatic way with LeRoi and Rashawn hitting the 2001: A Space Odyssey lick over the intro drone. The audience was very obviously surprised and pleased to hear the band play Last Stop for the first time in a few years. Another 1000 mile drive is ahead of us tonight as we make our way to Virginia Beach for a show on the 4th. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

July 4th, 2006

It was a hot and humid evening in Virginia Beach, but that didn't hold back DMB. We we honored to have John D'earth, a long time friend of the band, sit in with his trumpet on a few tunes. We were treated to fireworks tonight as the band finished off the encore with Stay. The display started a few minutes before the end of the tune and continued for another five. The band hung out on stage to watch as Hendrix's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner played over the PA. The crowd cheered on. It was a great moment. Happy 4th y'all, we'll see you tomorrow in Scranton.

The DMB Crew

July 5th, 2006

We finally had a break in the weather tonight for our show in Scranton. It was a pleasantly cool evening tucked back in the woods here on the ski hill. Grace Is Gone stood out with an amazing hoedown section. Boyd and Carter tore it up. We're extremely excited to get to Boston and get on with the Fenway shows. See you there on Friday.

The DMB Crew

July 8th, 2006

What an amazing weekend we've had in Boston to close out this leg of the tour. It's almost indescribable the feeling of looking over the audience from the outfield of Fenway. The band played Sweet Caroline during their set tonight to pay homage to the Boston fans (notice how it came after the 7th song). The crowd responded gleefully, singing their signature "so good" line. The only song repeated over the two nights was Can't Stop. Still in it's infancy, it hasn't been played the same way twice. We're all flying home tomorrow for a three week break before our next show in Hartford on the 28th. See you then.

The DMB Crew

July 29th, 2006

We've just finished 2 amazing shows in Hartford. The band and crew are reenergized after some time off at home. Soulive opened night one, Gov't Mule night two, bringing guitar virtuosos Eric Krasno and Warren Haynes into our midst. Each sat in with the band, making for some incredibly musical and memorable moments. DMB played hard for the enthused Hartford crowd. A fine way to kick off the 2nd leg of the sumer tour. See y'all in Cinci on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2006

We're back in NYC and loving it. Tonight was special. It's been some time since we've had so many masterful musicians sit in on one night. Mid-show, Warren Haynes stepped up and busted into Cortez The Killer, he and Dave trading verses. Band friend Tim Wicks added his horn stylings to Warehouse. Midway through #41, each of the Flecktones gradually entered the stage until there were two complete bands playing simultaneously, weaving an intricate tapestry of music. We all get giddy when Béla and the Band come around. They're great friends and amazing musicians. Can't wait to see what goes down tomorrow night. See you then.

The DMB Crew

August 6th, 2006

The heat broke for our weekend stay on Randall's Island in the middle of New York's East River. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones kicked it off tonight, David Gray followed. Both sounded great and were well received by the crowd. Carter and Butch opened Say Goodbye, trading licks in a cool way. The extended outro was unique as well. Béla sat in on Lie In Our Graves, then came back out with the rest of his band for Jimi Thing. The horn section have been flying in old TV show themes in the most unexpected places. If you get a chance, see if you can spot I Dream Of Jeannie and Lost In Space on the tapes. Tonight we begin the long haul to Tampa for a show on Wednesday. See you then.

The DMB Crew

August 12th, 2006

It's been a nice stay for us in West Palm Beach. Tonight's video shoot went well on our end. The show went out live on AOLMusic.com and will be available for viewing in their archives. Dave playfully asked the audience for help in singing due to his stressed voice. We're taking a couple days off before we hit the stage in Atlanta on Tuesday. See y'all then.

The DMB Crew

August 15th, 2006

We had a fun time in Atlanta today. The afternoon rains cooled the air enough to make for comfortable evening. The band pulled out Dream Girl for the first time since last year. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones happened to have a day off here today so they stopped by and sat in on a few tunes. They'll be playing Chastain Park Wednesday night. We're driving overnight to Nashville for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

August 16th, 2006

It was a beautiful evening in Nashville. Tonight the band pulled out the newish tune Shotgun. It wasn't on the set list. Out of nowhere, Dave played the first few chords of the tune, then smiled at Carter who nodded and smiled back, at which point the whole band kicked into it. Band friend Mike Durham sat in, adding to the already rocking Louisiana Bayou. There's a long drive ahead of us tonight as we head towards Houston. See y'all at the Woodlands on Friday.

The DMB Crew

August 19th, 2006

Texas has done us well once again. We had a blast here over the past couple days. The audiences have been notably enthusiastic as well. One might have thought it was the 90's as the band opened the show with a bunch of old favorites. The band even commented to each other after The Song That Jane Likes that the performance felt "old school". We're having fun out here as we roll across the South towards California. A few days off in Phoenix are next on our itinerary. Can't wait to jump in that pool. See y'all at the Cricket Pavilion on Wednesday.

The DMB Crew

August 23rd, 2006

Slammin' show in Phoenix tonight. A few days off did us all some good as we head into the West coast run. Roi and Rashawn keep blowing us away, coming up with new lines each night. It's been years since we've played Irvine and we're all looking forward to getting back. See y'all there on Friday.

The DMB Crew

August 25th, 2006

It was good to be back in Irvine tonight. Robert Randolph and The Family Band have joined us on the road for a while. He sat in on Louisiana Bayou tonight. Before kicking into the song, there was a unique impromptu jam amongst the band. We're off to Chula Vista for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

August 26th, 2006

Excellent show in Chula Vista tonight. DMB put on a nearly three hour show. Band friend, Alfredo Ballesteros (The Boxing Gandhis), sat in with his sax on a bunch of tunes. Dave pulled out Loving Wings after a bit of a hiatus as the intro to Where Are You Going. Jimi Thing was exceptional this evening. The band commented that it may have been the best version they had ever played. Robert Randolph joined in on Two Step, steering it in new directions. Next stop, Hollywood. We're all excited to play the Bowl for the first time. See y'all there on Monday.

The DMB Crew

August 28th, 2006

What a night! This place is amazing. We just got done with our show at the Hollywoood Bowl. The band put on a solid, energetic set. Dave joked with the crowd early on about how honored the band was to be playing such a cool venue, but when in L.A., you can't let on that you're the least bit nervous. "You gotta play it cool, cuz that how it rolls in L.A." We all had a lot of fun here. Robert Randolph again added his magic to the show, sitting in on Smooth Rider and Louisiana Bayou. He entered the stage carrying a stack of his signature Fedora hats, and put one on the head of each band member. It was a sight to see. We've got a long drive ahead of us tonight as we head towards Salt Lake. See you there on Wednesday.

The DMB Crew

August 30th, 2006

Despite having to battle the elements, DMB put on strong show here in West Valley City. Thirty mph winds and 10% humidity made for a bit of a challenge. As he opened Proudest Monkey, Dave told an insightful story explaining the origin of the tune. He sighted a book that he once read about the Bonobo Chimpanzee and their human-like characteristics. It will be worth getting a hold of the tapes for this story alone. We're off to the Gorge for three shows this weekend. Hope to see y'all there.

The DMB Crew

September 6th, 2006

It was a beautiful moonlit night for our show in Sacramento. You could tell the band were reveling in the temperate evening. We had a great show. Everyone's psyched to have Robert Randolph and his band back out for the duration of the tour. It been a few years since we've all been at Shoreline together and it's about time we got back. Catch ya there this weekend.

The DMB Crew

September 9th, 2006

We've spent another fine couple days in this familiar tent. The two shows contrasted with each other in that the first was a bit more laid back, seemingly leading into the second. Last night Dave sang lyrics from Simply Red's Holding Back The Years over the changes in If I Had It All. The new songs have really been standing out lately as the band and audience all become more familiar with them. We're about to cross the country in under a week with stops in Denver and Chicago as we head towards the final shows in Charlottesville. See you in a couple days.

The DMB Crew

September 13th, 2006

It feels great to be back in an arena for the first time since last year. There's an unmistakable energy that comes with playing indoors. The end is near. Just one stop in Illinois before we reach C'ville for the finale of the tour. See y'all on Friday.

The DMB Crew

September 15th, 2006

P-Funk!

DMB watched intently from the side of the stage as the legendary George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic opened the show. It was an exciting evening for us all. P-Funk horn players Bennie Cowen and Greg Thomas sat in for the second part of the show, doubling our already powerful horn section. Dave remarked to the audience the fact that tonight marked the last show on the road, as we're headed home to C'ville. The last 2 shows of the tour will take place next weekend at the new John Paul Jones Arena on the UVA campus in Charlottesville. We'll see you there.

The DMB Crew

September 23rd, 2006

We are sad to see the tour come to a close, though we'll be back together in just a few weeks when we open for the Stones in Seattle. See you soon.

The DMB Crew

2005 Road Crew Notes

March 20th, 2005

We've made it to Australia. Everyone is excited about playing our first show tonight here in beautiful Melbourne. We'll put some photos up on the site in the next few days.

-- The DMB Crew

March 21st, 2005

We played our first show in Australia last night. It was amazing. After not having played live in over five months, the band was obviously very ready to get their groove on. The gorgeous Palais Theatre, just off the coast of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda proved to be a more intimate setting than we've grown accustomed to playing in recent years. Dave joked with the audience directly from the lip of the stage, sans microphone. We've got the morning off in Melbourne before we return to the theatre for another show this evening. Hooroo for now.

-- The DMB Crew

March 24th, 2005

We're having an amazing time down here in Australia and feel very welcomed by the locals. Last night DMB performed American Baby live on a nationwide TV show called Rove Live. The response to the new single has been spectacular. Tonight's show in Brisbane was a sure sign of things to come. The audience really seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. We're off to Byron Bay in the morning where we'll be playing a festival along with our old friend Angélique Kidjo. We are all looking forward to catching her set. See you back here soon. Good onya, mate!

-- The DMB Crew

March 25th, 2005

DMB took Byron Bay by storm last night. Many turned out at the festival to catch the set. Dave sat in with Angélique Kidjo during her set singing "Iwoya", a duet they recorded together for her album "Black Ivory Soul". She then joined DMB on stage singing her wonderful rendition of "Satellite". Stefan opened Watchtower with a solo which included the Australian National Anthem, causing the audience to roar with excitement. We're enjoying our first day off in a week. Flying to Sydney this afternoon for shows on Saturday and Sunday. Hooroo, mates.

-- The DMB Crew

March 28th, 2005

Just wrapped up our last show in Australia at Sydney's State Theatre. An amazing time was had by band and crew. We can't wait to get back here. We're flying home in the morning, then starting to gear up for Jazz Fest in New Orleans at the end of April. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

June 2nd, 2005

We're winding down after the first show of the tour tonight in St. Louis. The band left the stage exhilarated after ttheir performance. This year's show will surely tickle each of your senses. The audio, lighting and video systems continue to push technological and creative envelopes while complimenting the band's magic on stage. Don't miss it! See you tomorrow in Tinley Park.

-- The DMB Crew

June 3rd, 2005

The tour is definitely well on it's way and it's going to be a fun one. We played to a packed house tonight outside of Chicago. In addition to the new songs that the band is playing, they are mixing in classics and some of the more rare tunes in their repertoire. We're sure to hear more of these as the tour progresses. We can't wait for the next show. See you on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 5th, 2005

It was the perfect night for a DMB show. Tonight we played our first of two gigs in Burgettstown, PA. DMB put on an powerful set which was echoed by the reaction of the audience. This house was rockin'! Everyone is getting into the new songs. We're already beginning to hear them evolve as they get played live more often. Stand Up took a notable turn this evening as the band toyed with the arrangement. We're psyched to be back here tomorrow. Until then...

-- The DMB Crew

June 6th, 2005

What a fun night tonight! Robert Randolph and the Family Band has joined us on the road for a few gigs. They're an amazingly musical bunch and definetly worth checking out. DMB asked Robert to sit in on Louisiana Bayou this evening. His pedal steel stylings added a fitting dimension to this yet maturing song. Thanks to the Pittsburgh fans for the hospitality over the past few days. We're headed to Columbus for shows on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

June 7th, 2005

DMB very obviously had a blast on stage tonight. They started strong with Everyday, spurring the audience to sing along at full volume. Dream Girl followed, which opened with an impromptu intro. About mid-way through the set they brought it way down with an eerily beautiful version of Out Of My Hands. Robert Randolph graced us with his presence once again this evening, this time joining in on both Louisiana Bayou and Watchtower, bringing the house down. See y'all right back here tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

June 9th, 2005

It just keeps getting better out here. The band is stronger than ever. Tonight's set consisted of a truely great mix of old and new tunes, amazing solos, song teases and stage banter. Surely a sign of things to come. We're on our way to the Roo. See y'all in Tennessee on Friday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 11th, 2005

The rain didn't stop DMB from rockin' Bonnaroo this evening. Sharing the stage with such great talent amongst the artists playing the festival is a great honor for all of us. Alison Krauss and Union Station opened the show today. We've been looking forward to checking out their set for some time now. The Allman Brothers followed and did not disappoint. Warren Haynes stuck around after the Allman's set and sat in with DMB on Jimi Thing. Robert Randolph also came by and joined in on Louisiana Bayou and Watchtower. The audiences response to the whole show was fantastic. We're driving to Indianapolis for shows on Sunday and Monday. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

June 14th, 2005

We're just wrapping up a couple great nights in Indiana. The remnants of tropical storm Arlene paid us a visit, drenching everything in sight. It made for some real dramatic moments during the performances. The set lists varied, consisting of a pleasing mix of old and new tunes. In addition to many of the newer standards, they pulled out some favorites including Seek Up and Dancing Nancies. The introduction to All Along The Watchtower tonight came out of nowhere, augmented by a stellar lighting show. With Robert Randolph sitting in, the band kicked into a completely improvised funk groove mixed with overtones of Thriller, trading licks and laughs. We all had a blast here over the past few days. See you on Cleveland on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 15th, 2005

The energy level at Blossom tonight was astonishing. This venue, originally designed for symphony, is a giant wooden fortress taking the appearance of the hull of an old ship. It holds an immense natural reverberation, while a bit of a challenge for the audio crew, makes for a rich experience for audience and band alike.We enjoyed a pleasant day off in Cleveland yesterday. Some of the crew headed down to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and ended up spending half the day. A highly recommended destination for those visiting this great city. We're chillin' for a couple days before the performances in Hartford this weekend. Catch y'all on the flip-side.

-- The DMB Crew

June 18th, 2005

We're just getting off the stage after our first of two shows here in Hartford. The band invited their old friend Rashawn Ross on trumpet to sit in on Louisiana Bayou. We've seen him before as he's played with Soulive and Yerba Buena, among others. See you back here tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

June 20th, 2005

Solid couple nights in Hartford. The consistently zealous crowd here never goes unnoticed. We'll be back on Wednesday. See you in Scranton.

-- The DMB Crew

June 22nd, 2005

Tonight DMB played Scranton, PA for the first time ever. The show also marked the first sell-out for this venue. There is a nice vibe here, nestled in the hills. In addition to the aesthetic beauty of the surrounding forest and great weather, the crowd is LOUD! The tent roof reflects the energy back at the audience and band. We're driving overnight to Virginia Beach for a show tomorrow. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

June 23rd, 2005

We couldn't have asked for better weather these past couple days. DMB played a loud and tight set tonight, augmented by Navy planes from the local air base flying overhead. Lots of friends in the house as we are so close to home. We're hangin' on the beach tomorrow before heading to Hershey for a show on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 25th, 2005

It got as hot as 106 degrees out here today and only cooled as far as the low 80's but that didn't seem to slow the band down much. We're usually here in July, but it seems July's weather has arrived early this year. A surprise tonight was Dancing Nancies, which wasn't originally on the set list, but got added after an earlier tease for it got a big cheer. The whole night was nice and varied with plenty of ups and downs. We're heading back into Virginia. See y'all tomorrow!

-- The DMB Crew

June 26th, 2005

We're as close to Charlottesville as we'll be getting this tour. The band ripped through a great set for the hometown crowd. Welcomed back by many, Say Goodbye returned to the fold tonight. Hunger for the Great Light is quickly becoming a loud crowd pleaser. Robert Randolph took a break from recording to come down and join the band on a few songs, promptly blowing the roof off the place. See y'all in Charlotte on Tuesday!

-- The DMB Crew

June 28th, 2005

Tonight's show in Charlotte was as good a reminder as any of how great it is to be alive! DMB really put on an amazing show. The venue here is a little smaller and more intimate than the last few amphitheaters we've been in lately. The band had a noticeably enjoyable time playing together for the enthusiastic crowd. Tonight saw the return of "Time Of The Season" in a more up-beat set list. The arrangement on Dreamgirl took a bit of a turn as the band experimented with some new chord changes at the tail end of the tune. Can't wait to see where it goes tomorrow. See y'all in Raleigh

-- The DMB Crew

June 29th, 2005

Hello from Raleigh! Hope you enjoy the new design to our little corner of the internet. We heard a well rounded set of songs tonight from the guys. We're gearing up for the big Live 8 show this weekend sandwiched between our two shows in Saratoga Springs. DMB will be hitting the stage at around 1:30 Saturday afternoon. If you're not one of the million or so people who will be in attendance, look for the televised broadcast. See y'all at SPAC on Friday.

The DMB Crew

July 1st, 2005

Sorry, no time to write tonight. We're getting out of here quick because of our 6:00 AM load-in in Philly tomorrow morning for the Live 8 show. Then right after that, we're rushing back to Saratoga Springs for our second show at S.P.A.C. See you tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

July 5th, 2005

What an incredible experience we all had today. We got an early start on site for the Live 8 show. It was amazing how many people were already there when we arrived at 6:30 AM. It was quite a scene back stage as the eclectic mix of bands prepared for their turn to play. DMB rocked 4 strong songs for their set which was said to have been watched by millions worldwide. Immediately following the set in Philly, we rushed to the airport for a quick flight back to Saratoga Springs and arrived with about an hour and a half to go before set time. Just enough time to gather our thoughts before putting on another show. Admittedly, we were all a bit tired after the whirlwind we had just been through, but that changed immediately when DMB hit the stage to the roar of the eagerly awaiting audience. The band members were so moved by the energy of the crowd tonight that they took a moment between songs to thank and applaud the audience for their exuberance. We're going to take a couple days off to recover before we hit Camden on Tuesday for the first of two shows there. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.DMBand.com Road Page Notes Well, we had an excellent couple days off in Philadelphia. Just the place to hang out over the 4th of July. You could tell from the first note that the guys came to play tonight! Carter played so hard that he broke his snare drum during the beginning of Ants Marching. It's a great thing to watch as he and the drum tech change out a drum in the middle of a tune. They played a fun and energetic set through and through. See you back here in Camden tomorrow night.

The DMB Crew

July 7th, 2005

Our second night in Camden proved as good as the first. Hunger For The Great Light, a newer staple, is rocking hard while tunes like Out Of My Hands and Stolen Away are consistently very soulful and emotional moments during the shows. We're watching as many of the new songs are quickly becoming DMB classics. Tonight we leave the "City of Brotherly Love" for the city that's the "Cradle of Liberty". See y'all in Mansfield on Saturday.

The DMB Crew

July 9th, 2005

Few words can describe the terrific show we had in Mansfield tonight. The band played a set that will leave people grinning for a while. It goes without saying just how cool it was to hear #34 in its entirety, played live for the first time in over 12 years. Other highlights included Drive In Drive Out, Say Goodbye and Time Of The Season. Heck, the whole show was great. See y'all back here tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

July 10th, 2005

We do love this tour. Boston treated us well over the past few days and it came across during the shows here. We're getting ready to get on the busses for a long drive to Atlanta. See you there on Wednesday.

The DMB Crew

July 13th, 2005

After a hot, sticky day, relief came as DMB hit the stage. We had a great show tonight in Atlanta, a town with many familiar faces. The band is enjoying the process of constructing their set lists lately, having more songs to choose from than ever before. As we witnessed this evening, the mixture of new and old songs are leaving few in the audience displeased. To cap off an already memorable show tonight, Trey Anastasio stopped by to sit in on Jimi Thing and Louisiana Bayou, the last couple songs of the set. Those two songs alone, which not only featured Trey but also left plenty of room for the band members to shine, will leave us talking for a while. We're driving overnight to Tampa for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

July 14th, 2005

A fierce thunderstorm hovered over the venue for hours before the show tonight in Tampa, threatening to put a damper on the festivities. Thankfully it eased up, making way for the band's set. The show contained many open spots for jamming, making for a bit of a more free-style, jazzy type of evening. We are psyched to be hitting the beach tomorrow. See y'all in West Palm on Saturday.

The DMB Crew

July 16th, 2005

We had a fantastic time in West Palm Beach tonight for our first of 2 shows here. DMB pulled out You Never Know for the first time in a few years. Before the show, they were talking about how happy they were to have this one back in reportoir. We're all hanging out at the venue tonight after the show, a little mid-tour bash. Psyched to get back here tomorrow night. See y'all then.

The DMB Crew

July 17th, 2005

DMB performed a well rounded set tonight in West Palm with rocking favorites like Bartender and Rapunzel intermingled with more delicate newer songs like Out Of My Hands and Stolen Away. Louisiana Bayou is really coming into its own lately.We've had some time over the past couple days to get some new stuff up on the web site for your enjoyment. Notable updates include the crew mug shots and action photos. The questions being submitted on ourgear page have been pouring in at a nearly overwhelming rate. We're attempting to respond to the majority of them and post some our favorites on the site. Keep checking back for updates. Long drive to Nashville tonight (we'll be watching Team America on the audio bus). See y'all on Wednesday.

The DMB Crew

July 20th, 2005

Robert Randolph happens to be in Nashville doing some recording, so the band asked him to come down and hang out for a few tunes. His pedal steel stylings added to an already great evening. Early in the
show the band for the first time played the track known as American Baby Intro, though they actually segued it into Dream Girl. This tune has the solid potential to step up and become it's own thing. We're psyched to see where it goes. Soon we'll be climbing on the busses for an overnight drive to Cinci' for a show tomorrow night. Hope to see you there.

The DMB Crew

July 21st, 2005

The set tonight flowed well. DMB opened up with One Sweet World into Don't Drink The Water, then followed with the American Baby Intro leaving many in the room with goose bumps as the energy level skyrocketed. The groove persisted all the way through to Rapunzel. We're sitting backstage now that the show's over, listening to Mike Doughty's Haughty Melodic. A new crew favorite. Getting ready for the overnight drive to Wisconsin. See y'all at Alpine Valley this weekend.

The DMB Crew

July 23rd, 2005

People ask us all the time...."What's your favorite place to play?" Now, you got your Gorges and you got your Red Rocks and so on, but there's an inexplicable magic that envelopes Alpine Valley. The band is the first to tell you how much they like coming back. The weather this afternoon got a bit crazy. At about 4:15 the sky turned black and the tornado sirens started going off. We had to quickly pull down and cover up a lot of the gear that we spent all day setting up. Due to the heavy gusts of wind across the stage, we were forced to call off soundcheck. We rode out the storm and barely got everything back up and running for the show. We learned that at about show time there were still many people outside of the venue waiting to get in so we opted hold the show for a half hour. Once the band hit, it was hard to tell the mayhem that had occurred earlier. It was cool to hear #41 as the opener tonight which was followed by a really unique and powerful set. This tour just keeps getting better. Catch you back here tomorrow night.

The DMB Crew

July 24th, 2005

We are one with our perspiration. Hope y'all found a cool place to hang during this exceedingly warm day. Our second night at Alpine may possibly have topped the first. The band through in #34 and #40,
neither of which were on the set list. Only three shows left before we head home for a short mid-tour break. Let's all keep hydrated out there, ok?

The DMB Crew

July 27th, 2005

Finally a break from the heat. We've been pummeled by the sun for weeks, but after a rainy day we were left with a beautifully cool evening for a show. We're always treated well under the tent at Darien Lake. The adjacent amusement park seems to time their fireworks to the shows here. Might be coincidence, but it adds a cool dimension nonetheless. We're pumped for Randalls Island this weekend. Hope you can make it.

The DMB Crew

July 30th, 2005

DMB rocks NYC during night 1 on Randall's Island. They played a real strong set which included appearances by Trey Anastasio on Jimi Thing and Robert Randolph on Louisiana Bayou. If you're coming tomorrow, we strongly recommend that you arrive early enough to take in the bands on the second stage and the many other attractions on site. See you then.

The DMB Crew

July 31st, 2005

We've had a great time in New York over the past few days. It's been 2 months since we started the summer tour and although it seemed to fly by, we're all pretty ready to head home for a bit of a break. We're back in a couple weeks. See y'all in San Francisco on August 12.

The DMB Crew

August 12th, 2005

We had an amazing night in San Francisco tonight. It was quite a chilly evening, a sensation we had not yet experienced this summer. The band was not slowed at all by the cold, rather it seemed to propel them to rock harder. About two-thirds of the way through the set DMB invited their friends Eric Krasno and Rashawn Ross from the band Soulive to sit in. They ended up hanging out for the duration of the show, gracing us with their soulful stylings. We're back here tomorrow night. See y'all then.

The DMB Crew

August 13th, 2005

San Francisco is always a blast for us! We're just getting done with our second night here. Kras and Rashawn joined DMB on stage again tonight, adding greatly to an already exhilarating show. The tour
rolls on. We're headed out of the 50ºs and into the 100ºs. See you in Marysville on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

August 16th, 2005

Good show tonight in Marysville. Real funky at times, pleasantly mellow for some moments and held a solid groove throughout. We're realizing that we are in the middle of a whole month of gigs with no roofs over the audience and it's enjoyable, but probably just coincidence. The 'open-air' thing makes for a very pleasant setting to perform in. We've got a long drive ahead of us on our way up to Washington. See y'all at the Gorge this weekend.

The DMB Crew

August 19th, 2005

We're taking in the scenery here at the Gorge. It's a beautiful day. We played our first of three in a row here last night, marking our 20th performance at this fine venue. Looking forward to tonight.

The DMB Crew

August 20th, 2005

We're having a blast out here at the Gorge. The first two shows were fun and energetic. There were many high points to the show tonight. From #41 as the opener to the awesome jams in Lie In Our Graves to the moonrise over the hill behind the audience to the classic Two Step closer. Can't wait for tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

August 21st, 2005

It was a special night at the Gorge. DMB played the final of their three show stint; the set consisting of some less commonly played songs. As Butch started the piano prelude to what was to become Steady As We Go , he touched on a lick from Paul McCartney's Blackbird . At that moment, each of the band members looked over at him, smiled and nodded and suddenly they were playing the tune. Completely impromptu, it was great to witness in person. A little comedy ensued when Dave attempted to tease a few bars of #40 to kick off the encore. Quickly realizing that the guitar he was grasping at that moment had a different tuning than that required for #40 , he stopped and chuckled along with the rest on stage. Fonz then busted into the Crush intro, teasing Dreaming Tree along the way. We've got a few days before our next show in Chula Vista on Thursday. We're headed for the beach. See you there.

The DMB Crew

August 25th, 2005

An energetic full house was present for tonight's show at Coor's Amphitheater in Chula Vista, and the band appreciated that energy! They played adventurously all night, and Butch and Carter broke into an impromptu Norwegian Wood between Warehouse and Steady As We Go. The three day break since the Gorge must have done everyone well. We're going to start setting up at the Home Depot Center tomorrow so we will be ready for the big L.A. shows this weekend. See y'all!

The DMB Crew

August 27th, 2005

That's the way to play L.A. We had a fantastic time here tonight. If you happen to be in town tomorrow, stop on by and check out the vibe. See you then.

The DMB Crew

August 28th, 2005

These were some of the best days we've ever spent in L.A. With many friends present in the house, the band played their hearts out. Leon Mobley of Innocent Criminals fame and Robert Randolph joined the band in producing some amazing music. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by the storm in the Gulf. See y'all on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

August 30th, 2005

To the fine people of Phoenix. We hold very much respect for you as we try to figure out how you handle this heat all summer. Us easterners just aren't used to it. That said, it was a good day for us. The desert sky and the beautiful surroundings are inspiring. As we make our way across the southwest we're thinking about how the tour is quickly nearing its end and we're doing our best to savor every moment. We've got a nearly 500 mile overnight drive to Albuquerque for a show tomorrow which will make for a late load in. When asked how long it takes us to set up for a concert, a fair answer we'll often give is "as long as we have". Tomorrow that time will be less than usual, but we'll be ready. See you in Albuquerque.

The DMB Crew

August 31st, 2005

The wind kicked in for the show tonight in Albuquerque causing the lighting and sound rigs to sway fiercely in the air. We were also forced to leave the backdrops on the ground in fear that they would turn into sails. We've seen it before, it's not pretty. The temperature kept to a comfortable level compared to last night which was greatly appreciated by the band and crew. We're headed for the great state of Texas. See you in a couple days.

The DMB Crew

September 2nd, 2005

The band came screaming out of the gate tonight in Selma. After a stellar opening performance by Victor Wooten and his band, they were pumped. Dave and the band outwardly applauded the people of Texas for opening their arms to the victims of the storm. We're on our way to Dallas for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

The DMB Crew

September 3rd, 2005

We're in the middle of loading out of the venue in Dallas. Tonight the band played Everybody Wake Up for the first time ever in concert. Headed for Houston in a little while. See y'all at the Woodlands on Monday.

The DMB Crew

Sepetember 5th, 2005

DMB played a funky show to an energetic audience in Houston tonight. We heard several stories today of Louisiana evacuees who left home with little, but refused to leave their tickets for the show tonight. A humbling thought. We hope that we brought them some respite from their continuing ordeal. Our thoughts are with all those affected. See y'all on Wednesday in Bonner Springs, KS.

The DMB Crew

September 7th, 2005

We've been truely honored to share the stage with Victor Wooten and his band over the past few shows. Victor is an amazing talent and a stellar human being. He joined DMB on stage tonight for Jimi Thing, laying down one of the funkiest solos we've heard over that tune. We're real excited to be headed to Denver for the last load-in of the tour. See y'all at Red Rocks this weekend.

The DMB Crew

September 9th, 2005

Amazing first night at Red Rocks. The band was absolutely on fire. The best thing is, we have another three to go. See y'all back here tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

September 10th, 2005

Once again, DMB lights up Red Rocks. It was hard to imagine how they could top last night's show, but they thoroughly succeeded at raising the bar. After a powerful opening set by the John Butler Trio, the
band immediately picked up on the stirring energy level of the audience and ran with it. As the show progressed, the excitement grew steadily amongst everyone present until mid-set when they pulled out one of the most amazing Jimi Things that we can remember. All bets were off. The show seemed to enter another dimension. Rashawn Ross joined in adding his potent trumpet stylings. He and LeRoi punched
out some funky licks together. Butch stood out as he scatted beautifully over his solo. We were all so moved after the tune that we had to pause a bit to let it all soak in. It just got better from there. Two more nights yet to come and we're filled with anticipation for what they will bring. See you back here tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

September 11th, 2005

We enter this day with a flurry of mixed emotions. Last evening's performance was sure to please even the pickiest of die-hard fans. Mid-show, by the audiences bellowing request, the band pulled out Halloween on the spot then followed with a contrasting Butterfly. Today, on the last day of the tour, we are honored to welcome the Neville Brothers to this show benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It'll be a good night for certain.

The DMB Crew

September 12th, 2005

Dave put it best tonight when he announced "This was the best way to end the best tour we ever had!" This really has been the time of our lives. The show tonight blew everyone away, including the band members themselves.. They opened the show with the extended version of Recently, which was actually the first time they played it all year. The band were proud to be joined on stage by some greatly respected musicians. Rashawn Ross came out first and blew over Recently and Jimi Thing. Next, Ivan Neville, Robert Randolph and close friend David Cast joined in on an extended version of Marley's "Exodus". A stellar performance through and through. We're still tallying receipts, but we are hopeful that after the generous contributions of money, time and resources by countless individuals which made this event possible, we will be contributing more than we anticipated to the Bama Works Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Many thanks to all those involved in the production and to those who attended. We're headed home now to our families and our friends, but not without lumps in our throats resulting from the intense bonds we've formed amongst band and crew. Leaving one family for another, it's tough to part ways. Before long we'll be back at it with Farm Aid, Vegoose and who knows what else! See y'all soon.

The DMB Crew

November 26th, 2005

It might still be autumn, but it feels like winter here in Minneapolis.We're setting up for the show tonight. See y'all later.

The DMB Crew

November 27th, 2005

It's amazing to catch a DMB show after they've been off the road for a couple months. Songs that we've heard for years seem to take on a new dimension after a little time away. Seek Up, Nancies, What Would, Two Step, Everyday; they all sounded as fresh tonight as they ever have. We could sense the excitement of the band as they came off the stage, knowing that they had just put on a great show. We're all fired up for what's to come over the next few weeks. See y'all in Madison on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

November 29th, 2005

The holidays are upon us and you could feel it in the air tonight. Butch and Carter layed down a smooth Linus and Lucy as the intro to Steady As We Go. To open the encore, Dave, Carter and Fonz entered the stage first to perform Christmas Song. It's been a few years since we've heard it, and it remains a favorite. We're driving overnight to Champaign for the show tomorrow. See you there.

The DMB Crew

November 30th, 2005

We spent a really great night in Champaign tonight. The band were obviously having a blast on stage during the show. The set included some vintage favorites including Seek Up and #41. They also pulled out Stay (Wasting Time) for the first time this year. We're working our way into a couple days off in Detroit before our show on Saturday. Catch y'all on the flip-side.

The DMB Crew

December 4th, 2005

Toronto treats us well everytime. We dig this town. Headed for Penn State now. See y'all there on Tuesday.

The DMB Crew

December 6th, 2005

We're just getting done with our show at Penn State. DMB pulled out a diverse set, playing Minarets for the first time in two and a half years. Two Step took twists and turns that we've never heard before, with Kras and Rashawn from Soulive sitting in. It's been fun listening each night this tour as the band members sneak holiday tunes into their solos. The hands are loading the trucks then we're headed for Rochester. See y'all tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

December 7th, 2005

A very lively audience was present for the show in Rochester tonight. The venue's low ceiling contains the energy well. DMB picked up on the vibe early on and rolled with it. We're all excited to be headed  to NYC for the shows at the Garden. We'll see y'all on Friday.

The DMB Crew

December 9th, 2005

DMB played a tremendous show at the Garden tonight. The energy was incredibly high amongst the audience and band alike. We are very much going to miss having Soulive on the road with us but we're excited that Mike Doughty will be joining us for the duration of the tour. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

The DMB Crew

December 10th, 2005

Madison Square Garden!
Mike Doughty!
Robert Randolph!
Halloween!

The DMB Crew

December 13th, 2005

This tour has been short but sweet. Just one show left before we all head for home. Mike Doughty's Band has been kickin' out the phat jams, opening up the past few shows. We've got a day off to do some shopping in Boston before our show on Thursday. See you then.

The DMB Crew

December 15th, 2005

DMB wrapped up the tour with a killer show in Boston. It will be worth checking out the tapes for Seek Up alone. We're all thinking about getting home to our families, but feeling sad to be parting
ways for a while. Wishing y'all peace and happiness. See you next year.

The DMB Crew

2004 Road Crew Notes

January 12th, 2004

We're back in the saddle again. Played Seattle tonight and now we're getting on a plane to L.A. to do Leno tomorrow night. Check it out.

-- The DMB Crew

January 16th, 2004

As we approach the end of the tour, we're all wishing it could keep going.We wittnesed another great show tonight. The Maker is a song that has been covered by many artists including DMB and EmmyLou Harris. It was an honor to have Daniel Lanois, the man who wrote the tune, join Dave, EmmyLou and the band in performing it this evening. It was a truly special occasion. One more to go in Oakland tomorrow. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

January 17th, 2004

It's an emotional end to an incredible tour. Dave and Friends had a blast tonight, playing a three and a half hour show. During the encore, they pulled out Can't You Hear Me Knocking by Rolling Stones, which they quickly rehearsed in the dressing room right before they hit the stage. We're all headed our separate ways. See y'all in the summer.

-- The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2004

We're live from St. Louis. Everyone's excited about breaking out some new material this year. Hope to see y'all soon.

-- The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2004

What a great first show it was tonight in St. Louis. DMB spent much of  the spring writing new tunes and they pulled out 4 of them tonight, proving that there's exciting stuff to come. They also took some older
tunes in a different direction. Warehouse spun off into an energetic  latin groove, reminiscent of the old days. Towards the end of Grace Is Gone they broke out into an upbeat country jam which featured Boyd's
classic fiddling. On our way to Illinois for a show tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

June 19th, 2004

Fantastic show in Tinley Park tonight! Energy levels on stage and in the audience were high. The band are having a great time together as usual, and it's showing in their performance. Along with the 4 new songs we heard last night, DMB played a tune that they wrote during soundcheck this afternoon. Dave improvised lyrics and band members exchanged solos. When asked what we should name the song on the web site, Dave replied "Hmm? Call it......'Hmm?!'." We're headed to Indy for shows on Sunday and Monday. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

June  20th, 2004

Third show of the tour and the band's as strong as ever. Weather couldn't have been better for the first of two shows in Indy. Everyone's really looking forward to returning tomorrow. Hope to see ya.

-- The DMB Crew

June 21st, 2004

It just keeps getting better. DMB blew the roof off this place tonight. We're in store for a great summer. See y'all soon.

-- The DMB Crew

June 23rd, 2004

The tour's moving right along and we're settling in well. We couldn't ask for weather as good as we've had for the past week. Looking forward to our gig back here in Columbus tomorrow night. See y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

June 24th, 2004

If you've been to any of the past few shows, you probably noticed that the band have been playing some of the older songs a bit differently. This has been completely unplanned and unrehearsed. They've obviously been having fun turning the songs on their ends. Tonight's Jimi Thing and Recently stand out. Load-out is going on right now. We're working our way into a day off tomorrow. See y'all in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 29th, 2004

The audience tonight at Blossom Music Center was on fire! DMB played a very fun and energetic show. They all came off stage with big smiles on their faces. We're packing up now and getting our passports out for the border crossing early tomorrow morning. Catch y'all in Toronto tomorrow night!

-- The DMB Crew

June 30th, 2004

Toronto treated us well tonight for our only Canadian show this year. The band have been having fun with Rapunzel this year, often playing it as the closer to the show. Roi and Butch have been kicking it up a notch during the ending jam. We're headed back over the border for the second time today. See y'all at SPAC this weekend.

-- The DMB Crew

July 2nd, 2004

A good time was had by all for our first of two shows at SPAC. Tonight we heard a few songs that the band had not played yet this year. They opened with Pig, then later in the set, we got to hear a powerful Cry Freedom. Of course, Best of What's Around was a hit during the encore. We always enjoy coming back to this beautiful town. Looking forward to seeing y'all at the show tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 3rd, 2004

We're packing up after our second SPAC show and getting ready for a couple days off in Boston. Everyone is looking forward to the big fireworks display in the city tomorrow night. Have a happy and safe fourth of July. We'll see y'all on Tuesday in Mansfield.

-- The DMB Crew

July 6th, 2004

DMB played a solid set tonight in Mansfield opening up with One Sweet World. We were forced to cancel soundcheck this afternoon after the flight on which LeRoi and Carter were traveling was diverted due to a malfunction. They got on another plane and made it to the venue in plenty of time for the show. Speaking of the show, it rocked! They just keep getting better. We'll see you back here tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 7th, 2004

We're packing up after our second Mansfield show and getting ready for the big John Kerry benefit tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. If you're one of the lucky one's that has tickets, we'll see you there. Otherwise we'll catch y'all in Hershey on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 10th, 2004

DMB played an energetic show tonight in Hershey, PA to a vibrant audience of 27,000+. We had a fun time in New York this week at Radio City playing for the John Kerry benefit. There were lots of celebrities around for this one, many of whom could be found hanging out in the DMB dressing room at some point throughout the evening. Dave was given the honor of introducing the candidates and their wives. It was a great moment to witness. We are headed close to home for a show in Bristow, VA tomorrow night. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 11th, 2004

It's good to be close to home for a night. Lots of friends and family in the house. We're very pleased to have Galactic opening these shows and hope you get a chance to see them. They still have a couple more shows to go with us. We're driving to Darien Lake for a show on Tuesday. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 13th, 2004

After an afternoon of riding the roller coasters next door at Six Flags, DMB put on a powerful show. They had a lot of fun with Too Much tonight, adding an unusual extended jam at the end. They also threw in a couple parts during Recently that were reminiscent of the way they played the song ten years ago. All in all, a great show! We're packing the trucks, climbing on the busses and driving overnight to Columbia, MD for an early load-in tomorrow morning. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 16th, 2004

We had fun in Hartford tonight! There was a great vibe in the room all night. The show sounded really good and the lights and video were spectacular. Everything gelled just right. We enjoyed hearing the band play Satellite for the first time this year. Everyone is looking forward to getting back here tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 17th, 2004

Another great show in Hartford tonight. You might have noticed, on the real-time set list, names for the new songs. Today the band decided to start listing the new songs by their working titles, although they may change with time. The set flowed well and the excitement of the crowd was noticeably appreciated by the band. We are heading into a couple days off before our shows in Camden on Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll see y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 20th, 2004

DMB played a good show tonight for our first of two here in Camden. We are really enjoying hearing the new songs as they evolve throughout the tour. The band seem to add parts with each show. DMB played Watchtower for the second time this tour and they took it to a different planet. Roi broke out "The Note" during his solo, reminiscent of the band's days at Miller's. Long time fans know what we mean. We're hanging out at the gig tonight after the show, having a little mid-tour get together and looking forward to playing back here tomorrow night. Later....

-- The DMB Crew

July 21st, 2004

Tons of energy in the room tonight for our second show in Camden. The band pulled out Seek Up for the first time this year, much to the excitement of the audience. We're heading down to Virginia Beach for a show on Friday. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 23th, 2004

Virginia is for Lovers! It's nice to be close to home again, in the company of family and friends. The evening was as humid as they come, but that didn't slow the band down a bit. They rocked tonight! We witnessed an unexpected moment during Everyday. As Boyd kicked into his solo, the rest of the band exited, leaving the entire stage to that big fiddling man in the spotlight. After a little while, the band snuck back on, gradually building the melody back into the tune. We'll catch y'all in Charlotte tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 24th,2004

Great gig in Charlotte tonight. A small frog has taken residence in Dave's throat, but he didn't let it get the best of him. The temperature has been rising as we move further south, and the shows are getting hotter to match. We're packing up quickly and heading to Raleigh for a show on Monday. See you then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 27th, 2004

Great show in Atlanta tonight. The rain held off until right after the band finished the set. It is now pouring out there and the people headed out of the venue are probably getting drenched. The band opened the show with Two Much, which has taken on a distinctly different feel this year. They're so "into it" that they came back and closed the encore with the Too Much outro. We're headed further south for a few shows in Florida. See y'all in Tampa on Thursday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 29th, 2004

Wild weather here in Tampa today. Besides the heat, ominous clouds loomed and opened up with rain a few times in the afternoon, but the skies cleared as DMB hit the stage. We're honored to have Daniel Lanois and his band opening the shows in Florida. As some of you may know, Daniel is considered to be a legend in his own time, having many credits as a producer under his belt including U2's Joshua Tree and Peter Gabriel's SO. In addition, he is an accomplished songwriter, having penned a couple popular tunes that DMB have covered including For The Beauty Of Wynona and The Maker. He closed his set this evening with The Maker and invited Dave to sit in. It was a wonderful moment to witness. If you're coming to the West Palm shows, we suggest that you show up in time to catch his set. See y'all there this weekend. Later...

-- The DMB Crew

July 31st, 2004

It is one sweet world under this beautiful blue moon. We had a lot of fun tonight for our first of two shows here in West Palm. The South Florida rains hit us hard all day, but it didn't hinder the band one bit. They put on a solid set. Everyone's psyched to get back here and do it again tomorrow night. Hasta MaÒana, y'all.

-- The DMB Crew

August 1st, 2004

Another good show in West Palm Beach tonight. We're sorry to be parting ways with Daniel Lanois who, with his band, has been opening the past few shows. He is an amazing talent. We're headed for Nashville tonight. See you there on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 4th, 2004

We love Nashville! DMB played a lively show this evening. They're continuing to have fun with Too Much, morphing portions of the song in ways we haven't heard before. Dave sang some lyrics from Bowie's Golden Years over the Too Much chords, and it fit perfectly. We're busy loading the road cases and packing the trucks after the show, getting ready for our overnight drive to Cincinnati. See you at Riverbend tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2004

It was a beautiful evening for a DMB show in Cincinnati. The band took the audience by surprise, pulling out 3 songs that haven't been played yet this year. I'll Back You Up, featuring Dave and Carter on vocals, is always a pleasure to hear. We're headed to Wisconsin for a couple of weekend shows. See y'all at Alpine on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 7th, 2004

We all had a great time at Alpine Valley tonight. The place was overflowing with energy. In memory of the passing of Rick James, the band jammed to James' Super Freak as the segue between So Much To Say and Too Much. It was a truely great DMB moment. Can't wait to get back here tomorrow night!

-- The DMB Crew

August 8th, 2004

Another spectacular night at Alpine Valley. The band had a lot of fun on stage and really played their hearts out. We're all excited to be getting home to our families for a week long break from tour. See y'all in Kansas on the 16th.

-- The DMB Crew

August 16th, 2004

(Road Crew dated notes August 8th, was actually the 16th)

We're back at it. The break was short but sweet. We had a great show tonight to kick off the new leg of the tour. See y'all in San Antonio on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 18th, 2004

Storms threatened the show tonight. Lightning hit close-by and caused a power failure just as the opening act was about to hit the stage. We were only down for a few minutes, then the rains passed and the skies cleared. DMB was full of energy and played a great set. We're looking forward to a few days in Houston. See y'all at The Woodlands this weekend.

-- The DMB Crew

August 20th, 2004

It's HOT in Houston. The show went well. See you back here tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

August 21st, 2004

We had a good afternoon working with the people from Houston's Habitat for Humanity. Members of the band and crew gave their afternoon to help build a home in a local neighborhood. We've uploaded some construction photos. After another energetic (and moist) show in Houston, our journey westward continues. See you in Albuquerque on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 23rd, 2004

Fun show in Albuquerque tonight. Our good friend, Tim Reynolds, came and hung out with us for the evening. He sat in with the band for the last four songs of the set. We got to hear some of his old but familiar licks during Crash and Too Much. It brought back some good memories. We're driving overnight to Phoenix for a show tomorrow night. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

August 24th, 2004

We expected another hot night, but this evening in Phoenix ended up a pleasant one. The band, however, cooked! DMB incontestably had a great time on stage, cheering each other on regularly throughout the set. LeRoi's stellar solo during What Would You Say, the opening song, set the pace for the rest of the show. The trucks are now getting loaded with equipment before our drive to San Diego. Look-out California, here we come!

-- The DMB Crew

August 26th, 2004

Another really fun show in Chula Vista tonight and it was a gorgeous evening to boot. We're back in the beautiful state of California, working our way North. Everyone is looking forward to the L.A. shows this weekend. It's been a while since we played with Ben Harper and his crew. We're excited about the reunion. See y'all at the Home Depot Center on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 28th, 2004

DMB took Los Angeles by storm tonight. It was a lot of fun to be back in a stadium in front of so many people. Jem played a strong set to open the evening's festivities. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals followed, putting on an amazing show. Their new material is incredibly soulful. We're back here tomorrow night for a show that promises to be as exciting. See y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

August 29th, 2004

Once again, DMB showed L.A. what they're all about with another slammin' show. The band, full of vigor, played their hearts out. We have only six shows left on the tour. The summer has really flown by. We'll catch y'all in Marysville on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 31st, 2004

It was a mild, starlit evening in Marysville, CA. Perfect for a DMB show. The band played a soulful set to a fired up audience. LeRoi's soprano work shined on Lover Lay Down. We're making our way up to Washington for our yearly stint at the Gorge. Everyone is psyched to get there. We'll see y'all on Friday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 12th, 2004

It's a beautiful day in San Francisco. Doors are open and the crowd is flooding in. DMB is going to hit the stage in a couple hours. Wish you were here...

-- The DMB Crew

September 30th, 2004

pre-show:

We're at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State, setting up for the upcoming 6 show tour. Traveling with us for the next week are Ben Harper and Innocent Criminals, Jurassic 5 and My Morning Jacket. The first show is here tomorrow night. Hope to see y'all.

-- The DMB Crew

October 1st, 2004

post-show:

This is going to be a fun tour. Tonight we played the first show with this eclectic lineup of bands and it was a blast. We hope you get to catch one of the few upcoming shows.

-- The DMB Crew

October 2nd, 2004

The tour is going well. We got a cool stage that has a large turntable built into it that we're carrying with us. It really helps us in keeping the time between bands to a minimum. There's a lot of great music packed into one evening. Y'all should definitely catch a show if you can. See you tomorrow in Auburn Hills.

-- The DMB Crew

October 3rd, 2004

It was an amazing evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Neil Young came and sat in with the band on a few songs. His arrival raised adrenaline levels as they busted into a different arrangement of Watchtower. Two of Neil's songs followed to close the set. Cortez the Killer, a DMB favorite, was interwoven with psychedelic electric guitar solos and vocals. They broke out Rockin' in the Free World featuring Peggy Young (Neil's Wife) on backing vocals to wrap up the set. We're all really looking forward to next show in Madison on Tuesday. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

October 5th, 2004

DMB played a very cool show in Madison tonight. Carter and Butch brought the house down with their jam during Seek Up. Leon Mobley of the Innocent Criminals sat in with the band on Hello Again, then Ben Harper joined in with his slide guitar on Watchtower. Ben and Leon shined and took the show into a new dimension. We can probably expect more of this in the days to come. We're driving overnight to Ames, Iowa for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

October 6th, 2004

We're loading out after our show in Ames. The band welcomed Neil Young to the stage again tonight to sit in on a few tunes. Neil took the place by storm, his classic guitar tones and potent vocal stylings ringing throughout the house. We all admire his skill and are honored by his presence. Now we're heading to Florida for a show on Friday. See y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

October 8th, 2004


It's officially the last day of the tour. Most of the crew heads home tomorrow and said their bittersweet goodbyes tonight. The rest of us are heading to Washington D.C. with the band to play the final show with many of the bands that participated in the Vote For Change tour. We hope you get to catch the broadcast. Check the DMB home page (www.dmband.com) for more information. We'll see y'all on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

2003 Road Crew Notes

March 19th, 2003

Hello everybody. Dave and Tim are hitting the road for a couple weeks carrying a slimmed down crew. We will be posting the set lists here on the morning following each show. Hope you get to catch a show.

-- The DMB Crew

June 14th, 2003

Hey folks! We're packing our bags and getting ready to hit the road for the summer tour. We'll see y'all in Columbus on Tuesday for the first show.

-- The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2003

We're off and running on our summer tour. DMB slammed out a great opening set that didn't disappoint. Highlights included some tunes that we haven't heard live in a while such as Last Stop and Typical Situation. As the tour rolls on, we are sure to hear other rarities. Check y'all back here in Columbus tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

June 20th, 2003

"It was chilly like an April evening for our show at Darien Lake. DMB are stirring up the set-list pot for certain this year. We're in for a great summer of music. Band and Crew got to enjoy some roller coaster rides before the show at the amusement park next door which helped get the adrenaline flowin'. When in Buffalo, we highly recommend that you visit one of our favorite cafes called Spot Coffee.
It's a great place to hang, munch and groove to some tunes. We'll catch y'all tomorrow at Blossom Music Center.

-- The DMB Crew

June 22nd, 2003

DMB shined tonight during their performance at Blossom Music Center.  Highlights included Saellite,Last Stop and Stay. The band are clearly energized and ready to give the audience a tour to remember. Hope to see y'all at some shows this summer. We're off to Cincinnati for shows on Monday and Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 24th, 2003

We had a blast at Riverbend tonight. DMB put on a strong set filled  with old and new favorites and without repeating any songs from the night  before. Dave, Carter and Stefan graced us during the encore with a  flowing rendition of I'll Back You Up. We're loading the trucks and heading  down the road to Pittsburgh for shows on Thursday and Friday. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

June 26th, 2003

We had a good gig tonight at the Post-Gazette pavilion. DMB continues to pull out songs that haven't been heard in a while. This evening's selections included Digging A Ditch, Bartender and a surprise So Much segue into Rapunzel. After a very warm and humid day today, we are all looking forward to the cooler weather that's headed our way and to another show here tomorrow night. See y'all then."

-- The DMB Crew

June 27th, 2003

Pittsburgh always treats us well! We had a fun couple of shows here and now we're packing it up and moving on. See y'all in Noblesville on Sunday."

-- The DMB Crew

June 29th, 2003

We had a BLAST in Noblesville tonight! Band rocked, crowd rocked....'nuff said. See y'all back here tomorrow."

-- The DMB Crew

June 30th, 2003

DMB are blazing their way through this tour. The shows keep getting better and better. We're having as much fun up there today as we've ever had.The DMB catering crew are proud to present their new addition to the On The Road pages called Recipies from the Road. http://dmband.com/road/frames.html
They'll be giving y'all a "taste" of some of the recipes they cook up for the band and crew while we're on tour. Enjoy!

-- The DMB Crew

July 3rd, 2003

DMB rocked the Tweeter Center tonight. The band continue to surprise us on a regular basis with unexpected improvisations and jams. We're all looking forward to a day off tomorrow. See you atAlpine this weekend. Happy 4th y'all.

-- The DMB Crew

July 5th, 2003

We do love coming to this place and Dave definitely did not hold back in letting the audience know a few times during the show. We played Alpine Valley tonight for the first of two in this beautiful southern Wisconsin venue. If only you could see what the band sees from the stage! This venue holds over 40,000 fans, the majority of them being on the lawn. Its amazing how endless it seems looking out over the crowd and it is absolutely breathtaking! Thank you ALL for an incredible night. See you tomorrow!!!

-- The DMB Crew

July 7th, 2003

Some of the locals are saying that the deluge we experienced this afternoon was the worst they had ever seen here. The storm threatened to put a kink in the show tonight but by the time DMB hit the stage, the clouds had parted way. The band put on another incredibly energetic set. The beautiful sites in Wisconsin always makes this one of our favorite stops! The road cases are now rolling onto the trucks. We're working our way into a couple days off before our show in Minneapolis on Wednesday. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 9th, 2003

"After a couple restful days off, DMB rocked the Target Center tonight. We're starting to work our way south with a show tomorrow in St. Louis. Check out the Gallery pages for newly added photos from the current tour. See y'all soon. "

-- The DMB Crew

July 10th, 2003

DMB have been playing some really great shows this year. Tonight's was no exception. Stefan commented during the set that this one felt particularly "old school". Starting with Best of What's Around and continuing for another five songs, one might have thought that it was a Wednesday night at the Flood Zone. We're moving on to Kansas for a show on Saturday. See you (and your little Toto too) there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 12th, 2003

Solid gig tonight in Bonner Springs. It's a quick load-out here tonight, we're packing up and heading down to Little Rock. Catch y'all there tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 13th, 2003

Big rock show in Little Rock tonight. It was DMB's first show Arkansas and they played it well. We're heading down the road and hoping that the hurricanes keep their distance. See y'all at the gig in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 15th, 2003

With 100+ degree temperatures outside, we're psyched to have played the gig indoors tonight. The last time we played Oklahoma City was in 1995 and it was definitely good to be back. It looks as though we'll be hitting a bit of rain in the Houston area tomorrow, but it looks like the show will come off without a hitch. See y'all at the Woodlands tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 16th, 2003

Good gig at the Woodlands this evening. Carter was on fire and the whole band seemed to have a lot of fun up there. Luckily enough, we missed the Hurricane by a day but she left us with a very muddy lawn. We're looking forward to the day off tomorrow in Dallas before the show on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 19th, 2003

We've had a good run through Texas. Now we're climbing on to the busses for the long ride to Denver, see y'all there on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 21st, 2003

"Another slammin' show in Denver tonight. The band opened up with So Much To Say and surprisingly segued into What Would You Say. The set list stayed strong throughout the evening and kept the audience captivated until the end. Unfortunately, towards the end of the main set, an unknown individual decided to throw a hunting knife towards the band that ended up sticking into the stage between Dave and Boyd. There is cause for concern because the motivation behind the incident is also unknown. The band came back on for the encore and Dave made the audience aware of the situation and the band's feelings about the knife-throwing individual. We would appreciate the help of anyone that has any information. Please call Denver P.D. at (720) 913-2000. We're back on the busses for a long ride to West Valley, UT. See y'all there tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 22nd, 2003

We played a brand new venue tonight outside Salt Lake City. We sincerely apologize if you were one of those who had to wait a long time to get past security. Although the heat and dryness weighed heavy, the band played well and did not disappoint. Making our way to Phoenix for a show on Thursday. See ya then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 24th, 2003

We had a fun night in Phoenix playing to a sold-out crowd. It was our last night with Gov't Mule opening the shows so the band asked Warren Haynes to sit in. As always, his playing was inspiring as he joined in on Jimi Thing and Cortez the Killer. We're looking forward to joining up with The Roots for the next few dates in California. See y'all in L.A. on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 26th, 2003

DMB kicked butt in L.A. tonight at the new Home Depot Center.  It was the first concert in this stadium which has only been open for a few weeks now.  Amongst yet another great set list, we got to hear Recently, in it's entirety, for the first time this tour. We're all anxiously awaiting the show back here tomorrow night. See ya then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 27th, 2003

Thanks to all who are concerned for LeRoi's condition. He began to suffer from a stomach virus that struck early today and against the advice of physicians, attempted to play the show tonight.
The illness got the better of him just a few songs into the set and forced him to sit out for the remainder.
He's fine, resting comfortably and will be ready for battle on Tuesday in Chula Vista.
The rest of the band played on and pulled off another great set but notably missed the presence of their friend on stage. As always, L.A. rocked! See y'all on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 29th, 2003

After enjoying a relaxing day off at the beach, DMB came out and played a dynamic set tonight in Chula Vista. Although he was still feeling a bit under the weather, LeRoi was back and had a great night. We were all psyched to hear Spoon live for the first time in years. We've got a really long drive to Marysville tonight for the gig tomorrow. Hope to see you there.

-- The DMB Crew

August 1st, 2003

We dig this town! San Francisco always treats us well. One of the first things Dave said tonight after he left the stage was how much he loves this audience. We all felt it. Can't wait for tomorrow. Hope to see y'all here.

-- The DMB Crew

August 2nd, 2003

We all really enjoyed having The Roots opening the shows over the past week. Their newest member, guitarist Kirk Douglas, joined DMB on Watchtower tonight and ripped it up. Just 4 shows left before our break. See y'all in Portland on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2003

We all got up early this morning to present our passports to the border patrol then went back to bed for a couple hours before load-in. The show went well in Vancouver and now it's time to pack up and head back down into the States. See y'all at the Gorge on Thursday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 8th, 2003

Everyone could tell that the band was having fun on stage tonight. They put on a mixed set that included several incredible moments of improvised rearrangements of songs. We heard a cool new twist on the intro to One Sweet World where Butch, playing the electric piano, accompanied LeRoi's sweet alto solo. Again, tonight's Two Step is surely worth checking out. We're gearing up for a two week break, but not before returning here to the Gorge for the show on Friday. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

August 8th, 2003

We're headed home for a short break. In the meantime, check out the photos that we've been adding to the Gallery and Crew pages. See y'all in New Jersey on the 24th!

-- The DMB Crew

August 24th, 2003

We're back from our break and ready to play some more shows. Although we experienced some technical problems with Dave's mic at the start of the show, the band put on a great set. See ya back at the Meadowlands tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

August 25th, 2003

Stellar show tonight. Dickey Betts and friends sat in on a slammin' version of Jimi Thing which lasted almost 20 minutes. We've got an exciting few weeks ahead of us. Hope you get to catch an upcoming show. See y'all at S.P.A.C. on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 27th, 2003

What a great night! We all had fun in Saratoga Springs tonight for our first of two shows at S.P.A.C. DMB stirred things up throughout the evening with several impromptu jams which seemed to please everyone present. This is a cool place to see a show. We'll catch y'all back here tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

September 2nd, 2003

After a wonderful day off in MontrÈal, DMB played a solid gig tonight at the Bell Center. This was the last indoor show for the summer tour. The intensity of the audience was felt on stage from start to finish.
We're looking forward to hitting Toronto tomorrow. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

September 3rd, 2003

Thanks Canada for a couple of great days! We're headed back over the
border for shows this weekend in Philadelphia. See ya there.

-- The DMB Crew

September 5th, 2003

A TON of energy in the room tonight! We had a blast at our first of two shows in Camden. DMB played a strong set featuring each band member equally throughout. We're chillin' at the Tweeter Center tonight after the show, enjoying our annual crew bash. Since we're here for a couple days we get to lay back and take it easy after the show (which rocked tonight!). We'll be back tomorrow to do it again. See ya.

-- The DMB Crew

September 6th, 2003

The band put on another solid show in Camden tonight. Dave is headed to Columbus to perform at Farm Aid tomorrow evening. You can see the live webcast at www.farmaid.org starting at 4:00 pm EDT. We'll see y'all in Mansfield on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 8th, 2003

Great first night in Mansfield! Everyone in the house was rockin'. The band picked a fine set list that ebbed and flowed seamlessly throughout. They ended with Nancies-->Typical-->Two Step, an ol'school three-in-a-row. No one, including the band, seemed to want the set to end, but we have tomorrow to look forward to. Hope you can make it.

-- The DMB Crew

September 9th, 2003

It got downright cold outside for the show tonight, but the band sizzled. Dave took his scat sing to a whole new level during Jimi Thing. If you can get your hands on a taper's copy, it's well worth the listen. Headed to Hershey for a show on Thursday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 11th, 2003

"I know this day in history will live on,
to quote another, in infamy,
for it's anniversary.
So, I just want to pay my respects to all those people
who lost their lives on this date two years ago,
and we pay all our respects to them and to all of you who lost somebody special,
and to all of us who lost our innocence on that day.
We will never forget it, no.
But let us also not forget all the millions of people
that have died all over the world for the same terrible reasons.
I hope that one day we will find a peaceful world to live on."

-- Dave Matthews

September 13th, 2003

Tonight was as close to a home town gig as we'll be getting this year. Lots of family and friends in the house tonight and DMB did not disappoint. See y'all at the Beach tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

September 14th, 2003

Sweet home Virginia! We love coming back here. With just a few shows left in the tour, we're gearing up for the big Central Park show. See y'all in Charlotte on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 16th, 2003

Great show in Charlotte tonight! Warehouse rocked! See ya tomorrow in Raleigh.

-- The DMB Crew

September 17th, 2003

The storm is rapidly headed our way so we're hurrying out of here and heading for higher ground. See y'all in Nashville on Friday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 20th, 2003

We're all asking ourselves how this day got here so fast. The summer tour came to a close tonight in Atlanta. Both band and crew feel that it's been one of the best tours yet. Now we're gearing up for the big show in Central Park on Wednesday. If you're not coming to the show, we hope you get to catch the webcast. See y'all in NYC in a few days.

-- The DMB Crew

September 24th, 2003

It was an absolutely amazing evening. DMB was on fire in Central Park tonight playing to an audience of 90,000+. What a sight that was from the stage, one we will not soon forget. The band played a total of 20 tunes over a three hour set. Warren Haynes came out and sat in on Cortez The Killer and Jimi Thing. During Jimi, the band slid into the chorus of Buffalo Springfield's - Everybody Look What's Going Down. Wait until you hear the tape! Better yet, look for a DVD of the show sometime in the future. Thanks for another great season! We're all headed home for a little while, but we'll see y'all before too long.

-- The DMB Crew

December 14th, 2003

Dave and Friends put on another solid show tonight. In addition to many songs from Some Devil, they're covering such tunes as The Beatles' Hey Bulldog and Billy Preston's Will It Go Round In Circles. The audience kept the energy flowing throughout the almost 3 hour show, calling the band out for a second encore. This is quickly turning into a really fun tour. We'll see you in Philly on Monday.

P.S. Due some technical difficulties, we regret not having brought to you the real-time set list, but should have it fired back up by Monday's show. Check it out.

-- The DMB Crew

December 16th, 2003

We're having a blast out here. The band are playing with tons of energy and so far, each show has been stronger than the last. Towards the end of soundcheck each day, the band members have been busting into various jams to get the feel of the room. Today's jam turned into their own version of Stevie Wonder's Superstition. With bassist Tony Hall on lead vocals, they worked out the arrangement in one take and dug it so much that they stuck it in tonight's set list. In the end, it turned out to be one of the evening's highlights. So this brings to a close the first of 6 days of shows in a row (including Letterman on Thursday). The tour will be over before we know it. Hope to see y'all over the next few weeks.

-- The DMB Crew

December 17th, 2003

We're loading the trucks now after our show in Boston. There were many special moments on stage tonight. EmmyLou Harris joined Dave and Friends on Bob Dylan's Oh, Sister which she hasn't sung since backing Dylan on his 1975 recording of the tune. She shared great stories of those sessions with the band prior to the show tonight. Buddy Miller, guitarist in EmmyLou's band, sat in on a rockin' version of Hey Bulldog. To open the encore, Dave and Trey sat on stools with their acoustic guitars and played a couple of each other's songs. We're all looking forward the MSG gig tomorrow night. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

December 18th, 2003

What a show! Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the band pulls one off like they did tonight. We got to hear Dave and Friends play Sweet Up And Down, which they had never rehearsed before soundcheck today. Then for the encore, after a few Dave and Trey acoustic tunes, the band pulled out Led Zeppelin's Fool In The Rain. We all had a blast tonight and it looked like the crowd really dug the show as well. Gotta run because we've got an early load-in tomorrow at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Check out DM&F on Letterman tomorrow night

-- The DMB Crew

December 20th, 2003

Dave and friends performed a solid show tonight in Hartford. To close the main set, they jammed Sly and The Family Stone's Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). During the encore Dave and Trey concluded their intimate acoustic mini-set with a spir of the moment version of Marley's Three Little Birds. They left the crowd chanting the lyrics as the rest of the band came back to close the show with Fool In The Rain. The show ended about an hour ago and we're now sitting in the dressing room watching Letterman, waiting to see the band perform. We taped two episodes yesterday, one of which aired last night. The other, on right now, happens to be David Letterman's 4000th network show. It was an honor to have been a part of it. See y'all in Rochester tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

December 21st, 2003

We just finished our 6th day in a row of gigging. The band managed to keep the energy up throughout the show. In the middle of the set they played a roaring version of Jimi Hendrix's Fire which seemed to please all. Just one more show before we break for the holidays but tomorrow we shop! See you in Rosemont on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

December 23rd, 2003

We all had a really fun time tonight at our show in Rosemont, IL. The band ended up playing for almost three and a half hours. It seemed as though nobody wanted it to end. We're headed home for the holidays. See y'all in Seattle on January 12th.

-- The DMB Crew